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Building Healthy, Strong Communities

Building Healthy, Strong Communities is a professional development program presented by the School of Social Work's Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Professional Development Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors.

Tuesday, May 10

  • Social Work and Entrepreneurship
    10:00 - 11:30 AM

    Zoom Link
    Amber Joiner-Hill & Miriam Connolly
  • Computer based cognitive behavioral treatment for young adults diagnosed with cancer
    1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Zoom Link
    Anao Zhang
  • Social Workers Leading the Way in Politics & Government
    3:30 - 5:00 PM

    Zoom Link
    Justin Hodge, Stephanie Chang, Linh Song, Gabriela Santiago-Romero

Wednesday, May 11

  • Social Work and the Global Refugee Crisis
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Zoom Link
    Ashley Cureton
  • Protect Trans Youth: How social workers can show up across micro, mezzo, and macro practice
    2:00 - 3:30 PM

    Zoom Link
    Shanna Kattari & Leo Kattari
  • Reception
    3:45 - 4:30 PM
    Zoom link will be sent to all registered guests 1 hour before the start of the reception.

Registration is closed but Zoom links are available above.

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Social Work and Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, May 10, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

In this session, Amber Joiner-Hill, MSSW will talk to participants about her journey as an entrepreneur and independent consultant. Discussion and activities will cover topics such as selecting services to offer, business infrastructure, and ethical dilemmas that one can face as a social worker operating a for-profit business. The objective of this session is to encourage participants to think beyond the traditional understanding of social work and consider the wide range of career possibilities that are available to them.


Computer based cognitive behavioral treatment for young adults diagnosed with cancer

Tuesday, May 10, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Social workers are the largest mental health workforce supporting individuals diagnosed with cancer. Evidence-based mental health interventions are available for psychological outcomes in the general population as well as among individuals diagnosed with cancer. Yet, cancer patients often face various mental health disparity-related gaps when they are in need of mental health interventions. While technology-assisted mental health interventions are becoming increasingly prevalent as an alternative to in-person approaches, technology-assisted mental health interventions have several major limitations. This workshop will introduce participants to important updates in technology-assisted mental health interventions supporting individuals diagnosed with cancer. Social justice and disparity-related factors will be discussed.


Social Workers Leading the Way in Politics & Government

Tuesday, May 10, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

This panel discussion will provide participants with insight into the political and governmental work that the elected social work panelists are engaged in. Panelists will discuss their experiences serving in elected office and how their training as a social worker has prepared them. We will close with audience Q&A.


Social Work and the Global Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, May 11, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The scale of the global refugee crisis is staggering. More than 82 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes. Among them are nearly 26.4 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. With the increase in refugees from war-torn countries like Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Syria resettling into the United State, Europe, and other countries, social workers must be equipped to address the unique challenges facing refugees in practice and policy contexts.

This interactive webinar, informative in nature, will inform participants on the scope of the global refugee crisis, exploring the current policies, laws, and interventions that directly impact refugees from war-torn countries. This workshop will also explore the role of social workers to address the specific needs of refugees with a special focus on refugee children, youth, and their families. Finally, this webinar will explore various international and U.S. programs and resources in place to support newly resettled refugees.


Protect Trans Youth: How social workers can show up across micro, mezzo, and macro practice

Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Social workers should be equipped to promote transgender and gender diverse (TGD) justice in their practice as called upon us through our professional ethics and values. While there have been unprecedented TGD justice victories and visibility in the past decade in the US, the current political climate has halted this progress with the emergence of an anti-TGD counter movement. There is currently an historic number of anti-TGD legislation being created, debated, and passed at local, state and national levels. Many of these bills target TGD young people with legislation focusing on banning TGD youth from sports, banning gender-affirming care for TGD young people, and criminalizing the health care providers and child welfare practitioners working with TGD youth and families. Regardless of the level of your social work practice, we can utilize and promote affirmative outcomes for TGD young people that foster empowerment, resilience, and efficacy.

Join us for an interactive presentation where we provide an overview social work practice with TGD communities, a deep-dive into the current issues and best practices working with TGD youth, and an opportunity to explore YOUR advocacy and story-telling skills to advance equity and justice utilizing your professional voice. Whether you practice at micro, mezzo, or macro levels – you’ll be empowered to tell your own story to enact change and feel confident in your skills to participate in the policy-making process; not just to advance TGD justice but justice and equity in all its forms.


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