First Social Work Conference to Focus on Trauma and its Treatments

January 13, 2015

The graduate and undergraduate social work programs of the School of Education and Social Services are sponsoring a one-day conference at University Campus on Friday, March 13, to help social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists understand more about the effects of trauma and useful treatments. The conference meets the growing needs of practitioners to provide services in their practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Additionally, research shows that practitioners working with clients affected by trauma are themselves at risk for developing symptoms, so the program delivers information on self-care.

The content is appropriate for continuing education credits for professionals practicing in Florida (up to five credits), in Georgia, and in Virginia. Florida professionals are required to satisfy their continuing education credits by March 31.

The keynote speaker, Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper, will speak on “Seeing Individuals Through a Trauma Lens.” Judge Tepper serves at the circuit courthouse in east Pasco County, near University Campus. Faculty experts from Saint Leo’s two social work programs will also present throughout the day. The program is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Attendance fees for the conference–where required–are modest. (Undergraduate and graduate students attend for free.)

There will also be opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to interact with community organizations and to explore volunteer opportunities that can meet community service requirements. No registration is required for that portion of the program.

The full conference program and registration form is available here.

For further information, please contact Victoria Anyikwa, Ph.D., LCSW, and associate professor of social work, at or (352) 588-8337.