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Gearing up for 2015 Annual Conference in State College, PA 

Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17, 2015

Please note this is not a Home football weekend for the Nittany Lions.


  Registration now open (click on title of conference below)

NASW-PA Conference

PAUSWE Conference


 Conference Programs


A printed copy is available in the summer newsletter.


Download Conference Program - Click HERE




 NASW-PA Conference (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) - You choose your days.

 Participation Member
Non member
Student Presenter
 3 Day
 375 540
 2 Day
 275 400
 1 Day
 175 225


Optional Wine Excursion ($25)

Optional PAUSWE dinner (if not a member of PAUSWE) ($25)

 PAUSWE conference only (Friday evening through Saturday lunch)

Professional - $95

Student - $42


Conference Request for Proposals  -  2016 will open 11/16/2015 


Hotel Information

State College
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center -

215 Innovation Blvd,

State College, PA 16803
*For room reservations, please call 814-863-5000. Mention NATJ15A to secure our room block. 

Or go online and use code NATJ15A

 Hotel is at capacity.


Room block - NEW!

Comfort Inn

31 Hospitality Lane

Mill Hall, PA 17751

25 min away from conference site

Call 570-726-4901 

Mention NASW conference


Student Poster Presentations

NASW-PA continues to provide social work students (current students and graduates within the past three years) the opportunity to showcase their research, methodologies, findings, and ideas for future research at our annual conference. Have your research seen, heard, and potentially impact the delivery of services to clients/clinicians as you interact with social workers from across the state at our President’s Reception on Thursday evening. So much of your time has been spent on this project; take the time to share it with your peers!

Each participant will be listed in our conference program, provided five feet of table top display space, invited to bring one guest to the President’s Reception, and will be extended the presenters conference fee rate if staying for the conference.

Submit an abstract of your research project to to participate. Information must be received by September 9, 2015




 Annual Awards

(nomination deadline is Friday, August 21, 2015)

The NASW-PA Annual Awards are presented at the Annual Conference. Please consider nominating an outstanding and dedicated social worker for the following awards (click on the award to learn more about it and for nomination form) 

Please complete online nomination form below or email the following to

1. Your contact information (name, email, phone, etc)
2. Name of nominee along with contact information
3. How long you have known  and in what capacity (peer, supervisor, etc)
4. A nomination letter that will provide the selection committee with information on who the nominee is, his/her contributions to the profession, and reasons why he/she should be selected.



Lifetime Achievement Award: Qualifications
1. Demonstrated repeated achievement throughout their career as a social worker
2. Received recognition beyond the social work profession.
3. Make contributions with lasting impact.
4. Have been in social work practice a minimum of 15 years.
5. Be a member in good standing of NASW-PA.

Social Worker of the Year Award: Qualifications

1. Have made a demonstrated difference within the past 3 years, in an area such as those listed below or the results of such an effort become apparent in the past year:
    * Advocacy for Clients
    * Impact on social policy
    * Exceptional practice
     * Program creation
    * Innovative research
2. Demonstrate leadership.
3. Take risks to achieve results.
4. Be a member in good standing of NASW-PA.

Public Citizen of the Year Award: Qualifications

1. Make a significant contribution to an area or population of concern to social work, such as
    * Public social issues
    * Populations at risk
    * Quality of life for communities
2. Produce work of lasting impact.
3. Demonstrate leadership.
4. Act with courage and verve.
5. Exemplify social work values and ethics.
6. Not hold a social work degree.

Kristin Bowser Young Social Worker of the Year Award: Qualifications
1. Have a history of outstanding service in the following area(s)
    * Advocacy for clients
    * Impact on social policy
    * Exceptional practice
    * Program creation
2. Be under 30 years of age.
3. Demonstrate professional leadership.
4. Hold a social work degree.
5. Be a member in good standing of NASW-PA


Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

Open NOW through deadline of Friday, September 4, 2015

 Sponsorship form - Click Here



The NASW-PA Annual Conference offers a unique opportunity to reach out to more than 400 social workers in different fields of practice. Sponsorship is a great way to demonstrate your support for the social work profession and to increase your positive visibility at the largest gathering of professional social workers in the Commonwealth. Conference attendees always remember who demonstrates support for the event; because they understand your sponsorship makes attendance more affordable. Sponsors are encouraged to direct any questions to Amy.


Please note that sponsorships are non-refundable. Sponsors are also responsible for providing artwork, such as logos. Upon receipt of your paid sponsorship application, you will be sent a confirmation and list of deadlines for materials due to fulfill your sponsorship.


List of possibilities (if you have ideas or thoughts - contact Amy or Jeanne)



Platinum Sponsorship: $4000

  • Lunch with promotional item
  • 10 min address to participants at lunch of sponsorship or at President's Reception
  • Exhibit table and an internal (not back cover) full page ad
  • One conference registration


Gold Sponsorship: $2600

  • Specialization (choose one) 

    • President's Reception with mug
    • Conference Bag  Thank you Kutztown University / Millersville University - DSW Program
    • Conference Glassware
    • Conference Padfolio / Journal
    • Conference Flashdrive
  • Full page ad (not back cover)
  • 5 min address to participants at Saturday luncheon

Silver Sponsorship: $1800

  • Specialization (choose one)

    • Code of Ethics Books with your logo Thank you Marywood University
    • Writing implement with your logo 
    • Breakfast Sponsor
  • 1/2 page ad


Bronze Sponsorship:$1100

  • Specialization (choose one)

    • Morning Coffee Break
    • Afternoon Snack Break
  • 1/4 page ad


Honorable Mentions:$500

Specialization (choose one)

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Keynote Presentation


  • 1/4 page ad



    Bag Stuffer: $250

    Place an item into the bags of all attendees and have your agency verbally recognized at the President's Reception



    For more information, questions, concerns, ideas, or confirmation of your sponsorship, please contact Amy Sagen at 717-232-4125.



    Exhibit Table Information

    Tables are limited.


    Having a table at the conference is an effective tool to reach hundreds of professional social workers and other mental health providers. Exhibitors will be listed in the final conference program book. One lunch ticket will accompany each exhibitor table for Friday and Saturday. If you are obtaining credits from the conference, separate registration is required.


    As we have done in past conferences, each attendee will receive an exhibitor passport paper. This paper will be used to collect information from you to show they have stopped by your table. You may use this time (stamping the paper) to describe your program or agency.


    Exhibitors are encouraged to complete the appropriate forms online.



    Exhibit Table Fees

    • For-profit organizations: $550 one conference
    • Nonprofit organizations: $450 one conference

    Exhibitor Fee includes meals for one person)



    To be included in the conference program, all exhibitor agreements must be received by the deadline printed on the exhibitor agreement. Payment must be paid by  For more information, questions, concerns, ideas, or confirmation of your sponsorship, please contact Amy Sagen ( at 717-232-4125.


    Program Advertising

    Advertising in the conference program is a great way to get your program/agency into the hands of social workers without the additional cost of travel, lodging, and staff time of exhibiting. Every attendee receives a program book at the conference. Each time attendees open the book, you have the likelihood of reaching them. The book is referred to repeatedly and is used for future reference following the conference. This is the perfect opportunity to advertise your organization and support NASW-PA at the same time.

    Advertisement Rates (one conference)

    • Outside back cover:  space is 7.5w x 10h
    • Inside back cover: space is 7.5w x 10h
    • Full-page ad: space is 7.5w x 10h
    • 1/2 page-ad:  space is 7.5w x 4.75 h (cannot combine two 1/2 ads to make full page ad)
    • 1/4 page-ad:  space is 3.5w x 4.75 h (cannot combine two 1/4 ads to make a 1/2 page ad)



    Included in sponsorship
    Outside back cover

    Inside back cover

    Full page

    Platinum / Gold
    Half page

    Quarter page





    Full payment and online agreement must be submitted by Friday, September 4, 2015. Please complete an advertising agreement to reserve your space.


    *Winter Newsletter Special: If you choose to become a sponsor or exhibitor at the Annual Conference, or if you place an advertisement in the Conference Program, you will be qualified to receive 50% off the price of an advertisement in the NASW-PA Winter Newsletter. Click here for more information on The Pennsylvania Social Worker.


    Questions on design and layout of advertisements can be directed to Tara at Advertisements are required to meet the following NASW-PA printing standards:

    • Advertisements must be the correct size.
    • Advertisements are produced in black and white. Please do not send 2- or 4-color ads.
    • High resolution PDFs (saved for "press") are the preferred file format.
    • EPS, TIFF, InDesign, and Quark files are accepted. All graphics and fonts must be included when submitting application files.



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