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Department of Social Work, Center for Teaching and Learning to host free March 3 workshop for social workers

ISSUED: 17 February 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Department of Social Work and Center for Teaching and Learning are hosting a virtual professional development workshop titled “Social Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts and Opportunities” on Wednesday, March 3, from 3-4 p.m. via Zoom. One free continuing education credit hour is available for those who attend.

The workshop will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for social and behavioral health services in the area and how social workers have remained on the frontline of the pandemic to support the health and safety of individuals, families, and the community.

Three social workers in the Eastern Panhandle will talk about their experiences providing services in the community during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

The panel includes Sara Cohick, social services director, Hospice of the Panhandle; Karen Martin, communities in schools, Martinsburg High School; and Katie Spriggs, executive director, Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center.

To register, contact Sarah Anders, social work administrative assistant, at 304-876-5268 or Please include your name, phone number, email address, and organization or agency you are affiliated with when registering. Social workers seeking continuing education hours for attending this event must notify Anders when registering.

The Department of Social Work is accepting donations to support future professional development workshops for students, social workers, and other helping professionals. To make a donation, visit When making a donation, please write “professional development workshops” in the comment box.

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