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Registration for the 2017 NASW Iowa Chapter Symposium taking place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017.

10/19/2017 to 10/20/2017
When: Thurs. 10-19-17 & Fri. 10-20-17
Thurs. 8am-5pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm
Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines-Northwest
4800 Merle Hay Road
Urbandale, Iowa  50322
United States
Contact: Kimberlee Gregory
(515) 277-1117

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“Having the Conversation About Trauma, Race & Bias: The Impact on Social Work Practice”



October 19 and 20, 2017

Holiday Inn DSM Northwest
4800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa



Click here for complete Symposium Brochure

Thursday, October 19, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 am            Registration

8:30 – 8:45 am            Welcome

8:45 – 10:15 am          Session I Workshops

10:15 – 10:30 am       Exhibit Tables/Break

10:30 am – Noon        Session II Workshops

Noon – 12:15 pm        Exhibit Tables/Break

12:15 – 1:15 pm          Annual PACE Luncheon

1:15 – 1:30 pm            Exhibit Tables/Break

1:30 – 3:00 pm            Session III Workshops

3:00 – 3:30 pm            Exhibit Tables/Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm            Session IV Workshops

5:00 – 5:15 pm            CEU Certificates



Keynote Speaker on Friday, October 20

Dr. Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC

Anita Mandley is an Integrative Psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience in the field of mental health. Anita’s specific areas of special interest and expertise is in working with adults who struggle to manage their moods and those who have had significant experiences of invalidation, including experiences of trauma, violence, abuse, and neglect. The complexity of such experiences necessitates complexity in treatment. Anita’s integrative perspective and treatment approach is based on her belief that you need to treat clients’ distress in the context of their whole self: i.e. body, brain, mind, and spirit. Anita uses the dynamic Collaborative Stage Model, developed by Mary Jo Barrett to organize treatment in a way that increases efficacy, while avoiding the treatment pitfalls of the extremes of chaos and rigidity. Anita leads the Center’s Adult Integrative Trauma Team and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Team. She also does training and consultation for groups and individual clinicians at the Center. She also presents workshops nationally and locally at agencies and in the community on topics such as: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-traumatic Slavery Syndrome, Incest, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Cultural Diversity, among others. Anita is a Licensed Clinical Processional Counselor in the State of Illinois.


CLICK HERE for Information on Ms. Mandley


Pace Lunch Speaker

Brad Cavanagh is a native of Dubuque, Iowa.  He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in social work in 2000 and then received his MSW from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO in 2003.  Brad began his career working with children and families in schools, residential treatment centers, and early childhood programs.  After a number of years in these settings, he transitioned to working with older adults, first in skilled nursing, and then in private practice.  Brad returned to Dubuque in 2008 after his time in St. Louis, and in 2010 began teaching in the social work program at Loras College.  He now serves as the Social Work Program Director there, and he has committed himself to various causes through volunteer service in Dubuque.   


As a social worker, Brad has dedicated his life to service and advocacy.  His run for the Iowa House of Representatives in District 99 is an embodiment of his devotion to the core values that guide our profession.  If elected, he will promote those values wholeheartedly in the Iowa Legislature.  


Friday, October 20

8:00 – 8:30 am            Registration

8:30 – 10:00 am          Presentation

10:00 – 10:15 am       Exhibit Tables/Break

10:15 - 11:30 am        Presentation (Continued)
11:30 – 11:45 am       Exhibit Tables/Break

11:45 – 12:45 pm       Annual Awards Luncheon

12:45 – 1:00 pm          Exhibit Tables/Break

1:00 – 2:30 pm            Presentation (Continued)

2:30 – 3:00 pm            Exhibit Tables/Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm            Presentation (Continued)

4:30 – 4:45 pm            CEU Certificates



Symposium BOTH DAYS: $195

Symposium Student BOTH DAYS: $110

Symposium Presenter Both Days: $150

Symposium Thursday Only: $150

Symposium Student Thursday only: $85

Symposium Friday Only: $150

Symposium Student Friday Only: $85



Symposium BOTH DAYS: $285

Symposium Student BOTH DAYS: $135

Symposium Presenter Both Days: $200

Symposium Thursday Only: $200

Symposium Student Thursday only: $105

Symposium Friday Only: $200

Symposium Student Friday Only: $105



For a printable version of the conference brochure - CLICK HERE


Registration and payment must be postmarked no later than September 21, 2017.



NASW, Iowa Chapter, has determined that this program meets the criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners, Iowa Board of Certification, and the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners for 13.2 hours of continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors. 7.2 hours of CEUs available on Thursday, October 19, and at least 6.0 hours on Friday, October 20


A registrant who requires ADA accommodations to attend or participate in the Annual Symposium should include a written request for accommodation with the completed Registration Form and fee payment by September 28, 2017. The written request must include the specific accommodation required. Every effort will be made to accommodate a special accommodation request received after September 28, 2017 but we cannot guarantee the accommodation.


  • All mailed registration forms must be filled out completely, legibly, and be accompanied by payment or purchase order.
  • Registrations to be paid by credit card shall utilize the online registration process.
  • Confirmation email or postcard will be mailed within five days of receipt of registration.



Reservations should be made directly with Holiday Inn DSM NW, 4800 Merle Hay Rd., DSM, IA, 50322, at 800/465-4329 or 515/278-4755 by September 27, 2017 to receive the guaranteed rate. Please indicate you are attending the group registration code SOC to qualify for the special room rate. 


The awards reception, Friday, October 20, is open to all. Registration to the luncheon is included with paid registration fee. One may choose to attend the awards luncheon only by completing the registration form and including payment in accordance with conference deadlines.


Registration fees may be paid by cash, check, purchase order, or credit card (Discover, Mastercard, Visa). All credit cards will be processed via online registration process. If you are paying by purchase order, please provide a copy of the completed PO with your completed registration form.

Dress in layers – temperature in the rooms may vary.



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