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2nd Annual Alliance of Social Workers in Sports Symposium

“Mentally Healthy Athletes Are High Performing Students & Athletes”


Clark Atlanta University


Co-Sponsored by the Clark Atlanta University 

Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work















Tuesday, November 1st 2016


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm          ASWIS Executive Committee Meeting


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm          Meet and Greet – Atlanta Hard Rock Café

                                      Sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and Michigan State University School of Social Work


Wednesday, November 2nd 2016


8:00 am –   9:00 am        Registration and Poster Session (Presenters Listed Below)

                                      Sponsored by Barry University School of Social Work


LGBTQ Athletes in Collegiate Sports

Marlene Scott-Bruner, BA, MSW Candidate, Indiana University Northwest


First Generation College Athletes

Andrew Bracken, Florida State University, MSW Candidate


The Game, The Violence, The Head

Ryan Sanders, MSW


Facilitating the Psycho-Social Needs of Student Athletes through Coaching and School Social Work 
Coach Traci Nigg, LMSW,  Wichita Public Schools


Utilization of Trauma-informed Interventions to Reduce Athlete Distress

Charlotte Dean, MSW, LCSW, LCASA, PORT Human Services


Risky Business: Academic Retention & College Athletes

Timothy Fairbanks LMSW, CADC, Learning Assistant, University of Iowa


9:00 am – 10:50 am          Ted “Colloquy” Session One (Presenters Listed Below)

Stuck in Sports: Risk, Resilience, and Transitions for Division I Male Revenue-Sport Athletes

Jerry F. Reynolds II, LMSW, PhD Student, University of South Carolina College of Social Work

Victor Kidd, LCSW, PhD Student, University of South Carolina Department of Sport and Entertainment Management


Creating a Culture of Care-seeking: Strategies for Encouraging and Supporting Student-athlete Well-being

Lindsey Sanders, MSW, LCSW, Doctoral Student, Athletics AOD Counseling & Education Liaison, Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Department of Public Health Education


Scars Are Stories, Share Yours!

Lisa Borchardt, LCSW, Professor of Social Work, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Grief Counselor, Journey Through Living


Learning Disabilities Amongst Today’s NCAA Student-Athletes

Heath Hooper, PhD, Shorter University


Exploring the Impact of Interpersonal Violence on Mental Health among College Athletes

Lorin Mordecai, MSW, LSW, PhD Student, University of Connecticut School of Social Work

Jerry F. Reynolds II, LMSW PhD Student , University of South Carolina College of Social Work


Post-concussion Syndrome in Former NFL Players: Negative Impacts of Mental Health Misdiagnosis and Incomplete Care

Diana Rowan, PhD, MSW, LCSW, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Reggie Clark, Former NFL Player 

Athletes Connected: Results from a Pilot Project to Address Knowledge and Attitudes about Mental Health among College Athletes.  

Emily Brunemann, MSW Candidate, University of Michigan

Adam Kern, BA, Study Coordinator of Athletes Connected


11:10 am  - 12:20 pm        Panel One – Mental Health & College Athletics                

                                          Sponsored by The 1 IN 4 Project

Moderator: Joey Garcia, MSW, University of North Dakota


Barb Hansen, LMSW, University of Michigan

Walter Dunson, Former NFL Athlete

Greg Harden, University of Michigan 

Brad Horton, Georgia State, Director of Student-Athlete Development

Dr. Josie Nicholson, University of Mississippi 


12:30 PM –  1:10 pm        Lunch and Luncheon Speaker

                                          Sponsored by North Carolina State University - Department                                           of Social Work

1:20 pm –   3:20 pm          Ted “Colloquy” Session Two (Presenters Listed Below)

Mindfulness: A Tool to Build Focus and Performance in Individual and Team Sports

Patricia Dixon LMSW, Wayne State University

Coach Michael Horn, Wayne State University Golf Team

Kirk Guanco LMSW, Wayne State University Counseling and Psychological Services and Athletics Department


New Generation Athletic Behavior Model: A Guide for the Millennial Student-Athlete

Joey Garcia, MSW, University of North Dakota


The Impact of Coach Leadership Behavior on Athlete Performance

Younghan Lee, PhD, Mississippi State University

Kim Milyang, PhD, Soonchunhyang University, Korea


The Artistic Endeavors of Clinical Social Work and Coaching

Marc Felizzi, LCSW, PhD, Millersville University of Pennsylvania


The Sport Social Work Model: Using Social Work Values and Ethics to Improve the Health and Functioning of College Athletes

Jorge Ballesteros, Ball State University

Cale Hansen, Ball State University

Haley Reifel, Ball State University

Matt Moore, PhD, MSW, Ball State University


The Challenges Experienced by Collegiate African American Male Athletes

Kimberly Outlaw, MSW, LCAS-A, East Carolina University

Dr. Mary S. Jackson, ACSW, CCJS, LIDC, CCS, East Carolina University

The University of Michigan Youth Impact Program

Kayla Douglas, University of Michigan, MSW Candidate

Sara Driesenga, University of Michigan, MSW Candidate

Delonte Hollowell, University of Michigan, MSW Candidate

3:30 pm –   4:15 pm         Keynote Speaker, Warde Manuel, MSW, Athletic Director                                                      University of Michigan

                                         Sponsored by North Carolina State University - Department                                          of Social Work


4:20 pm –   5:30 pm         Panel Two - Mental Health & Professional Athletes

                                          Sponsored by the University of Southern California School                                             of Social Work

Moderator: Dr. Tiffanie Victorie Jones, ASWIS


Marcus Amos, Prevention Education for Athletes

Andrew Hauser, Atlanta Braves, Director of Players Health & Performance​

Dr. Gerry White, Clark Atlanta University 

Jacquelyn Coward, Professional Athlete 

Reggie Clark, Former NFL Player 


Thursday, November 3rd 2016

8:00 am - 8:30 am            Presentation     


Prescription Drug Addiction and Mental Health Issues Among Athletes: Increasing Preventive Measures and Supportive Services for Athletes

Marcus Amos, MRC, MS 

8:30 am – 11:30 am          CEU Training (Free to ASWIS Members)

                                          Sponsored by Ball State University - College of Health


Sexual Assault Within Sports: Examining the Layers of Betrayal


Cindy Miller Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

Dr. Ginger Gummelt, LCSW


This workshop will explore the sexual assault victim and the systemic issues within the University structure that compound the traumatic impact of the experience. The particular developmental stage of life, combined with the attachment and dependence upon the athletic department sets the stage for a shattering of illusions experienced as institutional betrayals. It is well established that traumatic events, interpersonal in nature, often are remarkably damaging because the betrayal occurred between trusted individual and/or system. This combined with what are likely inherent dependencies (scholarship, livelihood, identity) create the necessary matrix for ‘betrayal blindness’  in which there is a tendency to overlook the transgressions. Recommendations will be given using the NCAA Sexual Violence Prevention Toolkit.


11:30 am – 12:30 pm        Organizational Meeting


In-Kind Sponsors

East Carolina University School of Social Work

The Atlanta Hard Rock Café

Bill Vanderwill, University of Michigan

The University of Alabama School of Social Work 

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