2024 NASW-WA Statewide Conference

2024 Conference Registration

The 2024 NASW-WA Statewide Conference will be an in-person event encompassing 1.5 days of intensive learning and dialogue. Our presenters play a critical role in this conference by leading important conversations, inspiring dialogue, and sharing best practices. Attendees have the opportunity to learn (earn up to 12 CEs!), network, and build connections. 

The Conference will be held in person on September 19-21, 2024 at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, WA (near Spokane) and will feature two-hour keynote presentations and 1.5-hour breakout session presentations. All presentations will be live.

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The Conference will explore the theme: "Building Connections for a Socially Just Future." 

Program Schedule (subject to change as the program evolves)

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Thursday, September 19, 2024

Evening Conference Reception (time TBD)

Friday, September 20, 2024

8:00 AM - Introductions (breakfast provided)

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM KeynoteBuilding Connections in a World of Isolation through Collective Impact: A Framework for Community Engagement (Dr. JanaLee Wagner)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout #1A White Trauma: Creating Space for White People’s Vulnerability with the Hopes of Undoing the Perpetuation of Structural/Systemic Racism (Sherronda Jamerson, MA, SUDP)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout #1B Building Strong Social Workers: Humble Connections in Supervision (Lindsey McIntyre, MSW, LICSW)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout #1C - How Connections Heal - Relational-Cultural Theory as a Framework for SW Practice (Theresa Epstein, MA, MSW, LICSW)

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch Keynote (lunch provided) - Harnessing the Mind-Body Connection: Poi Spinning as Embodied Self-Care (Lori Sirs, DSW, LICSW)

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Breakout #2A Bonfires Not Wildfires: Generative Conflict as a Tool for Facilitating Connection and Collective Solutions (Nykki Canete, MSW, LSWAA, and Paris Chapman)

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Breakout #2B Managing Mandated Clients - Fostering Alliance & Prosocial Behavior Change (Nada Yorke, MSW, LCSW)

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Breakout #2C Examination of Decolonized Group-Based Clinical Interventions to Advance Social Justice and Health Equity (Trinese Clark, DSW, LICSW)

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Breakout #3A Spare the Rod, Stop the Trauma: Examining Aspects of Physical Punishment of Black Children in America (Cindy Hurst, MSW, LMSW)

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Breakout #3B Decolonizing Healing: How Movement, Art, and Food Can Reshape the World (Jayden Aubryn, MSW, LICSW, CSSW, CDBT, CIMHP)

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Breakout #3C Malpractice and Suicide (Stacey L. Chay, MSW, MHP)

(snacks are provided throughout the day; dinner is on your own)

Saturday, September 21, 2024

8:00 AM Introductions (breakfast provided)

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Keynote Empowering Change: Navigating Barriers in the Fight for Justice (Dr. Kaitlyn Goubeau, LICSW)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout #4A Implicit Bias: Empathetically Addressing Beliefs and Unconscious Attitudes to Increase Learning (Dr. Jillian Whatley)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout #4B Suicide Risk: Are You Prepared in Your Setting? Learning the Key Elements of Assessing, Safety Planning, Advocacy, Prevention, and Problem-Solving (Michelle Solomon, MSW, LICSW)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout #4C Community Care in Rural Settings: Social Work Students Offering Free Accessible Mental Health Services (Deisy Haid, DSW, MSW, LCSW)

(lunch is on your own)

Registration Fees

We include registration options below. Please click the appropriate link and you will be directed to the registration form for that category. If you wish to register a group or more than one person, please get in touch at info.naswwa@socialworkers.org.

Early Bird registration (through 6/30/2024)

NASW Member $249

Non-Member $349

NASW Student Member $120

Future Student Member $180 ($60 will be applied to a membership with NASW)

Regular Registration (7/1 - 8/29/2024)

NASW Member $349

Non-Member $499

NASW Student Member $120

Future Student Member $180 ($60 will be applied to a membership with NASW)

Hotel and Travel

Hotel reservations and travel arrangements are separate from the Conference registration process. Please see below for resources on how to complete your travel plans. 


The event begins with a reception at night on Thursday, September 19th, all day Conference on Friday, September 20th and half a day on Saturday, September 21st. Refreshments will be provided Thursday night; breakfast and lunch on Friday, and breakfast on Saturday. Meals after the conference on your own. The venue does have restaurants and bars to choose from: https://www.northernquest.com/dining-bars/overview

Venue Information

The 2024 NASW-WA Conference will be held at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino, located at 100 North Hayford Road, Airway Heights, WA 99001


Note that there is an RV Resort affiliated with the venue as well if you are so inclined: https://www.northernquest.com/rv/overview

Hotel Reservations

To book your stay at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino, call 1-877-871-6772 and request the "2024 NASW-WA Conference" group rate to reserve your room. The price before tax/fees is $159 per night for Thursday and Friday. The booking number associated with our Conference is 29905 (the reservation agent may ask for this). 

Shuttle from the Spokane Airport

If you would like to have the Northern Quest Resort & Casino shuttle from the Spokane Airport, you can make this request at the time of your reservation for the Hotel. The Spokane International Airport is the closest Airport to the venue. There are six passenger airlines serving Spokane: Alaska, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and United. This may be helpful if you are planning to fly.

Dietary Restrictions

Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions or allergies by indicating this when you register to attend.

ADA Accommodations

NASW-WA wants to create an environment that fosters participation by all. If you have questions or require ADA accommodation, please contact NASW-WA Chapter staff at info.naswwa@socialworkers.org.