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Community Organization in the Rural Michigan (2 FREE CEs - Including 1 Ethics)
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When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Where: Pizza Sams
102 W. Main Street
Midland, Michigan  49642
United States
Presenter: Richard Osburn, LMSW
Contact: Richard Osburn

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The historical roots of social work are generally traced to urban communities, yet social work practice, which specifically addresses the needs of rural individuals and communities, is equally as important, as nearly 50 million American live in rural areas. Social workers practicing in rural areas have historically sought to resolve issues of equity, service availability, and isolation that adversely affect residents. They also work to support and advocate for vulnerable and at-risk people living in rural communities. This Region 5 workshop will cover the unique challenges faced by rural social workers-both professionally and personally - and how to deal with these challenges. We will also cover NASW Code of Ethics dual relationships as they apply to working in the rural areas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of the Professional and Personal  Challenges of working in the Rural Area.
  • Learn some ways of dealing with these challenges positively
  • Understanding how the NASW Code of Ethics statement on dual relationships applies to working \ living in the Rural Areas.

Presenter: Richard Osburn, LMSW. Richard is the past President of National Rural Social Work Caucus with 50 plus years as a rural social worker working in child welfare, mental health. and family services. He is a current member of the NASW-Michigan Board of Directors and was part of the group that rewrote the dual relationships component in the 1999 NASW Code of Ethics. 


This workshop is free for NASW members, $30 for non-members.


2 social work CEs available, including 1 ethics CE.

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