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New This Year!

New This Year!

Outreach Trainings

Every year during our convention, we like to offer something of ourselves to the local community. We try very hard to involve our members in something meaningful and we take guidance from our local planning committee in this endeavor. We are delighted to share with you that this year as our contribution, NACSW will be providing a day of no cost trainings to front-line staff of the Indy faith-based social services community.

The front-line staff of Wheeler Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Bethany Christian Services, Shepherd Community, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Family Services and Purchased have been invited to attend. We have also extended this welcome to any of our student volunteers who would like the opportunity to witness the impact of these dedicated professionals and join us both for the training sessions and to enjoy networking time during lunch.

  • The full day training event will be for Indianapolis area front line staff in local faith-based organizations; it will be scheduled for Thursday, November 7th at the convention hotel.  There will be two training segments:
    a) 9:00 am – 12 noon on trauma informed care
    b) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on coping with secondary trauma and developing strategies for self-care
  • These trainings will also recognize and explore the way faith potentially plays an important role with regard to both of these topics and balancing the Christian walk with professional responsibilities.
  • Staff from these organizations are invited to participate for either the morning or afternoon or both sessions (at no cost).
  • Between the two training sessions there will be a lunch provided for staff, a time for networking, and an opportunity to recognize the crucial work of direct service/front line staff who attend



Ruth Cassidy, LCSW, MDiv

Since receiving her graduate degrees from Baylor University, Ruth  has been working with Veterans in individual and group therapy. She   has specialized in trauma and crisis management; EMDR, CBT, MI,   Solution Focused therapies. Her clinical practice focuses on   integrating the strengths and principles of social work with   healing focus of spirituality. She has taught Servant Leadership   classes, worked in church social work and urban ministry   leadership.





Nancy Fisher, MSW

Over her 32 year career, Nancy has worked primarily with children, teens and adults who experienced trauma. Nancy and her husband were foster parents for 23 years and adopted four teen boys during their time as foster parents. They also have three biological sons. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Nancy specializes in attachment work, trauma, adoption and parenting. She also works with adoptive families providing both pre and post adoption services in her current role as Director of Adoption at Children’s Bureau, Inc. Nancy is the author of “Healing Trauma through Loving Relationships” a book that chronicles her experiences as a foster and adoptive parent utilizing stories along with research to describe the most effective interventions to help children in their journey of healing. Nancy Fisher received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from  Michigan State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University Northwest.


Special Events for Students


Emerging Leaders

This year we will be hosting two events specifically for our students



Join us for the Career Panel Workshop on Friday afternoon from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in Liberty Hall.

So, You Want to be a Social Worker? 

Questions and Answers for Students




Lead by Allison Tan, Ph.D

We’ve gathered together a diverse bunch of practitioners and scholars to share their experiences in the social work world.
Pick the brains of our panel members as you navigate the next steps in creating your best future.





Friday evening at 7:00pm, come to Liberty Hall for Student Pizza and Game Night.

A little light relief, chilling with your peers and the same Friday night dinner as millions of students across America-Pizza!