Wednesday, June 03, 2009
School Social Work Institute includes free public lecture
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Wendy Knipe Bredhold
Media Relations Specialist, News & Information Services
The public is invited to attend a free lecture on autism by Kim Davis, an education consultant at the Indiana Resource for Autism in the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University-Bloomington. The lecture, "Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Changing Landscape," will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 in Carter Hall in the University Center.
Davis has spent 30 years studying autism and observing people with autism, Asperger's Disease, and autism spectrum disorders. She also will lead "A Challenge to Reframe Our Thinking: The Impact of Movement Difference and Sensory Challenges on the Abilities of Individuals with ASD," a session strictly for institute participants, on Wednesday, June 10.
On Thursday, June 11, Betty Conger and Kathy Walton will present "The Children's Program Kit: Supportive Education for Children of Addicted Parents." Conger coordinates Henry Ford Behavioral Health's Maplegrove Children and Family Programs. She and Walton, special projects coordinator for Henry Ford Food Health Center, Maplegrove Community Education, designed, implemented, and manage the award-winning Maplegrove Children's program, providing education support for children from preschool through high school who live in high-risk families.
The final session on Friday, June 12, will be presented by Sharon Simmons, USI assistant professor of social work. She will present "Choosing a Bully-Prevention Program for Your School." Before joining USI in 2006, Simmons was a school social worker in Kentucky for 15 years. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at University of Kentucky, where her dissertation research focuses on bullying prevention and intervention strategies in schools.
Simmons is coordinating the event. She said, "We're fortunate this year to have experts in the field of autism and autism spectrum disorder who are coming to us with a wealth of experience working with children in addictive families. We're excited about the information that will be presented this year."
School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers are employed by school systems or agencies that go into the schools full time. They supplement the work of the school psychologist and counselor and are a link between the school, home, and the community.
The full schedule is at www.usi.edu/schoolsocialwork. For more information or to register, call USI Extended Services at 812/464-1989.
Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services
812/461-5259 or email@example.com