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Annual Convention 2019

Join us at NACSW Convention 2019!

The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is excited to announce our 69th Annual Convention, “Empowering People, Healing Communities: Working Toward Renewal and Restoration” in Indianapolis, Indiana  from November 7th – 10th, 2019. This incredible networking and learning event will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 43219.

NACSW’s Convention 2019 will offer inspirational keynote speakers, 125+ workshops and poster sessions, preconvention institutes, as well as opportunities to network and engage in fellowship and worship together with other Christians in social work from all over North America.

In addition, convention participants are eligible to earn up to 19.5 hours of continuing education contact hours approved by the Association of Social Work Boards as well as the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work.

NACSW three+ day annual convention provides a terrific opportunity to:

LEARN from nationally recognized speakers on topics of special interest to NACSW members and friends

NETWORK with dozens of other Christians in social work/social ministry

EARN continuing education contact hours, which have become increasingly important for maintaining social work licenses, certifications, registrations and/or accreditation in many areas.

The purpose of the NACSW Annual Convention is to support and encourage the growth of social workers in the ethical integration of Christian faith and professional practice.

For additional questions or information about the convention, contact us at: info@nacsw.org, or 888/426-4712.


Meet Convention 2019 Co-Chairs


Katti Sneed

Dr. Sneed is the Director of the Social Work Program at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Her research interests and clinical practice has primarily been in the area of trauma and addictions counseling, including spirituality, self-help, burn-out among counselors, and self-disclosure in the counseling relationship. Dr. Sneed holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from Capella University.  In addition, she has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University, after receiving Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology from Purdue University.  Dr. Sneed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC).


Colleen Burns Gore

Colleen Burns Gore, MSW, has been serving women, children and families in Indianapolis, Indiana for the past 25 years. In her current role as Chief Program Officer for Wheeler Mission, she leads her staff in empowering those experiencing homelessness. Colleen is married with four adult or almost adult children and is excited about welcoming other committed Christian Social Workers to her adopted Hoosier hometown this November.



Welcome From The Central Indiana Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW), and the Indiana Chapter of NASW                                                                                           

Renée Vaughn MSW, Central Indiana ABSW

Renée Vaughn has an Associate and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in social work. She currently works for St. Vincent/Ascension Ministry Hospital located in Indianapolis, Indiana as medical social worker. Renée’s main responsibilities are at St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and the St. Vincent Women’s hospital. Her clients are pediatric inpatients, pediatric emergency room patients, and women’s hospital patients. Her primary duties are to provide culturally competent psychosocial assessments, to connect patients with community resources and to support families during difficult, sometimes extremely emotional situations.  Before working for the hospital, she was a laboratory research scientist for over 20 years. She is currently working on establishing a private practice supporting individuals seeking to improve their nutritional and mental wellness.

Beryl Cohen MSW, NASW-IN 

Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers – Indiana Chapter

Ms. Cohen currently serves as the Executive Director of NASW Indiana Chapter. In this position, she is responsible for the day-to-day running of the chapter with approximately 2,000 members. Under her direction, the Chapter provides member services, training and educational opportunities for members and non-members around the state and works to ensure that state licensing laws are maintained in a way that supports the integrity and growth of the profession.

Ms. Cohen has more than two decades of experience in public policy, advocacy and legislative work in Indiana.  This includes working as the public policy coordinator at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana in the mid-90s as well as running a project at the Indiana Coalition on Housing and Homeless Issues, where her work focused on changing policies to better support families and individuals as they moved from welfare to work.  She moved from working for non-profits to state government in the early 2000s and served under Governor O’Bannon and Governor Kernan running the majority of the state’s poverty programs.

Outreach – How You Can Help

NACSW is delighted to give back to Indianapolis at the 2019 Convention with an exciting service opportunity for convention registrants! As an expression of our gratitude to our host city, NACSW is organizing a personal hygiene product drive to benefit local faith-based service organizations. We are partnering with Wheeler Mission Ministries and the Salvation Army, both organizations that address homelessness within Indianapolis. These organizations do a wonderful job of showing the love of Jesus to some of the most vulnerable populations in Indy through the services that they provide.

Anyone attending the convention is encouraged to gather personal hygiene products and toiletries to be donated to these organizations. Such products include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, shaving cream, lotion, and more. Both travel-sized and full-sized donations will be appreciated.

The students and emerging leaders of NACSW will have the opportunity to build community with peers and to engage with the local community while accepting, organizing, and delivering the donated products. The products will be presented to our community partners prior to the end of the convention. Conference registrants will receive more information and a comprehensive list of donation suggestions in the fall.

Check out a this video developed by our Student Representative on the Board – Rebekah Rose – to learn more about this inspiring service project.



Rebekah Rose is a student representative for the NACSW board of directors and will be leading this project.

Rebekah graduated from Huntington University with a BSW in 2019, where she worked as a resident assistant, taught English in China and Romania, and served on the board of directors for the local United Way. Rebekah is currently enrolled in the MSW program at the University of Indianapolis with a concentration in behavioral health and hopes to work in integrated primary care upon graduation.