Bethany College to Hold Fifth-Annual Fall Symposium

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College will hold its fifth-annual Fall Symposium on Nov. 1-2 at the Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s theme will focus on “Life Stages: the Circle of Life,” and will feature a keynote speaker for each day as well as a number of workshops.

Co-hosts for the event include West Virginia Northern Community College, the West Virginia University Masters of Social Work Program, Wheeling branch, and the Brooke County Health Department.

More than 100 professionals, including social workers, nurses, counselors, addictions specialists and domestic violence prevention specialists are expected to attend the symposium. One difference in the schedule this year will be the addition of tracks. Following the keynote presentation each morning, each series of sessions will feature an offering on infants/children, teens/young adults and middle/older adults.

The keynote presentation on Thursday will feature Dreams of Hope, an arts-focused, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied youth organization located in Pittsburgh. Susan Haugh, artistic director, founded the organization in 2003 with a $2,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the assistance of three collaborating artists.

Haugh founded DOH with the statement that, "Through the arts, Dreams of Hope develops LGBTA youth leaders who promote social change by educating audiences." The organization offers a Performance Program; an online forum for poetry called Web Poets, and has created a 17 minute educational DVD entitled “That’s So Gay” which stars the youth performers. In 2010, they held their first-annual Summer Arts Camp. For more information, go to

Friday will feature Aila Accad, author of “Your Stress-Busters Expert.” Accad is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author and certified well-being coach who specializes in quick ways to release stress and reclaim that energy to live your fullest life and achieve your highest purpose. After experiencing a stress crisis, she published her findings in the award-winning best-seller "34 Instant Stress-Busters: Quick tips to de-stress fast with no extra time or money."

As president & founder of LifeQuest International, LLC, she is an innovator in wellness training and coaching. Accad creates uniquely simple, down-to-earth experiences that help people get results quickly by applying her groundbreaking process, “Breaking the Perfection Myth.” She is a member of the National Speakers Association, Distinguished Toastmaster and recipient of the Business Woman of the Year Award and West Virginia University School of Nursing Golden Graduate Award. For more information, visit

This year’s symposium will provide 12 CEUs (1.5 CEUs per session) for social workers and licensed counselors and 14.4 CEUs (1.8 CEUs per session) for nurses.

Sponsors for this year’s event include:

Platinum Level: Valley Hospice.

Gold Level: OVMC/EORH, Amedysis, St. John's Home for Children, and Chartwell's Catering Services.

Silver Level: Peterson Rehabilitation, Carriage Inn Home Care, Right At Home, Family Connections, Change, Inc., Thirty One, BeautiControl, the Bethany College Service Learning Center, and Elmhurst House of Friendship.

Bronze Level: Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

For more information, contact Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair and program director of social work at Bethany College, at (304) 829-7189 or

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.