International Military Social Work Conference Agenda


April 24 Agenda

5:15 p.m.

Check-In and Set Up of Table Displays (Pershing Room)

6 p.m.

Welcoming Reception (Pershing Room)
MilSW display tables for information sharing

7 p.m.

Conference Dinner (Eisenhower Room)

Welcoming Remarks
Mary Ann Forgey, Professor, and Ji Seon Lee, Associate Dean,
Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

Col. Brett Venable, Commander,
Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point

Annamaria Campanini, President,
International Association of Social Work Schools (IASSW)

David Albright and Kari Fletcher, Co-Chairs, Military Social Work Track,
U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Introduction of Conference Participants
Review of Conference Agenda for Day 2 and Day 3

April 25 Agenda

8 a.m. Breakfast (MacArthur Dining Room)
9 a.m.

Presentation of the IMilSW Study Findings (Pershing Room)

Mary Ann Forgey and Karen Hurdle Green

Study Background, Objectives, Methods & Procedure, Description of Sample and Overview of the Findings.

9:30 a.m.

Small/Large Group Discussion of Findings on MilSW Practice Settings, Direct and Indirect Roles, Levels of Practice, and Theoretical Approaches

Question for Discussion: In what ways does the MilSW practice setting (e.g. clinic or military unit etc.) influence the direct and indirect SW roles and approach to practice?

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.

Small/Large Group Discussion of Findings about the Common Ethical Tensions in Military Social Work Practice

Question for Discussion: How do ethical tensions get managed by military social workers in your country?

11:15 a.m.

Small/Large Group Discussion of Findings on the Interface between Social Work Practice within the Military and Social Work Practice with Veterans

Question for Discussion: Thinking about the needs of military service members and their families as they transition to civilian life, how can military social work models of practice better support the transition from military service to civilian life?

12 p.m.

Conference Luncheon (Pershing Room)

1 p.m.

Keynote Address: Prof. Rev'd Adrian Van Breda, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Military Social Work Development in South Africa: Practice Theory, Resilience, and Research

Participant Questions and Discussion

2:30 p.m.

Agency Visit: Army Community Services (ACS), Family Advocacy Program and Resiliency Center, West Point.
(ACS is a 5-minute walk from the Thayer Hotel)

3:45 - 5 p.m.

Guided Bus Tour of West Point Academy
(Bus will pick up participants in front of ACS)

7 p.m.

Conference Dinner (MacArthur Dining Room Alcove)

April 26 Agenda

8 a.m. Breakfast (MacArthur Dining Room)
9 a.m.

Discussion: What have we learned from Day 2? (Pershing Room)

9:30 a.m.

Small/Large Group Discussion: What are the opportunities and challenges for IMilSW collaboration in relation to:
9:30 a.m. - Practice Sharing
10 a.m. - Research Partnerships
10:30 a.m. - Education Exchanges

11 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:15 a.m.

Prioritization Discussion and Next Steps in Development of a Strategic Plan

12 p.m.

Formation of an IMilSW Planning Group

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Wrap-up Luncheon (MacArthur Dining Room Alcove)