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Social Work Calendar

Social Work Events Calendar


Residential All Student Meeting


Trauma Care

  • Host: Social Work Club
  • Date: September 1, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 1336
  • Description: Professor Street, our Social Work Program Director, will be speaking on the topic of trauma care.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


New Hope Girls Donation Drive

  • Date: August 27 – September 25, 2020
  • Location: Outside of Professor Cole’s office (DeMoss Hall, Room 3326)
  • Description: The Social Work Club will be collecting summer clothes for the girls and young women of New Hope Girls in the Dominican Republic.

*5 Point SOWK Activity


Fingerprinting with Mr. Cole

  • Date: September 7, 2020
  • Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
    • Please use the sheet outside of Professor Cole’s office (DeMoss Hall, Room 3326) to sign up for a specific time slot.
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 3318

Leveraging Your Potential

  • Date: September 3, 2020
  • Time: 1-2 p.m.
  • Location: South Montview Ballroom
  • Description: Find innovative insights for leveraging and integrating CSER into better career opportunities. Come hear how you can prepare for your future through service right now. Text “ServeExpo” to 24502 for more info. Register to attend through LU Serve Expo.

*15 Point SOWK Activities


SEND Relief: Serve Experience

  • Date: September 3, 2020
  • Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Academic Lawn
  • Description: Come hear the story of an assault survivor and learn how others are making an impact on the frontlines. As you move throughout the interactive experience, you will pack a SARP kit that will resource organizations meeting the needs of survivors in the greater Lynchburg community. Our goal will be to pack 500 kits in partnership with SEND Relief. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to South Montview Ballroom.

*15 Point SOWK Activities


Toxic Charity

  • Date: September 2, 2020
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Location: South Montview Ballroom
  • Description: What is unsustainable help? Have you ever been hurt by good intentions? Come reimagine healthier and sustainable practices while serving that prevent toxic charity. The first 20 who register and attend will receive a free copy of the book Toxic Charity! Text “ServeExpo” to 24502 for more info. Register to attend through LU Serve Expo.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Lunch & Learn: Romania

  • Date: September 4, 2020
  • Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: International Student Center, Demoss 2232
  • Description: Please join us for the International Student Center’s open houses and Lunch & Learns to celebrate the diverse cultures represented by Liberty University’s international students. These events include food, games, trivia, and more!

*5 Point SOWK Activity


Unconscious Bias: A Current Conversation

  • Date: September 4, 2020
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Location: South Montview Ballroom
  • Description: Are you dissatisfied with your misperceptions? Maybe the status quo? Develop a deep awareness of various unconscious bias and how they influence service and relationships. Text “ServeExpo” to 24502 for more info. Register to attend through LU Serve Expo.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Adverse Childhood Experiences

*15 Point SOWK Activity


International Interest Meeting

  • Date: September 23, 2020
  • Time: 6 -7 p.m.
  • Location: https://libertyu.webex.com/meet/rsantana8
  • Description: If you are interested in traveling abroad with the Social Work Department on a short-term trip, or would like to complete your field experience internationally, please consider joining us on September 23rd to learn more!

Immigration Ohio 2020: Complex Questions and Solutions with Dignity

  • Date: September 24, 2020
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual, Use this link to register: Immigration Ohio 2020: Complex Questions and Solutions with Dignity 
  • Description: Immigration is not becoming an easier subject to discuss and often it is oversimplified in our headlines. Earlier this year I read a fantastic piece about the need to complicate the narratives instead of oversimplifying. It’s in that spirit we are presenting to you what Ohioans from around the state are considering. There are complex questions we need to wrestle with over our broken immigration system. We have some brilliant Ohio leaders in healthcarepastorssocial workentrepreneurscontractorslaw, and agriculture to walk us through not just the complexity of how immigration impacts our state, and the policies that impact our communities, but we are going to spend a lot of time talking about dignity on September 24th. What does it look like to move past the partisan corners to wrestle with hard questions and find solutions that honor the dignity of the asylum seeker who has fled violence in Honduras with her children? What does it look like to have dignity for our American workers and immigrant workers together building the economies of our small towns and medium-sized cities so that all of us prosper together? As we have weathered a pandemic together this year, what has dignity looked like in healthcare with immigrants and Americans together working to provide care? (You may have seen the  #AllofUs campaign this spring) Hear from a pastor and police chief as they wrestle with bringing dignity to our communities in our moment of deep divisions, grief over racial injustice, and civil unrest. Beginning and ending our time will be Jill Stolzfus Executive Director of the Association for a More Just Society and Ali Noorani President of the National Immigration Forum framing the complexity of push-pull factors that drive immigration and giving some ideas for solutions that give all of us dignity. 

*15 Point SOWK Activity


The Art of Wellness, Kevin and Margaret Hines

  • Date: September 24, 2020
  • Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Location: Virtual, Use this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/30958937117
  • Description: Kevin Hines is a storyteller at heart. He is a best-selling author of the book Cracked, Not Broken, global public speaker, and award winning documentary filmmaker of the film Suicide the Ripple Effect. In the Year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin and Margaret now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness & the ability to survive pain with true resilience. His motto: #BeHereTomorrow and every day after that.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


LGBTQ+ Risks, Resiliency, and Advocacy: Youth and Adults, John Taylor from Side By Side

  • Date: September 24, 2020
  • Time: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Location: Virtual, Use this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/30958937117
  • Description: Please join us as John leads us through basic understanding of LGBTQ+ identities, risk and protective factors – including risks, resiliency and advocacy surrounding mental health and substance use in the LGBTQ+ community. John is an active member of the Greater Richmond community where the primary focus of his work has been on racial equity and reconciliation initiatives, as well as facilitated community dialogues. He is currently serving on the board of the Richmond Peace Education Center, Project Yoga Richmond, One Common Unity based in Washington D.C. and The Innerwork Center in Richmond.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Talk Saves Lives, Lauren Hope from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

  • Date: September 24, 2020
  • Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual, Use this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/30958937117
  • Description: Talk Saves Lives is AFSP’s standardized, 45-60 minute education program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives.  Lauren Hope is a former television reporter who lost everything after a suicide attempt in 2014. She subsequently became homeless, and unemployed. Sharing her story on her blog Good Girl Chronicles opened the door for her to become a blogger, mental health advocate, speaker, and Registered Peer Recovery Specialist.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


 Opioid Addiction, Suicide Risk and Recovery – Dr. Stephen Loyd

  • Date: September 24, 2020
  • Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual, Use this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/30958937117
  • Description: Stephen Loyd currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Cedar Recovery, an addiction treatment company headquartered in Mount Juliet, TN. On top of his work for Cedar, he is currently a member of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners as well as serving as a federal expert witness. A nationally recognized thought leader and clinician, Dr. Loyd has decades of experience in internal medicine, mental health, and substance abuse services.  Dr. Loyd has been in recovery since 2004. Experiencing addiction first-hand has allowed him to develop a unique approach to patient care that is passionate, effective, and impactful. His daily goal is to help as many people receive the quality treatment they deserve in order for them to feel better, get better, and stay better.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Lunch & Learn: Nepal

  • Date: September 25, 2020
  • Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: International Student Center, DeMoss Hall, Room 2232
  • Description: Please join us for the International Student Center’s open houses and Lunch & Learns to celebrate the diverse cultures represented by Liberty University’s international students. These events include food, games, trivia, and more!

*5 Point SOWK Activity


Filling Food for Thought Backpacks

  • Date: September 26, 2020
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Location: Parkview Community Mission: 2420 Memorial Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501
  • Description: Join the Social Work Club in filling backpacks for Food for Thought. You can sign up for this activity on the sign up sheet outside of Professor Cole’s office (DeMoss Hall, Room 3326).

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Washington Prayer March with Franklin Graham

  • Date: September 26, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Location: Depart from LU Indoor Track Parking Lot
  • Description: Join fellow Liberty students, faculty and staff with others from around the nation for The Washington Prayer March 2020 with Franklin Graham. This event is a dedicated prayer march that is focused solely on asking God to heal our land. It is not a protest or political event. At each stop along a 1.8 mile route along the National Mall, we will pray silently using the focus and prompts for each location.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


October SOWK Club Meeting

  • Date: October 6, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4322
  • Description: Lori Lewis, the Director of the Bedford Pregnancy Center, will be speaking at this event. Snacks will be provided.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


The Evolving Movement to Engage and Protect Our Community

  • Date: October 12, 2020
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom
  • Description: Saint Leo University and F1RST are hosting this webinar to discuss how social workers and law enforcement can join forces to improve their communities. Social workers, law enforcement officers, prospective students interested in careers in those fields, and the public are invited to join the webinar on October 12. Register for the Zoom webinar at https://saintleo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EYCZpcvqRhKD10diGT7pxA

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Hope: The Role of Psychology and Biblical Truth in Facing Uncertainty

  • Date: October 13, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4412
  • Description: Hope is often defined psychologically as a positive anticipatory emotion or a positive cognitive state regarding the future which often occurs in the context of negative or uncertain circumstances (e.g., Snyder, 1991). The Bible makes it clear that hope is given to us from God through the Spirit (Rom. 5:5, 15:13) and is ultimately rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3, Eph. 1:18). Hope gives us both a sustaining affective experience and a motivation to respond to life in positive ways. Come learn about how psychology informs our understanding and practice of biblical hope in the face of life’s uncertainties.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Domestic Violence: Behind Closed Doors

  • Date: October 14, 2020
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom
  • Description: YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention Program – Via Zoom. Register at www.ywcacva.org/getinvolved/dvam

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Lunch & Learn: Panama

  • Date: October 16, 2020
  • Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: International Student Center, DeMoss Hall, Room 2232
  • Description: Please join us for the International Student Center’s open houses and Lunch & Learns to celebrate the diverse cultures represented by Liberty University’s international students. These events include food, games, trivia, and more!

*5 Point SOWK Activity


Joy Reyes Social Work Activity

  • Date: October 19, 2020
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Location: Demoss Hall, 4412 or https://libertyu.webex.com/meet/deptsocialwork
  • Description: Come hear how God is using Joy to minister to girls and women who have been rescued from human trafficking in the Dominican Republic!

*15 Point SOWK Activity


World Relief Refugee Simulation

  • Dates & Times:
    • Monday, October 19 – 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.
    • Tuesday, October 20 – 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.
    • Wednesday, October 21 – 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.
  • Location: Montview Ballroom
  • Description: Experience the unique challenges refugee families encounter globally through this authentic and interactive simulation.  Each participant will learn the story of a family fleeing their home and gain an in-depth understanding of the various obstacles by participating in this 2-hour simulation. Register Now!

Please note: This is a running event over the course of the scheduled 4 hours. Students are asked to pre-register for a 2-hour timeslot. There are 40 spots available for each time slot. 3 slots per day, for 3 days. Social-distancing and other guidelines will be enforced for the safety and health of all

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Seeking Refuge: Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis

  • Date: October 21, 2020
  • Time: 2:10 – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Towns Auditorium – School of Business
  • Description: What’s necessary for refugees to be admitted to countries like the United States?  What about the challenges even after admittance?  Come hear Matt Soerens of World Relief who will speak from first-hand knowledge of the global situation in light of current challenges and learn how you can get involved. Please Note: Social-distancing and other guidelines will be enforced for the safety and health of all.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Comprehensive Exam

  • Date: October 21, 2020
  • Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual

Navigating Cultural Meals

  • Date: October 22, 2020
  • Time: 5:30 – 6:15 P.M. & 6:45 – 7:30 P.M.
  • Location: Demoss Hall, Room 1284
  • Description: Learn to build the skills necessary to navigate a cultural meal with practitioner Dr. Chris Gnanakan.  Come expand your knowledge through this hands-on experience and learn how you can enter into cross-cultural relationships through meals! Register Now!

Please Note: Social-distancing and other guidelines will be enforced for the safety and health of all.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Navigating Your Story of Faith Abroad

  • Date: October 22, 2020
  • Time: 5:30 – 6:15 P.M. & 6:45 – 7:30 P.M.
  • Location: Demoss Hall, Room 1286
  • Description: Come cultivate the skills of navigating your story and faith abroad.  Hear from Mike Taylor of Greater Europe Mission and his first-hand experiences of combining relationships and faith in another cultural context.  Learn the importance of developing authentic discipleship relationships! Register Now!

Please Note: Social-distancing and other guidelines will be enforced for the safety and health of all.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Hollaback! Stand Up Against Street Harassment

  • Date: October 23, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom
  • Description: In partnership with Hollaback!, YWCA Richmond & YWCA South Hampton Roads. Register at www.ywcacva.org/getinvolved/dvam

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Racism and the Reluctant Christian

  • Date: October 26, 2020
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Location: Social Work Department WebEx (https://libertyu.webex.com/meet/deptsocialwork)
  • Description: Professor Ron Miller will be speaking on this important topic for about 35 minutes, which will be followed by small group discussion on, “What now? How do we engage?”. Attendees will select one of several topics to discuss in their small groups.

*15 Point SOWK Activity


COVID, Chaos, and Child Abuse

  • Date: October 28, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom
  • Description: YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention Program – Via Zoom. Register at www.ywcacva.org/getinvolved/dvam

*15 Point SOWK Activity


November SOWK Club Meeting

  • Date: November 5, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: DeMoss Hall, Room 4162
  • Description: Come join the Social Work Club in writing 600 Christmas cards for the elderly shut ins in the Lynchburg area!

*15 Point SOWK Activity


Gate 1 Informational Meeting


Lunch & Learn: Liberia

  • Date: November 13, 2020
  • Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: International Student Center, DeMoss Hall, Room 2232
  • Description: Please join us for the International Student Center’s open houses and Lunch & Learns to celebrate the diverse cultures represented by Liberty University’s international students. These events include food, games, trivia, and more!

*5 Point SOWK Activity


RES Pre-Field Meeting


LUO Pre-Field Meeting


Comprehensive Exam Retake

  • Date: November 18, 2020
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual

Revive! Trainings

  • Dates and Times:
    • November 12, 2020; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • December 15, 2020; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • January 14, 2020; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • February 9, 2020; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • March 11, 2020; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • April 13, 2020; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • May 13, 2020; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Virtual Platform
    • To register, email mhealth@horizonbh.org or call 434-477-5464.
  • Description: Revive! provides training to community members on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency using naloxone. All trainees can pick up their free Narcan and Revive kit at Horizon Behavioral Health (2235 Landover Place, Lynchburg) the day after training from 10 – 11 a.m. or 3 – 4 p.m.