Bethany College to Host Health and Human Services Symposium

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Department of Social Work will host a Symposium on Current Topics in Health and Human Services Nov. 6-7 at Mountainside Conference Center. The event, titled “Help Starts Here,” is sponsored by Bethany College along with West Virginia University, Ohio University, West Virginia Northern Community College, the Brooke County Health Department, Ohio Valley Medical Center and the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center.

“ ‘Help Starts Here’ is the national motto for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW),” said event organizer Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Bethany College. “This symposium is designed to provide nurses and social workers in the Ohio Valley with the latest information about emerging trends in their particular disciplines.”

The symposium will feature presentations by top educators and professionals in the various fields of Health and Human Services. Presenters will cover a variety of topics including domestic violence, diet and nutrition, field work, personal safety, stress and anger management and emotional counseling in 14 workshops divided among seven separate time periods over the two days. Bethany College alumna Sara DeLong ’91 will deliver the keynote address. DeLong is a Licensed Social Worker who serves as Clinical Therapy Coordinator for the Hillcrest Behavioral Unit at Ohio Valley Medical Center.

As an added benefit for Ohio Valley health and human service professionals, the symposium has been approved as a source of Continuing Education (CE) credits for West Virginia social workers and nurses. The West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners will grant 12.0 hours of CE credit while the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses has approved 14.4 hours.

“As the only private college in West Virginia to be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Bethany is perfectly positioned to be the Northern Region’s leading education center for health and human service professionals,” Shelek-Furbee said. “We want to make Bethany the destination location for people with professional development needs and this highlights our commitment to that goal. We plan to make the Fall Symposium an annual event for Ohio Valley health and human services professionals on the first Thursday and Friday of November.”

The symposium is open to health and human services professionals or students. Cost for professionals is $30 per daily session or $40 for both days. Cost for students is $10 per daily session or $15 for both days. Printable registration forms may be downloaded at Completed forms with payment must be received by Friday, Oct. 31.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, Inc. For additional information about the symposium, call Amy Van Horn at (304) 829-7150 or send an e-mail to Hotel rooms at Mountainside Conference Center may be reserved in advance by calling (866) 829-4343 (toll-free) or (304) 829-4343.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in West Virginia.