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Annual Convention 2020

Join us at NACSW Convention 2020 – Now a Completely Virtual Event!

NACSW received word on September 28th from the Sheraton Reston hotel that they are no longer able to host the on-site component of NACSW’s convention at their facility. As a result of the hotel cancelling their contract with us, NACSW’s Convention 2020 from November 5th – 8th will now become NACSW’s first completely virtual conference!

NACSW is in the process of making several important changes in our convention program to support this move:

  • We are reaching out to all our on-site workshop and poster presenters to explore how they might be able to still offer their presentations in a new way
  • We are contacting all who had already registered for the on-site convention to allow them to switch to virtual registrations – and receive a 40% refund
  • We are reaching out to our keynote and preconvention institute speakers to discuss how they can bring their inspirational messages to us virtually

To All Virtual Attendees:  We at NACSW would like to point out an amazing benefit that comes with your convention registration.  As you may remember, NACSW usually has a tote bag that comes with each convention registration, we are raising the bar with our Virtual Tote Bag of prerecorded workshops.  With NACSW’s convention platform all registered attendees will have access to their account 90 days after the convention. Each registered virtual attendee will have access to over 40 prerecorded workshops during and after the convention. You may ask is this a big deal? It sure is! Each registered virtual attendee can watch and obtain CEs on workshops you may have missed the first time around – there is no limit.

In addition, each registered virtual attendee will have the opportunity to view the NACSW  Virtual Convention Lecture Series, over 40 live remote sessions, plenary and keynote speakers sessions will be uploaded post- convention, accessible to you anytime during the 90 days, please note these are CE worthy DURING the convention only so plan accordingly. When you are making your scheduling plans and you wish to get the most CEs it is beneficial for you to watch the live remote sessions first, obtain your CEs. Once you feel you may be done for that particular day,  you can go back that day  or after the convention to view the prerecorded workshops and obtain more CEs. It’s a win/win!

Convention 2020 will include: live-streamed keynote sessions, online access to an array of live-remote and prerecorded workshops, CEs for convention participants, virtual breakout rooms to promote networking among convention participants, and a 40% discount off our usual convention registration rates.

We will continue to share more information as details unfold about the exciting ways that NACSW’s Convention 2020 – now completely virtual – will support and encourage the growth of social workers throughout North America in the ethical integration of Christian faith and professional practice.

Click here to check out virtual convention features and registration rates.

NACSW’s 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 and engage in fellowship and worship with dozens of other Christians in social work/social ministry from all over North America

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.


Convention 2020 Co-Chairs

Kesslyn Brade Stennis, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.Div.

Dr. Kesslyn Brade Stennis is Chair of the Department of Social Work and Executive Director of the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Center for the Advancement of Social Justice at Coppin State University.  She is also the CEO of Kesslyn Enterprises, LLC, the parent company of The PhD Consultants which was developed to support doctoral students from concept to completion of their doctoral degrees.

Along with holding a PhD in Social Work from Howard University and a Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University, Kesslyn also received a Master of Divinity Degree and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Howard University, and she is a proud graduate from Oakwood College. Her career has focused on serving God and God’s people.  She has served as a social worker and social work educator for over twenty years.  In addition, she has conducted research on topics that impact African American communities including gentrification, family violence, responses to crimes and women’s well-being. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals, peer reviewed books and public interest magazines.

Finally, Kesslyn is an editorial consultant for various professional journals, an educational entrepreneur, and is a past Board President for the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Most importantly, Kesslyn is married to Fred Stennis, Jr and is a mother to four children: Amanda, Freddie, Ariyan and Alaun.

Jean Beil – Catholic Charities, USA

As the Senior Vice President for Programs and Services since 2005, Jean has been responsible for program development, implementation and evaluation for Catholic Charities USA, the national office for the network of more than 2,500 Catholic Charities agencies and institutions working to reduce poverty in America and serving over 12 million people of all faiths each year. 

A transplant from New Jersey, Jean worked for local Catholic Charities there for over 18 years.  Jean is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in mental health and services to homeless individuals and families.  She has dual master’s degrees in Social Work from NYU and in Religion from LaSalle University.