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Industry leaders from the law enforcement and social work fields are coming together to explore successful methods and best practices for embedded social workers in police departments. Hear from nationally recognized speakers and those working on the ground in this emerging field. Learn the methods they’ve used to bring social work and law enforcement together […]Read More
Conference ScheduleLike the police social work field, the first annual NCPSW conference schedule is still growing and evolving. Register to secure your seat, and check back soon as we add additional speaker and panelist bios.
Founding officer of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit in 2008, Ernest Stevens was featured as the primary subject in the award-winning HBO documentary, “Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops,” was featured on ABC’s “Nightline with Byron Pitts” and in the NBC documentary “A Different Kind of Force.” A contributing author to the Amazon […]
This session will cover police social workers’ partnerships with local community organizations. The panel will discuss key components to developing effective community partnerships, including how to begin building these relationships with community partners, what the common goal is within the partnership, and the benefits of having an embedded PSW as a partner.
The session will elaborate on the precautionary measures law enforcement agencies take to ensure the safety of embedded PSWs, including equipment and clearing calls prior to PSW engagement. The session will also cover safety considerations associated with the role of an embedded PSW versus a contracted social worker, working solo versus with officers.
The breakout session will focus on ethical considerations for embedded social workers. The panel will cover the Code of Ethics, including privacy and confidentiality, social justice, and articulating social work values, standards, and principles as an embedded PSW.
The breakout session will discuss the political environment that affects Law Enforcement agencies and the community including funding departments and the defunding the police movement, accountability within the department, and public safety policies.
The session will focus on integrating social work interns into law enforcement agencies and building relationships with school corporations and faculty. The panelists will cover how to start integrating interns and elaborate on student requirements that must be met including, supervision, direct hours, and competencies. The group will also discuss department and university policies to […]
This group will be group-based instead of panel-based. The group will discuss ways to promote their mental and physical health as an embedded PSW. The group will cover wellness after traumatic events/incidents, transitioning from work life to personal life, self-care and coping as a PSW, and how to navigate and cope with the political landscape.
The group will elaborate on the internal collaboration between PSWs and LEOs. The panelists will discuss the referral process and on-scene collaboration, utilization of PSWs on negotiations, officers’ experiences with integrating PSWs into the department and how PSWs can ease the transition into the department.
The session will focus on all things data, including what data is collected and how it informs practice. The panelists will cover data privacy and the importance of confidential documentation for PSWs.
Dr. Andy Young has been a Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Lubbock Christian University since 1996 and a negotiator and psychological consultant with the Lubbock Police Department’s SWAT team since 2000. He also heads LPD’s Victim Services Unit and is the director of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He has been on […]
The final question and answer session will allow attendees to ask panelists specific questions about unique programs. Attendees that submitted their questions at registration will get their questions answered and have the opportunity to ask panelists follow-up questions or ask members to elaborate on a topic discussed throughout the conference.
Meet Keynote Speaker: Ernest Stevens
Attendees of the first annual National Conference on Police Social Work will hear from Ernest Stevens, founding officer of the San Antonio Police Department's Mental Health Unit and subject of the award-winning HBO documentary "Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops."
Forming or Developing your Police Social Work Program
With sessions geared for both the law enforcement administrator and embedded police social worker, the 2021 NCPSW Conference will assist your agency in the formation or development of a police social work program. Both law enforcement and social work continuing education credits are available.
Meet Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andy Young
Dr. Andy Young has been a Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Lubbock Christian University since 1996 and a negotiator and psychological consultant with the Lubbock Police Department’s SWAT team since 2000. He also heads LPD’s Victim Services Unit and is the director of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He has been on the negotiating team at the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office since 2008, is on the team at the Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas Rangers, Special Operations, Region 5), and has recently been asked to serve as the psychological consultant on the Amarillo Police Department’s negotiating team. He is the author of, “Fight or Flight: Negotiating Crisis on the Frontline” and “When Every Word Counts: An Insider’s View of Crisis Negotiations”, which contain mostly stories about his work as a crisis counselor and hostage negotiator at LPD (see www.DrAndyYoung.com). He was added as a third author for the 6th Edition of “Crisis Negotiations: Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement and Corrections”. Since 2014 he has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous hostage negotiator conferences, as well as other professional and academic conferences on crisis intervention and hostage negotiating.Learn More
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Bloomington, IndianaMonroe Convention Center
A restored historic venue located in the heart of Downtown Bloomington, Indiana. Within walking distance, you'll find unique shops and boutiques, casual and fine dining, local art galleries, live music, exciting performances and shows, a vibrant nightlife, cultural events, extensive trails and parks, and so much more. Bloomington is located approximately 50 miles south of Indianapolis International Airport (IND).
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