May 21, 2009

Social Work seminar focuses on youths’ needs

by Ashley McRaven

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- “Super Hero Training Camp: 40 Developmental Assets” is a half-day seminar June 19 from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Social Work.

The seminar for faculty, professionals and students who work with youths is set for 9 a.m.-noon. It’s at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, located at 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale.

Participants will work to identify their own positive experiences and qualities and understand better how to build these qualities within youths. John Shadowens, manager of prevention services for The H Group and co-author of the “ALPHA Peer Leadership” curriculum, is the featured presenter. He’ll discuss, among other things, the various cultural changes that have brought about unprecedented isolation among youths and the research regarding the progressively high-risk behavior adolescents exhibit today. Shadowens has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s of public administration from SIUC. He is an approved trainer for the Search Institute’s “40 Developmental Assets” program.

Registration for “Super Hero Training Camp” is $60 for professionals and $10 for students. SIUC faculty and in-field instructors may register free of charge. Program participants are eligible to earn three Continuing Education Units.

The registration deadline is June 17. To register, or for more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536=7751 or visit the Web site at