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Kutztown University Announces 2014 Social Work Community Forum

February 27, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Department of Social Work, in conjunction with the Office of the President, hosts their 12th annual community forum, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Friday, March 14 in Schaeffer Auditorium. This year's topic, "Caring for the Whole Person: Ethical Policy Practice in the Era of Health Care Reform," explores reforms in health care that integrate mind and body, including innovations in behavioral health delivery.  

Community leaders, agency executives, policy makers, social workers, human services professionals, alumni, faculty, and students will participate in the daylong event. 

Presenters and workshops will include National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Executive Director Dr. Ron Manderscheid, also an adjunct professor in the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Region III, Dr. Jean Bennett; Chief Medical Officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dr. David Kelley; and professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, author of numerous publications on mental health, including the 'harmful dysfunction' analysis, and expert on the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and transition to DSM-5, Dr. Jerome C. Wakefield

A panel question and answer period will be held from 10:30am to noon. 

At the closing of the morning session, Sen. Judy Schwank and Ron Simon, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers (Pa.), will present the proclamation of March as Social Work Month and the annual Diversity Prize award.  The Diversity Prize competition cash award, funded by the faculty, recognizes the undergraduate and graduate level social work students whose celebrations of diversity are judged as the best. 

Six continuing education credits will be available for licensed social workers, including three ethics credits for those who attend for the entire day.

Registration will close on March 10.  For more information, please contact the Kutztown University Department of Social Work at 610-683-4235 or To register, visit

Poised to respond to the changing needs of the region, the Department of Social Work at KU aspires to create opportunities for individual fulfillment and societal contribution in the entire regional community.