School of Social Work Annual Professional Conference

School of Social Work Annual Professional Conference

A Call for Justice: Promoting Human Rights through Advocacy, Clinical Practice, and Research

SAVE THE DATE – March 20, 2015

The 2015 Professional Conference will focus on promoting human rights through advocacy, clinical practice and research. Clinical, advocacy and research responses to human trafficking, family violence, and the marginalization of LGBTQ individuals and groups are featured topics.

There will be particular emphasis on understanding the role of trauma and resilience in response to violations of human rights. Special attention will be given to evidence based clinical interventions; innovative, culturally relevant research; and legislative and advocacy initiatives to assist survivors.

Through sharing of knowledge built from research and expertise, this conference is designed to mobilize advocacy efforts for social justice and enrich collaborative multidisciplinary clinical practices.

This conference is suitable for professionals and students in social work, mental health counseling, law and law enforcement, nursing and health services, and education.

Mark your calendar and join us for an exciting day with international guest speakers and presenters. 

Featuring Keynote Presenters

Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)

Rachel Lloyd is founder and CEO of Girls Education and Mentoring Services. Her indelible impact on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking has helped shift the perception of trafficked girls from criminals to victims and now to survivors and leaders. Nationally recognized for her innovative work in transforming the movement’s understanding of survivor leadership, she continues to pave the way for survivor leaders across the country. She was honored as one of the “50 Women Who Change the World” by Ms. Magazine and recognized with a Reebok Human Rights Award. She was also a recipient of a 2009 Ashoka Fellowship, the Frederick Douglass Award from the North Star Fund, and the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization for Women, among many other accolades. To find out more information about Rachel Lloyd’s organization and exploits, please click here.

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, licensed psychologist, poet, dancer, and minister

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, poet, dancer, and minister. Dr. Bryant-Davis, an Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, is Past-President of the Society for the Psychology of Women. The North Carolina Arts Council named her Emerging Artist of the Year. She has been featured on BET, PBS and C-SPAN as well as in the Boston Globe, ESSENCE Magazine, and Black Entertainment Television's Weekend Magazine. Dr. Thema has been a recurring mental health consultant on The Dr. Phil Show and the TV-One show K-Ci and Jo Jo Come Clean. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed books “Thriving in the wake of trauma: A multicultural guide, Mangos and Manna and The Birthing of a Lioness” and is the recording artist on the CD “Sky: An upbeat black girl's song.” Her work is based in an interdisciplinary understanding of spirituality, gender, culture and psychology. For more information on Dr. Bryant-Davis, please click here.

Julie Brand, author and founder of Caper Consulting

Julie Brand holds a Master's degree in Counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Now she uses her dual perspective as a counselor and as a survivor of maternal incest to write and to speak about mother-daughter sexual abuse. In her recently published book and in her dynamic workshops, Brand combines research data, professional insights and her personal experiences to enlighten audiences about the reality of mother-daughter sexual abuse. Her upbeat keynote presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives. For more information on Julie Brand, please click here.

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