USF Social Work Instructors Present at National Conference

Nov. 12, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

Dr. Audrey Davis and Dr. Laura Honegger were presenters at the 64th Annual Council on Social Work Education Conference in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

University of St. Francis social work educators Dr. Audrey Davis, teaching instructor, and Dr. Laura Honegger, assistant professor, presented on Sunday, November 11th at the 64th Annual Council on Social Work Education Conference in Orlando, Florida. The national conference, which took place this year from November 8th– 11th and is attended by over 2,500 social work educators each year, fosters and facilitates best practices in areas of curriculum development and research in social work professionals.

Davis and Honegger’s presentation, “Integrating the Assessment of Historical and Race-Based Trauma into Social Work Practice,” was designed to help social workers understand how to assess individuals who have experienced race-based trauma, historical trauma, or both. The presentation’s objectives were to:

  • Describe the underpinnings of historical trauma for persons identifying as African American, Native American, Asian American, and Latino/Hispanic American;
  • Explain the consequences of historical trauma and its compounding effect on race-based trauma, and;
  • Assess clients for historical and race-based trauma and associated symptoms and reactions.

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