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How do I get to conference? Where do I stay?

Visit our Getting There section for information on traveling to Galveston and our Staying There section for the skinny on hotels which are extending special rates to conference attendees. (Discounted conference rates will be available through October 21st or whenever room block is filled, whichever happens first.) 

 

Galveston Island Convention Center, and all of our host hotels-Holiday Inn Resort, Hilton Galveston Island, and The San Luis Resort-offer complimentary parking.

 

Where is registration?

Conference Registration and Check-In opens Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:00 am, on the first floor of the Galveston Island Convention Center (5600 Seawall Blvd.) Registration tables will be situated in front of the main entrance to the Exhibit Hall.

 

Attendees who’ve pre-registered will simply check-in and pick up their registration packets.

 

Attendees who registered after October 29th or those who haven’t paid or registered, will incur an additional $50 administration fee on top of the standard registration rates and should expect a longer wait to sign-up, make payment, have a conference badge created, etc.

 

Needless to say, we strongly encourage registering before October 29th!  Register HERE.

 

What should I wear to conference?

The suggested dress for the conference is business casual (comfortable clothes and shoes work well, as a bit of walking is usually involved). We strongly recommend you bring a sweater.  It is extremely difficult to regulate the temperature to please everyone so bringing a sweater is a great way to ensure you’re always comfortable.  

We will be selling blankets at the NASW/Texas General Store and expect some of our exhibitors to be proffering warm apparel, such as shawls, as well.

  

How can I access session handouts?

In an effort to adhere to green business practice, most speakers only print and distribute a few handouts on-site, as to not over print. Many pass around a sign-up sheet so they can email attendees handouts at a later date. Some will provide NASW/Texas with electronic versions of their handouts, which we will be posted on the Sessions Handouts page beginning October 16th.

How many CE hours are available?

Up to 19 hours of continuing education will be available at this year's conference, where we’ll be offering more than 100 enriching sessions, for social workers in Texas and many other states. All hours are also approved for LPCs and LMFTs in Texas. Specific sessions are approved for LCDCs and Certified Guardians. There is no additional charge for CE.


How do I get my cE certificate?

Before departing the conference, turn in your Attendance Verification Form and Conference Evaluation Form at the registration booth. Both of these forms are located in the site program.

 

We will have volunteers ready to prepare your certificate right away or, if you prefer, you can drop off your forms and we can e-mail your certificate to you. (If you choose to have your certificate emailed, please allow six weeks and check your spam folder for receipt, as sometimes these messages get caught.)


Why are similar session topics scheduled at the same time?

Although we try very hard not to schedule similar sessions at the same time, speakers sometimes ask to be re-scheduled due to conflicts and we have to schedule them when they are available. Since there are over 100 sessions, it is impossible to rearrange the entire schedule each time a speaker requires a change.


What can my spouse/family/friends do while I'm attending conference?

There's so much to do in Galveston! For ideas, check out Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau's, "List of the Major Attractions" (PDF).

Are there any restaurants nearby?

Yes! All of the host hotels offer dining options and, of course, Galveston offers a variety of restaurants. Many within walking distance. Check with the front desk staff or concierge at your hotel.

Why aren’t complimentary coffee and snacks provided throughout the conference?

Our Conference Planning Committee strives to keep your registration fees as low as possible by managing our expenses. Since we pay $50 per gallon for coffee and $30.00 per dozen cookies, we decided it’s most beneficial to all to limit coffee and snack services to designated breaks. In addition, we work to find sponsors and underwriters for these refreshment breaks to enable us to offer more of these services at the lowest possible registration rate.

Why don’t we hold the conference in less expensive hotels?

Few hotels can hold our conference, it’s so large. Our need for a combination of up to 15 breakout sessions at a time, a standing exhibit hall, general sessions of 700 attendees, and peak night sleeping rooms of over 300 lead us to consider only the largest hotels which limits our options.

We do extensive research to offer you the most economical and convenient hotels that offer reasonable sleeping room discounts to our attendees.

When or where will conference be next year?

Click here for future conference dates and locations.

 

Still can't find the information you're looking for?

Contact our staff at naswtex@naswtx.org or 512-474-1454 and we'll be happy to help!

 


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