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Department of Social Work Celebrates National Social Work Month with Virtual Conference and Giving Campaign

March 03, 2022

Contact: Kawana McGough, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

The Department of Social Work at Tuskegee University College of Arts and Sciences is helping celebrate this year’s Social Work Month in March with a virtual conference on March 31, 2022. The conference will be held in conjunction with Social Work Month. Social Work National 2022 with the national theme “The Time for Social Work” to highlight how social workers have enriched our society for over a century and how their services continue to be needed today.

The annual Social Work Month campaign is an opportunity to educate the public, policy makers and legislators about the services that social workers provide in various sectors including hospitals, mental health centers, schools, agencies social services, community centers and politics.

This year, Tuskegee University is supporting the theme to include “Equipping Your Practice Toolkit for COVID 19 and Beyond” to educate students and professionals on various practice models and tools to use in their practice with children. , young people and families.

“Many practitioners and trainees have experienced a rapid increase in trauma-related practice with individuals and families within their practice industry, and those interested in or working in the child protection industry or other industries should find that this virtual conference has many tools (practice models) for your practice toolbox,” said Department of Social Work Chair Dr. April Jones.

Activities in support of the conference will include presentations from world-renowned licensed or certified speakers from across the United States who will share topics on ethics, self-care, boundaries, workplace communication, teleworking practice arrangements, trauma-informed practice and human trafficking related practice during the pandemic and beyond.

In addition, the conference will offer seven continuing education units: one ethics, one clinic and five general units. If you reside outside the state of Alabama and/or practice a profession other than social work, please seek CEU approval from your licensing board prior to attending the event.

Social workers play a vital role in child welfare, health care and mental health care, and it is likely that a social worker will help you at some point, you, a member of the family or a friend. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, but there is a shortage of social workers in child welfare agencies, schools, and other sectors where they are needed. . Tuskegee is working diligently to change that through the Department of Social Work campaign.

During Social Work Month, the Department encourages you to support and learn more about the social work profession by helping start the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Tuskegee.

“Now is the time for social work. The world needs more minority practitioners worldwide. Be part of the solution to the world’s social worker shortage by helping Tuskegee University create a a master’s program in social work,” Jones explained. “If we all come together, we can make a difference by contributing funds to support the initial costs of the MSW program and scholarships to make the vision of an MSW program at Tuskegee University a reality for faculty. , the staff and the dream of alumni and future alumni a reality.”

The MSW program will be a clinical program with a focus on minority practice for child protection, health, and behavioral health specializations. This cutting-edge program will also take a social justice approach to health disparities and incorporate global teaching in social work and telehealth.

Students will have the opportunity to earn a dual degree in public health and interdisciplinary study with the School of Nursing for a rigorous curriculum. Postgraduate certificates in veterinary social work, GIS mapping, art therapy, telehealth practice, school social work, etc. will be available.

To learn more about practice patterns and techniques to apply to your practice with clients, purchase your early bird tickets before March 23, 2022, for $55.00 tickets and $65.00 after the deadline. ‘registration. Attendees will have the chance to receive seven CEUs, win prizes and networking opportunities with exhibitors.

The schedule of conference events (Central Standard Time):

8:00 a.m. — 8:10 a.m. Login

8:10 a.m. — 8:15 a.m. Greetings: Mr. Spencer Croft, Master of Ceremonies/Moderator

Welcome: Dr. April Jones, LMSW, Director of the Department of Social Work


8:15 a.m. — 8:20 a.m. Presentation of the keynote speakerMs Terricka Hardy, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

8:20 a.m. — 9:50 a.m. Main speech: Social Work Ethics (CE Ethics)

9:50 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. PAUSE (prizes and gifts campaign)

10:00 a.m. — 10:05 a.m. Introducing Kristin ScrogginBA, professor of communications and president of GenWhy Communications

10:05 a.m. — 11:05 a.m. Session 1: Generation “THEM”: managing a multigenerational workforce

11:05 a.m. — 11:10 a.m. Presentation by Dr. Tiyahri WilsonLMFT, Ph.D. (c), clinical psychologist and owner of Centered on Healing, LLC (CoHe) & Therapy University

11:10 a.m. — 12:10 p.m. Session 2: Communicating boundaries in a COVID culture


12:10 p.m. — 1:10 p.m. LUNCH alone (Special Presentation/Exhibitors/Awards)


1:10 p.m. — 1:15 p.m. Introducing Healy GingerLCSW, clinical social worker and Julie Beem, JD, owner of Attachment Trauma Network (ATN)

1:10 p.m. — 2:10 p.m. Session 3: Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice (Clinical CE)

2:10 p.m. — 2:15 p.m. Introducing Lloyd’s SermonsSouth East Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC) Director

2:15 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. Session 4: Telehealth devices for practice

3:15 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. PAUSE (prizes and gifts campaign)

3:30 p.m. — 3:35 p.m. Introducing Delaney DickeyCare and Prevention Coordinator and Gabrielle Thompson, Executive Director of Free for Life International Inc.

3:35 p.m. — 5:05 p.m. Session 5: How to Be Free for Life: Human Trafficking Prevention Training

5:05 p.m. — 5:10 p.m. Last word (prize award/donation campaign)


6:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. Breakout Rooms/Networking Time: Browse virtual rooms and post the event to shop, visit employers or network with each other. It’s a one day event for an affordable cost!

REMARK: The CE verification form and certificate of attendance will be delivered after the event with successful completion of the conference sessions and surveys.

For registration and more information about the conference, visit

To be part of positive social change by contributing to the Master of Social Work program, visit

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