This year's conference focuses on the effects of social injustice on professional practice and features a change in format for day two.
CONFERENCE LOCATION is the Mountainside Conference Center located adjacent to the Bethany College Campus on Route 88N, Bethany, WV 26032.
ACCOMODATIONS are available at the Mountainside Conference Center's Gresham Inn located next to the conference center. Please contact Kay Rowland, Assistant Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304.829.4343 or Toll Free at 866.829.4343. Please visit the website for more information at www.mountainsidecc.com.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS to the Mountainside Conference Center can be found at www.mountainsidecc.com.
12.0+ Cont. Ed. Credits: WV Board of Social Work Examiners
Approved Providers: Bethany College (490052)
14.4+ Cont. Ed. Credits: State of WV Board of Examiners
for Registered Prof. Nurses (WV2002-0392RN)
Thursday Keynote: Disability Rights and Wrongs
This year we are fortunate to have as our opening keynote a team of professionals and consumers from West Virginia University's Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Historically, people with disabilities have been warehoused in public institutions, subjected to forced sterilization and lobotomies, and suffered other atrocities, including death, because of their differences. Not very long ago, "Ugly Laws" barred people from appearing in public if they had diseases or disabilities that might "offend public sensibilities." Persons with disabilities are still fighting for the same rights and privileges as their fellow citizens in education, work, transportation, housing, and other areas. Join our speakers and learn what you can do today to further the Civil Rights Movement for people with disabilities in West Virginia and across the nation.
Friday Keynote 1: The Effects of Poverty on Families: A Virtual Experience of Life on the Edge
Tony Michael, MA, J.D., is the Director and Associate Professor for West Virginia University Extension's Institute for Labor Studies and Research. Committed to social justice, Tony assumed direction of West Virginia University Extension's poverty simulation program. His presentation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from week to week. Attendees will play the lives of members of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security.
Friday Keynote 2: Stop the Silence: Art as Advocacy in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
In 2012/13 award-winning Scottish director Edward M. Smith oversaw the making of To Kill A Kelpie, a film adapted from a play written by Matthew McVarish. McVarish was inspired to write the script when he was looking for assistance as a result of years of his own and his brothers’ abuse by an uncle. To Kill a Kelpie journeys through a family album filled with life shaping events and conflicting memories, and provides a venue that can invite and initiate discussion about awareness, outcomes, prevention, and healing.
The presenter for this session is Pamela Pine, Ph.D., MPH, the Founder of Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (www.stopthesilence.org), which began in 2002.