Forming or Developing your Public Safety Social Work Program

With sessions geared for both the public safety administrator and public safety social worker, the 2022 NCPSW Conference explored the formation and development of a public safety social work program.


2022 Featured Session: Mass Violence and Terrorism Toolkit

Presented by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, "Mass Violence and Terrorism Toolkit" provides tools and resources for developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan that can be incorporated into your community’s existing emergency response plan.

2022 NAPSSW Conference

November 1, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 2022 Sessions


November 1, 2022 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm 2022 Sessions

Welcome Address

November 1, 2022 1:45 pm - 4:30 pm 2022 Sessions

Mass Violence and Terrorism Toolkit

Incidents of mass violence and terrorism—bombings, mass riots and shootings, hijackings, bioterrorism attacks, and other human-caused disasters—present unique challenges to the communities in which they occur. These incidents require a coordinated, cross-sector approach among federal, state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; and nonprofit organizations to drive an effective response. Although community crime prevention efforts […]

Krista Flannigan
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
November 1, 2022 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2022 Sessions

Networking Event

November 2, 2022 9:00 am - 9:05 am 2022 Sessions

Welcome: Day 2

November 2, 2022 9:05 am - 10:15 am 2022 Sessions

Enhancing Micro-Level Police Social Work by Practicing Effective Macro-Level Work

Micro-level social work, involving referral and case management provision, is only as effective as the social service systems in place and resources available within a given community. A lack of communication, collaboration, and existing services and relationships often decrease the timeliness and effectiveness of micro-level social work. In order to enhance the effectiveness of police […]

Caroline Ban, MSW
Sam Burgett, MSW, LSW
November 2, 2022 10:30 am - 11:30 am 2022 Sessions

Breakout #1: Behind the Thin Lines: Understanding First Responder Culture

This workshop will delve into understanding first responder culture to enhance working relationships. Participants will hear first hand from first responders how their roles and responsibilities have impacted them professionally and personally. The presenter will discuss how Police Social Work experiences with primary trauma, vicarious trauma, and navigating through critical incidents can parallel those of […]

Officer Angela Matthews, LLMSW-clinical
November 2, 2022 10:30 am - 11:30 am 2022 Sessions

Breakout #2: Mobile Crisis, A True Specialty in the Field of Behavioral Health

In the world of social work and behavioral health there are many specialties one can choose: DBT, EMDR, advocacy, policy writing, TFCBT, TRE, the list goes on and on. Despite LA Police Department being one of the first to attempt a mental-health co-response team in 1993, almost three decades ago, there is still no formal […]

Michelle Muething
November 2, 2022 10:30 am - 11:30 am 2022 Sessions

Breakout #3: Community Connection Program

The city of Bethlehem is an urban community located in eastern Pennsylvania with a population of 75,000. In 2020, the Bethlehem Police Department and the Bethlehem Health Bureau partnered together to create the Community Connections Program. As part of this program, social workers receive referrals from police when an officer identifies a social service need […]

Brian Sabo CRS, CFRS
Captain Ben Hackett
Jordan Westerman
November 2, 2022 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 2022 Sessions

Lunch on Your Own

November 2, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm 2022 Sessions

A Holistic Approach to Bridging Gaps in Substance Use Disorder

Although Mobile Integrated Health-Community Paramedicine has been practiced for many years, few communities have a robust portfolio of programs like Crawfordsville, IN. In their endeavor to address healthcare issues and gaps in their communities, Crawfordsville, IN implemented numerous MIH-CP programs including chronic disease management, maternal and infant health program, an overdose response program, aimed at […]

Olyvia Hoff, MSW
Samantha Cravens, CHES
November 2, 2022 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2022 Sessions

Breakout #1: Decreasing Call Volume and MORE: Internal Benefits of Embedded Police Social Workers

Bloomington (IN) Police Department began its Police Social Worker (PSW) program in March of 2019, expanding from one to three professional PSWs. There is growing evidence that shows the benefits of having social workers embedded into police departments to help with reducing call volume, crisis response, etc. This presentation will discuss the additional benefits of […]

LaSaundra McCoy, MSW Police Social Worker
Mallory Phagan, MSW, LSW Police Social Worker
Melissa Stone, MSW, LSW Senior Police Social Worker
November 2, 2022 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2022 Sessions

Breakout #2: Boots on the Ground: SWLE Project

The Social Work & Law Enforcement (SWLE) project is dedicated to advancing the ethical and effective integration of social work services into law enforcement agencies by preparing social work students to assume roles in the emerging field of police social work. The SWLE Project began as a collaboration between Eastern Connecticut State University’s Social Work […]

Dr. Isabel Logan, Ed.D, LCSW
Lieutenant Matthew Solak Willimantic Police Department (Connecticut)
Robert Madden, LCSW, JD Professor | Department of Social Work & Equitable Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph
November 2, 2022 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2022 Sessions

Breakout #3: Small Towns- Big Collaborations

Municipalities that are small in size and funding do not have to be excluded from progressive changes in response to mental health crises in our communities. An all-or-nothing approach is not the answer. We will take you through our journey, which was sparked by attending this conference in 2021, to examine how three neighboring municipalities […]

Diana Minott
Elliott Moya
Owen Davis
Robert Richter
November 2, 2022 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm 2022 Sessions

Breakout #1: The Illinois Way: The Development of Police Social Work in Illinois, Yesterday and Today

The history of Police Social Work in Illinois spans almost 40 years. This presentation will provide a brief history of its development, current types of programs in practice, and Police Social Work from the law enforcement officer perspective.

Emily Mysel
Shari Matthews Huizar, LCSW
November 2, 2022 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm 2022 Sessions

Breakout #2: Public Safety Personnel Responding to Veterans in Crisis

Nearly 7% of the United States population are Veterans and only approximately 1% are Active Duty Military. These individuals have unique experiences and training which impact the way they view the world, particularly in a crisis situation. It is imperative that public safety personnel learn about the unique military culture and how it can influence […]

Sarah Haberbosch, MSW, LCSW-C
Taryn Gauthier, LCSW-C
November 2, 2022 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm 2022 Sessions

Breakout #3: Prevention Before Apprehension: Curbing the Criminalization of Clinical Behaviors by Embedding Social Workers

Students of color are arrested at a higher rate than white students, as a result of unidentified or untreated mental health diagnosis, social and emotional issues, and substance abuse. These students are in need of treatment to prevent the recidivism not jail time. Providing alternatives to punitive disciplinary practices to reduce the number of students […]

Lori Smith
November 3, 2022 9:00 am - 9:05 am 2022 Sessions

Welcome: Day 3

November 3, 2022 9:05 am - 10:30 am 2022 Sessions

Utilizing Service/Therapy Dogs for Community and Department Wellness

This panel will include numerous presenters from Canine Companions and Franklin (IN) PD who will discuss the benefits of using service/therapy dogs. You’ll meet active working service dogs and a service dog puppy in training.

Ashley Summers
Karen Shaffer
Nancee Wright
Sylvia M. Payne President / Canine Companions of Indiana
November 3, 2022 10:30 am - 10:45 am 2022 Sessions

Closing Remarks

November 3, 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm 2022 Sessions