Workshops and Schedules

Workshop schedule subject to change

Keynote: Your Compass!

Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW

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Did you choose this profession or did it choose you? Social workers enter this profession driven by personal values, intrigued with the human condition and desire to improve the quality of life for the most oppressed and underserved individuals in our society. This work is amazingly difficult and yet we maintain hope and are steadfast in our service.    

Your compass! ~  This keynote will focus on 'our compass' including the core values and critical skills that distinguish our profession. We will also explore 'your compass' with the promise of advancing personal growth and safeguarding against compassion fatigue.  

Dr. Tana Bridge is a professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. Her advanced studies include a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Wayne State University. Dr Bridge is recognized for her passion, expertise, and skills in engagement. She has a 25-year track record of excellence in teaching, service, and professional consulting. 

Dr. Bridge’s expertise in trauma, ethical practice and collaboration are common threads in all areas of engagement.  Dr. Bridge currently serves on many local and state-wide committees and is the Governor’s appointed chair to the State of Michigan Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is well regarded for training across the United States in trauma, vicarious trauma, and ethics.

Dr. Bridge has several awards and certifications. She is the recipient of a Trauma and Loss Consultant of the Year Award from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and the Marshall Service Award, Excellent Teachers Engaging Alumni Award and the distinguished Ronald W. Collins Award. She is licensed in both clinical and macro practice. She holds several advanced certifications including Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. 

Block A - 1.5 hour workshops

Afternoon Plenary

Celebrating Generational Differences

Gerri King, PhD

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Because this is the first time in American history where there have been as many as 4 or 5 generations in the workplace, challenges and opportunities have emerged. 

Trying to change someone else's perspective, approach, and/or style may feel like a losing battle.  It is more effective to capitalize on each person’s strengths and assets.  Masterful communicators can connect with people from various generations by adapting, collaborating, and negotiating common ground. Social workers are trained to connect with those they work with and for, meeting people where they are at.

Engaged social workers make all the difference, but engagement isn't one-size-fits all.  An excellent work environment is one that supports all generations, responds to diversity, builds on strengths, offers options, develops people's understanding of differences, and trains people to communicate effectively.  Social workers are taught to engage like this with their clients, but does it translate within the workplace? Gerri will work to bridge this gap and recognize the strengths every generation brings to the workplace.

Gerri King, Ph.D., social psychologist and organizational consultant, works with educational, social service, healthcare, corporate, industrial, non-profit, and governmental clients throughout the United States and abroad.  Gerri is also a facilitator and keynote speaker, presenting at numerous multinational, national, and regional conferences and seminars throughout the year.

Dr. King’s expertise includes a wide range of topics such as supervisory skills, team building, resolving conflicts and effective communication, motivating workforces, the dynamics of change, strategic planning, why people avoid success, and the changing role of leadership in the 21st century, creating a Blame-Free and Gossip-Free work environment.

Dr. King facilitates staff and executive retreats, departmental and cross-departmental conflict resolution efforts, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning sessions, and mission & vision development. Gerri is a founding partner and President of the consulting and counseling firm Human Dynamics Associates, Inc. of Concord NH and the author of The Duh! Book of Management and Supervision: Dispelling Common Leadership Myths.

Social workers are skilled in a variety of roles - clinician, advocate, administrator, researcher, community organizer, and educator.

We have worked hard to create a conference where there is a little something for everyone.  All of our workshops and speakers help you earn up to 12 Category A Clinical CEUs - NASW NH Approval #3647.

There are workshops with ethics and suicide prevention CEUs. 

Tentative Schedule


8:00                               Registration

8:45                               Welcome

9:00 – 10:00                 Keynote 

10:15 – 11:45               Workshop Block A (1.5 hour workshops)

11:45 – 12:45               Lunch

12:30 -                          Workshop Block B ( 3 hour workshops)

3:30 – 4:00                   Break

4:30 - 6:00                    Workshop Block C (1.5 hour workshops)

6:00                               Dinner

Seven (7) hours instructional time

Continental breakfast and lunch are included in your registration fee. Dinner may be purchased for $10.


7:00 - 8:00                    Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00                 Workshop Block D (2 hour workshops)

10:00 – 10:30               Break

10:30 - 12:30               Workshop Block E (2 hour workshops)

12:30 - 1:30                  Lunch

1:30 - 2:30                    Plenary

2:30 - 2:45                   Wrap-up and Raffle drawing

2:45                              Conference End

Five (5) hours instructional time

Full breakfast and lunch are included in your registration fee