CSUB to host educational summit on social work in corrections

July 7, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host an educational summit to develop competencies for social work in corrections on Wednesday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Icardo Room.

The day is a joint effort between CSUB's social work and criminal justice departments to bring together educators and community professionals in order to address the mental health needs in the field of corrections. Department officials said with the number of prisons in Kern County and the difficulty in finding staff, a residual benefit may help the campus become a leading institution in this field in the state.

"This is a response to the Coleman decision, which placed the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in violation of the 8th amendment by not adequately providing mental health services to individuals who are incarcerated," said Bruce Friedman, chair of CSUB's social work department.

Discussions will include addressing the needs of social work within corrections, an overview of competency categories and forming a core committee. Educators from across the country will be in attendance as well as prison wardens, social workers and chaplains.

The summit is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, or NASW.

For information or to RSVP contact Patricia Henry at (661) 654-3452 or Robert Fong at (661) 654-2434.