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Please join us for our 30th Annual CCDSWE Conference:

Emerging Trends in Social Work Careers

Thursday, June 16, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Central Time)

Deadline to register is Monday, June 13

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Conference Agenda

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 - 10:30

Council on Work Education (CSWE) Update on Social Work Careers

10:30 - 11:30

Trends in Social Work Micro Panel Discussion

11:30 - 12:30
Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:00 

Meet the Author of 101 Careers in Social Work

1:00 - 2:00

Trends in Social Work Macro Panel Discussion

2:00 - 2:45

Networking: Beyond COVID

2:45 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 3:30Investing in Your Professional Growth: Self-Care Starts With Me
3:30 - 4:00Business Meeting / Closing Remarks

Featured Speakers

Darla Spence Coffey, Ph.D, M.S.W

Dr. Coffey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  CSWE is the national association for social work education, representing over 800 accredited undergraduate and graduate programs.  CSWE promotes emerging technologies, interprofessional education, and innovative models to advance social work education.  As the voice of social work education, CSWE works to strengthen the position of social work within higher education, the national political environment, and in the perceptions of the general public. Coffey received her BSW from Eastern College, her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College.

Ariel Coleman, MSSA, LISW-S

Ariel Coleman was born and raised in Parma Heights, Ohio. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University where she obtained degrees in Social Work. Since graduating, Ariel has worked with adolescents and adults focusing on mental health and crisis stabilization. Currently, Ariel is a Social Work Supervisor of the Right Response Unit, an innovative and collaborative program embedded in the Emergency Communication Center. The Right Response team works to offer an alternative response that have a mental health component. Ariel is an advocate for mental health and has a passion for serving the community. In her spare time she enjoys being with family, travelling, and self-care trips to target.

Eva Shinka, MSW, LISW-S

Eva Shinka is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Eva is currently an Independent Practicing Affiliate at The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Columbus, Ohio where she is also the clinical director and supervisor for new and onboarding social workers. In October 2019, Eva was part of a pilot program that delivered telehealth services. During the pandemic, CCBT continued to serve their clients by setting up telehealth services and once they returned to the office, worked with insurance companies to conduct therapy outside in the park. Eva has developed content for the Veteran Certificate Program for the College of Social work and is a trainer for the Star Behavioral Health Program.  

Eva has worked in both the public sector and government during her career. Eva began her career in hospital social work and community mental health. She worked at Fleet and Family Support Center as the Sexual Assault Program Coordinator, Clinical Social Worker at the Fleet and Family Support Center at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, MS. She also was instrumental in setting up and training a team of military spouses to serve as case managers to help military, veterans, and their families after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She also served as Director for the FOCUS Project at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, MS. Eva also worked as a Program Analyst in the Office of Family Policy at the Pentagon. She served as the Lead of Family Therapists and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Social Work Case Managers at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD where she served patients with TBI and associated health conditions. 

She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. She is an active member of the College of Social Work Alumni Association and volunteers with the Arts Boosters at Granville High School and volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Newark, OH.  She recently served as a mentor as part of the Student-Alumni Mentorship Experience (SAME) and served on the Ohio Brain Injury Advisory Committee, Columbus, OH.

William (BIill) L. Vanderwill, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, LMFT

William (Bill) Vanderwill is a retired Field Faculty and Lecturer IV at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Currently, Bill serves as an Sponsored Affiliate/Field Instructor for the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Field Instructor for Wayne State University School of Social Work. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Michigan School of Social Work's Graduate Certificate Program for Sport Social Work. Bill is active as a consultant and trainer throughout the State of Michigan and Canada focusing on the field of sport social work.

In the past, Bill has taught at Wayne State University, Madonna University, Marygrove College and Henry Ford College in the area of social work, psychology, gerontology, case management and addiction studies. Additionally he has extensive social work practice experience as an administrator, clinician and community organizer. Bill has received numerous awards from organizations including the State of Michigan, City of Detroit, National Association of Social Work-Michigan Chapter, Madonna University and the Detroit Social Workers Committee.

Jessica Ritter, BSW, MSW, Ph.D

Dr. Jessica Ritter is a Full Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She earned her BSW, MSSW, and PhD in social work at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to being on the faculty at MSU Denver, she was a full-time faculty member at George Mason University in the DC area and at Pacific University Oregon located just outside of Portland, Oregon. At Pacific University she served as the BSW Program Director and Associate Dean of Social Sciences. Dr. Ritter began her social work career in child protection due to her strong desire for working with children and families served by the child welfare system. Her career as a social worker and social work academic has been dedicated to child welfare and children’s rights as well as political advocacy focused on social and economic justice issues.

Dr. Ritter teaches a variety of social work courses including Generalist Practice, Child Maltreatment, Research Methods, and Social Welfare Policy. She has a special passion for teaching courses that focus on political advocacy with the goal of getting social work students excited about social policy, demystifying the political process, increasing students’ levels of political efficacy, and inspiring them to be engaged politically. Dr. Ritter is a Fulbright scholar and is the author of two books—101 Careers in Social Work, (3rd edition) and Social Work Policy Practice: Changing our Community, Nation, and the World (3rd edition). She is currently working on a new book, an Introduction to Social Work textbook. Being a social work educator is one of the great joys of her life!

Abagael Adair, LMSW

Abby Adair graduated with a master's degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan in 2016. She has been working at The Children's Center in Midtown, Detroit for four years in their Philanthropy department. She is currently serving as the Senior Manager of Individual Philanthropy for the Children's Center where she builds relationships with current and prospective donors, working to connect them to the mission of The Children’s Center to fulfill their philanthropic goals. Abby lives in downtown Detroit with her boyfriend and their two cats.

Starr Davis, MSW

Starr Davis works at The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She oversees the university-wide Graduate and Professional Student Initiative (GPS) and special programming for graduate students. This role also includes building and advancing relationships with academic programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges, and other institutions of higher education. Prior to coming to ODI, Starr served as a Master of Social Work Program Advisor for The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Starr received her Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Community and Social Justice from The Ohio State University. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.. Starr’s passion is to illuminate the light in others so we can have a brighter world.

 Amber Rabo, Ph.D, SPHR

Amber Rabo is a business-oriented human resources leader with a 20+ - year track record of progressive experience across multiple industries. She is known for her ability to strategize, lead, and execute to plan within aggressive timelines while providing targeted solutions that repeatedly deliver value.

Since 2016, Amber has served as Director, Organizational Effectiveness and Talent Acquisition at Cheniere Energy where she has successfully implemented comprehensive talent management technology, process, and practices including performance evaluation, talent reviews, succession, and development. Prior to Cheniere, Amber was Human Resources Manager, Talent Management for Rosetta Resources/Noble Energy and Director of Organizational Development and Training at Houston Methodist where she led organizational development, culture, and patient experience initiatives. Amber’s earlier engagements include serving as an Organization Effectiveness Consultant at H&R Block, rolling out organizational development strategy and compliance/ethics programming for BMC Software, and as an Organizational Development Consultant at Duke Energy Corporation.

Amber obtained her PhD in Business Administration from Northcentral University and a dual Master of Business Administration - Master of Social Work from the University of Houston. Earlier, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University of New Orleans. Committed to her profession, she holds numerous human resources certifications. Along with her husband, Luis, Amber is also co-owner of We Olive & Wine Bar in the Houston Heights where she resides; Luis and Amber have two children: Gemma (17) and Blaise (12).

Becky Corbett, MSW, ACSW

Becky Schwartz Corbett, MSW, ACSW is an international speaker, trainer, and executive coach in intentional growth; leadership & career development; and Producktivity®. Becky has 30 years of non-profit executive management experience with mission-driven organizations; membership & trade associations; and colleges & universities. She is President & CEO of BSCorbett Consulting; a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers; a John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Speaker, and Teacher; Career Services Consultant for The University of Alabama School of Social Work; and the author of The Bridge to Hope & Healing®: 9 Principles to Guide You in a Moment of Crisis. Becky is fiercely dedicated to inspiring people to lead and helping communities, organizations, and individuals move ideas to action.


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