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Nov 13 / Julie Alter-Kay

Trauma: the Special Role of Social Workers

On the eve of the 26th Annual Edith Harris Endowed Memorial Lecture, “Trauma, Justice and Heroes,” the School of Social Work wants to share a quote from Fred Rogers, the beloved television personality who delighted generations of children by reminding them that they were special and worthwhile.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable,” Rogers once reflected. “When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”

Every day, social workers are called upon to have that “important talk” by clients who trust that we will listen, reserve judgment, and help them heal. To empower social workers in this important task, the School of Social Work is devoting this year’s Edith Harris lecture, “Trauma, Justice and Heroes,” to the important topic of trauma.

We encourage you to join us on Nov. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Arts Auditorium on Wayne State’s campus. The free lecture will be presented by Steven Marans, M.S.W., Ph.D., who is Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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