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ETSU conference to examine issues facing social workers
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JOHNSON CITY (Feb. 8, 2019) – The East Tennessee State University Social Work Professional Development Conference will kick off Social Work Month on March 1 at the Millennium Center.

Registration is now under way for the conference, which is the largest of its kind in the region and is sponsored by the ETSU Department of Social Work, located in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

This year’s conference includes a Social Services Career and Field Fair featuring more than 30 area agencies from 9 a.m. to noon.

“This fair is an excellent, unique opportunity to meet social workers, learn about area social services, connect with agencies, recruit field students and discover volunteer opportunities,” said Dr. Brittany Wilkins, associate professor and conference organizer. “It’s also a tool for social workers to further their employment search and for agencies to recruit future employees.”

The conference also features continuing education workshops throughout the day, including sessions addressing such topics as preparing for social work licensure, human health and the environment, and eco-social work. An afternoon session will address ethical considerations related to reporting mistreatment of vulnerable persons.

“March is Social Work Month, and what better way to begin the month than by gathering with other social workers to examine important issues facing practitioners in our field,” Wilkins said.

The conference is free for all ETSU Department of Social Work-affiliated participants and Community Advisory Committee members. The fee is $30 for National Association of Social Work members and $60 for non-NASW members.

To register online, visit

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