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MVSU Hosts 36th Annual Social Work Conference

MVSU Hosts 36th Annual Social Work Conference
Posted By: Elynor Moss on March 29, 2016

The Department of Social Work at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) will host its 36th Annual Social Work Conference on April 14 - 15 at the Leflore County Civic Center in Greenwood, Miss. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

The conference is designed to bring together social workers, counselors and other practitioners to discuss new trends and issues within the social work profession. The theme for this year is Charting a New Direction for Social Work in the Mississippi Delta.

Participants will learn about promoting social justice, ****, mental health, gay and lesbian rights and more.

“The Delta presents more challenges than in most places in the country,” said Dr. Vincent Venturini, conference chair. “The poverty level remains the same, but the dimensions of the problem are changing.”

According to Venturini, MVSU’s social work program focuses primarily on rural areas. “It is important for us to focus on what we have to do to help our rural communities and rural citizens,” he added.

“Our schools are suffering and our agencies need people to remain in the Delta to continue to work. We have to chart new directions to keep people interested in working here. This year’s conference will serve as a gateway into new ideas for its attendees.”

The conference will feature Dr.



Michael Daley, author of Rural Social Work in the 21st Century and Dr. David Chandler, director of Mississippi’s Division of Family and Children’s Services.

“We are extremely excited about this event,” he said. “Chandler is charged with the responsibility of meeting the terms of the Consent Decree with the United States Justice Department in the case of Olivia Y,” Venturini added. “He will have much to tell us concerning Mississippi’s attempt to maintain authority over its child protection services.”

Olivia Y. was filed in March 2004 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi - Jackson Division, against the Governor of Mississippi, the executive director of the Department of Human Services, and the director of the MDHS, Division of Family and Children’s Services, all in their official capacities.

This case alleged that Mississippi’s foster care system was failing to adequately protect children in its custody and provide necessary services in violation of their federal constitutional rights. This lawsuit sought only court-ordered changes in the system; money damages were never an issue.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact the Department of Social Work at 662-254-3365, or email Dr. Vincent Venturini at vincent@mvsu.edu.

Source: http://www.mvsu.edu/index.php
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