MSU Denver

3rd Annual Social Work Mental & Behavioral Health Conference

Healing in the Time of COVID-19, Racialized Tensions & the Political Landscape

Friday, January 29, 2021 | 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (MST)

Virtual Webinar | Denver, CO

The 3rd Annual Social Work Mental & Behavioral Health Conference was an opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to connect virtually with community and national experts on their response to the mental and behavioral challenges communities are experiencing due COVID-19, the exposed racialized tensions, and this country’s political divide.

Two (2) hours of CE credits pending approval by NASW-CO


Welcoming Address: Dr. Dawn Matera-Bassett, MSW, LCSW, HRSA Principle Investigator & Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Keynote Speaker & Moderator: Dr. Julie Clockston, LCSW, National Association of Social Workers Colorado (NASWCO) Chapter President


  • Dr. Liz Mendez-Shannon, MSW, Vice President of Program Development at Sewall Child Development Center
  • Dr. Pam Begay, LCSW, Psychotherapist, Farmington, New Mexico
  • Dr. Larry Curry, LCSW, CAC III, Founder and CEO, Clinical Director of The Curry Center LLC
  • Enid Nieves, MSW Candidate, Director of Hotline Services at the Center for Trauma and Resilience
  • Sonam Khanal, LCSW, Asian Pacific Development Center

Closing Keynote: Dr. Judith Kay Nelson, MSW, LCSW, Dean Emerita at the Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work

Closing Remarks: Dr. Joni Handran, LCSW, CAC III