Bethany College to Hold Sixth-Annual Fall Symposium

BETHANY, W. Va. – Bethany College will hold its sixth-annual Fall Symposium on Nov. 7 and 8 at Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Alternative Interventions” and will feature a keynote speaker for each day as well as a number of workshops.

Co-hosts for the event include West Virginia Northern Community College, the West Virginia University Masters of Social Work Program, the St. John’s Home for Children Organization, and the Brooke County Health Department.

Multiple professionals, including social workers, nurses, licensed counselors, addictions specialists and domestic violence prevention specialists are expected to attend the symposium. Following the keynote presentation each morning, there will be a series of sessions presented throughout the remainder of the day.

The keynote presentation on Thursday will feature Dr. Judith Romano, Founder and Director of Wheeling Hospital Center for Pediatrics. Dr. Romano has been practicing pediatrics for 23 years. Participants will learn about the importance of child development as the foundation for community and economic development as well as a new framework for early childhood policy and practice.

Dr. Romano is a national speaker and specializes on the effects of early childhood experiences around out-of-home settings on child development, and she currently serves on the Ohio Early Childhood Advisory Council. She is also the current president of the Ohio Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the 2012 recipient of the Belmont County Child Advocate of the Year award, and the Susan Aronson Award for Early Education and Child Care (awarded by the AAP).

Friday’s keynote presentation will feature Dayna Snell, a 25-year administrative program manager for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Snell will share the growth that she has seen in children and youth who have participated in enrichment activities, mentoring programs and public concerts throughout the years.

Snell is the Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of Queen Ann Nzinga Center, a 23‐year‐old nonprofit organization that provides arts and cultural enrichment to at‐risk children and youth. She is a member of Nzinga’s Daughters, the music director of her church, and a consultant to Bristol Youth Service. Her awards include the New Britain Bar Association Public Service Award and the Plainville Volunteer of the Year Award.

This year’s symposium will provide 12 CEUs (1.5 CEUs per session) for social workers and licensed counselors and 14.4 CEUs (1.8 CEUs per session) for nurses.

Sponsors for this year’s event include KidLink, Family Connections, St. John’s Home for Children, Right at Home, Valley Hospice and Chartwell’s Food Service.

For more information, contact Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair and program director of social work at Bethany College, at (304) 829-7189 or

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.