50th Annual Midwest School Social Work Conference on October 12th – 13th, 2017

The Mandel School is thrilled to be a gold sponsor for the 50th Annual Midwest School Social Work Conference on October 12th – 13th, 2017.

The conference is an opportunity for social workers to enhance their role in analyzing, formulating, and advocating for child and adolescent mental health and education; assess the changing context for social welfare policy in Cuyahoga County; identify policy issues arising from practice and community settings in Northeast Ohio; and explore this year’s theme, “From Punishment to Progress: Breaking Barriers to Academic and Behavioral Success.”

This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square. Professionals in the fields of School Social Work, Education, and Mental Health from Ohio and several other Midwest states are expected to attend.

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The cost of student registration is $65 and covers both days. In exchange, students are asked to select two volunteer opportunities with which to assist. The volunteer time will not interfere with their attendance at any of the sessions. Attendance at both days of the conference can award 9 CEUs.

Keynote speakers include Ted Ginn, Sr., nationally recognized champion coach, mentor, author, and founder of Ginn Academy. His program “Winning and Building a Team Against All Odds” is neither about track or football, he says. “It’s about saving lives and saving souls. Football and track are just the vehicles we use to ride in.” A second speaker, Nelson Lauver, is the award-winning author of “Most (un)Likely to Succeed” and advocate, change agent, and powerful storyteller. Until age 29, Lauver was functionally illiterate as a result of undiagnosed dyslexia. His story is a powerful one and his writing has become a voice for children who cannot speak on their own behalf.

Please also mark your calendars to attend OSSWA workshops by the following Mandel School alumni:

  • Jill Miller, MSSA 2002: “Therapy Dogs: More Than Just A Sweet Face”
  • Stacy Simera, MSSA 1996: “Breaking Barriers with Vitamin Zzz” The Role of Sleep and Healthy School Start Times in Learning, Behavior, Health, and Equity”

With presentations by Mandel School faculty:

  • Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer King, MSW, DSW, LISW and Director of Field Education Amy Korsch-Williams, MSSA, “The Cost of Caring” – an interactive workshop to assist those who work with traumatized children identify and treat their own secondary traumatic stress and avoid burnout.

Additional Mandel School alumni involved in the planning of OSSWA 2017 include:

  • President of the Board of OSSWA: Rachel Meffee (MSSA 2007)
  • Conference Planning Committee: Gwen Howard (MSSA 2006) Sarah Andrews (MSSA 1991) and Cindy Johnson (MSSA 2009).

Dr. Sharon Milligan will be attending Friday’s luncheon on behalf of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to accept recognition for the Mandel School being a Gold Sponsor of the event.  Attendees can also expect to see MSASS admissions’ personnel in attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!