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Workshop and Poster Program for Convention 2019

Convention 2019 Workshop and Poster Program

NACSW is pleased to post our workshop and poster program for our Convention 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year’s program includes more than 125 workshop and poster sessions divided among 13 tracks selected from proposal received from all across North America following a competitive peer review process.

Workshop Program

NACSW’s convention workshops form the heart of the convention program, and range from 60 minutes to 90 minutes long on a wide range of topics of interest to Christians in social work.

Poster Program

NACSW’s convention poster sessions, held on the opening night (Thursday) of the convention, provide an opportunity for presenters to summarize their practice and research findings in an important area in visual representations for attendees to browse and to facilitate more informal discussion.

A Panel discussion on Immigration and Refugee Resettlement: The Social Work and Faith Communities Working Together


Worldwide the number of displaced persons has currently surpassed that of even post-World War II.  Both faith communities and social workers have key roles in shaping responses at macro, mezzo and micro levels.  In this session a panel will share how social workers and faith communities are creating partnerships to address refugee resettlement effectively together.


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NASW-IN Executive Director
Beryl Cohen MSW

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.

Beryl will be the panel moderator.


Renée Vaughn MSW, Central Indiana ABSW

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Renée  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 family’s 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.


Elizabeth Patterson Roe PhD, MSW, LISW-S  NACSW

Elizabeth teaches social work and global and international studies at Malone University. She is involved in both research and practice in international and local community development settings. In 2016 she completed a sabbatical working with World Relief in refugee resettlement. Dr. Roe conducted research that focused on developing an empowering model for refugee resettlement. In 2018, she co-edited a special issue of Social Work and Christianity on practice with refugees.



Sister Stephanie Spandl MSW, LICSW, MAT from the Sisters of the School of Notre Dame.

Sister Stephanie Spandl,  is a School Sister of Notre Dame (SSND) and a clinical social worker from St. Paul, MN.  She obtained a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Theology at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.  Over the past 25 years, she has worked with refugees/immigrants in a variety of capacities, including generalist case management and clinical mental health services.  She has a particular interest in exploring the biblical and theological foundations of care for refugees/immigrants and is committed to increasing the capacity of social workers and faith communities to respond effectively to their needs through offering trainings, teaching adjunct and engaging in mentoring/networking.  She currently works full-time in vocation ministry for her SSND community and continues her work with refugees/immigrants on a volunteer/pro-bono basis.

This one-hour session will be a held in the ballroom to facilitate a larger audience, and we will offer a second hour for individuals who want to continue the conversation.


Michele Schrougham, MSW

Michele is the Supervisor of Resettlement Services for Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services Indianapolis. She has over ten years of experience resettling refugees in Indianapolis, serving in a variety of capacities before taking on a supervisor role in 2012. During her time with the program, Catholic Charities Indianapolis has resettled thousands of refugees from across the world, including Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and Cuba. In addition to her experience with Catholic Charities, she has spent several years working in the mental health field and in the prison system. Michele received her undergraduate degree from Anderson University and holds a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Tennessee. In her free time, you can find her sipping coffee with a historical fiction book in hand, binge watching tv drama, or laughing with her husband and three-year-old daughter.