Bethany College Social Work Department to Host Fall Symposium

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Social Work Department is co-sponsoring a two-day professional development symposium scheduled for November 3-4 at the Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany. The symposium theme is “Self-Care for the Helping Professional.” The event will focus on helping social workers, nurses, counselors, addiction specialists, domestic violence prevention workers and other helping professionals to focus on stress management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Thursday’s keynote speaker will be Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP, a widely acclaimed national speaker and author of “Medical Minutiae, An Apple a Day—the ABCs of Diet and DiseaseandLive a Little, Laugh a Lot.” She has provided more than 2,000 educational and motivational seminars on clinical and health maintenance topics. She is the Executive Director of CPP Associates, Inc., a continuing-education firm for corporations and healthcare professionals based in Chicago, Ill.
Bancroft’s presentation is titled “Unstress for Success”and includesa reviewof the "stress response" and its ramifications for health and happiness. She will discuss the implications of stress on health and disease and provide hilarious ways to reduce stress in the daily routine.

Friday’s keynote speaker is Judi Hladek, the CEO and founder of The Wellness Bridge in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Hladek is an expert in the fields of health and wellness with more than 30 years of experience helping individuals reach their physical, spiritual and emotional goals. In2001, she developed The Wellness Bridge Healthy Lifestyle System, an informative and educational product designed to make a person self-sufficient with their wellness journey.


Hladek works with corporations, helping to develop wellness programs within their companies. Her presentation is titled “Connecting Health to Life,” which will help participants to identify the steps to leading a balanced lifestyle and regaining control of their lives.


The Bethany College Panhellenic Council and Social Work Program are co-sponsoring Spa for a Cause on Thursday evening, November 3, from 5-7 p.m. at Harder Hall in the Mountainside Conference Center. Area hairstylists, skin care specialists, spa representatives, and other wellness vendors will be on hand to treat participants to an evening of relaxation and stress management.


Tickets for the Spa are $15 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Harmony House in Wheeling.


The mission of Harmony House is to create and sustain a fully operational Children's Advocacy Center for Ohio and Marshall Counties in West Virginia to serve child victims and non-offending family members in a neutral, child-focused environment.


Harmony House coordinates a child-focused, culturally competent, multi-disciplinary team approach for services in the hope that no child is further victimized by a system designed to protect the child. This approach is designed to reduce trauma and promote healing for victimized children and non-offending family members by furthering the assessment, investigation and treatment of alleged child victimization.  


Symposium presenters are experienced professional social workers, nurses, counselors and educators from the local area. Social workers can earn up to 12 continuing education credits, and nurses can earn up to 14.4 credits.


The symposium is being offered in conjunction with West Virginia University School of Social Work, Ohio University School of Social Work, West Virginia Northern Community College and the Brooke County Health Department.
Keynote speakers for the event are sponsored by Valley Hospice. Established in 1985, Valley Hospice, Inc. is the foremost non-profit, locally-based hospice in the Upper Ohio Valley. The group provides care to any patient in need of their services, regardless of their ability to pay. Valley Hospice is a Medicare certified and CHAP accredited hospice. Conference meals and breaks are sponsored by Valley Haven Nursing Home, the Bethany College Service Learning Center, St. John’s Home for Children, Fox Run Hospital and Chartwell’s Catering.
Conference registration is $45 for one day or $55 for the full, two-day event. Social work participants will earn up to 12 continuing education credits, and nursing participants will earn up to 14.4 credits. Registration includes a continental breakfast, morning break, lunch and afternoon break.
Hotel rooms are available for $65 by calling 304.829.4343. To register or to learn more about the event, visit or call 304.829.7150. Exhibitor packages are also available to nonprofit and profit agencies by calling 304.829.7150 or by sending an email request to
The registration deadline is October 28.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.