February 18, 2008

Workshops to focus on social workers' role in crises

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. — A social worker who helped survivors of such disasters as the Columbine High School shootings, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma and both attacks on the World Trade Center will offer two workshops on critical incident stress management Monday, March 3, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Robert D. Intveld, director of Robert Douglas and Associates, will present the first workshop, which looks at the social worker's role in dealing with such crises, at 8:30 a.m. The second starts at 1:30 p.m. and focuses on the difficulties responders face, both while delivering services and afterward. Both workshops take place in the Student Center ballrooms, and each carries three continuing education credits.

Media Advisory

Robert D. Intveld will be available to talk with reporters at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the lobby of Carbondale's Holiday Inn, 2300 Reed Station Road.

The School of Social Work and the southern regional chapter of the National Association of Social Workers are sponsoring the seminars to celebrate National Social Work Day. The school also will hold its annual awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the ballrooms that same day as part of the celebration. Shari A. Selander, a graduate of the school who now serves as child welfare programs director there, will speak.

The luncheon and the workshops carry registration fees. Those wishing to attend both will pay $50; those who want to attend the luncheon only will pay $15. To register, visit the University's Division of Continuing Education at www.dce.siu.edu and click on the link under "Upcoming Activities" or call 618/536-7751. Registration ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 28.

For more information, call the school at 618/453-2243.