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LSWO National Chicago Conference 

September 28-30. 2023

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Keynote Speaker:

Debora Marie Ortega, PhD

University of Denver- Graduate School of Social Work

Professor and Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Keynote Presenter:

Kurt C. Organista, PhD

Berkeley Social Welfare

Dr. Kurt Organista's will provide a keynote based on his New Book, which will be published at the time of our conference!

Continuing Education Credits provided by the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign School of Social Work

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The Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) invites all social work professionals, allied health professionals, and social work students to this 2023 Conference in Chicago, Illinois. This conference will take place on September 28-30, 2023.

This conference will focus on the Expressive Arts in Social Work Practice. Over the years, many social workers integrate the arts in Community Organizing, Clinical Social Work Practice, Youth Development, Healthcare, Direct Practice, Group Work, and many other types of interventions.

We are very grateful to our 2 Keynote Speakers for this 2023 Conference:


Dr. Kurt C Organista is a professor from Berkeley Social Welfare. A leading expert on social work practice within the Latino community, Dr. Organista's research focuses on psychosocial problems within the Chicano and Latino communities, acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American societies, minority mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinos and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinos. He holds the Harry and Riva Specht Chair for Publicly Supported Social Services. 

Dr. Debora Marie Ortega is the founding director of the Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to creating and advancing knowledge that gives voice to the history, politics, culture and legacies of Latino communities. She joined the faculty of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work in 2005. Prior to her appointment at DU, she was a faculty member in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. Ortega's funded research includes grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services's Administration for Children and Families and a number of state and foundation grants.
Ortega's research and scholarship focuses on improving services to families involved in the child welfare system, structural inequities across a variety of clients's systems, immigration, health disparities and the effects of everyday racism on the Latino community.

For over 20 years, the LSWO has focused on bringing quality continuing education to social workers, students, and allied health professionals.  We have had conferences, in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Portland, and Seattle.  We are a network of social work faculty and professional social workers who believe in the recruitment and retention of Latinx students in higher education. 

LSWO Appreciates all the Schools of Social Work and agencies who will be present for the conference. Still time for agencies and
Schools to participate.
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