Bethany College Social Work Department to Host Fall Symposium

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Social Work Department is co-sponsoring a two-day professional development symposium scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at the Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany. The symposium theme is “Diversity Issues in Health and Human Services,” and the event will focus on developing cultural competence skills for social workers, nurses, counselors, addiction specialists and other helping professionals.

The symposium is being offered in conjunction with West Virginia and Ohio University Schools of Social Work, West Virginia Northern Community College Human Services Program and the Brooke County Health Department. The Weirton Medical Center Foundation and Amedisys Home Health Services (formerly Tender Loving Care Hospice) are major sponsors for the event.

A wide variety of topics will be covered, including ethics, disability, religion, aging, sexual orientation, post-traumatic stress disorder and end-of-life issues. Presenters are experienced, professional social workers, nurses, counselors and educators from the local area. In addition to the continuing education credits available, first aid and CPR certification training will be offered at no additional cost to registrants.

The conference registration cost is $35 for one day or $40 for the full, two-day event. Participants will earn 13 continuing education credits. Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and an evening networking session sponsored by St. John’s Home for Children of Wheeling, W.Va., on Nov. 12.

Hotel rooms are available for $59 by calling 304.829.4343. To register or to learn more about the event, visit www.bethanywv.edu/Academics/2009Symposium.pdf or call 304.829.7150. Exhibitor packages are also available to nonprofit and profit agencies by calling 304.829.7150 or by sending an email request to socialwork@bethanywv.edu. The registration deadline is Nov. 1.

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