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Opening Plenary


"Forging Solutions Out of Challenges: Recognition of 2016 Chapter Awardees"

Led by NASW/Texas President Lucia Leo-Diaz, LCSW, BCD


This year’s conference theme, "Forging Solutions out of Challenges", celebrates the work of countless social workers to improve lives and communities. Professional social workers tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our society. In every city and every community, they develop solutions to make mental health and health care more available, to reduce poverty, to eliminate injustice and discrimination, and to protect vulnerable children and adults from harm.  

Join us for the Opening Plenary at the 40th Annual State Conference and hear from the 2016 NASW/Texas Award Recipients about their work and how it reflects the conference theme, "Forging Solutions Out of Challenges.”


We'll also enjoy a short Laughter Yoga introduction and exercise presented by Mayra Avila, LCSW, CLYT and Roxanne Pacheco, LMSW.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Salons A & B, Grand Hall

Arlington Convention Center
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
1 hour CE






Closing Plenary

"Advocacy by Everyday Heroes:  How Social Workers Forge Solutions"
Presented by Dr. Richard Hoefer


Using advocacy, social workers lead change, transform lives, and perform heroic deeds every day. We employ knowledge, skills, and courage to forge solutions at macro, mezzo, and micro levels. We plan, we persist, and we will prevail in our efforts to expand social justice.


Dr. Hoefer's Bio

Dr. Rick Hoefer has had a profound impact on the field of social work through his service to the profession, teaching, and scholarship. Dr. Hoefer has been a proud member of NASW/Texas since 1992, serving as President of TPACE twice, being active in the Tarrant County Branch, and attending Delegate Assembly. He teaches in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Shortly after arriving there in 1992, he developed a course called Advocacy and Social Policy, designed to teach MSW students, macro and micro, the vital advocacy skills all social workers need. Since that time, he has taught the course to hundreds of students himself and developed an online version that is taught by other instructors.

Dr. Hoefer authored the book, Advocacy Practice for Social Justice, which is used on campuses throughout the United States spreading his message far beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has presented papers at over 100 conferences around the globe, authored over 70 articles and book chapters, written or edited eight books, and edited The Journal of Policy Practice since its inception. He was named the Roy E. Dulak Professor for Community Practice in 2011. Dr. Hoefer founded and directs the Center for Advocacy, Nonprofit and Donor Organizations (CAN-DO) and also directs the Professional Development Program at the School of Social Work at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). MSW students at UTA have voted him "Teacher of the Year” and he was named Social Worker of the Year by the Tarrant County Branch of NASW.


On a more personal note, he is an avid foil fencer, ranking as high as 24th in the country in his age bracket, and he is proud of his daughter, Sharon, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with her MSW in August, 2016.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Salons A & B, Grand Hall

Arlington Convention Center
8:00 am - 9:30 am
1.5 hour CE


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