Social Work Day March 20 on YSU campus

“Social Work Paves the Way for Change” is the theme for this year’s Social Work Day 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The event celebrates the field of Social Work and includes opening remarks from YSU President Jim Tressel; Joe Mosca, dean of the YSU Bitonte College of Health and Human Services; and Ohio State Sen. Joe Schiavoni.

At 8.30 a.m., Mark Sanders, a lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Work, and an international speaker in the behavioral health field, presents “Trama-Informed Care in an Ethical Arena.” Sanders is the author of five books and has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” He is currently a therapist in private practice, specializing in grief therapy, trauma-informed care, addictions and co-occurring disorders.

At 10 a.m., Danielle Smith, executive director of the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Work, presents “The State of Social Work,” followed at 10:30 a.m. by a NASW Region IV update from Christine Barnes. Dennis Morawski, chair of the YSU Department of Social Work, will talk about the YSU Social Work program. Field instructors and outstanding students also will be recognized.

Social Work Day is sponsored by James and Coralie Centofanti Center for the Health and Welfare of Vulnerable Populations, the YSU Department of Social Work and Ohio Drug Card.