SRU social work faculty, students present at state conference


Oct. 31, 2018

A student-faculty team from Slippery Rock University's Social Work Department recently presented their research about animal-assisted intervention at the National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania Chapter Social Work Conference in Pocono Manor.

Tarah Schmidt, a senior social work major from Parker; Marta Karczewski, a junior social work major from Darlington; and Yvonne Eaton-Stull, assistant professor of public health and social work, presented "Crisis Intervention and Canine Comfort," which explained the benefits of using specially trained canines following crises and disasters and how these certified dogs can provide effective crisis intervention. A nationally certified canine team from Virginia, including a Samoyed named Spumoni and his handler, Lisa Marino, demonstrated helpful interventions on the group's behalf.

NASW-PA is the largest membership association for professional social workers in Pennsylvania, serving as the leading voice of the profession by enhancing the value and respect of social workers, influencing public policy and promoting social justice.