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Kutztown University Social Work Department's 12th Annual Community Forum

Friday, March 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT: Tara Breitsprecher

March 14, 2014                                                                                     (717) 232-4125

 

KUTZTOWN HELD LARGEST STATEWIDE GATHERING OF SOCIAL WORKERS

Social Work Department Held the 12th Annual Community Forum

Camp Hill, Pa. – Kutztown University’s Department of Social Work hosted the 12th Annual Community Forum today, drawing in 800 social workers from across the Commonwealth. This year’s topic was “Caring for the Whole Person: Ethical Policy Practice in the Era of Health Care Reform” and focused on reforms in health care that integrate mind and body, including behavioral health delivery. The forum addressed the roles of community leaders, agency executives, policy makers, social workers and human service professionals.

Mental and behavioral health experts including Dr. Ron Manderscheid, executive director of National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities; Dr. Jean Bennett, Regional Administrator of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services; Dr. David Kelley, Chief Medical Officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Jerome C. Wakefield, professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, author of numerous publications on mental health, and expert on the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and transition to DSM-5 were in attendance.

Ron Simon, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter presented the proclamation of March as Social Work Month. Simon said “We know social workers are engaged in the delivery of mental health treatment: social workers provide more mental health treatment than all other disciplines combined. However, we need to also be involved in social policy change and macro social work.” Simon also spoke to the ethical component of the community forum and reminded the audience that “NASW developed and maintains the code of ethics for social work.”

Poised to respond to the changing needs of the region, the Department of Social Work at KU aspires to create opportunities for individual fulfillment and societal contribution in the entire regional community.

For more information, contact NASW-PA at 717-232-4125.

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NASW is the largest membership organization in the U.S. for professional social workers, serving 130,000. NASW-PA represents nearly 6,000 members in Pennsylvania and works to enhance the professional growth and development of social workers, create and maintain social work standards, and to advance sound social policies.



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