21st Annual POWER Conference

March 1, 2024

Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex

Wichita, KS


Attendee Information



Presentation Slides

Keynote Presentation: The Systems are NOT Broken: An Abolitionist Social Work Perspective - Stacey Popejoy LMSW

9:55 am

Understanding the Brain- Richard Falcon

Suicide Prevention in Today’s Society - Nicole Fenoglio, LSCSW

Social Work Survival Guide: Tricks of the Trade to Drive Change - Percy Turner, MSW & Zane May, LMSW

The POWER of F.O.U.R. Questions: Taking Action to Reduce the Need for Foster Care- Dee Nighswonger, LMSW, LCAC & Rachelle Roosevelt, LMSW

1 pm

A Radical Joyful Vision of a New Future - Stacey Popejoy, LMSW

Psychosocial Factors that Impact Youth Outcomes - Kimberly Wilson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Best practices for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorder - Jennifer Gassmann, LBSW & Mike Parsons

Decolonizing Latinx Social Work in Abya Yala - Samuel Paunetto, MDiv, LMSW

2 pm

Understanding the intersections of Religious Trauma and the DSM - Suzanne Wolcott, MDiv, LSCSW 

Opening the Door: Experiences of men coming out late in life to find their true selves - Marcus Crawford, MSW, PhD

Building Communities of Hope: The Clubhouse Model in Mental Health - Molly Kemper, LMSW & Katie Gibbons, MSW

The Use of Poetry for Social Transformation - Elisaura Vazquez, MSW

3 pm

Public Defenders, migrants, and voting: Using macro social work to create systems-level change in a push toward justice-oriented practice - Marcus Crawford, MSW, PhD

Let’s Get Political! A Call to Action for Social Workers to Defend Our Profession’s Commitment to Social Justice - Joana Lampe, MSW & Samuel Paunetto, MDiv, LMSW


Registration Questions & More Information

For questions regarding your registration or the registration process, please contact the WSU Conference Office.

Phone: 316-978-6493
Fax: 316-978-3064
Email: conference.office@wichita.edu


Special Accommodations

Wichita State University is committed to making programs available to people with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please contact the Office of University Conferences at (316) 978-6493.

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