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April 13, 2018

Kansas Union, Big 12 Room, University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Earn three Kansas CEUs and three Kansas DSM CEUs if you attend the full day. Learn more here.


7:30 to 9:00 a.m.       

Check-in & Nonprofit and Public Service Fair, Kansas Union, Big 12 Room

9:00 a.m. to Noon

Developing Social Work Leaders Through the Use of Story

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Bill Wedekind will start the session by telling his inspirational story. Bill Wedekind is the only known blind, bilateral double-hand amputee potter in the world. Born in Manhattan, Kansas in 1949 and the first of five brothers, Bill was inspired to follow the family tradition and join the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967, expecting it to be a life-long career path. On May 25, 1968 his life permanently changed course when he was sent to inspect a defensive perimeter in Vietnam. Bill has never been entirely sure what transpired next other than the fact that he lost both eyes, one ear and two hands. Doctors didn’t expect him to survive the airplane ride home, but he surely did. His Marine spirit kept him fighting to stay alive. One of Bill’s favorite quotes is from Henry Ford who said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!” It’s how Bill chose to live his life regardless of any and all challenges that confront him.

10 a.m. to Noon

Laura D. Taylor will guide the discussion on how to develop social work leadership skills through the creation of a personalized journey line narrative. Gain self awareness about career decisions as well as values and beliefs that shape your leadership perspective. Gain inspiration through the sharing of stories about overcoming adversity and facing life challenges. Understand the importance of maintaining a positive outlook and frame of reference when leading others through change.

At the conclusion of this offering, participants will:

  1. Name at least one technique they can use to develop their social work leadership skills.
  2. Compose a social work leadership journey line that covers a self determined part of their life and/or career.
  3. Articulate the importance of self awareness in relation to the impact of one’s perspective (positive or negative) when facing life challenges.
  4. Be reminded of the power of maintaining a positive outlook when facing adversity.

Presenters: Laura D. Taylor, LSCSWNational Director, Social Work Care Management and Social Work Veterans Health Administration and special guest Bill Wedekind, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.

You may choose to attend this session from 9 to 10 a.m. then join the keynote presentation at 10:00 a.m. as Laura D. Taylor stars the discussion on how to develop social work leadership skills through the creation of a personalized journey line narrative.

Beginning Your Job Search: Health Care Careers for Social Workers (from 9 to 10 a.m. then you will join the large group discussion with Laura D. Taylor)
This workshop, presented by KU Medical Center’s Rural Health Education and Services, provides information on job search strategies, how to organize your resume, networking tactics, finding health-related social work positions in Kansas, and job services offered by their office. In addition to information specific to health care employment, the workshop also includes general information that will be helpful to all no matter what your career path. The presenter will guide you through the Social Worker's Guide to Career Services booklet. Presented through support from the KU School of Social Welfare’s Behavioral Health Scholars Program.

Presenter: Sasha Randolph, Senior Recruitment Coordinator, University of Kansas Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services

Noon to 1:30 p.m.     

Lunch provided by the School of Social Welfare & Behavioral Health Scholars Poster Presentations*

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Trauma Informed Care 2.0
Conflict Management: Escaping the Drama Triangle
Conflict is a necessary component of growth which can have constructive outcomes; and yet, conflict often polarizes, destroys morale, and diverts energy from important activities. At times, conflict can trigger re-enactment of past roles, particularly in traumatic histories. This session will explore conflict and ways in which to manage conflict through the lens of trauma sensitivity, and participants will find applications for the information in both their clinical and personal interactions.

Presenters: Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC and Russell Anderson, MPA, Special Projects Coordinators Center for Trauma Informed Innovation Truman Medical Centers-Behavioral Health Kansas City, MO    

*During lunch, the School wanted to honor and highlight some of the wonderful work being done by our Behavioral Health Scholars. Scholars will be available to talk about their work and present posters highlighting the innovative practice, research and resources related to integrated behavioral health. More info. 

Early Bird (register before March 2, 2018) $95
Regular Registration (register between March 3 and April 6, 2018) $105
Registration includes lunch. Parking is not included. Parking details coming soon. 

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