KU Department of Social Work to Host 16th Annual Community Forum March 29

Department of Social Work to host 16th annual community forum March 29.

The Kutztown University Department of Social Work will host its 16th annual community forum on Friday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. This year’s topic, “Family in Environment: Part II – Veterans’ Challenges,” raises awareness of issues surrounding military veterans and challenges they face, as well as its effects on families. It is part three of a three-year series.

The event is free and open to the public.

Presenters will include: State Representative Thomas P. Murt (152nd Legislative District); Honorable Judge M. Theresa Johnson, Berks County Court of Common Pleas; Charles F. Barbera, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tower Health System; Probation Officer Andrew Shearer, Berks County Adult Probation and Parole; Justin D. Bodor, Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Berks County District Attorney; Amy Groh, Director of Crisis Intervention Services, SAM, Inc; Dale Derr, Director, Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs; Tom Applebach, Director, Lehigh County Department of Veterans Affairs; Dan Milloy, Executive Director, Treatment Access and Services Center of Berks County; Donald Edinger, first graduate of the Veterans Treatment Court program; Marilyn Kelly-Cavotta, MSW, Coordinator of Veteran Advocacy & Women Veterans Health, Veteran Health Program, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Heather Lloyd, Founder/Executive Director, Tails of Valor Paws of Honor, Inc.; Paul Spurgin, Executive Director of Keystone Warriors.

The annual $1,000 Diversity Prize, a competition cash award funded by the Social Work faculty in recognition of undergraduate and graduate level social work students who excel in celebration of diversity, will also be presented.

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

Panel question and answer periods will be held from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The media is welcome to attend.

Up to six continuing education credits (including 3 ethics credits) will be available for licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. The Department of Social Work (BSW, MSW, DSW) aspires to provide high quality, nationally accredited curricula and program activities that respond to the diverse and ever-changing social needs of our rural, suburban and urban communities, students, employers and the profession of social work.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sharon Lyter, Forum chair, KU Department of Social Work, at 610-683-4235 or lyter@kutztown.edu.

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