Published on September 23rd, 2021 | by University Communications


Register to attend October 8 Social Work Conference in virtual format

Registration is now available online for those faculty, students, and alumni interested in attending Saint Leo’s Seventh Annual Social Work Conference, which will be held virtually on Friday, October 8. The graduate and undergraduate Social Work departments of the College of Education and Social Services organize the event as a service to those working in the field, and to fellow social work educators, interested students, and members of the public. 

Licensed social workers can earn up to six continuing education credits by attending; fees have been set at a modest level. Saint Leo faculty, students, and alumni attend for free, but still must register. 

The theme of the conference this year is “Social Workers Are Essential,” as this topic was selected by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for its awareness campaign.   

The conference’s presentations will make clear the wide spectrum of professional contributions that social workers make, with insights from both university teachers and researchers and from practicing professionals. Attendees will also learn the ways in which social needs, and social work practices, have evolved and changed since COVID-19 emerged. A keynote panel beginning at 9 a.m. will include remarks from local United Way of Pasco County President and CEO Charles Anderson, who will be able to give a regional overview of current societal challenges.

Other speakers and session presenters will have deep information to share on issues including: mental health and substance abuse; trauma and sexual assault response; social work and counseling needs in public schools; patterns evident in school shootings; addressing food insecurity; improving cross-cultural connections and more. Sessions for the day will end around 3:30 p.m. Please consult the full conference schedule, which is posted online with the registration information.

 Currently enrolled MSW students have a session scheduled after the end of the conference.

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