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NACSW Convention 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

What? NACSW’s 3-plus day convention with 120+ workshops & posters and opportunities to earn continuing education hours and network. The convention theme is “Empowering People, Healing Communities: Working Toward Renewal and Restoration”.

When?  November 5th-8th, 2020

Where? Reston, Virginia. at the Sheraton Reston Hotel,
11810 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA, 20191


Who can attend NACSW Convention 2020?
The NACSW Convention is a good fit for social work practitioners, social work educators, social work students, human services workers, church ministry staff, and anyone interested in social services and social change.
What does my registration fee include?
The full convention registration includes attendance at all plenary sessions, coffee breaks, workshops, the opening reception on Thursday evening, and the Saturday evening banquet. One day registrations for Friday or Saturday include all plenary sessions, coffee breaks, and workshops for the day you’ve registered (but does not include the Saturday evening banquet).
How do I register for the event?
You can register online or by downloading the registration form and mailing it in with your payment.
What are the registration rates?
The Convention 2020 early-bird registration rates are listed below. After October 16th 2020, rates go up by $25.

Full Registration Rates (Does not include Preconvention Training Institutes)

  • NACSW Member: $280
  • Non-Member: $370 (Non-member rate includes 1/2 year NACSW membership)

One Day Only (Does not include banquet)

  • NACSW Member: $142
  • Non-Member: $185 (Non-member rate includes 1/2 year NACSW membership)

Student Volunteer (Does not include Preconvention Training Institutes)

  • NACSW Member: $95
  • Non-Member: $115

Banquet Only (Note: Full Registration already includes banquet)

  • NACSW Member and Non-Member: $55

Full-Day Preconvention Institutes

  • NACSW Member and Non Member: $90

Half-day Preconvention Institutes

  • NACSW Member and Non-Member: $52 each
Will I receive a refund if I have to cancel my registration?
If your reservation is canceled prior to the Early Bird Registration Date of October 16th, 2020, you will be refunded all but a $25 processing fee. If you cancel your registration after October 16th 2020, NACSW is unable to refund your registration.
Will I receive a confirmation of my registration and payment?
If you register online, you will immediately receive an onscreen confirmation as well as an email confirming your registration. If you register by mail, a confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you within a few days.
I am not a member of NACSW but my co-worker is and cannot attend. Can I use his/her membership to register at the member rate?
Membership rates apply only to the individuals who hold the membership. You can register at the non-member rate and take advantage of the six month free membership included in the price, or join NACSW for one year and register at the discounted member rate.
My agency is an organizational member of NACSW. Can I register at the member rate?
Organizational members can register up to four agency staff members at the discounted membership rate. Please check with your agency about informing NACSW which organizational staff members will be receiving organizational membership registration discounts.
My agency is paying for my attendance at the convention and I need an invoice from NACSW. How do I get an invoice?
If you require an invoice to have payment processed by your agency, please contact NACSW directly at 888-426-4712 or info@nacsw.org. An invoice will be e-mailed or mailed to you depending on your preference.
Are reduced conference registration rates available?
If you are retired or experiencing a financial hardship that makes it difficult for you to attend the convention, you may be eligible for a reduced conference registration rate. Contact the NACSW office at info@nacsw.org to request a reduced registration rate. Please do not complete your online registration until you have received confirmation from the NACSW office that you have been approved for a reduced registration rate.


What is the street address of the hotel?

Sheraton Reston Hotel  11810 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191



What hotel has been reserved? What are the rates?
Rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA, 20191. For $129 per night (plus taxes and fees). The cost of the room is $130 per night for three to a room and $140/night for three additional persons. All convention sessions will be held at the Sheraton Reston Hotel.

Can I make my hotel reservation now?
Yes. Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling the hotel directly at 1 (703)-620-9000. You must mention that you are affiliated with the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) to receive the discounted rate. Room reservations must be made by October 21st, 2020 to guarantee the convention room rate of $129 per night. Rooms are subject to availability. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
Is there internet access at the Sheraton Reston Hotel?
The hotel will provide complimentary internet access in guest rooms, lobby and all public areas. 


What will be on the convention program?
Thursday Preconvention Institutes .These half-day presentations,  provide an opportunity for more in-depth learning and additional CE hours.

Dr. Charles Lewis and Dr. Harold Dean Trulear Option#1 Full Day Session 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM,1:00 PM-4:15PM (6CEs)

“Religion Race, Criminal Justice and Political Activism”

Allison Tan and Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein Option#2 Half Day Session 9:00 AM-12:15PM (3CEs)

“Reflective Structured Dialogue – What It Is and How We Can Use It in Social Work Practice and Education”

Lawrence Ressler Option#3 Half Day Session 1:00 PM-4:15 PM (3 CEs) “Truth, Mercy, Justice, Peace: Introductory Skills for Implementing a Multidimensional Framework for Reconciliation”

Thursday Night Opening Session and Networking Reception: The convention opening session features keynote speaker Nikki Toyama-Szeto “Moving Towards Flourishing:  A Look at Pathways Out of Poverty and Injustice for a Diverse People”.

Join us at the reception following the presentation. Enjoy complementary refreshments and snacks while browsing poster presentations and  convention exhibits. Convention attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with others throughout the evening.

Friday and Saturday Workshop Program: Attend a rich selection of workshops and earn CE hours. Workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes in length. There are 13 workshop tracks, including a new track this year: Political Social Work and Faith – Presentations in this track will explore the intersections of Christianity, social work practice and politics related to: diversity, ethics, social welfare history, social welfare policy, social work education, human behavior, social justice, macro practice, political movements, elections and contemporary issues.

Friday Morning Alan Keith-Lucas Lecture: Stanley Carlson Thies will present “Love God totally, and your neighbor as yourself:  How religious freedom enables us to obey both great commandments in our time”

Saturday Night Banquet: The Banquet is a favorite event of convention attendees. Entertainment information to come.

Sunday Morning Worship: Sunday morning worship will feature a sermon and musical praise.


Can I buy additional individual tickets to the Banquet? What is the cost?
Additional tickets can be purchased for the Saturday Evening Banquet at the cost of $55 each.
I am bringing my family with me. Will there be activities for them to enjoy in Virginia?

For more information, go to Local Attractions


What should I expect as a student volunteer?
In exchange for a 65% discount on your registration rate, as a student volunteer, you will spend 6-10 hours at the convention providing assistance with tasks essential in helping the convention run smoothly. You will be assigned tasks such as monitoring workshops, helping with set-up and take-down, or assisting with registration. The success of the conference relies on volunteers, so NACSW depends on student volunteers being responsible in fulfilling their volunteer assignments.
How do I register as a student volunteer?
You may register online or download a form and mail the form to NACSW, with payment, to register as a student volunteer. You will be able to complete your registration as well as indicate your preferred day for volunteering.
How do I find out more about being a student volunteer?
To find out more about being a being a student volunteer, go to our student volunteer webpage.


Can I receive Continuing Education Contact hours (CE Hours) at NACSW Convention 2019?
CE Hours are available to convention participants for workshops and plenary sessions. CE Hours are included in your registration payment. Attendees can earn up to 19.75 hours for attending two half-day preconvention institutes, all workshops, and all plenary sessions. CE Hours are approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), which is widely recognized in the US and Canada, and the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. It is important to note, however, that final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with the state or province in which the participant is licensed.
What is the dress code?
Dress for the NACSW convention varies. Most attendees wear business casual clothing. Some attendees choose to wear more formal attire to the Saturday Evening Banquet.
Where can I find a convention schedule?
There is an event schedule for the convention on this website, and later on in the planning process, a workshop schedule will be found at http://www.nacsw.org/Convention/WorkshopSchedule2019.pdf.
Where can I find a list of the workshops being presented at Convention 2020?
A workshop list with abstracts will be accessible on the NACSW website.
Where can I eat at while at NACSW Convention 2020?
The Sheraton Reston Hotel offers;

Syrah Restaurant is open daily for breakfast. Enjoy a large selection from our buffet or order a la carte.

Cosmopolitan Lounge offers relaxation in a contemporary ambience; enjoy a beverage in a cozy seating area or stay for classic American fare for lunch or dinner.

Please note on holidays our outlets and room service close at 9 pm; Cravings remains available 24 hours.

Cravings is adjacent to the reception desk in the main lobby. Find snacks, sandwiches and beverages for when you want a quick bite anytime of day or night.

We will be developing a handout for local eateries – look for it on our registration desk. 

My question is not here. Who should I contact?
Please contact info@nacsw.org with additional questions.