WCU to Host Workshop for Parenting Professionals

Western Carolina University will host a workshop designed for professionals and individuals who work with parents, foster parents and caregivers in the area of parenting skills on Wednesday, May 9, from 8:30am until noon.

“Raising Stronger Families” will consist of lecture, activities, group discussions and time for questions and answers. Topics will include techniques for working with others related to parenting concerns, blocks to effective communication of parental issues, and innovative ways to convey information related to parenting.

The workshop will be led by two faculty members from WCU’s department of social work, Jeanne Dulworth and Marie Huff. Both will share techniques for helping clients learn effective parenting skills.

Dulworth, a visiting assistant professor, instructs classes specializing in human development and social interactions in the department of social work. She has taught parenting classes for five years and recently developed a class specifically for parents whose children have been removed from their custody. Dulworth’s practice experience is with mental health and children and family issues.

Huff, an assistant professor, has been an instructor in the department of social work since 1998. Prior to earning her doctorate, Huff worked as a clinical social worker with inpatient adolescents and their families for nine years. She also maintained a private practice where she counseled individuals, couples and families. Huff’s research interests include diversity and cultural competence, and vicarious trauma.

Registration for the workshop is $45 if paid before April 25. After April 25, the cost is $55. Deadline for registration is May 2. Optional Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit is available for $10.

For more information or to register, call WCU’s Division of Continuing Education and Summer School at (828) 227-7397 or toll free (800) 928-4968.