Social Work Conference
This year's annual conference will be held on May 23, 2018.
For 35 years, Western New England University has the Regional Social Work Conference. The conference is a joint effort of Western New England University’s Bachelor of Social Work program, Social Work Advisory Council, and Office of Professional Development. The event has grown to encompass more than 40 workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of social workers and human services professionals of all experience levels. Presentations focus on important issues facing working professionals when dealing with children and families, the elderly, mental health, substance abuse, multicultural issues, and personal development.
The conference also features the presentation of the Jim Quinn Human Service Award, which honors a human service professional who has made outstanding contributions to the profession. The award is named in memory of James N. Quinn, a social worker, child and family welfare advocate, lecturer, and advisor who devoted over 30 years of his professional and personal life to helping those in need. The 2017 keynote speaker was Shaheer Mustafa, LICSW, CCDP.
Jim Quinn Human Service Award
Deborah Hollingworth has been saying “how can I help you” for the past 25 years as she answers calls from seniors, their family caregivers and fellow colleagues, connecting them with the resources they need. Deborah is a licensed social worker, has been a SHINE counselor for 20 years, a Certified Information Specialist for almost a decade, but perhaps more important, has been a parent caregiver herself. Having been there, done that, makes it easier to help folks dealing with the same issues. In addition to helping seniors and their families, Deborah has worked as a jobs counselor, provided family support services for Food Pantry clients, and social work for VNAs. She has presented workshops for seniors, health care professionals, family caregivers, college students in a variety of settings including 14 years as a workshop presenter at the WNEU social work conference, guest speaker for Smith College’s school of social work, programs at HCC, AIC, STCC, GCC, Westfield State and Jewish Community Center’s Life Enrichment series, as well as the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and National Agency on Aging conference, as well as a guest on Susan Kaplan’s Water Cooer series on WGBY.