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40th Annual

March 29 – April 2, 2023 | Birmingham, AL


Birmingham Sheraton Hotel

BPD Rate - $179/night

Collaborative Social Work: The Key to Surviving Difficult Times

BPD Conference Chair


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Kim Whorton,

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. (BPD) is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in Baccalaureate Social Work Education. The first annual conference was hosted in Nazareth, Kentucky in 1983. From its humble beginning with only 53 attendees and 21 presentations, now in its 39th year, the annual conference has grown into the premiere annual event for baccalaureate social work education.

We are excited and planning an amazing conference. Can't wait to see you!


BPD Conference Co-Chair

Kim Whorton, LICSW, PIP
BSW Program Coordinator/Instructor

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Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Alabama

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Dr. Jason Newell, Ph.D., LICSW, PIP

Professor  and Director of  Social Work

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

Kim brings over 20 years of conference planning experience at the local, state, regional, and national levels. She has previous experience with hotel conference negotiations for BPD and experience with all levels of the Local Planning Committee and National Planning Committee for BPD.


Areas of Professional Interest: Mental Health, Healthcare, and SW Ethics and Social Media.

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In addition to co-chairing this year’s BPD Conference, Dr. Newell serves as the Baccalaureate Programs Track Chair for CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting (APM), Treasurer for the Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Education Conference, and Resolutions Chair for the Alabama Conference on Social Work.


Dr. Newell has been in the fields of social work practice, research, and education for over nineteen years.  His research and specialty areas include clinical social work practice with the mentally ill; treatment of anxiety, trauma-related, and mood disorders; self-care and professional resilience, practice with veterans and military families, and child welfare.

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