February 23, 2012

Social Work Day presentation to focus on bullying

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale Social Work Day 2012 is a celebration of the region’s social workers of today and tomorrow.

The annual Social Work Day luncheon and awards ceremony will take place on March 19 in the Student Center Ballrooms.  The day begins with the workshop “Love Me or Hate Me…” from 9 a.m. to noon in Ballroom C featuring Karla Horton, associate professor in social work.

Horton is a double alumna of the University, earning her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s of social work (Type 73 Certified) from the School of Social Work.  She also holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Texas-Arlington.

Prior to joining the SIU Carbondale faculty in 2011, Horton served for 10 years as a school social worker, acquiring extensive experience in developing and evaluating counseling groups for social skills and relational aggression.  She worked in elementary, secondary and alternative schools and her research concentration relates to bullying, its causes and prevention. The U.S. Department of Justice cites bullying as the most common form of aggression in schools and it can take physical or verbal forms.  Horton will address identification of bullying, prevention and intervention, and understanding your role relative to this timely and important issue.   

The registration deadline for the workshop is March 5 and Continuing Education Units are available for participants.  The cost of the workshop varies depending upon a participant’s involvement in the field of social work.  To register, or for more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the website at https://www.dce.siu.edu.   Lunch is available for a fee, too.

The 12:30 p.m. luncheon will include the presentation of a variety of special social work awards.  The awards announcement will include the Undergraduate and Graduate Students of the Year, Field Instructor of the Year, Social Work Student Alliance Undergraduate Student of the Year, Auerbach Recognition Award, Non-Traditional Student of the Year and Alumni Achievement Award.