Professional Social Work Day scheduled at Union College

Published on
March 11, 2013

The Union College Social Work Program will collaborate with other social work professionals later this month to support the southeastern region with resources and continuing education.

On Thursday, March 21 Union will host the 4th Annual Professional Social Work Day, which provides local social work professionals an opportunity to network and earn continuing education units. The day begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Patridge Conference Room on campus. Attendees are encouraged to register online before coming.

According to Sarah Hendrix, Ph.D., M.S.W., director of Union's Social Work Program, the theme for this year's conference is "Weaving Advocacy and Resilience." It will reflect both the individual and community factors that protect our region and state during times of local and national change.

"Our region, specifically, has a number of strengths that social workers rely on: face-to-face and informal networks, interdependence and resourcefulness," Hendrix said. "Professional social work utilizes the unique strengths of rural regions to weave together advocacy and resilience. Our region is stronger for the combination."

Professionals who attend can earn up to eight CEUs. Special plans for the day include a lunchtime session featuring Jordan Wildermuth, director of the National Association of Social Workers - Kentucky Chapter, who will discuss the future of social work in Kentucky; an NASW southeastern branch meeting; and a special afternoon session offered for K - 12 educators focusing on current adolescent drug use.

A full schedule of the day's events, along with online registration can be found at Registration is still open and is $50, or $35 for active NASW members or current Union College Social Work Advisory Board members. For more information, contact Kay King at 606-546-1295 or