SRU contingent presents at social work conference


Nov. 22, 2023

Four faculty members and a student from Slippery Rock University’s Social Work Department gave presentations at the National Association of Social Work, Pennsylvania Chapter, Conference, last month in Pocono Manor.

Kristie Abbs, an assistant professor of social work, presented “Embracing Ethics in Medical Social Work,” which explored embracing ethical challenges in a medical social work setting. Members engaged in learning strategies, cultural practices and ways to approach ethical dilemmas to increase equity and inclusion among individuals in a medical setting.

Tami Micsky, an assistant professor of social work, and Tracy Leet, an instructor of social work, presented “Connecting to Nature for Self-Care & Wellness.” Micsky, Leet and Denna Hays, an assistant professor of social work, presented “Focus on Self-Care: Make a Vision Board.” Hays also presented “Trauma Informed Workplaces: Benefits for Employees & Clients,” and Leet presented “LGBTQIA Mental Health & Implications for Practice,” with Meghan Odon, a graduate student majoring in social work from Butler. Micsky, Leet and Hays also organized and offered a self-care room throughout the conference that included creative activities, music, assessment tools and resources.