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30th Anniversary Celebration - 30 Events to Celebrate 30 Years

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.​

July 2019

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.  

30th Anniversary of Strengths website launched

Implementing Strengths Model for Youth in Community Mental Health: Impact on Case Managers’ Professional Quality of Life article published by authors Mendenhall, A.N., Grube, W., & Jung, E.

September 2019

Strengths Social Media Campaign launched

Seoul Social Welfare Foundation visited September 16 to 20 
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.

Strengths Bookmarks first distributed at 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

Strengths-Base Case Management publication released

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

October 2019

Unveiling of the Strengths Tree on October 25

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.​

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

November 2019

Research Highlight published

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

December 2019

Jayhawk Research Connections published

Reprinting of original article via JSTOR and disseminated at events

Strengths-focused holiday cards sent to community partners

February 2020

Center for Community Engagement and Collaboration Strengths-focused training

School of Social Welfare Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Virtual Event - Social Justice is Social Work: Recognizing our Own Strengths and Challenges

Show Us Your Strengths buttons unveiled at Strengths speaker event

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

Social Work Day Conference App launched

April 2020

Social Work Day Welcome Reception for invited authors on April 16

April 17
International 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
Strengths Conference Closing Reception sponsored by KU School of Social Welfare Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council at Twente Hall

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

Campaign launch to fund post doc position related to Strengths & planting tree to recognize funders 

Recordings of Strengths events from the past year and made available online 30th Anniversary

Recap disseminated through digital communications


Social Welfare Events