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REGISTRATION

Please register using the links below. 

You can sign up for any combination of pre-conference, one, two, or three days or the entire conference.  There is also an option to combine your registration with an STSW membership. 

2021 Conference Program

Full Program is also available for download

During registration, you will NOT be asked to select specific sessions to attend.  You may attend any sessions on the day(s) you are registered for 



STSW MEMBER 
Registration

Registration for current, active members of STSW.



NON-STSW MEMBER
Registration

Registration for non-members of STSW.



COMBINATION STSW MEMBERSHIP
& CONFERENCE Registration 
 

Combine conference registration with STSW membership to get the

member rate. (savings of up to $100)


STUDENT Registration

Registration for current students.


Please email conference@stsw.org with any questions!

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:


Monday, October 18, 2021

Pre-Conference

2:00pm EST - 6:00pm EST


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Day #1

12:00pm EST - 6:00pm EST


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Day #2

12:00pm EST - 6:00pm EST


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Day #3

12:00pm EST - 6:00pm EST

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