Human Services Conference

A human services conference is underway at Bluefield College, encouraging current and future human services providers as they encourage others. Join us on Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost for attendance is $15 for the entire day, including lunch. Students will be admitted for free, but must register in advance. The cost for participants desiring to attain CEU credit will be $30.

If your agency would like to be a vendor at the Human Services Conference, please contact Brenda Workman by e-mail at or by phone at 276.326.4293. All participants should follow the link below to register.

Workshop 1

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

This workshop will focus on the most noted mental health issues of children in rural southwest Virginia and West Virginia. It will also address proven interventions to use when access to mental health services are not immediately available.

Kimberly M. Hall, MSW; Program Director, Tazewell Treatment Foster Care, Pressley Ridge.

Keep Calm and Just Breathe: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Come take a mini vacation with us! Learn techniques that will help you restore your calm, inner peace, and promote effectiveness as a human services professional by having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment.

Lynn Bowman, MSSW and Kimberly F. Brintle, MA

Leading Like a Champion

Introducing the concepts of leadership from the perspective of Social Identity Theory and Open Systems Theory. Don’t panic. The concepts are practical and easy to apply. Leave with a set of mental models that will make you a more effective leader and follower.

Dr. Robert Boozer, PhD; Professor of Psychology; Chair, Department of Psychology; Director, General Education; Director, Vocation and Calling, Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia.

Workshop 2

Trauma Informed Care

This workshop will review the impact trauma has on the mental health of children and adults, while providing insight into best practices for treating trauma in a community setting. We will learn and define the ACE survey, trauma-informed care best practices, and discuss our responsibility as human service workers in working with families that have a history of traumatic events. The goal of this workshop is to provide a new trauma-informed "lens" that we all can look through when working with families in the human service system.

Trent Staton, MA; Resident in Counseling Regional Director – Galax Region Family Preservation Services, Inc.

Substance Abuse Trends in Rural Appalachia

This workshop includes current information on drug trends throughout rural Appalachia. The current problems will be presented using both qualitative and quantitative measures; currently implemented programs will be discussed; and attendees will have the opportunity to identify new, innovative ways to alleviate substance abuse in rural Appalachia.

Travis Helmondollar, MS, CTTS; Assistant Director of Community Connections, Inc. and Director of its Office of Community Development and Prevention Services, Princeton, West Virginia.

Playing Well with Others

Mental illness and trauma are isolating to otherwise functional families. Surviving mental illness often requires a community-based team of caregivers – professional and non-professional. Building that team requires great skill and commitment. We will look at the High-fidelity Wraparound model of treatment. Join us while we work together to build better community-based teamwork.

Melanie Summey, Intensive Care Coordinator, Mount Rogers Community Service Board, Wytheville, Virginia.

Workshop 3

Prison Nation

An objective, but quick study of the the growth of the American prison population and the impact it has on our local community. The final 15 minutes will be used to discuss whether the rapid expansion of inmates is motivated by greed or a belief that it is a solution to social problems.

Craig Hammond, Director, Bluefield Union Mission, Bluefield, West Virginia.

Resilience and Human Flourishing

Imagine a dandelion sprouting up through a crack in the pavement—that’s resilience! Resilience is the capacity within persons to jump right back into life, even when their hope has been steamrollered again and again. It can been seen in persons who have survived multiple natural disasters or innumerable failed financial ventures or countless tragic losses. Not only do some of these persons come back from the abyss, but they often seem to flourish. The question posed in this workshop is “how do I help others – and myself – to tap into resilience when hope is lost?”

Bonny Dillon, PhD, BCPC, LPC, Board Certified Professional Counselor; Associate Professor of Psychology, Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia.

Corporate Sponsors

Schedule of Events
7:45-8:15 a.m.
Registration and Light Refreshments
Welcome and Announcements
Workshop 1
Agency Preview/Job Fair
Workshop 2
11:45-12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Networking
Workshop 3
Agency Preview/Job Fair
Q & A for Agencies and Door Prizes