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Annual Convention 2020

Join us at NACSW Convention 2020!

NACSW is excited to announce our 70th Annual Convention, “Unity in the Face of Adversity: Building a World of Love and Justice” in the Washington, DC from November 5th – 8th, 2020. This incredible networking and learning event will take place at the Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191.
NACSW’s Convention 2020 will offer inspirational keynote speakers, 125+ workshops, poster sessions and 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.


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.