Springfield College School of Social Work Assistant Professor Anthony Hill was the keynote speaker at the 34th annual Regional Social Work Conference on Wednesday, May 25 in Springfield.
Hill’s keynote speech, Strength of the Journey for Social Workers and Helping Professionals, introduced the concept of dignity and how it can be a useful frame in working with clients and relating with colleagues. He also identified self-care strategies in dealing with the emotional stressors impacting your work as professionals.
“It was truly an honor to deliver the keynote address at such a prestigious event,” said Hill. "I have participated in this event many times and it's a great way to get social work professionals together and collaborate ideas, and best practices."
Hill has extensive experience in both the fields of social work and education and has been employed as a clinician, adjunct faculty member, school social worker, assistant principal, and principal. He is an educational consultant to school districts in MA and CT and is involved in several community-based organizations. Hill is also a member of the Social, Economic Justice, and Peace Section Committee of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
The event featured over 40 workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of social workers and human services professionals of all experience levels. Presentations focused on important issues facing social work professionals when dealing with children and families, the elderly, mental health, substance abuse, multicultural issues, and personal development.