For several years, the Arkansas State University Department of Social Work has hosted a conference in March as part of our annual celebration of Social Work Month. During this month, social workers across the country reflect on the accomplishments of the past and consider the challenges of the future. The theme of Social Work Month 2013 is "Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy".
A statement addressing this theme released by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) says "...Those served by social workers possess many strengths that keep them fighting for a better future despite personal and systemic barriers to success. They climb toward what is possible rather than simply accepting what the current situation may be. Professional social workers help combine these client strengths with effective personal and public advocacy..."
Our 2013 conference theme, "Supporting Military Families in Transition" also reflects the concepts of resilience and advocacy. The strength and resilience demonstrated by military families provide inspiration and motivation for all of us. After more than a decade of war, thousands or veterans and families are now making the transition to civilian life. Although their homecomings are filled with eager anticipation and overwhelming excitement, the transition will present new challenges for some. These challenges provide us with opportunities to serve those who have sacrificed so much to serve us. They deserve nothing less than our best! Therefore, this conference is designed to enhance our understanding of the issues they may face, increase our knowledge of available resources, and develop the skills needed to serve military families effectively during this time of transition.