Colorado School Social Work Association

Conference Resources

Location: Adams 12 Conference Center: 1500 E 128th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241

Conference Time: 8:00 am - 3:45 pm

Full Conference Brochure (linked)

Important Times
    • Conference Check In: 8:00 - 8:30 am (complimentary coffee will be served)
    • Morning Welcome: 8:30 - 8:45 am
    • Keynote Address: 8:45 - 9:45 am presented by Dr. Karen McAvoy
    • Lunch: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (lunch is included in the cost of conference registration)

Overall Conference Itinerary (one-pager)
Breakout Session Materials - These materials will remain linked on the website only until noon on Thursday 9/28. Please download or save accordingly. Note: Some presenters have elected to distribute materials on their own and will not have digital materials linked on the website.
    • A Missing Link: How to Generalize Self-Regulation Skills presented by Briana Makofske
    • Inclusive Education Practices & Collaborative School Mental Health presented by Jennifer Merry, Courtney Sommer, and the DPS Inclusive Education Team
    • Mental Health Supports for Students with Intellectual Disabilities presented by Bernadette Pigeon and Ryan Trowbridge
    • The Impact of Social Media on Adolescent Mental Health presented by Shelby Thomas (Slide deck now linked)
    • Finding Simple Answers to Complicated Questions presented by Karen McAvoy
    • Porn Isn't Going Away: So What Do We Do About It? presented by Margaret Ochoa and Kati Garner

Keynote Materials

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Sponsor & Exhibitors

Thank you to our conference sponsor, 7 Mindsets.

7 Mindsets

The 7 Mindsets approach is anchored in a professional development and coaching model to promote healthy school cultures and designed to prepare educators and staff to teach the 7 Mindsets while enriching their own well-being. The mission of 7 Mindsets is to expand the potential of students and educators, helping them dream bigger, pursue their passions, have meaningful relationships, thrive in and out of school, and make the world a better place. To learn more, visit

Thank you to our conference exhibitors:

 Logos & Branding | Denver Public Schools

Cherry Creek School District No. 5 / Homepage 
 Home - Aurora Public Schools  School Directory / All WPS Schools

 The Center for Adoption Support and Education | C.AS.E.

 Events | The VEN
 Rally for Kids 2023 - Campaign  Summit Pac – Psychological Services

Conference Itinerary

The full general conference itinerary can be viewed below.

Attendees will be assigned to specific Conference Tracks that correlate as closely with breakout session preferences as possible. 

Attendees will receive their Track assignment and respective itinerary at conference check in.

Fall 2023 Colorado School Social Work Conference

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 

8:30 am - 3:45 pm

Adams 12 Conference Center: 1500 E. 128th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241

Registration closed on Friday, September 8th.

The Colorado School Social Work Association (CSSWA) is honored to present the 2023 Colorado School Social Work Conference: Building Student Success.

This is our first in-person conference in over seven years, and we plan to continue offering an in-person fall conference in the years to come.

Building Student Success is for school social workers and other mental health professionals or educators who support the social emotional and mental health needs of Colorado students.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Karen McAvoy, and breakout session presenters will share their expertise on various topics related to school social work practice.

Attendees will walk away with new knowledge, insight, and tools to enhance their work with students and youth across Colorado.

At registration, attendees will rank order their preference for breakout sessions. The CSSWA conference committee will create custom schedules for each attendee, as aligned with their indicated preferences as possible, and as space will allow in the multiple rooms at the conference venue.

Lunch is included in the cost of registration. Attendees will be able to indicate a gluten-free lunch preference when they register.

Registration Rates

Registration Rates

   CSSWA Member Rate  Non-Member Rate  Student Rate
 Early Bird Rate (available until June 30th)  $85   $135  $35
 Regular Rate (July 1st - September 8th)  $100  $150  $35

Each registration includes a boxed lunch from Bleu Sage Catering. A gluten-free option will be available.

Keynote Information

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The Colorado School Social Work Association has filed for 501(c)3 non-profit designation.

201 Columbine St. #6147, Denver, CO 80206

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