2019 NASW PASWE Conference

The PA Association of Social Work Education (PASWE) holds several workshops at the annual National Association of Social Work (NASW) Conference. See below for are our featured workshops. 

The ethical use of social media and communication technology,

Monday 9/23/19 8am-9:30am, Kalahari Resort

The revolution over the past decade with social media and communication technology has created many benefits and concerns in social work practice. The digital age and the permeating Internet culture presents ethical challenges involving social media and communication technology use with clients and colleagues.   Media such as, email, texting, search engines, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, videoconferencing, etc. can facilitate communication with clients.  However, these electronic innovations also pose numerous ethical challenges. including potential violation of confidentiality, boundaries, dual relationships, competence, and informed consent. This interactive workshop will engage participants in brainstorming guidelines in integrated practice settings to address and optimize ethical applications of social media and communication technology.  How this impacts the millennial generation as well as the seasoned generations of BSW and MSW students and social workers will be discussed as well.


  • Christina C. Gigler, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
    Assistant Professor of Practice/Interim Coordinator
    MSW Program in the Lehigh Valley
    Marywood University School of Social Work
  • Office: 610-282-1100, ext. 1541
  • cgigler@marywood.edu


  • Tyler Lunger, MSW Student
  • Marywood University

What is PASWE?

Pennsylvania Association of Social Work Education (PASWE)

The Pennsylvania Association of Social Work Education (PASWE) was originally formed in 1973 as the result of discussions among emerging BSW programs across the state interested in advancing baccalaureate social work education. PASWE expanded to include all undergraduate and graduate social work education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Any university professors who teach social work related content are automatically members of PASWE. The current PASWE President is Dr. Alex Redcay, Millersville University (pictured below).

PASWE’s purpose is to provide opportunities to identify and develop strategies to address shared concerns related to social work education and social work students. In 2014, the PASWE moved its annual conference to partner with the annual National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA) conference.

Together NASW and PASWE hope to serve social work students and faculty by meeting their needs through participation in the annual conference and in the social work profession.  Johanna Byrd (pictured below), is the Executive Director of NASW-PA.

All social work faculty, students, and professionals are encouraged to join NASW and to attend the annual conference where you can receive Continuing Education Credits (CEU).

PASWE holds a student research poster competition with cash prizes at the annual NASW conference. NASW & PASWE have partnered to award the top undergrad, graduate, and doctoral student for the best poster.

If a student would like to register for the poster competition, please email Amy Sagen (pictured below), chief operating officer at NASW-PA at asagen.naswpa@socialworkers.org

If you would like more information regarding PASWE, please contact PASWE President, Alex Redcay, at Alex.Redcay@millersville.edu or 717-480-0585.

Get involved with PASWE