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Department of Social Work to host April 16 virtual workshop on neonatal abstinence syndrome

ISSUED: 7 April 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Department of Social Work is hosting a virtual professional development workshop via Zoom titled “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome—Caring for Infants and Supporting Families” on Friday, April 16, from 10-11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. One continuing education credit hour is available for $10.

The workshop will feature speakers from Lily’s Place in Huntington who will talk about infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome and ways to support their families and caregivers. Speakers will include Rhonda Edmunds, RN, director of nursing and one of the founders of Lily’s Place, and Alicia Christian, peer recovery coach.

Lily’s Place opened its doors in October 2014 as the first neonatal abstinence syndrome center in the United States in order to serve the tiniest of those affected by the opioid epidemic. Lily’s Place provides observational, therapeutic, and pharmacological care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure.

To register, contact Sarah Anders, social work administrative assistant, at 304-876-5268 or When registering, include your name, phone number, email address, and organization or agency you are affiliated. Social workers seeking one continuing education credit hour must also contact Shepherd’s business office at 304-876-5284.

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