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When: Friday August 4, 2017
Where: Flenniken Landing
115 Flenniken Avenue
Knoxville, TN  37920

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Knox Branch Forum
6.0 CEUs with 3.0 in Ethics

8:30 Registration Opens

9:00am - Noon - LGBT 101: Diversity and Inclusion Practices for Social Service Agencies

This interactive workshop will focus on the unique issues faced by an often invisible 1.5 - 3 million older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults. While LGBTQAAI older adults are resilient and resourceful, they are more than 5 times less likely to access mainstream aging services than their heterosexual neighbors. The goal of the workshop is to help service providers gain knowledge and practical skills in creating services that are
LGBTQAAI affirming. Marginalized LGBTQAAI elders are often reluctant to disclose their relationship history, sexual orientation, and are increasingly isolated from peers and family which prevents them from receiving services that address the whole-person.

About Our Presenter: Troy Johnson, LCSW, owner of In Focus Counseling in Chattanooga, TN, is a 2009 graduate of the University of Kentucky. His advocacy and program leadership began in Lexington, KY in 2010 where he founded the Senior Pride Initiative to raise awareness about the unique issues of LGBTQ aging. Recently he worked as the Senior Services Manager at Chicago’s Center on Halsted providing psychosocial services to LGBTQ older adults. He is the 2012 recipient of Lexington Fairness’ “Out for Fairness” award for his work with long-term care residents in Central Kentucky.

Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch on Your Own

1:00pm-4:00pm - Ethics and Confidentiality

The NASW Code of Ethics provides extensive guidance about confidentiality as a defining tenet of ethical social work practice. This presentation will remind practicing social workers about standards and laws related to confidentiality. Attendees will explore various case studies to highlight the practice of         confidentiality as an integral part of creating trusting and ethical relationships with clients.  

About Our Presenter: Paula Foster, LCSW 

Paula D. Foster, MSW, LCSW, received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Louisiana College in 1986 and her Master’s degree from the City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work in 1993.  During her 13 years in NYC, Paula worked in a variety of culturally diverse settings throughout the city including the NYC public hospital system and a number of non-profit organizations.  After receiving her Master’s degree, Paula began working in the field of HIV/AIDS, continuing this work after moving to Nashville in 2001 as the Director of Emotional & Practical Support for Nashville CARES, Tennessee’s leading provider of community based social services for people living with HIV/AIDS.  She has also served as a Co-chair of the Ryan White Part A Planning Council for the Metro-Nashville Transitional Grant Area, providing input regarding the funding of services to the HIV/AIDS service community. Paula has been an adjunct instructor in the Social Work department at Tennessee State University and an adjunct instructor and field liaison for the University of Tennessee’s School of Social Work, Nashville campus.  Paula has also been a practicing faculty member at Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, for the Vanderbilt Program in Inter-professional Learning. Paula’s experience spans a variety of service areas including advocacy, healthcare, mental healthcare, substance abuse, hospice and homelessness.  She is a past President of the Board of Directors for NASW-TN and has served as the Region VII Representative to the national board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, DC.  Paula is a trainer with the HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project of NASW and has developed extensive educational workshops for social workers throughout the state of Tennessee.  In 2011, she was honored as NASW-TN’s Social Worker of the Year.  Paula serves on the board of directors for the TN Disability Coalition, the Women’s Political Collaborative and was appointed by Mayor Megan Barry to the Metropolitan Nashville Homelessness Commission in 2016 where she has recently been asked to serve on the executive committee. 

Worker of the Year.

NASW Member Full Day - $75

NASW Member Half Day - $40

Non-Member Full Day - $115

Non-Member Half Day - $60

Student Full Day - $40

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