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2009 Annual Program Meeting

The 55th Annual Program Meeting was just steps away from the famous Riverwalk’s colorful pathway of restaurants, shopping, live performances, and more. The conference theme, Bridging Rights, Culture, and Justice: Social Work as a Change Agent, was selected as a reminder that change is consistent with our profession’s heritage and requires unwavering dedication to human dignity and human rights. The 2009 APM featured many opportunities to reinforce the profession's talents and commitment to justice. The 2009 APM also served as a vehicle for change through engaging in public policy, promoting our cultural awareness, and advancing key areas of research.

Presentation Archives Web Site

This year, CSWE’s APM archives have been converted from a CD-ROM to a user-friendly Web site,, to be more accessible to our attendees. If you attended the 2009 APM, consult the postcard in your tote bag for user name and password information to search by Track, author, or keyword. Many presenters have also uploaded accompanying resources. Simply log on using the information for resources on fulfilling your own goals in academia and practice.

Final Program



Feminist Scholarship Awards

The breakfast brought diverse women and men together to network and honor feminist research through the presentation of the Annual Feminist Scholarship Award, offered in the name of an outstanding woman in social work education. This year’s Feminist Scholarship Award Honoree is Deborah Valentine and the Awardee is Susan Roll. 
Annual Networking Breakfast Program

Regional Planning Committee


Student Volunteers




K-3rd Book Drive

           Recommended Local Bookstores  

Speaker Highlights

Highlights of the headline speakers at the 2009 APM

Gero-Ed Track Kick-Off

Aging and Social Justice: Honoring the Past and Preparing for the Future
Fernando M. Torres-Gil
Social Justice Expert for Older Adults
Drawing upon the activism of Maggie Kuhn of the Gray Panthers of the l970s and l980's,  Torres-Gil emphasized the importance of intergenerational, interethnic, and inclusive coalitions as baby-boomers face the challenge to continue supporting social justice for all as they move into older age.

Carl A. Scott Lecture

Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns
Formerly a Social Worker and Community Activist in Brooklyn, NY
The Social Work Reinvestment Act has created a commission to provide a comprehensive analysis of current trends within the academic and direct-practice social work communities. 

Special Plenary

Social Work Education: The Hustle for Worthiness and the Power of Story
Brené Brown
Assistant Social Work Professor at the University of Houston
Summarizing her extensive research on fear, vulnerability, and shame; Brown discussed how these emotions can interfere with being authentic and having a resilient spirit and a sense of belonging.

Hokenstand International Lecture

Social Work Education, Training, and Practice in Developmental States: A Tool for Strengthening Democracy and Quality of Life
Fikile N.M. Mazibuko
Vice Chancellor and Head of College: Humanities University of Kwazulu-Natal Deputy
Fikile Mazibuko presented a valuable South African perspective on the advancement of our profession around the globe