Live Stream NASW’s 60th Anniversary Forum



On October 23, 2015 in Washington, DC, social work leaders will convene at the NASW 60th Anniversary Forum to discuss some of the most important challenges and opportunities facing the profession in the next decade.

By joining the live streaming event from 9 am to 1 pm ET, you will hear from expert panelists on how the social work profession is poised to lead national efforts on:

  • Family Well-Being Across the Lifespan
  • Liberty and Equity in the 21st Century
  • The NASW Code of Ethics: Evolution and Emerging Issues

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a virtual question and answer session throughout the event. Registration is $35 per viewing site.



Forum Line-up:

Family Well-Being Across the Lifespan

Social workers know the wide range of challenges facing people in all communities. What opportunities do health care reform, increased support for veterans and military personnel, a renewed focus on healthy aging, and growing needs for school-based interventions present for our profession? What does the research tell us about how social workers can make the greatest impact in serving our nation’s families in this evolving landscape?


Tricia Bent-Goodley

Tricia Bent-Goodley


Tricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW

Professor, Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, D.C.


Richard Barth, PhD, MSW, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, Md.

Ana Bonilla-Galdamez, MSW, Alexandria, Va., City Public School System and 2015 NASW Social Worker of the Year

Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW, National Director of Social Work, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Equity and Liberty in the 21st Century

One of the grand challenges facing our society is the achievement of social justice for all. This can only be accomplished by addressing the inequities and disparities that are faced by many due to socioeconomic status, race, geography, power and privilege. Guided by the profession’s Code of Ethics, social workers are expected to be engaged in the on-going fight for social justice. This presentation will highlight critical issues facing our diverse society and the actions that can be taken to move the needle forward on achieving social justice.

Gary Bailey

Gary Bailey



Gary Bailey, LHD (h.c.), MSW, ACSW

Professor of Practice at Simmons College School of Social Work and past NASW President, Boston, Mass.


Ellen Kahn, MSW, Director of Children, Youth and Families Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Carol Bonner, MSW, MBA, EdD., Associate Dean of Salem State University School of Social Work, Salem, Mass.

Joyce James, LMSW-AP, CEO of Joyce James Consulting, Round Rock, Texas

Code of Ethics: Past, Present and Future

This interactive discussion will examine the influence of social and professional developments on the evolution of the Code over the last 55 years. Our celebrated panelists will support a multidimensional assessment of the Code’s evolution, through the lens of practice, social work education, licensure and the law. Looking forward, participants will be prompted to consider emerging issues including new technologies and globalization and their implications for social work ethics.

Allan Barsky

Allan Barsky



Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, Pr

Professor of Social Work, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla.


Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, Professor at Rhode Island College School of Social Work, Providence, R.I.

Mary Jo Monahan, MSW, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Social Work Boards, Culpepper, Va.

Jo Ann Regan, PhD, MSW, Vice President of Education, Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, Va.

For more information on the event contact NASW Manager of Conference and Event Planning Richard Loomis at


  1. LaTonya Washington

    I agree, Anna. Given our increasingly multicultural society I think it is vital to ensure that each panel reflect the rich diversity that exists so that the needs of ALL people can be considered from a holistic perspective. While it is great that Child Welfare is being addressed along with other issues it is glaringly obvious that the needs of our largest growing age cohort (s) of older adults is not being considered which is unfortunate given the future need & opportunities that exists in gerontology and geriatrics for social workers.

    • LaTonya Washington

      My apologies as I see that the needs of the family across the lifespan is a topic. However, as a gerontology instructor and geriatric social worker I would love to see more forum that focus on the needs that exists in the field of aging.
      Happy 60th anniversary & best wishes for an even brighter future!

  2. I strongly believed that there should be more First Nations, Aboriginal people and mutli-cultural Social Wokers in the field of Child and Family Services be given a chance to be on a panel and address Child Welfare Matters within their own culture.

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