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2021 Conference Program

Monday, October 18, 2021 

Pre-Conference


1:45-2:00pm 

Welcome/Announcements

2:00-3:30pm

Transplant Social Work Response to the Cures Act: Clinical and Ethical Implications **

Speaker: Panel Discussion 

3:30-3:45pm

Break

3:45-5:15pm

Opening Notes to Transplant Patients under the Cures Act: Applying Lessons Learned **

Speaker: Steve O’Neill, LICSW, BCS, JD

5:15-6:00pm

Poster Session

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Day #1

12:00-12:15pm

Welcome/Announcements

12:15-1:15pm

Keynote- Framing for Change: Using Communications to Advance Your Ideas

Speaker: Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, PhD

1:15-1:25pm

Break

1:25-2:25pm 

UNOS Update and Increasing Opportunities for Social Workers in Policy Development

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Cooper

2:25-2:30pm

Break

2:30-3:30pm

Transplant Social Work in the Age of Fake News: Responding to Disinformation Affecting the Health of Our Patients **

Speaker: Natasha R. Deal, LCSW, CCSW-MCS

3:30-3:45pm

Break

3:45-4:45pm 

Breakout Sessions:

  • Workshop for the New Transplant Social Worker: Helpful Tools and Techniques / Speaker: Kay Kendall, MSW, LISW-S, CCTSW-MCS

  • We’re in this Together: Ways to Cultivate a Collaborative Relationship Between OPOs and Transplant Social Workers / Speakers: Ashlei Lind, LICSW and Rebecca Simon, LMSW

4:45-5:00pm

Break

5:00-6:00pm 

Breakout Sessions:

  • Pediatric Transplant Social Work 101 (and 102 and beyond!) / Speaker: Molly Dugan, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS

  • Does the Psychosocial Evaluation for LVAD Exacerbate Structural Inequalities? Results from a Survey of Mechanical Circulatory Support Social Workers** / Speaker: Chris Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW and Prateeti Khazanie, MD, MPH

  • When is Enough, Enough? A Case Study in the Ethical Considerations of Balancing Psychosocial Intervention and Patient Autonomy in Transplantation** / Speaker: Megan Homsy, LISW-S, CCTSW and Holly Brant, LICSW-SUPV

6:00-7:00pm

Networking with Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), our Distinguished Level Sponsor


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Day #2

12:00-12:15pm

Welcome/Announcements / Annual Business Meeting

12:15-1:15pm

The Impact of Non-Death Losses Related to COVID-19 in Transplant Recipients and Donor Families

Speaker: Talia Giordano, LCSW and Emily Jauregui, LPC, CT

1:15-2:15pm

Racial Disparities in Healthcare and Implicit Bias**

Speaker: Jenifer Riggins, LMSW, MPA

2:15-2:30pm

Remarks from Sponsor: COTA

2:30-2:40pm

Break

2:40-3:40pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • Mechanical Circulatory Support “MCS” Social Work: What You Need to Know to Get Started / Speaker: Kristin Malaer, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS

  • The Faces of Deceased Donors in our Nation: Through Data Analysis and Anecdotes / Speaker: R. David Robles, LCSW

  • Living Donor Liver Transplantation: An Overview **  Speaker: Dr. Andrew Barbas

3:40-3:50pm

Break

3:50-4:50pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • They Sure Do Grow Up Fast: Start a Transition Program in Five Essential Steps / Speakers: Taryn Shappell, LCSW

  • Post Traumatic Selection Disorder: A Tale of Two Social Workers / Speaker: Karen Weingart, LICSW, CCTSW-MCS

  • Working Together: Addiction Treatment and Liver Transplant / Speaker: Dr. Rosalyn Milenkiewicz

4:50-5:00pm

Break

5:00-6:00pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • LVAD and Autism: A Case Study / Speaker: Molly Dugan, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS

  • Liver Transplant Workup: Wilson’s Disease or Undiagnosed Schizophrenia** / Speaker: Jennifer Johannesson, LSW and Julia Stiffman, MSW, LSW

  • We Put Him in Foster Care. Now What?** / Speaker: Sarah Kinnier, LCSW and Denise Alloway, LCSW

6:00-7:00pm

Networking with Gold Level Sponsors


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Day #3

12:00-12:15pm

Welcome/Announcements

12:15-1:15pm

Transplantation in Undocumented Children**

Speaker: Sarah Kinnier, LCSW and Taryn Shappell, LCSW

1:15-1:25pm

Break

1:25-2:25pm

Stress and Psychological Distress in Transplant Candidates, Recipients and Caregivers: Impacts on Outcomes

Speaker: Panel Discussion

2:25-2:35pm

Break

2:35-3:35pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • Using Clinical Practices of Narrative Medicine to Gain Psychosocial Insight into Needs of Adolescent Transplant Patients and Help Them Transition to Adult Care / Speaker: Susan Sample, PhD, MFA

  • Heart Transplant in HIV Positive Recipients / Speaker: Nirav Raval

3:35-3:45pm

Break

3:45-4:45pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • Does Peer to Peer Support in a LVAD Community Increase QOL and Decrease Hospital Utilization? / Speaker: Jacqueline Brennan, LCSW, CCSW-MCS

  • Living Donor Psychosocial Questionnaire Tool / Speaker: Darshit Bakhai, LMSW and Elizabeth Hooley, MSSA, LISW-S, CCTSW

  • Impact of Physical, Nutritional and Mental Health Frailty on Outcomes After Lung Transplantation / Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Gries

4:45-4:50pm

Break

4:50-5:50pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • Transplant Candidacy in Experimental Medicine** / Speaker: Samantha Floyd, MSW, LMSW

  • Transplant Recipients Vulnerability to Developing Body Image Concerns and Eating Disorders Post-Transplant Surgery / Speaker: Mary Rzeszut, MSW, LCSW

5:50-6:00pm

Closing/Announcements


** Indicates Ethics CEU