Second Annual Social Work Conference Set for March 11

January 21, 2016

Saint Leo University has scheduled its second Social Work Conference at University Campus for Friday, March 11, centering on issues of mental health and violence in society. The conference will encourage collaboration among social workers and practitioners from other disciplines in confronting these challenges. Selected presenters will offer strategies that promote inclusion as well as economic and social justice.

Up to six continuing education credits are available for Florida licensed clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

The conference hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and activities will be centered in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. A convenient, nearby campus building will be used for some sessions. Designated conference areas have access for people with disabilities.

The conference keynote address will be delivered by Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, who is director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services. The administration is the lead federal agency designed to reduce the impact of mental illness and substance abuse on American communities and is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. del Vecchio (pictured) will speak in the morning. Roslyn Holliday Moore, a health policy analyst from the same agency, will speak during lunch.

Concurrent workshops are also planned for the morning and afternoon. Presenters will discuss serious topics including gang participation, mass shootings, illness among the veteran population, and domestic violence. Presenters include faculty from the graduate and undergraduate social work programs at Saint Leo, which are sponsoring the conference.

Faculty and administrators from the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs launched the conference last year (see additional photos), which was highly rated by attendees.

Discounted registration for 2016 is offered to Saint Leo alumni, as well as to multiple practitioners attending from the same agency. For more program and registration information, please consult: /academics/schools/school-of-education-social-services/social-work-conference-2016.aspx.

The Saint Leo BSW and MSW programs are offered through the School of Education and Social Services.