A Path to Hope

A human services conference at Bluefield College, encouraging current and future human services providers as they encourage others. Join us on Friday, May 16, 2014, 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM.

Cost for attendance is $12 for the entire day, including lunch. Students will be admitted for free, but must register in advance. To register, complete and submit the form at the right or contact Brenda Workman by e-mail at or by phone at (276)326.4293.

Private or non-profit human services agencies may also register for a vendor booth. Price for one table space is $50 for private agencies and $25 for non-profit agencies. Each vendor registration includes two tickets to workshops and two tickets for lunch. Additional employees (over two), will be required to register individually and pay $12 for the event. After registering for the vendor space, you will receive an e-mail with further details.

Note: If you are a governmental agency, please contact Brenda Workman at the phone or e-mail address listed above to discuss registration and payment options.

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Schedule of Events

8:00 AM Registration; Light Refreshments
8:30 AM Welcome and Announcements
8:45 AM Workshop Sessions
9:45 AM Local Agencies Preview and Job Fair
10:15 AM Workshop Sessions
11:15 AM Local Agencies Preview and Job Fair
12:00 PM Lunch and Keynote Address
1:15 PM Workshop Sessions
2:15 PM Local Agencies Preview and Job Fair; Q & A for Agencies; Closing Remarks and Door Prizes

Keynote Address

Hope for the Helping Professional

Twyla Hersman, a licensed professional counselor in both West Virginia and Virginia, nationally certified counselor, and approved licensed professional supervisor. Practicing for more than 25 years in both private and agency settings. Currently maintaining a private practice in Princeton, West Virginia, as well as providing counseling to victims of various types of trauma at Child Protect of Mercer County in Princeton.


Behavioral Health as the Crow Flies

DeAnna Dick, MA, WV Provisionally Licensed Counselor

Leading Like a Champion

Dr. Bob Boozer, Ph.D, Chair of the Department of Psychology; Director, General Education; Director, Center for Vocation and Calling at Bluefield College

Education: How Does it Determine What Human Services Job I Get?

Jamie Edwards, MA, M.Ed, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Human Services at Wytheville Community College and Brenda Workman, Online Admissions Counselor at Bluefield College

Mental Health Trends and Issues of Children and Youth in Rural Southwest Virginia

Kimberly M. Hall, MSW, Pressley Ridge Program Director, Tazewell, Virginia

Pardon the Interruption - Addiction in our Appalachia: There is Hope

Jamie Edwards, MA, M.Ed, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Human Services at Wytheville Community College

Motivation for Motivators: Braiding Hope, Encouragement, and Understanding in Human Services Practice

Kimberly (Sobey) Brintle, MA, Director, Bland County Department of Social Services

Suicide in the Appalachian Region - Suicide Assessment in an Outpatient Setting

A discussion of risk factors and protective factors and their impact on intervention. Connie Cochran, MA, WV Licensed Psychologist; Director of Business Development, The Behavioral Health Pavilion of The Virginias

Improving Mental Health Awareness

An overview of common psychiatric illnesses, treatment, and barriers to recovery. Dr. Jeffry Gee, MD, Psychiatrist/Medical Director, The Behavioral Health Pavilion of the Virginias

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