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3rd Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium


Crowne Plaza Hotel        Dallas, Texas

October 16th - 18th

Sponsored By:





































ASWIS Free Pre-Conference Institute

Monday, October 16th

Please join us from 1pm to 5pm for the first-ever ASWIS Pre-Conference Institute. The institute will take place at the Crowe Plaza (downtown Dallas). The institute is free to all attendees. 

1:00pm - 3:00pm (Ballroom A)      

Professional Practice and Assessment of Athlete Needs
Instructor: Cindy Miller Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

Through the examination of the emotional and developmental needs of athletes participants will further their understanding of the internal and external factors that contribute to the development of psychiatric symptoms. Participants will develop a better understanding of the ways in which depression and anxiety can be disguised as performance and somatic complaints.

3:00pm - 5:00pm (Ballroom A)


Athlete Behavior in the Social Environment
Instructor: John J. O’Neill, EdD, LCSW, LCDC, CAS

This workshop focuses on the reciprocal relationships between athlete behavior and their social environments. Participants will receive empirically based theories and knowledge that focus on the interactions between and within the athlete population, their families, their communities, athletic teams, athletic organizations, institutions overseeing athletics, and a global audience of sports enthusiasts.  Participants will participate in an exploration of the the unique social environment of athletes.



Conference Schedule

Tuesday, October 17th


8:30am – 9:00am            Conference Registration (Ballroom A)


9:00am – 9:30am            Opening Remarks (Ballroom A)


9:30am – 10:30am          Ted Talk Session (CEU Eligible)

Sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work


         Ballroom A


Social Work's Forgotten History: Sport-Based Interventions and Early Social Work

Jerry Reynolds, LMSW - Louisiana State University 


Normalizing a Culture of Caring within College Athletic Teams

Lindsey Sanders, MSW, LCSW - University of North Carolina - Greensboro 


Get in the Game: Social Work’s Responsibility in Supporting the Athlete Activist

Leon Banks, PhD, MSW - University of Georgia 

Anna Scheyett, PhD, MSW, MS - University of Georgia 

Ballroom B


The Emotional need of Women in Sports

Ginger Gummelt, PhD, LCSW – Lamar University


Adverse Effects of Chronic Post-Concussion Syndrome in Former Football Players on their Wives' Quality of Life

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


Social Workers and the Hockey Recruiting Process: Qualitative Indicators of the Need for Professional Social Workers' Intervention with Student-Athletes

Mark Felizzi, PhD, LCSW - Millersville University 

Brandon St. Croix - Eastern Health 


10:30am – 10:45am        Break (coffee provided)


10:45am – 11:45am        Featured Speakers (Ballroom A)


Implementing the Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Toolkit for Collegiate Athletics

David Wyrick, PhD, MPH – Director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness and Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Jessica Gonzalez, MPH, RN – Assistant Director of Prevention and Health Promotions, NCAA Sport Science Institute


11:45am – 1:00pm          Lunch (on your own)


1:00pm – 2:00pm           Interactive Workshops (CEU Eligible)


         Ballroom A


Ripping Off the Band-Aid: How to Effectively Heal Performance Anxiety and Maintain Peak Performance in Sports

Stephanie Colbert, LLMSW - Neurocore Brain Performance Centers 

Stephanie Falotico, LLMSW – Neurocore Brain Performance Centers


Ballroom B


Band on the Run: The Use of Group Therapy Techniques in an Athletic Department Setting

Cindy Miller Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA - Samaritan Mental Health


2:00pm to 2:45pm          Poster Session


         Ballroom A


Perspectives on Access and Opportunity of Disability Sport Athletes on Legislation in Nicaragua and Columbia

Michael Cottingham, PhD, MS - University of Houston 

Laura Ramirez - University of Houston 

Valeria Sequeira - University of Houston 


Pass the Ball: Team Trust and Team Building

Eveldora Wheeler, MSW, LMSW, MBA, EdD - West Liberty University


Exploring the Potential Role of Social Work Support for College Student-Athletes 

Victoria Montenegro, ASW - University of California Northridge  


Finding Ourselves: The Cult of Masculinity in the Wide World of Sports

Zachary Draves - Aurora University 


         Ballroom B


Improving Services for Inactive Student-Athletes

Lorin Mordecai, MSW, LSW - University of Connecticut 

Daniel Bonaventura, MSW - Tulane University 

Zachary Draves - Aurora University 

Charlotte Warren, LCSW, LCASA - Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center/UGA 

Turning a Course Project into a Lesson on Athlete Vulnerability

Madison Hale - Troy University 


The Role of Sport as a Significant Out-of-School Activity for Black Youth

Augustus Hallmon, PhD, CPRP - Northwest Missouri State 

Abigail Williams-Butler, PhD - Rutgers University 

Emeka Anaza, PhD, MA - James Madison University 


2:45pm – 3:00pm            Break (drinks and snacks provided)


3:00pm – 4:00pm            Ted Talk Session or Interactive Workshop (CEU Eligible)

Sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work


         Ballroom A (Ted Talk Session)


What Happens Off the Field: A Silent Cry for Help & Social Work’s Response

Julia Hartman, MSW, LSW - Lasalle University  

Byron Stingily, BS - National Football League


Understanding Student-Athlete Reintegration: Using Social Work Strengths

Jerry Reynolds, LMSW - Louisiana State University 

Charlotte Warren, LCSW, LCASA - Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center/UGA 


Life After Sports: Preparing for a College Athlete’s Greatest Challenge

Kristin Pollard - Barry University


Who Dropped the Ball? An Institutional Analysis of the Baylor Rape Scandal

Emmett Gill, PhD, MSW – University of Texas at Austin

Lauren Beasley – The University of Texas at San Antonio


         Ballroom B (Interactive Workshop)


Preparing the Next Generation of Sport Social Workers: Developing Education and Training Approaches 

Matt Moore, PhD, MSW - Ball State University 

4:00pm – 4:15pm           Closing Remarks (Ballroom A)


4:15pm – 4:45pm           Networking/Research Collaboration (Ballroom A)  

7:00pm - 9:00pm            ASWIS Social Event

Sponsored by the Ball State University Department of Social Work


         Sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Social Work


         Sponsored by the Barry University School of Social Work


Sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington  

The Wing Bucket

1200 Main Street

Dallas, TX 7502 

Wednesday, October 18th


8:30am – 9:00am            Conference Registration (Ballroom A)


9:00am – 9:15am            President’s Address (Ballroom A)


9:15am – 10:15am          Interactive Workshops (CEU Eligible)


         Ballroom A


Athletes and Eating Disorders: Biopsychosocial Impacts

Samantha Ellis, LMSW - Troy University

Amy Cox, LMSW - Troy University 


Ballroom B


Student-Athlete Wellness and Development Programming: Existing Models, Key Processes and the Future of Student-Athlete Development

Emmett Gill, PhD, MSW - University of Texas at Austin 


10:15am – 10:30am        Break (coffee provided)


10:30 – 11:00am             Poster Sessions


         Ballroom A


Stepping Outside of their Comfort Zone: Perceptions of Seeking Behavioral Health Services amongst College Athletes

Matt Moore, PhD, MSW - Ball State University 


Team Building and Peer Mentorship: Avenues to Improve Collegiate Athletes Academic and Psychosocial Well-being

Mariah Morgan – University of Houston


Division I College Football Players: The Collegiate Athletic Experience, Role Engulfment, & Athletic Retirement: A Conceptual Model

Jerry Reynolds, LMSW - Louisiana State University 


Hosting Power Soccer or Wheelchair Rugby Events and Athlete Accommodations

Chelsea Ngo - University of Houston

Michael Cottingham, PhD, MS - University of Houston 

Ashley Hartensteiner - University of Houston 

Kiarra Bayaton - University of Houston


11:00am – 12:00pm        Keynote Address (Ballroom A)

Sponsored by the North Carolina State University Department of Social Work


NCAA Task Force Model: Working in an Interdisciplinary Manner with Social Workers

Brian Hainline, MD - Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, NCAA


12:00pm – 1:15pm          Lunch (on your own)


1:15pm – 2:00pm           College Sport Panel (Ballroom A)

Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Social Work


Sponsored by Bill Vanderwill – University of Michigan  


Jessica Hazard, JD - Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development, Texas Christian University


Mike Morton, MEd, ATC, LAT - Assistant Athletic Director for Student Health and Well-being, Southern Methodist University


Linda Moore, PhD, LMSW-AP – Texas Christian University


Dr. Ally Wade - Southern Methodist University 

Sarah Kamstra - University of Michigan 


Moderator: Emmett Gill, PhD, MSW - University of Texas at Austin 


2:00pm – 3:00pm           Ted Talk Session or Interactive Workshop (CEU Eligible)


Sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work


Ballroom A


First-Stage Oscillating Migration Patterns of Former U.S. Men's College Basketball Players: Exploring Domestic Violence Enclaves

Victor Kidd, MSW, LGSW - University of South Carolina 

Ian Dincuff - University of South Carolina 

Richard Southall, EdD, MA - University of South Carolina 

Mark Nagel, EdD, MA - University of South Carolina 


From Injury to Resiliency: A Social Worker’s Role in Helping Athletes with a Season- or Career-Ending Injury

Sasa Vann - Ball State University

Kelsey Freiburger - Ball State University 

Hannah Johnson - Ball State University

Matt Moore, PhD, MSW - Ball State University 


Athletic Injuries: A Holistic Approach to Treating Players

Heather Camara, ASW, PPSC


Coaching Campus Leaders: Promoting Bystander Intervention with Student-Athletes 

Lorin Mordecai, MSW, LSW - University of Connecticut 


Ballroom B


Using Technology and Mindfulness to Optimize Student-Athlete Mental Wellness

Kat Longshore, PhD, MS - Balance Position 

Kara Stroup - Balance Position 

Vince Sonson, MS - Balance Position

Samantha DeLenardo, MA - Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative


3:00pm – 3:15pm           Break (drinks and snacks provided)


3:15pm – 4:00pm           Professional Sport Panel (Ballroom A)

Sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Social Work


Sponsored by the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work


John O’Neil, EdD, LCSW, LCDC, CAS – Minor League Baseball


Janice L. Hilliard, Ph.D. - Former Vice President, Player Development, National Basketball Association 

Sidney Moncrief - Former NBA All-Pro player, Entrepreneur 

Carrie Stewart, MA, LPC - Southern Methodist University 


Moderator: Kim Gibson, LGSW – Field Coordinator, University of Alabama School of Social Work


4:00pm – 4:15pm           Closing Remarks  


We would like to thank our in-kind Sponsor, The University of Georgia School of Social Work.          

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