Dear CSWE Member:
I am writing to invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation at the Disaster & Traumatic Stress symposium, a track of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. The Disaster & Traumatic Stress track serves as a forum for the exchange and presentation of ideas on social work disaster research, education, and practice. Disasters can include natural, technological, and environmental disasters; large-scale transportation and industrial accidents; organizational crisis; mass violence; terrorism; warfare; and complex emergencies.
Proposals that address issues of social justice related to access to disaster response/recovery services and resources are especially encouraged. The track also includes presentations on traumatic exposure and severe stress in disasters, and on methods of prevention and intervention for disaster social work. Proposals on disasters in cross-cultural and international settings are welcome in this symposium, as are proposals that focus on refining concepts and building theory in disaster social work.
The deadline for submission of proposals to CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting is only four days away, on February 28. I urge you to consider submitting one or more proposals for a presentation at the Disaster & Traumatic Stress track. This has been a symposium / track at the APM since 1995. With numerous recent major disasters in the news, there is a great need for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in the field of disaster social work.
Michael J. Zakour, MSW, PhD
Chairperson, Disaster & Traumatic Stress Track
Division of Social Work
P.O. Box 6830
School of Applied Social Sciences
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506
Ph: (304) 293-3027
P.S. Please see the additional information below on proposals for presentation at the Disaster & Traumatic Stress track.
Proposals are invited that discuss: (1) preparing social work educators, researchers, and practitioners in the field of disaster social work; (2) access to disaster services and resources for persons with a disability, including persons with cognitive/intellectual, mental health, or health disabilities, and/or visual, mobility, or hearing limitations; (3) fostering disaster resilience through improving access to services and resources for otherwise vulnerable populations, including children, recent immigrants, people of color, low-income populations, and older persons; (4) perspectives on disaster prevention, planning, preparedness, response, or recovery; (5) public education roles of social workers; (6) fostering community disaster resilience and resistance; (7) organizational and interorganizational issues; (8) group treatment; (9) disaster policy issues; (10) disaster volunteers and volunteerism; (11) field-focused services and field education opportunities; (12) disasters and social development; (13) sustainable communities for future generations; and (14) the future of disaster social work.