Texas Tech University's 4th Social Work Celebration Creates Interest in Helping Veterans

Experts from Dallas and Amarillo as well as local professionals will describe what their agencies do for veterans.

In honor of National Professional Social Work Month, Texas Tech University's Social Work Program will hold the 4th Social Work Celebration at Texas Tech. The event, titled Social Work in the Service of Veterans, will run from 7-9 p.m. March 5 in room 109 of the School of Law Building. It is held in collaboration with the Lubbock Vet Center, Amarillo VA Health Care System, Texas Tech's Social Work Program Community Advisory Committee and the Student Association of Social Workers. At this year's event, students can find out more about area social work practice options and agencies. Experts from Dallas and Amarillo as well as local professionals will describe what their agencies do for veterans, as well as answer questions about social work careers focused on veterans' needs. Also, licensed social workers can attain a free 1.0 Texas Social Work continuing education unit through Caprock Home Health Services Inc. "The Social Work Celebration provides a unique opportunity for students to network with local professional social workers," said Helen Morrow, director of the Social Work Program. "When we said we were going to highlight work with veterans, the community shouted a resounding 'Yes.' People are really excited about this. We're planning to have several professional social workers in the field on hand to share their experiences. A reception will follow in the School of Law Forum to allow students and others to become more acquainted with the various agencies that serve veterans." The theme for National Social Work Month for 2009 is Social Work: Purpose and Possibility. The goal of National Social Work Month is to showcase how social workers help people at every stage of life while promoting dignity for everyone, especially the most vulnerable citizens. Texas Tech University's baccalaureate social work degree program is a division of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Social Work Division has been active for more than 30 years and continues to enjoy widespread acceptance in the professional community in Texas and across the nation. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Helen Morrow, director of the Social Work Program at Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2400 or helen.morrow@ttu.edu.