2017 NASW-MS Annual Conference


Presentations by University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni



Faculty/Staff/Students (19 presenters)


  • OPENING SESSION      1:00pm-2:30pmStanding Up and Speaking Out:  Your Role as a Social Worker  The Reverend Dr. Susan Hrostowski, Associate Professor of Social Work, USM School of Social Work and Vicar of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Collins, MS.1 CE hour presentation followed by presentation of Awards. 30 min. CD and 30 min. Ethics CE Credit


  • Social Work and Health Care Enrollment:  Transforming Lives through Outreach and Enrollment in MS.   Kathryn Rehner, LMSW, Project Dir., USM Health Access Collaborative, Kerri Inmon, MSW, Program Dir., USM Kids Health Access Collaborative; and  Johnny DuPree, PhD, Mayor, City of Hattiesburg,


  • Ethics Within an Integrated Healthcare SystemRondina M. Marcelo, LCSW, Quality Assurance Coordinator, USM MS Integrated Health and Disaster Program . 90 min. Ethics CE Credit.


  • Challenges with Electronic Health Records and Health Information Technology SolutionsLauren Zakaras, DBH, LCSW, Clinical Dir., Michael Graham, Database Administrator, Stephanie Doty, Graduate Student, USM MS Integrated Health & Disaster Program, and Tim Rehner, PhD, Dir. SW School, USM.


  • Social Dance and AgingMichael Forster, PhD, LCSW, Dean, USM College of Health.   30 min. CD CE Credit.


  • Successful Outcomes in Clinical SupervisionVictoria L. Murdy, LCSW, Field Coordinator, and Deborah Graham, LCSW, Clinical Instructor & Field Instructor, USM SW School.  60 min. Ethics CE Credit


  • Participate, Navigate, and Communicate: Working Effectively with Interdisciplinary TeamsRobin Huebner, LCSW, Special Projects Coordinator, Lauren Zakaras, DBH, LCSW, Clinical Dir., and Alisha Jones, MS, LD, RD, USM MS Integrated Health & Disaster Program.


  • . “They Were Fun and Interesting People Who Just Happened to be Gay”:  Turning Points for Christian LGBT AdvocatesRene Drumm, PhD, MSW, Associate Dean, USM College of Health.   90 min. CD CE Credit.


  • Effective Social Work Actions in the Multidisciplinary Treatment of Patients in Patient Care Michelle Brazeal. LCSW, Project Dir., and Alvin Baker, Jr., LMSW, Clinical Team Leader, USM Integrated Health and Disaster Program, and Tim Rehner, PhD, Dir., USM SW School


  • “UProot Mississippi”:  The Social Work Role in Creating a Culture of HealthMichael Forster, PhD, LCSW, Dean, USM College of Health.


  • Dose of WellnessRachel Lahasky, LCSW, Clinical Instructor, USM School of Social Work and Sherry Gilkey, MSW, Academic Support and Advisement Specialist,USM School of Social Work


Alumni (5 presenters)


  • When the Cradle Falls:  Social Work Care of Women and Their Families in Perinatal LossBrenda Sumrall Smith, PhD, LCSW, LMFT.


  • Bringing Life to the CaregiverKathy Van Cleave, LMSW, LCMHT, Dir., Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia Div., MDMH;Spencer Blalock, DHA, LCSW, BCD, Clinical Specialist/Supervisor, Intensive Outpatient Services, Rush Health Systems; and Ron Mumbower, PhD, MFT, Precise Clinical Neuroscience Specialists.  30 min. CD CE Credit.


  • . A Social Construction Perspective:  Global Social Work Dialogues Related to Diversity and Cultural CompetenceVincent J. Venturini, PhD., Visiting Part-time Prof., MVSU SW Program, Andrew Hoang, PhD Student, University of Hong Kong, and Abayomi Magbagbeola, SWKR, Finland Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development.  60 min. CD CE Credit.


  • “Where Did All the Money Go”:  A Simulative Exercise Addressing PovertyAngela Gaddis, LCSW, PhD, Chair, and Anita Trigg, MSW, MACE, Assoc. Prof., Belhaven University SW Program, and Jana Donahoe, LCSW, PhD, Asst. Prof., DSU SW Program.  90 min. CD CE Credit.


  • Ethical Dilemmas and Your License:  What You Need to Know  - Spencer Blalock, DHA, LCSW, BCD, Jennifer Fulcher, LSW, MS, Christy Ainsworth, LCSW,  and Gloria Green, JD, MS BOESWMFT.  180 min. Ethics CE Credit.