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(1.5 Non-Clinical CEUs)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Social Workers


On March 7, 2013, the National Association of Social Workers named Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW its new Chief Executive Officer to lead efforts that grow and support the social work profession in the United States. He succeeds Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, who led the organization since 2001.

Dr. McClain joins NASW after serving six years as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. While there, he oversaw a budget of $850 million and a workforce of 3,500 employees to address reports of abuse and neglect for the state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children.

Prior to that position, Dr. McClain was Vice President and Executive Director of Value Options New Jersey where he built and oversaw administrative, clinical and quality management program infrastructures that increased access to behavioral health services for children and youth, including those in the juvenile justice system.

As Vice President of Network Management and Regional Operations for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Dr. McClain developed and maintained a provider network capable of delivering high quality, responsive services to 450,000 Mass Health members.

Dr. McClain grew up in Texas, and is a distinguished alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Urban Leadership Program at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work

(1.5 Non-Clinical & Social/Cultural Competence CEUs)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Project Director at Goldring Reentry Initiative


On April 13, 1994, Dr. Kirk Anthony James was arrested and eventually sentenced to "Life" in prison under the draconian "Rockefeller Drug Laws”. Only eighteen years old and a first time offender, he served one hundred and seven months in various New York State prisons before being released by a parole board.

Released on March 25, 2003, he has earned a Bachelor and Master degree from Hunter College in New York City with an emphasis on community organizing. He has also earned a Doctoral degree from the school of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania in clinical social work.

In addition to completing his degree while at Penn, he developed and lead The Goldring Reentry Initiative (Gri). The GRI is a direct response to the mass incarceration of predominantly poor people color currently taking place in the United States. The GRI prepares social work students to complete a year of their internships working with men and women transitioning from Philadelphia Prisons pre and post release in an effort to reduce their likelihood of recidivism. The GRI also works to empower communities and organizations around issues of mass incarceration.

Dr. James is a well-respected social justice advocate who has been asked to testify at numerous government hearings, media outlets, agencies and institutions on the various intersections of mass incarceration. He is currently developing EVOLVE - an organization committed to empowering individual and organizational growth through an amalgamation of holistic and empirical measures.


(2 Clinical & Social/Cultural Competence CEUs)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


NASW-NJ will be screening the 2013 Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Short Inocente, followed by a keynote session with the film's Executive Producer, Susan MacLaury, LCSW.

The film is an inspiring coming-of-age story of a 15-year old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist, proving that the hand she has been dealt does not define her - her dreams do. Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, who are previous Oscar® nominees for their film War/Dance, and produced by the non-profit film production company Shine Global and SALTY Features, the film illuminates the issues of homelessness, immigration reform, and the need for arts education.

Inocente’s situation is unfortunately not unique. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness,there are about 1.5 million homeless youth under the age of 18 in the United States. To date, this country continues to have the largest number of homeless women and children of any industrialized nation.

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