Celebrating a Tradition of Caring: Social Work Practice Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Venue: Sheraton, New York City

Location: New York, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: May 06, 2007 End Date/Time: May 08, 2007
Registration Date: May 08, 2007
Early Registration Date: Apr 15, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 15, 2006
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Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University invites submissions of proposals for presentation at our 50th Anniversary Conference. Practitioners, researchers, educators, administrators and students are encouraged to submit proposals in all spheres, including health care, clinical practice with diverse individuals and families, gerontology, group work, community development and advocacy, Jewish communal services, international social work, ethics, and field instruction. Interdisciplinary participation is invited from law, business, anthropology, political science, medicine, and psychiatry.
Proposals may reflect either empirical or conceptual research and may be related to practice, specific interventions, or programs. Proposals that address issues concerning the conference theme and the symposia themes are encouraged.

Sheraton New York
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street • New York, NY 10019 Special room reservation rates are available for out-of-towners.
Call the Sheraton at 212-581-1000 and mention Wurzweiler School of Social Work conference.

The following types of submissions
are encouraged:
• Practice Innovations
• Research Papers
• Innovations in Teaching and Supervision
• Case Studies
• Policy Analyses
• Student Papers

Abstracts may be e-mailed to wsswabstract@yu.edu, faxed to 212-960-0822, or mailed as a hard copy or disk submission to:
Associate Dean Carmen Ortiz Hendricks
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
For further information, please call Mark Miller, Director of Alumni Affairs, at 212-960-0127.

Applicants will be notified by January 15, 2007. Each submission will be peer reviewed. Criteria for consideration will be based on both the quality of individual submissions and the diversity of papers across symposia themes.

These sessions are intended for reporting research results or analyzing issues of policy or practice in an abbreviated form. Each paper presented will have approximately 30 minutes including Q & A.

Workshops are designed to be practice-oriented and should focus on intervention methods, innovations, techniques, and/or skill development. One or more people can propose a workshop, which will run for 90 minutes including Q & A.

Poster sessions will last 90 minutes and consist of a large number of presenters. Poster sessions allow attendees to speak with the presenters on a one-to-one basis about practice innovations and/or research endeavors.

Clinical Practice with Diverse Individuals and Families
This symposium will present papers and workshops centering on specific issues of individuals and families related to the changing nature of populations and practice. Papers on practice in varied mental health settings, health care, immigration, with diverse family structures, and special needs family members will be featured. Included will be papers and workshops focused on special strategies for work with vulnerable adults in mental health programs as well as children and adolescents in schools, foster care, residential treatment, and in the community.

Group Work in Diverse Fields of Practice
Papers for this symposium will identify practice perspectives in work with groups in mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, trauma, all aspects of health care such as breast cancer and brain injury, and socialization groups for all age levels.
Skills and approaches with long-term groups, short-term groups, support groups, residential treatment, milieu therapy, and open ended structures in a range of settings will be highlighted.

Community Development and Advocacy
This symposium is about knowledge, skills, perspectives, challenges, and successes associated with the practices of community development and policy advocacy. Presentations focus on ways that interventions, services, projects and programs decrease vulnerabilities and risks in diverse populations, special interest groups, organizations, neighborhoods, and communities. The themes central to the practice of community development are leadership development, cooperation, innovation, consensual community organizing, and organizing for positive social results. The themes central to the practice of social work advocacy are assessment, decision-making, policy/practice models, political activism, and the Internet.

Jewish Communal Services
Social work and Jewish communal service are intimately related. Social workers have used the skills, values, and knowledge of their profession to advance the social service and continuity agendas of the Jewish community. Sessions will highlight such critical issues as Jewish identity, the diminution of public funding and philanthropic giving, family disorganization, intermarriage, intergroup relations, the cost of Jewish education, demographic trends, social planning, the impact of Israel, and the global Jewish community.

Workshops and papers for this symposium will present innovative individual, group, family, and community practice on behalf of older persons as well as geriatric/gerontological policy, research, and educational programs. A major theme will be diversity and presentations related to special populations of older persons, for example prisoners, persons with HIV/AIDS, grandparents caring for grandchildren, substance abusers, and the GLBT community, as well as baby boomers and policy and program planning for their future old age will be especially welcome.

Field Instruction
Workshops and papers demonstrating approaches for dealing with germane student issues in field work will be featured. Emphasis will be on field instruction techniques for developing students’ practice skills, fostering conscious use of self, freeing up the student’s creativity and self awareness, and using process recordings. Use of the field instructor–student relationship and authority issues will be examined.
Assignment development, educational assessment, and the field advisor role will be considered. Unique agency and school programs for strengthening field placement learning are encouraged.

Ethical issues pervade social work practice, whether the worker is dealing with dilemmas in working with individual clients, determining the appropriateness of agency policies, or advocating for broad social change. Practitioners engaged in child welfare, school or hospital settings, family service agencies, and gerontological social work often face value questions of how to best protect client autonomy while preserving client safety, dignity, and well-being. Harried line workers and struggling agency administrators must determine how to ethically allocate their time, mix of services, and dollars among the individual clients and the client groups whose needs must be met. This symposium will provide the opportunity to articulate concerns and explore deeper the ethical issues pervading social work practice.

International Social Work
Developing social work practice skills and practice models for the global community will be highlighted. Community and direct social work practice in refugee work, HIV/AIDS, trauma, and in complex problems resulting from rural to urban mass migrations will be presented. Strategies for meeting needs in under-professionalized settings will be examined. Social service programs working across borders will be highlighted and regional cross cultural perspectives will be considered. Models for international social work education including curricula focusing on global perspectives and field placements will be presented.


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