March is National Social Work Month and this year the National Association of Social Workers (www.socialworkers.org) has chosen “Social Workers Stand Up!” as its campaign theme to educate the public about the contributions of social workers and to give social workers and their allies tools they can use to elevate the profession. Social workers stand up for millions of people every day: people experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, veterans, children, families, and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and what they do.
Goodwin College has planned a number of events to support National Social Work Month. “This is an opportunity for us to highlight the important contributions social workers make to society,” said Isalena Gilzene, director of Goodwin’s Social Work program. “This year we focus on enhancing cultural intelligence at a critical time when our country is met with many challenges of the constitutional, political, ethical, responsibilities to various ethnic groups. In social work, a cultural frame of practice is essential to respond to social injustice.”
Among the events and activities planned by the College are:
Social Work Program Information Sessions: Celebrating Goodwin College’s New Social Work Program!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
10 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.
Goodwin College, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford. CT — Room 411
Morning and evening snacks will be provided.
Join us for a student information session hosted by Goodwin’s Social Work program. Come meet with program faculty, learn about the program’s admissions requirements, and be introduced to Goodwin’s newly launched Social Work Student Society. A National Association of Social Workers (www.socialworkers.org) representative will also be there to discuss social work licensure and upcoming events. These sessions are designed for new and current students of all programs, faculty, staff, and community partners. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes that are scheduled during these times. Anyone interested in learning about the program is welcome to attend.
Cultural Intelligence: Applications for Social Work Practice
Thursday, March 30, 2017
12 pm to 2 p.m.
Community Room, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT
Panelists include Arlene Arias, Ed.D., a counselor and licensed clinical social worker specializing in techniques and interventions such as EMDR, mindfulness, meditation, CBT, and solution-focused therapy; Latanya M Kennedy, MSW, Goodwin College Educational Opportunity Program Coordinator, assistant professor of general education, and chair of the Catholic Charities of Hartford Comprehensive Youth Services division; and Christina Wilson, Ph.D., MSW, an associate professor UConn and director of the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Project with specializations in Latino families and fathers. The discussion will focus on social work as a profession; potential practice areas in social work; why social workers are change agents to address social injustice; and why cultural competence is a cornerstone to social work. Discussion will include career and job prospects for students. There will also be time for networking and the introduction of Goodwin’s Social Work Student Society. The event is open to the public. Reservations required: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about National Social Work Month activities and about Goodwin College’s bachelor’s degree in Social Work, please contact Isalena Gilzene, Program Director, 860-913-2074 or email@example.com.