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NACSW Convention 2022: 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 “Inspired by our Roots: Innovating for our Future”.

When?  October 27-30, 2022

Where? DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook,  DoubleTree Hilton Hotel,
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Reservations: 630-472-6000


Who can attend NACSW Convention 2022?
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 2022 early-bird registration rates are listed below. After October 14th 2022, rates go up by $30.

Full Registration Rates (Does not include Preconvention Training Institutes or Continuing Education Credit Fee)

  • NACSW Member: $288
  • Non-Member: $378 (Non-member rate includes 1/2 year NACSW membership)
  • Continuing Education Credit Fee $46 additional

One Day Only (Does not include banquet)

  • NACSW Member: $147
  • Non-Member: $190 (Non-member rate includes 1/2 year NACSW membership)
  • Continuing Education Credit Fee $46 additional

Student Volunteer On-site (Does not include Preconvention Training Institutes)

  • NACSW Member: $101
  • Non-Member: $118

Banquet Only (Note: Full Registration already includes banquet)

  • NACSW Member and Non-Member: $70

Full-Day Preconvention Institutes

  • NACSW Member $92
  • Non Member: $96

Half-day Preconvention Institutes

  • NACSW Member $54 each
  • Non-Member: $56 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 14th, 2022, you will be refunded all but a $30 processing fee. If you cancel your registration after October 14th 2022, 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 convention@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 convention@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?

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Il 1909 Spring Road Oak Brook, IL 60523



What hotel has been reserved? What are the rates?
Rooms have been reserved at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, phone 866-812-3959 for reservations. For $119.00 per night (plus state and local taxes). The cost of the room is $119.00 per night for up to four guests within the room. All convention sessions will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook.

Can I make my hotel reservation now?
Yes. Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling the hotel directly at 1 (630) 472-6000 or use this link: You must mention that you are affiliated with the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) to receive the discounted rate, please state code NAC. Room reservations must be made by October 14th, 2022 to guarantee the convention room rate of $119.00 per night plus tax. Reservation requests received after 12:00AM local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. 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 DoubleTree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook?
The hotel will provide complimentary basic internet access in guest rooms and lobby. 


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

Laura Zumdahl, PhD Option#1 Half Day Session 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM CT, (3 CEs)

More than Buzz Words: Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship in Social Services

Timika Anderson-Reeves, PhD, MSW Option#2 Half-Day Session 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CT (3 CEs)

Using a Patient-Centered Medical Home Approach to Address Health Disparities Among Maternal, Paternal, and Child Health Populations in a Community Health Setting

Rachel Ostergaard, LCSW, Program Manager, The Salvation Army STOP IT Program, Pilar Meyer-Dunning, LCSW, Divisional Services Director, The Salvation Army Western Michigan, Michael A. Smith, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Territorial Social Services/Pathway of Hope Director Option #3 Half-Day Session 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CT (3 CEs)

Trauma-Informed Practices that Promote Healing for Survivors of Human Trafficking


Thursday Night Opening Session and Networking Reception (1 CE): The convention opening session features keynote speaker Mackenzi Huyser, PhD Executive Director, Chicago Semester

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 14 workshop tracks, including a special tracks this year: Social Entrepreneurship. Presentations in this track may focus on (but are not limited to) case studies on formal and informal programs that address basic unmet needs or solve social or environmental problems through a market-driven approach, innovative approaches to developing businesses that engage client groups with barriers to employment, creative programs that help entrepreneurs launch ideas and build business that serve a greater good.

Friday Morning Alan Keith-Lucas Lecture (1.0 CE): Lawrence Ressler, PhD, MSW will present I am Sorry I Have Made Them: The Call for Reconciliation Competency

Saturday Night Banquet:  The Banquet is a favorite event of convention attendees. This year our keynote banquet speaker is Jonathan Brooks, M. Div., Lawndale Christian Community Church, Trinity Christian College/Chicago Semester, CCDA, who will present, Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods

Pastah J, as he is affectionately called, is a sought- after speaker, writer and artist and will be performing as well.

Sunday Morning Worship: 9:00 am CT Sunday morning worship will feature a sermon and musical praise at  more information to come.


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 $70 each.
I am bringing my family with me. Will there be activities for them to enjoy in Chicago?

For more information, go toLocal 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 2022?
CE Hours are available to convention participants for workshops and plenary sessions. CE Hours are not included in your registration payment, there is an additional fee of $46. 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. 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/WorkshopSchedule2021.pdf.
Where can I find a list of the workshops being presented at Convention 2022?
A workshop list with abstracts will be accessible on the NACSW website.
Where can I eat at while at NACSW Convention 2022?
The DoubleTree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook will have updated dining information to come.

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 convention@nacsw.org with additional questions.