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Social Work Events Calendar

A Social Work Service Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m.-7:30p.m.

Location: DeMoss 4326

Join us to hear from LU Serve and Professor Lagos on service opportunities available to social work students! For more information, contact Professor JJ Cole.

*15-point social work activity


Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Time: 8:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Location: Scholars Lounge, 3rd floor, Jerry Falwell Library

As a student at Liberty University, you have the opportunity to be a part of our state’s LEAD Day (Legislative Education Advocacy Day) with our state’s chapter of NASW.  This is a virtual event on Wednesday, Feb 7th, from 8:15 am to 1:15pm EST. Why is this important? Because it’s policy, of course!  And we hope that you can see that it can be both fun, and informative, and light your passions for serving people in a different way!

How does this work? First, click on the link: https://www.naswva.org/lead-day-2024 and use the guest password LEADDAY2024 to register at the bottom of the page (and to see the schedule).

Second: Attend! You must register by Feb. 5th to get the link.  You can come and go virtually as your schedule permits, but you must stay for an hour to earn points for a social work activity.

If you are in field, consider how this may enhance your policy competencies in your learning contract! For more information on this event, contact Professor Elke Cox.

*15-point social work activity

Situational Awareness and Safety in the Workplace

Date: Monday, February 12, 2024

Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Location: Microsoft Teams

Join the Department of Social Work for an engaging panel discussion on safety situations, followed by a breakout group session to further investigate how to stay safe in the workplace.

Tune into the meeting on Microsoft Teams. For more information, contact Crystal Boyd.

*15-point social work activity

Hidden in Plain Sight: What Every Parent, Caregiver, and Professional Needs to Know


  • Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


  • February 12 – Appomattox County High School, 198 Evergreen Ave, Appomattox, VA 24522
  • February 20 – Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 1948 Thomson Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24501
  • February 27 – Campbell County Public Library, 648 Village Hwy, Rustburg, VA 24588

Presented by Law Enforcement and Horizon Behavioral Health

Join parents, teachers, coaches, and other caring adults for an immersive experience designed to give you the skills needed to recognize and address risky behaviors in young people. Free Narcan and other giveaways provided!

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • The latest drug trends, including how to recognize items that may be contaminated with fentanyl
  • Common items found in a teen’s room that may indicate risky behaviors
  • Signs of mental health challenges
  • Technology risks
  • Available resources
  • How to get help

For more information, contact Horizon Behavioral Health at mhealth@horizonbh.org.

*15-point social work activity

Policy Field Trip Day

Date: Friday, February 16, 2024

Time: 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Location: Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA

Trip to Virginia State Capitol and Black History Museum to have both a policy and a cultural experience. Space is limited. To sign up (or be placed on the waiting list) or for more information, contact Professor Elke Cox.

*15-point social work activity

Perspectives of Black Social Workers

Date: Monday, February 19, 2024

Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Location: DeMoss 4326

Join the Dr. Christine Fulmer as she interviews a panel of African American professionals in the field, including both new graduates and seasoned social workers.

For more information, contact Professor JJ Cole.

*15-point social work activity

REVIVE Training


  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and/or 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Presented by Horizon Behavioral Health

Learn the signs of an opioid overdose and how to save a life! This free virtual training is open to everyone and includes a free REVIVE kit & Narcan.

The day after each training, attendees can pick up their free Narcan and REVIVE kit from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Horizon Behavioral Health, located at the lower level of 2235 Landover Place, Lynchburg, VA.

Register Today: https://forms.gle/2XHTzndfCV5zoTJi6

To register or schedule a training for school, church, work, civic, community groups or teams, email mhealth@horizonbh.org.

*15-point social work activity

Movie Night: Sound of Freedom

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Location: DeMoss 1164

The IJM Club is sponsoring a movie night featuring the film “Sound of Freedom”. After watching the film, we will have a debrief time to discuss the film and share information about human trafficking.

For more information, contact Hazel Van Dyk, President of the IJM Club.

*15-point social work activity

Drug Treatment Court


  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: 900 Court Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

Drug Treatment Court is a specialized court docket program that allows individuals to enter long-term drug treatment and agree to court supervision rather than receive jail time. This Drug Court experience will introduce students to program participants who have legal charges as a result of their substance use. Students will have personal interaction with the Judge and the treatment team.

Participation is limited to five students per event and is first come, first serve. Contact Professor Rhonda Turner for more information.

*15-point social work activity

Tote Bag Painting Event

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024

Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Location: DeMoss 1338

This is a fundraiser event organized by the IJM club at LU. IJM representatives will do a presentation so participants can learn about IJM’s mission, modern-day slavery, and how they can get involved. Social work students can pay $9.10 to paint their own tote bag and all funds will go directly to IJM!

For more information, contact Hazel Van Dyk, President of the IJM Club.

*15-point social work activity

Military Social Work

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location: DeMoss 4326

Professor Justen Gross will join others for a discussion on military social work.

Further details TBA. For more information, contact Professor JJ Cole.

*15-point social work activity

Peace-Love… Positive Vibes Only Youth Summit

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Jubilee Family Development Center

Join CHAP and Horizon Behavioral Health at an exciting summit for youth ages 11 to 18! Come to hear positive youth-oriented messages, participate in a 3-point basketball contest*, and engage in an informative breakout session, all to music by DJ Mega Mil. Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing will also be available.

Breakout Sessions include:

  • Mindful Movement: Hip-Hop Dance
  • Bring It Out, Bring it Out: Tackling Negative Self-Talk Rap Battle
  • Positive Vibes: Spoken Word Poetry for Effective Communication
  • No Puffing on my Peace: Education on vapes, marijuana, and fentanyl
  • Standin’ on Business: Navigating School Challenges
  • Inner Harmony: Journaling Craft
  • Parents Corner

A first prize of $250 and a second prize of $150 will be awarded. In addition, the first 25 to register for this event will win a gift card.**

Follow the link on Eventbrite to register. For more information about the event, contact Chairman Debra Jefferson at (434) 841-2260. For more information about sponsorship, contact Barbara Woodson at (434) 944-1373.

*Must be pre-registered to participate

**Must be present at opening to win

​***15-point social work activity

The Hidden Addiction: Recognizing and Treating Problem Gambling as a Co-Occurring Disorder

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual (Zoom link provided upon registration)

Featuring Guest Speakers:

  • Donald McCourtney, PhD, R-PRS, ICGC-1, Problem Gambling Coordinator, Office of Recovery Services, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
  • Carolyn E. Hawley, PhD, President, Virginia Council on Problem Gambling

Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hidden-addiction-tickets-850722934197

Did you know? Over 37% of those with a gambling disorder also have a mood or anxiety disorder. 57.5% of those with a gambling disorder also have a substance use disorder. People who struggle with a gambling disorder can often have several co-occurring disorders that collectively impact their overall wellbeing.

Carolyn Hawley and Donald McCourtney will address the changing landscape of problem gambling in Virginia, identify how to recognize someone who is struggling, and offer treatment options.

This free educational opportunity is open to all. For questions, contact mhealth@horizonbh.org.

*15-point social work activity

Autism Awareness

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location: DeMoss 4326

Join us to hear from George Knoth and Kenzie Cole on Autism needs, services, and resources!

For more information, contact Professor JJ Cole.

*15-point social work activity

Fireside Chat with Dr. Lamar Hardwick, “The Autism Pastor”

Date: Monday, April 8, 2024

Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Location: School of Music Concert Hall

“When I was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 36, I understood perhaps for the first time that I was human.”

Join the Office of Disability Accommodation Support for a fireside chat with Dr. Lamar Hardwick, “The Autism Pastor.” Dr. Hardwick is the former lead pastor of Tri-Cities Church in East Point, GA and an autism advocate within the faith community. Learn from his experiences and wisdom on how to become an advocate for awareness, acceptance, and empowerment of autistic individuals within the church.

*15-point social work activity

Lynchburg United

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024

Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Location: E. C. Glass High School Auditorium

On Saturday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m., in the E. C. Glass auditorium, One Community, One Voice is hosting a free community event, Lynchburg United. The event is a call for non-violence in our community, as well as a remembrance of the victims of homicide and their families.

The keynote speaker will be Lynchburg native and E. C. Glass graduate, Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean. Dr. Brown-Dean has performed extensive work in social justice, criminal justice reform, and identity politics. In addition to the guest speaker, there will be a number of resource tables with valuable information of interest to both youth and parents.

For more information, contact Dr. James Camm at dr.camm@ocov.co.

*15-point social work activity

Possum Trot: Movie Pre-Screening and Debrief

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Location: DeMoss 1166

Join Professor Cox in a pre-screening and discussion about “Possum Trot”, a movie based on the true story of a community that adopted 77 foster children.

For more information, contact Professor Elke Cox.

*15-point social work activity

Black Health Summit

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Jubilee Family Development Center

Presented by CHAP, Horizon Behavioral Health, Centra, and VA DBHDS

Join the Black Health Summit of Central VA for a unique event seeking to address health disparities in communities of color, promote health and wellness, and celebrate culture. Participate in a health screening, enjoy music and food, visit vendors, and take part in exciting giveaways!

Speakers include:

  • Keynote SpeakerJanice V. Bowie, PhD, MPH, Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University
  • Traci Ogbu, MD | Let’s do the numbers.
  • Brian Assent, MD, FACOG | Women’s Health 360
  • Shauntell Kline, NP | Vaccine and Screening: When and Why?
  • Kwabena Aruwah, MD, FACP, FASN | The kidneys, Our 2 Little Peas
  • Rhonda Turner, LCSW, MAC, CSAC | Mental Health Matters
  • Rev. M. L. Cherry II | Mental Health and Faith
  • Winnifred Agrad, MD, FACEP, Brian Freeman, MD, MPH, and Verna Sellers, MD, MPH | Panel discussion: Closing the Gap in Health Inequality

This event is free to the public. A first prize of $250* will be awarded, as well as a prize of $250 to the church with the most people in attendance. In addition, the first 25 to register will win a gift card.*

Follow the link at Eventbrite to register. For more information, contact (434) 944-1373.

*Must be present to win.

**15-point social work activity.

Trafficking and How it Impacts You: Defending Your Mind, Heart, and Body

Date: Monday, April 29, 2024

Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Location: DeMoss 3064

Join the SOWK 510 class for a special event addressing human trafficking, safety on campus, and self-defense. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Professor JJ Cole.

*15-point social work activity

Boots on the Ground

Date: Monday, April 29, 2024

Time: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Location: Lahaye Event Space

Join the SOWK 410 class for a non-profit event for veterans to raise money for Valor Farms. Enjoy cookout vibes with live music, a cash giveaway, a silent auction, free food and drink, and hearing more about the veteran population. Also, President Dondi Costin will be a special guest speaker!

For more information, contact Bella Regina.

*15-point social work activity.

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