KU Depart­ment of So­cial Work hosts 14th An­nual Com­mu­nity Fo­rum

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Pre­sen­ters will in­clude John E. Wet­zel, sec­re­tary, Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions; State Se­na­tor Ju­dith Sch­wank; Ann Schwartz­man, Penn­syl­va­nia Prison So­ci­ety; Liz Ryan, pres­i­dent & CEO, Youth First Ini­tia­tive and Jo­hanna Byrd, ACSW, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of So­cial Work­ers, Pa.

The Kutz­town Univer­sity Depart­ment of So­cial Work will host its 14th an­nual com­mu­nity fo­rum on Fri­day, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Scha­ef­fer Au­di­to­rium. This year’s topic, “Fam­ily in En­vi­ron­ment: Part I- In­car­cer­a­tion,” raises aware­ness of is­sues sur­round­ing in­car­cer­a­tion and its im­pact on fam­i­lies in the so­cial en­vi­ron­ment. It is part one of a three year se­ries.

Pre­sen­ters will in­clude John E. Wet­zel, sec­re­tary, Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions; State Se­na­tor Ju­dith Sch­wank; Ann Schwartz­man, Penn­syl­va­nia Prison So­ci­ety; Liz Ryan, pres­i­dent & CEO, Youth First Ini­tia­tive and Jo­hanna Byrd, ACSW, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of So­cial Work­ers, Pa.

Ac­cord­ing to the Vera In­sti­tute of Jus­tice, in 2014 Penn­syl­va­nia had a prison in­car­cer­a­tion rate of 583, with Le­high County at 656, Berks at 576, and Philadel­phia at 1358. Those rates ex­ceed those of the United States over­all (326), New York (392), New Jer­sey (359), and ex­ceed that of most other na­tions. With em­pha­sis on the fam­ily as the most im­por­tant so­cial in­sti­tu­tion and recog­ni­tion of re­cent protests per­tain­ing to in­car­cer­a­tion mat­ters, ex­perts will iden­tify and pro­mote best prac­tices that will en­able so­cial work pro­fes­sion­als and oth­ers to serve as cat­a­lysts to de­velop ac­tion plans and strengthen alliances across the prac­tice con­tin­uum in this re­gion.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers, agency ex­ec­u­tives, pol­icy mak­ers, so­cial work­ers, hu­man ser­vices pro­fes­sion­als, alumni, fac­ulty, staff, and students will par­tic­i­pate in the day-long event.

A panel ques­tion and an­swer pe­riod will be held from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and from 3:30 – 4 p.m. (me­dia wel­come). Dr. Sharon Lyter, fo­rum chair, will present the an­nual $1,000 Di­ver­sity Prize, a com­pe­ti­tion cash award, funded by the So­cial Work fac­ulty, rec­og­niz­ing the un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate level so­cial work students whose celebrations of di­ver­sity are judged as the best. Con­grat­u­la­tory re­marks and procla­ma­tion of March as So­cial Work Month will be pro­vided by State Se­na­tor Sch­wank along with Joanna Byrd, ACSW, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of So­cial Work­ers–Penn­syl­va­nia (press wel­come).

Up to six con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cred­its (in­clud­ing 3 ethics cred­its) will be avail­able for li­censed so­cial work­ers, mar­riage and fam­ily ther­a­pists and pro­fes­sional coun­selors.

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.

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