About 3,000 professionals engaged in social work education are expected at the Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting Oct. 23-26 in Tampa. Among those preparing to attend are members of UCF’s School of Social Work, which is chairing the national event.

“It’s a busy but very exciting time for us,” said Professor Bonnie Yegidis, the school’s director and chair of the CSWE’s 2014 APM Regional Planning Committee. “This is a huge opportunity for the School of Social Work and UCF to gain national visibility at a premier social work conference.”

As with previous CSWE APMs — this year marks the 60th, the meeting will include sessions on hot topics in social work education, such as cultural competence and disaster and traumatic stress; plenary speakers; scholarly presentations and other activities. Yegidis and the planning committee helped select the topics, speakers and presentations, and they will co-host the meeting’s opening reception.

The conference provides a showcase for scholarship in social work education. Seven faculty members from the School of Social Work will make peer-reviewed presentations on their research, some jointly with colleagues from other institutions. In addition, a recent alumna and faculty member from the school will present a peer-reviewed poster on their research. The presentation titles are listed below. (See Research Faculty for a profile of all faculty researchers in the School of Social Work.)

Presentations by UCF Social Work Researchers (bold text):

Advancing Social Work Education: Innovations in Technology and Social Work
Mary Mann, Shawn Lawrence and Bonnie Yegidis

Educating Students to Work with Well and Frail Elders in Rural Communities
Kristina Hash, Denise Gammonley and Lenard Kaye

Strategies for Infusing Group Work Content in Social Work Education
Greg Tully, Jen Clements, Carol Cohen, Olga Molina and Mark Smith

Groups for Latino Adolescent Survivors of Parental Intimate Partner Violence
Olga Molina

Advancing Social Work Education: Preparing Students to Work in the Reform Environment
Yvi Goddard (B.S.W., ’14) and Mary Ann Burg*

Advancing Social Work Education: Strengthening the Bridge between Theory and Practice
Shawn Lawrence, Mary Ann Burg* and Eileen Mazur Abel**

Complexities of Intersectionality: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Black Deaf Women
Reshawna Chapple

*Chair of the Health Track for this meeting                                                  **Retired associate professor of social work, UCF

(Photo by Abi Bell)