Union to host annual Social Work Day

Published on
February 25, 2014

For the fifth year, the Union College Social Work program will host Professional Social Work Day, a collaborative educational event to support the region. 

The event is Friday, Feb. 28.

This year’s theme, “All People Matter,” reflects the national theme for social work month.

“The recognition of a focus on the human strengths of our region is exciting,” said Sarah Hendrix, Ph.D., associate professor and event organizer. “Appalachian peoples have been successful in caring for one another for some time and will continue to do so in the future. Talking about social and educational models that work can only strengthen our approaches.”

Registration is 8 a.m. in the Patridge Conference Room at the Patridge Campus Center. Events begin at 9 a.m. with an opening plenary “Appalachia & Social Work: History in the Making – A Panel Discussion” featuring  Dr. Amanda Fickey, the Rev. Mike Feely and Brent Hutchinson.

Other CEU and professional development offering will include child abuse, DSM-V, ethics, HIV, pediatric head trauma and drugs in our region.  

James Davis, Ed.D., Somerset Community College and Amy Cox, MSW, of the Commission for Children with Special Needs, will also be honored at a brief lunchtime ceremony.   

A total of six CEUs may be earned. Cost is $50 with active NASW members attending for $35. Union College social work advisory board members and field supervisors will not be charged. CEUs are provided by the Kentucky Association of Social Workers. Lunch is included in the cost.

There will be a special afternoon session focusing on child abuse and the classroom for K–12 educators.

Scheduled to present are: Brent Hutchinson, director of the Hindman Settlement; the Rev. Mike Feely, director of Mission Advancement at Henderson Settlement;  Dr. Amanda Fickey, assistant professor and coordinator of Appalachian Studies at Union College; Mark Johnson, MSSW; Dr. Martha Ellison, professor at Union College; Bruce Miracle, MSLS, Union College; Kathleen Dean, MA, program and training specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky;  Edwin Hackney, MSW, LCSW; Jennifer Bruner and Robbie Bambrel of the Department for Community Based Services

The event  is co-sponsored by the Union College Social Work Program, the Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Educational Studies Unit at Union College. For more information, contact Kay King or Sarah Hendrix.