February 14, 2013

Social Work Day luncheon, awards are March 5

by Tiana Russell

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Thereasa Abrams, a licensed clinical social worker and graduate assistant in the School of Social Work, is the featured speaker for an upcoming workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Abrams’ presentation on March 5 at the Student Center is part of Social Work Day.  The annual event brings together people who are working in the field or training to become social workers, and features a workshop, luncheon, awards, and opportunity to share ideas and network.

Abrams is the speaker for the morning workshop, “Resilience: Exploring and Utilizing Resilience Theory in Social Work Practice.”   

Abrams, a two-degree SIU graduate in social work, earned a bachelor’s degree in 1993 and a master’s degree in 1995.  She is pursuing her doctorate in the University’s Health Education and Recreation Department.  Abrams has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of areas including hospice administration, counseling, therapy, and contributing author.

Registration and check-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the workshop runs 9 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Ballrooms. The annual Social Work luncheon and awards ceremony follow.

The awards will recognize outstanding students, faculty and alumni.  The awards include: undergraduate and graduate students of the year; social work student alliance undergraduate student of the year; the Auerbach Recognition Award; field instructor of the year; non-traditional student of the year, and the alumni achievement award.

Social work professionals may earn three continuing education units credit for participating.

The registration deadline for the workshop is Feb. 25.  There is an additional fee for lunch.  Additional information the program and workshop fees is available by contacting Continuing Education and Outreach at 618/536-7751, or visit the website at www.dce.siu.edu