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Evangel University social work program to host celebration luncheon for National Social Work Month

March 24, 2014 | Anna Lester

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – March is National Social Work Month, and the Evangel University social work program has been hosting several activities centered around the national theme, All People Matter.

The month-long celebration will culminate with a luncheon held at Mercy Hospital on Wednesday, March 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon will feature Dr. Alina Lehnert, leadership and strengths development expert, as speaker. Participants will receive one contact hour.

The National Association of Social Workers’ goal for March 2014 is to educate the public about how social work helps to improve relationships within families, make social support systems more effective and build stronger communities.

About the speaker

Dr. Alina Lehnert, LPC, is a Gallup University Certified Strengths Performance Coach. She works with individuals and organizations to study and develop their strengths in order to reach personal and professional goals.

Lehnert helped launch and coordinate the academic leadership and strengths-based development programs at Evangel University.

For additional information about the program or National Social Work Month activities, contact Mehleena Maigi at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8622.

Other events

Additional events from Evangel’s social work program included an ethics seminar on Feb. 28, with more than 100 area social workers and students attending.

On March 21, the program hosted “Orientation to Disaster Mental Health and Psychological First Aid,” an American Red Cross training held at Hammon’s Heart Institute at Mercy Hospital. The training featured speaker William Holtmeyer. Participants received four contact hours.

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