The Mandel School and Case Western Reserve University are thrilled to host the 2017 Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare (CCCOSW), Northeast Ohio’s largest social work conference, on Thursday March 16. The conference is an opportunity for social workers to enhance their role in analyzing, formulating, and advocating for social welfare policy; assess the changing context for social welfare policy in Cuyahoga County; identify policy issues arising from practice and community settings in Northeast Ohio; and explore this year’s theme, “What Happens When Everything Changes.”

CCCOSW will take place at the Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register and for more details, click here.

Registration is $50 for working professionals and $20 for social work students and retired or unemployed social workers, which includes parking, refreshments and lunch. 5.5 social work CEUs are available for an additional $10 (CEUs are free for presenters and NASW members). 5.5 PD hours are available for Mandel School students.

The Mandel School is proud to be a conference co-sponsor and exhibitor, and that our own Lori Longs Painter, MSSA 1987, is once again the conference coordinator. After checking in at the conference, Mandel School alumni should also check in at the alumni table for a special gift and alumni ribbon for their badge. Please also mark your calendars to attend CCCOSW workshops by the following Mandel School alumni:

Mead Wilkins, MSSA 1976, and Tara Knight, MSSA/MPH 2016: “An Analysis of the Changing Political Climate and Its Impact on Refugees in Cleveland”

Larry Bresler, MSSA 1973, and Gail Long, MSSA 1967: ” The Importance of Advocating on the Ohio State Budget”

Annette Iwamoto, MSSA 2012: “When Policy Prohibits Family Progress: Nonprofits as Advocates for Clients”

Maria Dimengo, MNO 2014: “From Cleveland Streets to the Coal Mines: Understanding Cultural Competence and Social Work Practice in Urban and Rural Environments”

Carole Ballard, MSSA 1982, CNM 1989: “Everything Changed? Cleveland Police Challenges are Opportunities for Transforming Perception and Response to People with Mental Illness or Behavioral Health Crisis: A New Recovery Oriented System of Care”

Other alumni presenting include:

Rev. Lorenzo Norris, MSSA 1982

Maya Simek, MSSA 2007

Ryan Clopton-Zymler MSSA 2015

Joann Hall, MSSA 1989

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