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WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Friday September 14, 2018
WHERE: Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor, PA
(250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA 18349)


This year’s conference will take place at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. The Kalahari’s stunning decor and state of the art meeting spaces made last year’s conference comfortable, fun, and educational (not to mention it’s home to the Nation’s largest indoor waterpark!)

Call 1-877-525-2427 and mention "NASW-PA" to book a room in our block. Reservations are still being accepted until block is filled.


EXPLORE: As social workers, exploration is key. We explore new areas of practice, new techniques, new populations, and much more. In many ways, social workers are creative problem solvers, constantly taking on new challenges, and finding new ways to conquer them. At this year’s conference, we encourage you to explore new possibilities and practice strategies in our dozens of carefully curated educational workshops (and earn up to 28 continuing education credits while you’re at it!).

CONNECT: In an age of online education and social media, it’s easy to forget to truly connect with those around us, especially our social work colleagues. Much of our communication is done via email or over the phone, and with our busy schedules, sometimes it’s difficult to even find time to connect with others. This conference is your opportunity to connect with social work colleagues from across the Commonwealth, some new to the profession, and some with decades of experience. Attend our social event, network with colleagues over dinner, speak to educators in person about their presentations, and learn from those around you (or mentor someone new to the profession!). There is no substitute for connecting in person.

GROW: We know that attending this conference will be an opportunity for growth. Whether you’ve been a social worker for 50 years or you’re still in your undergraduate education, this conference will over new tools and perspectives for you to think about. Attend keynote presentations from world-renowned speakers, Kane Smego, an international touring spoken word poet and artist, and Avish Parashar, an improv comedian who uses humor to shed light on change management. We truly believe you will walk away from this conference different than when you arrived!


  • Kane Smego (top left), international touring spoken word poet & hip hop artist
  • Jennifer Fox (top right), Emmy nominated film director, writer & director of HBO's The Tale
  • Carla Damron (bottom left), prominent mystery fiction author and licensed independent social worker
  • Avish Parashar (bottom right), hilariously energizing improv comedian & change management speaker


  • Sponsorship & Advertising: See our exhibitor prospectus here or our online sponsorship form here.
  • Student Poster Presentations: Submit a poster proposal online here.
  • Award Nominations: Awards will be presented at the conference. If you'd like to nominate a social worker or a friend of the profession, click here. Submissions are due August 4, 2018.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: We will be accepting a limited number of volunteers, who can register for conference at a reduced cost. Contact Amy Sagen at to learn about volunteer opportunities - click here - complete the application


Attendee Type 3 DAYS 2 DAYS 1 DAY PAUSWE Only
Member $395 $295 $195 $99
Student Member $150 $110 $70 $42
Non Member $560 $420 $280 $99
Student Non Member $195 $145 $95 $42
Presenter $295 $220 $145 $99

NOTE: "PAUSWE Only" Registration is good for Friday from 7:00am – 5:30pm minus the AM, PM and All-day intensives. You must be a PAUSWE member to utilize this type of registration.





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