23rd Annual Social Work Day
March 1, 2004 -- The Social Work Program of Jacksonville State University and
the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Coosa Valley Unit will present the
twenty-third annual Social Work Day Conference and NASW social work awards
presentation from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4 on the 11th Floor
Houston Cole Library on campus.
All are invited:
NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 150,000 members (www.naswdc.org).
Professional social workers assist individuals, groups, or communities to restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, while creating societal conditions favorable to their goals. Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.
The Social Work Program at Jacksonville State University has 751 graduates as of August 2003 and 233 students currently enrolled. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 30% by 2010; currently, nearly 600,000 people hold social work degrees.
Resources on the web:
National Association of Social Workers: www.naswdc.org
Alabama Chapter, National Association of Social Workers: http://www.naswal.org/
Baccalaureate Social Work program at Jacksonville State: http://www.jsu.edu/depart/sowk/bsw_index.htmlFor additional information please contact Gail Childs or Charlene Stephens in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Jacksonville State University, 782-5333/782-5591 or Maureen Sullivan with Coosa Valley Unit of NASW, 256-435-2238.
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