Kutztown University Social Work Department's 12th Annual Community Forum
Friday, March 14, 2014
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
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March 14, 2014 (717) 232-4125
KUTZTOWN HELD LARGEST
STATEWIDE GATHERING OF SOCIAL WORKERS
Work Department Held the 12th Annual Community Forum
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
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
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.