“Chemically Dependent African Americans” Workshop

by Public Relations

The Cedarville University Social Work Department will host a continuing education workshop titled “Working with Chemically Dependent African Americans”. The workshop will take place on March 28 from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Stevens Student Center. Greg Meriwether, M.S.W., L.I.S.W., will lead the workshop.

Meriwether, a clinical social worker, retired from the Department of Veteran Affairs Readjustment Counseling Program in Dayton, Ohio where he supervised a team of counselors and managed his own case load for over 30 years.  He has taught for more than 19 years at colleges in the Miami Valley, including Cedarville University. His course topics range from cultural competency to post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, he has conducted a number of professional presentations and community trainings. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Wright State University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.

He has won several awards, including Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Clark State University and Cedarville University Social Work Honor Society’s Social Worker of the Year. Mr. Meriwether serves on several boards including the Mental Health Technology Board at Sinclair Community College and the Social Work Advisory Council at Cedarville University. Mr. Meriwether is also a veteran, having served during the Vietnam era.

The workshop will discuss culturally sensitive approaches to treatment as well as obstacles to forming a therapeutic relationship. The workshop curriculum will emphasize a biblical worldview so that participants can appropriately integrate their faith and that of their clients into the helping relationship.

The workshop is approved for three Continuing Professional Education units for the diversity/ethics requirement for social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists. Drug and alcohol counselors and prevention professionals will receive three registered clock hours for the workshop.

Space is limited. The registration deadline is March 20, 2012, but pre-registration is highly advised. The workshop costs $39. For more information, visit “Working with Chemically Dependent African Americans” or call 1-877-233-2784.

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.