Melissa Stone, MSW, LSW
- Senior Police Social Worker
Melissa Stone is currently the first Police Social Worker of Bloomington Police Department. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 2014. She is a licensed social worker (LSW) with a background of working with adults with serious mental illness in residential and home-based settings, providing case management, individual counseling, and group counseling. Melissa has experience with work-release and prison populations as well, and she most recently worked with college students who had experienced sexual violence. Melissa began her role at Bloomington Police Department in March 2019 and has developed a program that opens access to treatment for community members, supports internal personnel, and expands community collaborations.
Final Q&A: What’s next? Fitting PSWs Into Your Community
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.
Data: Collection, Analysis, Informing Practice
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.
Social Work Track: Clinician Wellness
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.
Law Enforcement Track: The Politics of Police Social Work
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.
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.