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30th Anniversary Celebration

July 1989 marks the date that KU School of Social Welfare faculty and doctoral students continued to build upon the work of previous scholars and formally named and articulated the Strengths Perspective in an essay for the journal Social Work (Weick, Rapp, Sullivan, & Kisthardt, 1989), and since then and it has grown to be a pervasive influence on our profession.​

As a kick-off to a year long celebration, Governor Kelly signed a proclamation stating July 31, 2019 as "The 30th Anniversary of the Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice. To honor this momentous occasion, the KU School of Social Welfare will celebrate with 30 different events throughout the academic year. Please check back often to see as new events are added to the list below. We hope you are able to join us.  

Events

September 19​
Research Impact Talk – A Foundation of Strengths: Inspiring Hope & Growth in Children & Families
Presenter: Amy Mendenhall
September 19 | 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Adams Alumni Center | Lawrence, KS
Research Impact Talks are free and open to the public. Free childcare (space limited to 24 children) will be provide on-site courtesy of Hilltop Development Center. A light meal will be provided for participants with kid-friendly options for children.
Register here

September 20
"The Seoul Metropolitan Government's Deinstitutionalization Plan for People with Disabilities" and "A Strengths Perspective Study on the Mental Health Welfare System of Korea" 
Presenters: Seoul Welfare Foundation delegation, visiting from South Korea and hosted by our School
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Twente Hall Room 208 University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
The presentation will take about 1 hour 30 minutes and includes Korean/English interpretation. Another half hour can be available for discussion. Feel free to attend only part if necessary.

September 26
Mid-America Assistance Coalition
Keynote - A Strengths-Based Policy Agenda: With and For those we serve
Presenter: Melinda Lewis, Associate 
Professor of the Practice
Kauffman Foundation

Friday, October 25
CSWE Reception Celebrating Strengths Perspective in Social Work 30th Anniversary

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Tower Court A - Tower Building, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Join us for food, conversation and a specialty cocktail

October 25 
Call for Chapters Submission Due Date
‘Rooted in Strengths: 30 Years of the Strengths Perspective in Social Work’ invites submission for chapters describing how the Strengths Perspective has been adopted or evolved within your own work in practice, research/scholarship, or teaching.​

November 14
Research Impact Talk - A Foundation of Strengths:  Growth and Transformation through Crisis, Illness and Disability
Presenter: Edward Canda, Ph.D., Professor, Coordinator of KU Spiritual Diversity and Social Work Initiative
November 14 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union | Lawrence, KS
Research Impact Talks are free and open to the public. Free childcare (space limited to 24 children) will be provide on-site courtesy of Hilltop Development Center. A light meal will be provided for participants with kid-friendly options for children.
Register here

February 20
Research Impact Talk - A Foundation of Strengths: A Catalyst for Change, Hope and Growth for Systems Serving Adults
Presenter: Ally Mabry, Research Project Director
February 20 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
BEST Conference Center, Edwards Campus | Overland Park, KS
Research Impact Talks are free and open to the public. A light meal will be provided.  
Register here

April 17
Social Work Day - Rooted in Strengths: 30 Years of the Strengths Perspective in Social Work 
April 17 | 8 to 4:30 p.m.
Kansas Union | Lawrence Kansas 
Registration coming soon

April 17 
Book release date - ‘Rooted in Strengths: 30 Years of the Strengths Perspective in Social Work’  

April 17 
Unveiling and Tours of the Strengths Conference Room in Twente Hall

Social Media

Posts throughout the year highlighting publications and projects involving strengths current and past. 

Publications

Research Highlight will emphasize current work at the School of Social Welfare with a Strengths focus.

Other

The Strengths Tree
At all upcoming events regarding strengths, find the Strengths Tree and add a leave to the tree explaining your contributions to the Strengths Perspective over the years.

Post Doc
Watch for ways you can contribute to funding a post doc with expertise in Strengths for two years at the School of Social Welfare.  

 


Social Welfare Events