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1. Upcoming Events
2. Social Justice Education for Black Students
3. Get Street Smart
4. Pennsylvania International Social Work Group
5. Government Task Force Seeks Mental Health Testimonials
6. Conference Brochure, Workshops Now Available!

NASW-PA Thanks LifeForce Elder Care for sponsoring this edition!

8/15: Addiction in the Family (3 CEUs) - York
8/19: Lessons Penguins Teach Us About Weathering Storms (3.5 CEUs) - Bensalem
8/22: HIV Testing and Linkage to Care (TALC) (25 CEUs) - Philadelphia
8/24: Get Street Smart (4 CEUs) - Altoona
8/29: A Common Vision of Recovery (6 CEUs) - York
8/30: Skill Development for Human Service Professionals (6 CEUs) - Wellsboro
8/31: Creating a Welcoming Culture with Trauma-Informed Care (2 CEUs) - Pittsburgh
9/7: Into to Problem Gambling (7.5 CEUs) - Bethlehem
9/7: Domestic Sex Traficking (3 CEUs) - Orefield
9/10: Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Focused Yoga Instruction (10 CEUs) - Beaver
9/11: Storytelling: Using Narrative Therapy to Help Clients (2 CEUs) - Mechanicsburg

This is NOT a comprehensive list. To see all of our upcoming continuing education opportunities please visit our community calendar HERE.

Long-Term Effects of Social-Justice Education on Black Students

A new study shows such courses prompted self-exploration and openness in marginalized kids.

Last summer, the high-school English teacher T.J. Whitaker revised the reading list for his contemporary literature course with the addition of a new title—The Savage City, a gritty nonfiction account of race and murder in New York City in the 1960s. The 24-year teaching veteran said he chose the book to give his students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, a chance to read "an honest depiction of the Black Panther Party and the corruption that existed in the NYPD during the ‘60s.” In a school where black students are half of the student body—and a photo of two white peers in blackface caused an uproar in May—Whitaker’s classroom is a space for students to examine issues such as oppression, classism, and abuse of power. And it’s yielding results... Read More...

West Central Division Presents: Get Street Smart (4 CEUs)

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the effects of substance abuse. Information will be provided on addiction and the brain and behaviors. Each participant will understand the disease of addiction and the changes that occur in the brain and body with specific drug information. NOTE: This is the first workshop being held under our new West Central Division Chair, Kristie Jo King! Come out and network with your fellow division members.

Presented by: Megan C. Bursky

August 24, 2016
Registration at 8:00am
Program at 8:30am - 12:30pm

Arc of Blair County
431 Jackson Ave
Altoona, Pa 16602

Learn more and register online HERE

Establishment of Pennsylvania International Social Work Group

Participate in establishing a group of like- minded Social Workers in Pennsylvania who are interested in promoting International Social Work. Communicate with others around the state who would like to engage around international issues. The philosophy of the International Federation of Social Workers may serve as the foundation for this group. The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) "is a global organization striving for social justice, human rights, and social development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation."

Please contact Barbara Biancone, LSW

Government Task Force Seeks Mental Health Testimonials

The Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force wants to hear from patients, families, consumer advocates, health care providers, insurers, and other stakeholders on their experience with mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements. You have until August 31st to submit your entries.

We encourage you, as social workers, to respond to this call and represent the field of social work in Pennsylvania. You can visit the following link for more info and to submit an entry:

2016 Conference Brochure & List of Workshops Now Available!

Click HERE to view / download the conference brochure.

To learn more about the 2016 NASW-PA & PAUSWE Annual Conference click HERE.

Summary of the 2016 conference in three bullet points:
  1. Earn up to 30 social work CEUs in one conference, enough to renew your license.
  2. Network with experienced social work professionals from across Pennsylvania.
  3. Celebrate the social work profession like never before with social gatherings, networking, and interactive workshops that are sure to leave you more knowledgable and ready to advance your career.

Click HERE to easily register online.





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