WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 27, 2021 — West Liberty University College of Education and Human Performance has once again partnered with NAMI Greater Wheeling (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to host the 4th annual “Shedding Light on Mental Health” conference this October.
With support from Kalkreuth Roofing, the virtual conference takes place on four consecutive Thursdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Offering nationally-known experts in the field of mental health, prevention, and education, the conference is open to everyone and offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to a variety of health care professions. Register by clicking here.
“The conference has been the premier mental health conference for the region over the last three years,” said Kathleen Wack, WLU’s associate professor of Health and Physical Education who is a member of the conference planning committee.
“Mental health treatment and prevention, eating disorders, epigenetics, self-care, social-emotional needs, and needs of military families are the topics highlighted this year,” said Executive Director of NAMI Greater Wheeling Julie Gomez, chair of the committee.
“Thanks to the pandemic, the conference pivoted to a virtual structure last year without compromising the quality of the event and we are pleased to continue this convenient format this October,” added Dr. Cathy Monteroso, Dean of the College of Education and Human Performance, who also serves on the committee along with Dr. Sylvia Hawranick Senften, director of WLU’s Social Work Program.
“We bring national experts to speak on cutting-edge topics that are important to our community in a convenient and safe virtual format so that it’s accessible to everyone,” Monteroso said.
Synchronous learning sessions offer chances to interact with the speaker and other professionals live. Recordings of sessions will be posted on topperstation.com to allow for flexibility to listen and learn at a different time that is convenient if that’s best for a participant.
Graduate credit and continuing education units are offered to professionals, health care providers, and educators at a low cost. Participants can attain CEUs in social work, counseling, nursing and psychology. WLU graduate credit is offered to educators and other members of the community.
Other members of the planning committee include: Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinator Melody Osborne (Marshall County Family Resource Network); and NAMI Greater Wheeling Program Manager Lauren Brown.
To register or learn details, please click here: https://namiwheeling.org/mental-health-conference.
West Liberty University’s College of Education and Human Performance is known for its degree programs in Teacher Education, Community Education, Exercise Physiology, Athletic Training and more.
WLU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs, both online and in-seat. For more information, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB) or visit westliberty.edu.