Sixteen DWU students attend human services conference
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
It’s not common among all universities to take students to area professional conferences, but Dakota Wesleyan University professor Pam Boline sees it as a necessary aspect of their training.
Boline, associate professor of human services at DWU, took 16 of her students to the 13th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference in Sioux Falls on Oct. 4.
“It is important for human service students to see themselves as professionals in training,” Boline said. “Professional conferences such as this provide them the opportunity to hear experts in the field, meet other professionals attending the conference and synthesize what they are learning in the classroom with current trends in the field.”
Human services majors might go on to be social workers, drug counselors, work in child protection, criminal justice fields or private counseling, to name a few areas of interest.
Featured speakers included: Sharon Cooper, the CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics in P.A.; Kevin Koliner, an assistant U.S. Attorney in South Dakota; and Dr. Kenneth Snell, Minnehaha County coroner/medical examiner.
Topics included: “Child Exploitation-Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors,” “Update on Child Sex Trafficking in South Dakota,” “Serious Child Abuse or Torture,” “Non-Accidental Trauma in Infants and Children from the Perspective of a Forensic Pathologist Child Sexual Abuse Dynamics and Disclosure,” “Drugs and the Effects on our Children,” and “Internet Crimes and Children: Impact on Sioux Falls Metro Children.”
Boline has been taking students to this conference for 10 years.
“We sometimes see students from other colleges attending these professional conferences, but rarely in the numbers DWU sends,” Boline said. “The sponsors of the Community Response to Child Abuse Conference encourage student attendance and provided DWU students a lower registration fee to make it possible to attend.”