Radisson Hotel at VF Casino: 1160 First Street, King of Prussia, PA (Use hotel entrance not casino entrance for conference activities) Call for reservations: 610-337-2000 | Mention NASW-PA (block will close on September 5, 2016)
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Mike Veny, Keynote Speaker gets personal about his mental health challenges
WHY ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE?
The NASW-PA & PAUSWE Conferences are two of the largest gatherings of professional social workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. NASW-PA Staff and PAUSWE Leadership spend countless hours throughout the year planning the events, courses, speakers and logistics to ensure that conference attendees receive the best possible weekend of education and celebration of the social work profession. Our goal is to equip attendees with tools and education to practice more competently in their social work careers.
This year's conference theme is a continuation of our social work month theme: Forging Solutions out of Challenges. We believe that the social work profession achieves this better than any other profession. Social workers are constantly building on people's strengths and forging solutions in the midst of their weaknesses. This conference aims to help professional social workers gain tools to help them forge new solutions and overcome new challenges in communities, groups, and with individuals.
Professional social workers will attain the necessary continuing education credits to maintain their licenses and stay up-to-date with social work best practices and relevant changes within the profession. Students will gain a greater understanding of the profession and will have a valuable opportunity to network with experienced social workers.
The connection and mentorship between social workers of all ages and experience levels is absolutely critical to strengthening our profession. Professionals: we encourage you to spend some time sharing your knowledge of social work with other attendees. Remember, this is a time of learning and growth for all. Students: we encourage you to bring your fresh perspective on the field of social work along with an eagerness to learn and grow into competent professionals. We also offer you the opportunity to share your research with conference attendees through poster presentations.
This conference is not just about flashy, feel-good events and keynote speakers. This is about strengthening our profession. Don't miss out on the valuable face-to-face interactions and experiences you will get from the 2016 NASW-PA & PAUSWE Conferences!
– NASW-PA Staff
Mike Veny (top picture) is America's leading mental health speaker, a high-energy interactive drumming facilitator, and proud member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). He delivers entertaining, engaging, and educational experiences to conferences and events throughout the world. Mike is a self-proclaimed "hard worker, limit pusher, and straight up trouble maker." Mike works hard to eliminate mental health stigma all around the world. He believes that mental health stigma is a repeating cycle, saying "Stigma begins with shame. Shame leads to silence. Silence leads to socially isolating behavior, self harm, and suicide."
After suffering from a devastating mental health breakdown in August of 2011, Mike made the decision to use his speaking and drumming skills to serve others. As a person who painfully struggles with mental health challenges every day, he is committed to transforming the stigma surrounding mental health.
Brent Satterly, PhD, MSS, LCSW, CSE, CST, (bottom picture) Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at Widener University will be the Keynote speaker for the Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education’s (PAUSWE) section of the conference.
Brent received his doctorate in education (human sexuality specialization with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Much of his doctoral training focused on educational methods, particularly experiential learning, also known as active teaching, and maximizing student development in multiple domains while respecting that students learn differently.
All conference attendees are welcome to attend PAUSWE’s annual conference to hear Brent speak at no additional cost.