Social Work Paves the Way for Change
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
8:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. – Welcome and Keynote Address
Title: Social Workers Pave the Way for Change: One Man’s Changed Life
Keynote Speaker: Dominic Carter, Television Journalist and Author, “No Momma’s Boy: How I Let Go of My Past and Embraced the Future”
Synopsis: This address is a first person account from the perspective of being the child of a mother diagnosed with Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression. Dominic has overcome enormous obstacles in his life. He was child out of a poor urban setting in New York City and the housing projects of the South Bronx; on welfare; attended bad public schools; had no father in his life; and his grandfather was a heroin addict on the streets of NYC. Dominic will discuss how his ‘demons’ almost destroyed him as an adult. The address is a very powerful one, and social workers will leave feeling good about themselves and more importantly feeling good about their professional work.
1. Attendees will learn how to be able to better approach and assist children with multi-dimensional problems.
2. Attendees will gain a better understanding of poverty, socioeconomic disadvantages, and substance abuse.
3. Attendees will learn how to overcome the feeling of burnout, feel re-invigorated toward their practice of social work, and realize that their work is indeed saving lives.