The West Virginia University Division of Social Work is sponsoring free continuing education events in honor of National Social Work Month. The events will take place Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14, in Morgantown.

Tuesday, March 13, “Being In, Being Out: LGBT Youth Performance and Discussion,” 6-8 p.m., WVU Mountainlair Gluck Theater.

The Dreams of Hope Performance Troupe and Lee Marcuzzi will present a seminar that includes original works based on the performers’ lives through song, dance, drama, poetry, music and spoken word. The performance will include a discussion period in which audience members can ask questions of the youth and have a candid discussion around the issues facing LGBT youth and their allies.

They hope to educate the audience about issues of concern for LGBT youth, advocate for positive messages and role models for LGBT youth in society and disseminate information and resources to help professionals working with the LGBT population. This seminar is free and worth 1.5 Social Work hours. It is co-sponsored by the Graduate Social Work Organization and the WVU Division of Social Work.

Wednesday, March 14, “Vulnerable but Invincible: Resilience in Native American Youth,” 6-7 p.m., WVU Mountainlair Rhododendron Room.

Teresa LaFromboise, Ph.D., the Carolyn Reyer Visiting Lecturer in Native American Studies, is concerned with helping ethnic minority students survive acculturation pressure, cultural adjustment, discrimination, major life transitions and other stresses that are so typical—and so often neglected—in children and adolescents. Through her seminar, LaFromboise hopes to help attendees expand understanding of the role of social, cultural and spiritual traditions in scaffolding the development of Native youth; increase knowledge of culturally sensitive approaches to helping and improve awareness of risk reduction measures and social competence-building.

This seminar is free and worth one social work CE hour. It is being co-sponsored by the Native American Studies Program, the Department of Psychology, and the Division of Social Work in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences The College of Human Resources and Education Office for Diversity and Global Initiatives The West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide; Eberly Family Professors of Public Service Dan McNeil and Christopher Plein; and student organizations including, the Psychology Club, Psi Chi Psychology Honorary and ONAI (Organization for Native American Interests).

For more information, contact Jacki Englehardt, department of social work program coordinator, at (304) 293–3280 or



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