INSSWA 2023 Fall Conference - The Joy of School Social Work: Empowerment, Advocacy, and Unity

Ivy Tech Conference Center
2820 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208
November 3, 2023 8:00 AM

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Join INSSWA for our 27th annual fall conference titled The Joy of School Social Work: Empowerment, Advocacy, and Unity. Our conference committee has worked hard to organize an educational and engaging conference that will enhance your social work practice!


  • 8:00-8:30 - Coffee Bar & Registration
  • 8:30-10:30 - Keynote Speaker: "Advocacy & Education" with Pamela Fullerton (2 CEUs)
  • 10:30-11:30 - "Ethics" with INSSWA Lobbyist Joel Hand (1 CEU)
  • 11:30-12:45 - Lunch meeting
  • 1:00-2:30 - Breakout Session #1 (1.5 CEUs)
  • 2:45-4:15 - Breakout Session #2 (1.5 CEUs)
  • 4:15-4:30 - Closing & Evaluations

Breakout Session #1

1:00-2:30 (1.5 CEUs)

  1. Creating SEL Workshops for Families (K-12): Pamela Fullerton, M.A., M.Ed., LCPC, CCTP, C-DBT, CCATP, NCC, PhD(c) - Participants will learn about how to develop social-emotional learning workshops with school families in mind to support students outside of school with skill development.
  2. Integrating Play Therapy Into School Social Work Practice (Part 1) (K-12): Amanda Wyatt, LCSW & Claudia Dominik, LCSW - The presentation will cover the history, evidence base, and basic tenants and skills of Play Therapy, with a focus on how it can be adapted and integrated into a school setting to work with children and their families. There will be a lot of hand-on activities and demonstrations that can be used with individuals, groups, classrooms, and parents.
  3. Navigating Reproductive Healthcare (Grades 9-12): Dr. Tracey Wilkinson, MD, MPH - The purpose of this session is to explain the landscape of reproductive health care in our state and provide information and resources on how to help young people navigate that landscape.
  4. Special Education Deep Dive: Go From Alphabet Soup to Expert (Grades 9-12): Conner Edwards, MA, MPA - How can Social Workers best support individuals receiving special education services while in the public school system? This presentation will break down the categories of special education, students with mild, moderate, and severe needs, best practices in equitable behavior management, racist structures in identification, as well as services that families can connect to after graduation. This presentation will include several interactive pieces meant to engage participants in reflective practices to inform future intervention.

Breakout Session #2

2:45-4:15 (1.5 CEUs)

  1. You Made the Report, Now What: What School Social Workers Should Know & Do After Filing a Report With DCS (K-12): Vickie Mitchell, LMSW - The purpose of the presentation is to assist school social workers in navigating DCS after the 310 report has been submitted.
  2. Integrating Play Therapy Into School Social Work Practice (Part 2) (K-12): Amanda Wyatt, LCSW & Claudia Dominik, LCSW - This is the second part of the breakout session focusing on play therapy practice.
  3. Advanced Co-Regulation: The Science of Safety (K-12): Lindsay Kusy, LMHC, CCTP-II, CCFP, CAGCS - In this series, the learner will be introduced to working with our students by engaging the Science of Safety through Polyvagal Theory. Deb Dana says, “Polyvagal Theory gives us a road map to understanding the way the nervous system and the brain interact to inform our work with our students.” This builds on the social emotional curriculum you already know and use to provide a deeper understanding of the brain body response. This awareness for ourselves allows us to better co-regulate with our students. This can provide support to eliminate shame, isolation, or other negative beliefs about self and instead replace with an understanding and control of their body’s response. We will actively work through different practices, so the learner feels comfortable engaging students in this process. In this training, the learner will understand what Polyvagal Theory is, understand how the Vagus Nerve works, and practice how to engage Polyvagal Theory with your students.
  4. Recreational Therapy as an Education Practice (K-12): Jerrica Walker, BS - In educational settings, recreational therapy can be used to promote socialization and teamwork, improve physical fitness and coordination, and enhance cognitive and emotional functioning. Recreational therapy can also help students develop important life skills, such as problem-solving, communication, and decision-making.


  • Current INSSWA members: $150.00
  • Non-members or renewing members: $225.00
  • Students & retired members: $100.00

Registration can be completed online via credit card or the "invoice me" option. If the "invoice me" option is selected, you will receive a copy of the invoice that can be provided to your organization. The organization responsible for payment will need to send a copy of the intent to pay or purchase order to our treasurer at and remit payment to: INSSWA, PO BOX 36826, Indianapolis, IN 46236 if they plan to pay at a later date or after the completion of the conference.

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