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5th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare:
Is Social Work Addressing Human Needs?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cleveland State University Student Center


Social workers often ask ourselves: Are we really helping our clients and communities? The NASW Code of Ethics states, "The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty…" Gillian Brock, a needs-centered ethicist and author of Global Social Justice, recently asked, "What is it to enable someone to meet a need?" She contended that sometimes we should focus on a person’s capacities, sometimes on people’s opportunities, and sometimes on external structures and the environment. How are social workers and how is the social welfare system doing this, or have we failed so far to develop an effective approach to balance these multiple approaches?


Registration is $50 for professionals or $20 for social work students (newly reduced!) and includes early bird refreshments, lunch and parking. 6 Social Workers CEUs are available for an additional $10 but are free to NASW members and presenters.

Click here for breakout workshop descriptions. The keynote speakers are:

Anna Maria Santiago

Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Past President, Society for the Study of Social Problems 

John R. Corlett

President and Executive Director, Center for Community Solutions; previously Vice President for Government Relations and Community Affairs at The MetroHealth System and Ohio Medicaid Director

The closing plenary speakers are:

Rev. Lorenzo Norris, MSSA
Pastor, Concord Church & Chair, Cleveland Clergy Alliance

Margaret Mitchell

President & CEO, YWCA of Greater Cleveland

Luncheon greeting from Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, introduction by Lovell Custard, President and CEO, Murtis Taylor Human Services System.
Plenary panel moderated by Carrie Miller, Resident Training Specialist of Foundation Center - Cleveland and includes Kristi Andrasik, Program Officer for The Cleveland Foundation; Leah S. Gary, President & CEO of O'Neill Foundation; Susanna Krey, President & CEO of Sisters of Charity Foundation; and Nancy Mendez, Director of Community Impact Relations for United Way of Greater Cleveland.
4:00-5:00 The closing plenary session will be free and open to the public (no on-site registration required; no CEUs provided other than to registered attendees).
5:00 Wind-Down in Bar Uno on the first floor of the Student Center (bar snacks only provided).





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Cleveland State University

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