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Florida Association of School Social Workers (FASSW) 72nd Annual State Conference 

Clinicians Advocating for Student Wellness, Success, and Safety

2018 Conference at a Glance

Wednesday (10/24/18) PRE-CONFERENCE

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration (King Palm)

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Pre-Conference Workshop – AM Session (Royal Palm 3-5)

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. BREAK

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH (on your own)

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop – PM Session (Royal Palm 3-5)

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. BREAK

Thursday (10/25/18)

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration (King Palm)

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opening Session – Keynote Speaker

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Workshop Sessions “A”

12:30 pm – 2:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon (Royal Palm 3-5)

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Workshop Sessions “B”   

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BREAK

4:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Workshop Sessions “C”

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Joint Regional Workshop (Royal Palm 3-5)

4:45 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Separate Regional Workshops

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. President’s Reception (TBD)

Friday (10/26/18)

8:00 a.m. – 12 noon Registration Table Open (King Palm)

8:30 a.m. –10:00 a.m. Workshop Session “D”

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Workshops Sessions “E”

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. FASSW Business Luncheon  (Royal Palm 3-5)

View these materials from our 72nd conference:

WOWW! - Anxiety in Schools handout - Institutional Racism in Education: School Social Workers Engaging in Courteous Conversation 

You are invited to the Florida Association of School Social Workers (FASSW) 72nd Annual Conference at The Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore Airport in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, October 24 through Friday, October 26, 2018. The FASSW Annual State Conference pulls together top resources in social work and education, to reaffirm and expand the Specialized Instructional Support Professionals’ knowledge base, and specifically improve social work services within the Florida school districts. The conference theme is Clinicians Advocating for Student Wellness, Success, and Safety.

View the 2018 Conference Booklet
Register for the full conference

Register for the Wednesday pre-conference only

Keynote Speaker: Robert Lucio, PhD., L.C.S.W., is an Associate Professor of Graduate Social Work in the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University. He has over 18 years of experience working directly with youth “at-risk” of adverse behavioral, academic, and mental health outcomes.  He has taught at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, including courses on research, practice, cultural competence, child development, and family/community violence.  Dr. Lucio has also worked as a school social worker, consulted with school districts to enhance social workers use of evidence informed interventions and has been actively involved school behavioral health. 

Dr. Lucio is experienced at developing models of risk and protective factors in youth, providing trainings on cultural competence, and serving as a national panelist looking at the impact of ethnicity and cultural diversity on educational outcomes for youth with disabilities for the U.S. Department of Education.  His focus is on how risk and protective factors interact to affect child, youth and family cognitive, social, and emotional development.  Findings of his work demonstrate that many of the same risk and protective factors have an impact on the mental health of children in school settings, child development, maternal and child health, and adolescent pregnancy, making the investigation of these factors crucial to the development of interventions to alleviate these concerns.

Dr. Lucio’s keynote address, Advocacy for Student Wellness, Success, and Safety will explore the role of advocacy in supporting student wellness, success, and safety and provide the clinicians with valuable tools for enhanced interventions to achieve optimal outcomes for students and their families.

The pre-conference on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 will focus on listening, protecting, and connecting with students within a prevention framework, to ensure their physical and psychological safety.

     Lisa Wobbe-Veit, MSW, Regional Director and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work;

      Pamela Vona, MPH, MA, Project Specialist, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Program Manager, Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Trauma in Schools; Vivien Villaverde, LCSW, PPSC Clinical Associate Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social will present: Trauma Informed Practice: PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID (PFA):  LISTEN, PROTECT, CONNECT—MODEL & TEAC H, a 3-hour skills lab addressing trauma informed practice.   

Exclusive screening of the thought-provoking film "Listen" followed by an intimate discussion with writer and director Erahm Christopher.

In this provocative pre-conference presentation, Erahm Christopher explores how a decade working with youth redefined what “listening” actually means and how the action influences our overall well-being.  

Christopher has provoked connections, healing and lasting behavior changes in the most dangerous and diverse schools across North America. He has reached over eight million people with his content and has personally presented to over a million people at speaking engagements around the globe. 

Other breakout sessions include information on trauma focused interventions, evidence-based/informed and innovative interventions, violence prevention, human trafficking, positive school climate, diversity issues, and a plethora of other topics.

· Included in your registration is daily continental breakfast and plated lunch (except for the pre-conference)

· 14 CEU’s for the full conference, 6 for the pre-conference only.

· Reservations for the hotel at the discounted rate of $119, complimentary parking, must be made by October 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. by calling the hotel directly at (813) 289-8200.

· Reservations made after October 1, 2018 will be accepted on a space available basis at the higher of the contract rate, or rate available at that time.

· Hotel cancellations are honored if made by 6:00 p.m. on the day prior scheduled arrival.


The Florida Association of School Social Workers Membership includes school social workers serving children in many unique and diverse roles in a variety of educational settings. Their active support and leadership has increased the professional, political and academic influence of the Association.



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