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April 17, 2006
Contact: Debbie McCord, School of Social Welfare, (785) 864-3804 .

Experts from KU, around the nation to speak at Social Work Day

LAWRENCE — Alumni and students of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas will attend the 56th annual Social Work Day on Friday, April 21, at the Kansas Union.

Recognition of Excellence awards will be given at 8:30 a.m. to alumni and to faculty, preceding the panel presentations at 9 a.m.

The theme of the day is “The Strengths Perspective: Up Close and Personal.”

This year’s Social Work Day will highlight the latest developments in the field, drawing on experts from around the country. There will be panel presentations in the morning and afternoon with question and answer sessions as well as conversation sessions with experts.

Renowned experts in the field presenting are:

— Insoo Kim Berg, executive director of the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Berg’s specialty is solution-focused therapy.

— Robert G. Blundo, professor and coordinator of advising at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Blundo specializes in teaching and practicing from a strengths-based approach.

— Michael Clark, director of the Center for Strengths-Based Strategies in Milwaukee, Wis. Clark is one of the first individuals to use a strengths-based approach in the criminal justice system.

— Sue Lohrbach, clinical program manager at the Olmsted County Child and Family Services in Rochester, Minn. Lohrbach has used and written about strengths-based practice in her clinical work and as a supervisor over the family group decision-making and ongoing field services for high/intensive-risk child protection.

— Shane J. Lopez, KU associate professor of education. Lopez has written about positive psychology and hope.

— Kathy Marshall, executive director of the National Resilience Resource Center at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Marshall directs systems changing prevention and education programs in school, community and public policy arenas.

— Roger Mills, president of Health Realization Institute Inc. in San Francisco, Calif. Mills’ work in a variety of settings from public housing to clinics is a testament to the power of hope and possibility and the inner wisdom and health of individuals.

— Charles Rapp, KU professor of social welfare. Rapp is the founder of the strengths model of case management with people who have serious and persistent mental illness.

— Dennis Saleebey, KU professor emeritus of social welfare. Saleebey is the author of The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice.

— Steven Wolin, professor at George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C. Along with his wife, Sybil Wolin, he wrote the ground-breaking book The Resilient Self. They began their work on resilience in the late ’80s and have continued research and practice in this field.

A reception for Dean Ann Wieck, who is retiring, will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Complete information is available on the school’s Web site:


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