2019 Plenaries & Keynote Speakers

SWHPN is pleased to announce the following plenary keynote talks taking place during this year's General Assembly. Over the two days of the conference, you'll have the opportunity to hear from leaders and experts in hospice, traumatic loss, self-care, and community-based palliative care - there is truly something for everyone! 


Monday, March 18: Opening Plenary

Stepping Up and Into Leadership

Social workers are uniquely qualified and trained to step into leadership roles. In this inspiring keynote, Stacy Orloff, VP of innovation and Community at Empath Health, will address some of the most salient aspects of our training and expertise that make social workers likely leaders. She will also discuss her own leadership journey, using personal experience and humor to encourage attendees to take the next step toward their own leadership options.

Stacy Orloff, EdD, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Dr. Stacy Orloff is the Vice President of Innovation and Community Programs at Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health.

Dr. Orloff has served on several national task forces and presented at dozens of national conferences, and has over 25 years of experience in hospice and palliative care. Stacy is published in peer reviewed journals, authored or co-authored numerous book chapters, and has co-edited two books. She holds a Masters in Social Work and a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.

Tuesday, March 19: Morning Plenary

Resiliency in Response to Traumatic Loss: A Community’s Response to Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub Shooting

The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016 was reported as among the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S., with 49 people killed and over 50 wounded.  Called an act of “terror” and “hate” by President Barack Obama, the shooting traumatized a largely LGBT and Latino community in Central Florida.  Our speakers will provide first-hand experiences as professionals and community members impacted by the shooting.  Clinicians will discuss the provision of psychological services to Pulse survivors, first responders, and the Orlando community, including responses in the immediate aftermath and longer term, ongoing treatment, and resilience efforts.  A Pulse-survivor will speak to the efforts made by the community to care for those affected by the Pulse shooting, as well as his own experiences in receiving and providing trauma services.

Nancy Rosado, MSW

Nancy Rosado, MSW is a consultant at UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida.  She is co-Founder of Proyecto Somos Orlando, a retired NYPD sergeant, and a 9/11 first responder/survivor who was assigned the task of coordinating the long-term access to mental health care of 9/11 first responders in the aftermath of that tragedy. She holds an MSW from Fordham University, with a specialization in suicide prevention and traumatic stress.  Nancy is an openly gay community activist, and serves as Vice President of Misión Boricua in Central Florida, an organization that is dedicated to educating the community about Puerto Rican history, culture, literature, music, and art, as well as promoting civic engagement among the Puerto Rican community. She has been instrumental to Proyecto Somos Orlando due to her extensive experience in mental health care and crisis intervention, and through her work with the faith community as an active member of United Church of Christ (UCC). 

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education, and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Beidel holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Her recent work focuses on developing effective treatments for PTSD for veterans, active duty personnel, and first responders, utilizing technology to enhance effective treatments into standard clinical practice. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a Department of Defense funded research program conducting a randomized controlled trial for the treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorders in active duty military personnel. She is the author of over 275 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters and books on the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ricardo Negron-Amodovar, JD

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ricardo holds a Master’s in Education, and a Juris Doctor, and is a licensed attorney on the Island. In 2015, he moved to Orlando, where he has worked providing education to the immigrant community in Central Florida, and empowering the LGBTQ+ Latinx community after the Pulse Tragedy. He currently serves as LatinoJustice’s Legal Service Coordinator for the Southeast Office.

Tuesday, March 19: Closing Plenary

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