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 SRU social work program marks 25 years of academic excellence 



April 2, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab


SRU social work program marks 25 years of academic excellence


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stephen Marson, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, professor of social work and editor of Social Work Values and Ethics Online Journal, will keynote an all-day Internship Supervisor Certificate Program and Workshop celebrating the 25th anniversary of Slippery Rock University's undergraduate social work program. His topic will be "Ethics in Social Work Practice."

           The April 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. conference is at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry.

              Marson, whose career spans 35 years, was named North Carolina's 2005 Social Worker of the Year by the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. His work is focused on gerontology, forensics, education and ethics in social work.

At UNC, he teaches undergraduate courses in social work, including social policies and justice, research and statistics, gerontology, values and ethics, human behavior, and social environment and economic justice. At the on-line journal, he serves as founding senior editor and book review editor and has worked for the Journal of Law and Social Work as manuscripts and book review editor.

Nationally, Marson has participated in NASW's school social work committee and technology committee. He has served as chair of the organization's examination review committee and chair of the technology and social work task force. He has also worked with the competence certification commission. He is a past vice president of the North Carolina NASW director's board and is a member of its executive committee. He served as chair of the recognition and awards committee, as well as work on conference planning committees and the technology advisory panel. He is also active in his home community.

In 1978, Marson established a private practice dedicated to consultation, research, case and group work, and educational services primarily for the elderly and social science research for attorneys.

He earned his doctorate in sociology from North Carolina State University, specializing in aging and social psychology. He earned his master of social work degree at The Ohio State University with emphasis in human sexuality and substance abuse after earning his undergraduate degree from Ohio Dominican University.

The SRU conference will include "The History of the Social Work Program" lecture delivered by SRU's Michael L. Stowe, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and social work, and a "Leadership in Social Work: Leadership Succession Planning" address delivered by Sandra Beahm, a social worker at the Veteran's Administration Healthcare System in Pittsburgh, and Terese Ganster, former director of social services at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. The afternoon will concentrate on social work supervisory training, including panel discussions led by Ganster and Anne R. Gregory, unit director of Pittsburgh's Mercy Behavioral Health Systems in Pittsburgh. 

           Beahm, Ganster and Gregory are members of SRU's social work program advisory board.

           In addition, Katherine N. Hardesty and David R. Champion, both SRU assistant professors in sociology, anthropology and social work, will deliver a "Social Workers as Consultants to Domestic Violence" lecture.

           Continuing education unit credits will be available.

           SRU's undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.


           Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives 



Editor's Note: See related story detailing SRU's 25-year social work program.


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