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 November 4-5 at the Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany. The symposium theme is “Empowering the Family in Health and Human Services,” and the event will focus on topics and skills for social workers, nurses, counselors, addiction specialists, domestic violence prevention workers and other helping professionals to assist families in need.

The Reverend Thomas Johnson from The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh will present the opening address on Thursday, November 4. Friday’s opening keynote — “Helping the Family Through Addiction” — will be a panel presentation by local addictions treatment specialists.

The Social Work Program is also sponsoring the Presidents Helping Children Exhibit in conjunction with the symposium. The exhibit, a collection of banners that focus on U.S. presidents who have helped improve the national well-being of children, is open to the public on November 4 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and November 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Elementary and middle schools in Brooke and Ohio counties have been invited to bring students to campus to tour the exhibit. 

Symposium presenters are experienced, professional social workers, nurses, counselors and educators from the local area. Social workers can earn up to 14 continuing education credits, and nurses can earn up to 14.4 credits.

The symposium is being offered in conjunction with West Virginia University School of Social Work, Ohio University School of Social Work, West Virginia Northern Community College and the Brooke County Health Department. Meals for the event will be provided by major sponsors, including Amedisys Home Health Services, Valley Hospice, CRC Treatment Center and Chartwell’s Catering. The Presidents Helping Children Exhibit is sponsored by Fox Run Hospital. The Thursday morning address is sponsored by Sinclair Occupational and Environmental Legal Consulting, and the Friday morning address is sponsored by Right At Home In-Home Care and Assistance. A portion of the proceeds from the symposium will be donated to St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling to assist with construction of a new residential treatment facility for boys ages eight-14.

The conference registration cost is $45 for one day or $50 for the full, two-day event. Participants will earn up to 14 continuing education credits. Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and a Thursday evening networking session sponsored by the Bethany College Service Learning Center.

Hotel rooms are available for $59 by calling 304.829.4343. To register or to learn more about the event, visit 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

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.