NASW-PA Attends 38th Annual Conference for Rural Social Work
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
Social Work in Action
The Rural Social Work Caucus quilt displays the many themes used throughout the
years for the annual conference of the National Institute for Social Work and
Human Services in Rural Areas.
The NASW Pennsylvania Chapter attended the 38th Annual Conference for the
National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas in July
at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
Abigail Hurst, director of policy and communication at the chapter, said
about 150 people traveled from across the country to the event, where the theme
was "Community, Commitment and Tradition.” Members of the Rural Caucus shared
stories, successes and practices of social work in rural communities across
Pennsylvania and the nation, Hurst said.
NASW West Virginia Chapter Executive Director Sam Hickman led the opening
ceremony in a song praising how "The [Rural Caucus] don't have much structure,
but it doesn't fade away,” Hurst said. Hickman serves as secretary of the
National Rural Social Work Caucus.
Over the three-day event, social workers attended various sessions that
showcased what their colleagues have been able to accomplish in rural areas, and
they connected with one another, Hurst said.
Ron Simon, NASW-Pennsylvania's executive director, said, "The problems rural
social workers often face are unique and diverse, and require creative thinking.
Conferences like this one are invaluable to those often working independently to
collaborate, network and discuss best practices.”
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