Social Work Conference to be held at UNK

Dr. Maha Younes
Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work, 308.865.8741

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Social Work Program will be holding a social work conference on March 27 in the Nebraskan Student Union room 238 beginning at 8:00 a.m. This year’s conference is titled “Inclusion and Cultural Competence in the Helping Professions.”

According to the conference brochure, “The conference celebrates the human spirit and the self-worth of all people regardless of status. The cultural competence of helping professionals is critical in the delivery of effective and inclusive mental health services. Participants will learn of the civil rights struggle for individuals with special needs, the laws that protect their rights and the skills needed for successful interventions in any service setting.”
The schedule of events is listed below.

Time Event Speaker
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:15 a.m. Welcome Chancellor Doug Kristensen, J.D.
8:30 a.m. The Legal and Philosophical Tim Shaw, J.D., CEO
Underpinnings of Inclusion Nebraska Advocacy Services, Inc.
9:30 a.m. Advocacy in Action: Individuals
with special needs speak out
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.

UNMC Cultural Competence: Valda Ford, MPH, MS, RN What’s the Big Deal Any Way?

Executive Director for Human Diversity, Director of Community and Multicultural Affairs

12:00 noon Lunch break
1:00 p.m. Role of Cultural Competence in Ensuring Quality Care and Servicefor People with Disabilities

Valda Ford

2:00 p.m.

Developing Cultural Competency in Working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Three Perspectives:  Professor, Practitioner,and Student

Amanda Duffy Randall, Ph. D., LSCW
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.

An Illustration of Effect of Macro Events on Micro Events: American Indian Ethnic Identity Formation

Carol L. Langer, MSW, Ph. D.
4:15 p.m. Closure and Evaluation