Third Annual Social Work Conference Set for March 10

February 28, 2017

The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degree programs at Saint Leo University are jointly sponsoring an educational conference at University Campus on Friday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The theme of the 2017 program is Healing Fractured Communities. Presentations throughout the day will focus on topics such as: treating bullying behavior, violence in families; early childhood courts; schools with staff equipped to receive children affected by trauma; racial divides within communities; use of service dogs and animals; and more. The common thread in the program is exposing sources of trauma within communities or methods for recognizing symptoms of trauma and alleviating the effects. Social workers as a profession are looking for ways to apply this knowledge in individual cases, and within neighborhoods, school systems, and geographic communities.

Portrait of Robin SaengerKeynote speaker Robin Saenger will discuss the way her Pinellas County community of Tarpon Springs is taking this “trauma-informed” approach, involving both local government services and nonprofit social welfare organizations. The shared goals are to foster an environment of justice and peace.

Social work professionals may earn continuing education credits by attending this conference.

Students may attend for free, and Saint Leo University alumni will be offered a discount.  



Full registration details are available at:

For other questions, contact Diane Bynum in the Social Work Department at or by phone at (352) 588-8653.