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In-Person Workshop

S23 Homecoming: Advocating for the Profession and the Professional (In-person)

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

Homecoming |  OnDemand |  Special Offers
Anthony Estreet, CEO, NASW |  Lori James-Townes, MSW |  Mike Allen, MSW |  Shanda Brown, LMSW |  S.Colby Peters, PhD, MSW
5 Hours 30 Minutes
SMC Campus Center - Baltimore, Maryland



During this event, keynote speaker Dr. Anthony Estreet, will address the state of the social work profession, trends both nationally and locally within the profession and his vision for his new role as CEO of NASW. Following the keynote speech, an UMSSW alumni panel will engage in a discussion centered around their lived experiences in their current roles and responsibilities as practitioners, administrators, researchers, and entrepreneurs. 


  • Michael Allen, MSW ’03, CEO, Therapeutic Connections  

  • Janet Hosford Lamb, MSW ’00, President and Founder, Focused Solutions, LLC  

  • S. Colby Peters, PhD, LCSW, Human Systems  

  • Shanda Brown, MSW ’13, Mid Atlantic Director, The Community Builders  



Anthony Estreet, CEO, NASW Related seminars and products

Anthony Estreet

Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

He has been a professor and chair of the Master of Social Work Program at Morgan State University since 2013. Estreet is also founder and chief executive officer of Next Step Treatment Center in Baltimore, which provides substance use treatment and mental health services. He was vice president of the NASW Board of Directors but stepped down from that role after being considered a candidate in the search process. Estreet also served as president of the NASW Maryland Chapter and is an active member of the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Black Social Workers.

While at Morgan, Estreet was awarded more than $6 million in extramural grant funding for social work workforce development, research, and training. He also led the development and expansion of the first MSW program in the United States, and at a historically Black college or university, to have an area of specialized practice focused on addressing substance use disorders.

Lori James-Townes, MSW Related seminars and products

Lori James-Townes, LCSW-C, MSW ’91 
Executive Director at National Association for Public Defense/President, Expand-Now 

Lori James-Townes is President & CEO of Expand-Now. She also serves as an Assistant Training Director for National Association of Public Defense. Lori’s passion is adding value to others. Lori has over 25 years of teaching, clinical practice, leadership, and management experience in juvenile justice, mental health, and public defender settings. Her most recent public defender position was Director of Social Work, Leadership and Program Development, with Maryland Office of Public Defender. With over more than 800 employees, she served as one of the first Directors of Leadership in a public defender setting. While in this position, she demonstrated her ability to help others grow in the areas of teamwork, leadership, and management. She also led the agency’s social work staff, consultants, and interns. 

Lori is certified John Maxwell Trainer, Coach and Speaker. She has developed programs that are now national models for other agencies. In 2015, The Daily Record Newspaper named her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. As a speaker, she is requested both nationally and internationally. 

Lori has held various leadership positions on national organizations and Boards of Directors. Her commitment to growth has been recognized as organizations have appointed her to serve as Conference Chair for several national conferences and training programs. Lori also serves as a faculty member for national and regional leadership development, trials skills, training, and programs, including but not limited to: National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialist Gideon’s Promise, National Legal Aide and Defender Association, Administrative Offices of the Courts (Training Branch), MD Department of Human Services, and other private and non-profit entities. 


Mike Allen, MSW Related seminars and products

Michael Allen, MSW ’03 
CEO, Therapeutic Solutions, LLC 

 Michael Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of Therapeutic Connections, where is responsible for the day-to-day operations. He manages all intakes, markets and networks with referral sources, and manages all the billing and fiscal responsibilities. 

Mr. Allen came to Baltimore in 1998 after graduating to start his career in the social work field. He initially worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Community Psychiatry Department as a Case Manager servicing homeless adults with behavioral health diagnosis. While at Johns Hopkins he applied for and was accepted into the University of Maryland School of Social Work (MACRO) where he completed his field placement at the University of Maryland Hospital, Shock Trauma Center. Mr. Allen became the Lead Social Worker at Shock Trauma Center in the Violence Intervention Program working with victims of interpersonal violence.  

Seeking a different social work experience, Mr. Allen ventured into an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) where he worked as an Account Manager providing training, support and consultation services to small businesses, local, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Allen was recruited to then work at the US Department of Health and Human Services as a consultant with Federal Occupational Health administration providing workplace health and wellness services for federal agencies. 

Wanting independence and the opportunity for unlimited experiences, Mr. Allen created MAZCAN Enterprises, LLC, a training and consulting business that provides clinical, workplace, health and wellness, and continuing education training. Mr. Allen was been able to build a customer base of corporations, universities and human service organizations locally and nationally. He later established Therapeutic Connections LLC to provide behavioral health services for adults and children in Howard County in 2016. 

Shanda Brown, LMSW Related seminars and products

Shanda Brown, LMSW ’13 
Mid Atlantic Director, The Community Builders 

Shanda is a licensed Social Worker who is committed to advancing vulnerable and oppressed communities. She currently works as a Regional Director for The Community Builders -- a nationally recognized non - profit developer that owns, develops, and manages affordable housing communities.  

In this role, Shanda works to ensure the communities within her region thrive by using housing as a foundation for upward mobility. She works intentionally to ensure individuals and families have access to opportunities that support economic mobility, create community cohesion, and offer access to behavioral health services.  

Shanda also has an extensive history working in permanent supportive housing, with homeless youth, foster care youth, and coordinating services that allow Seniors to age in place.  

S.Colby Peters, PhD, MSW Related seminars and products

Colby has over 10 years of nonprofit experience in operations, development, technology and design, program development, and, most recently, organizational assessment using advanced research and analytic techniques with both quantitative and qualitative data. In addition, she has experience in policy research, development, and analysis, to include research and analysis of Maryland’s disability policies for Heather Mizeur’s gubernatorial campaign in 2014. Colby has shared her talents with many nonprofits in both professional and volunteer capacities, including the Y of Central Maryland, the Light House Shelter in Annapolis, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.


Colby received her Master’s and PhD in social work for the University of Maryland. For her dissertation, Colby developed the first multi-level leadership model and assessment tool rooted in social work values and created for human service organizations.


Colby’s passion for organizational and leadership skill development stems from her belief – supported by research and experience – that with the right communication skills, the application of human service-centered principles of leadership, and some creativity and open-mindedness, non-profit organizations can realize their goals while making the most of available time and resources.


9:00 am.                            Registration and Breakfast                                   
9:30 a..m - 10:45 a.m  Keynote and Q&A
10: 45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m Break
11:00 a.m. - 12: 45 a.m. Panel Discussion
12:45- 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Award Ceremony
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Luncheon


Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives 

  • Attendees will be able to identify trends in the social work profession both nationally and locally.  

  • Attendees will discuss individual perspectives and lived experiences in relation to their roles and responsibilities in their social work professions.  

  • Attendees will be able to identify potential solutions discussed by panelists.   

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor CategoryA continuing professional education.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $45 and includes CE credit. Registering after March 6, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms




The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.


System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Webinar Policies & FAQs

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SMC Campus Center

621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, Maryland 21201, United States
(410) 706-3782

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