Trending Roles in Social Work

Alvernia University Social Work Department Presents:

Trending Roles in Social Work

Parental Alienation
Disaster Relief
Internet Addiction

Moving Forward with Courage, Hope, and Leadership

Please click here to view the schedule of events, and to fill out an attendance form.

As the world changes, so does the profession of social work. Today’s conference stresses the importance of keeping up with trending issues and how social workers adapt to meet the needs of today’s clients.

This conference will highlight some of the trending issues in social work such as:

  • parental alienation and the impact it has on children
  • disaster relief and the recovery of communities 
  • internet addiction and the effects it has on individuals and relationships 

The ever changing profession encourages social workers through hope, courage, and leadership. Hope for the future, courage for change, and leadership for the profession of social work.


Christopher O’Reilly, LPC, CAADC, ACRPS, CSAT
Christopher O’Reilly joined Caron Treatment Centers in 2004 and has held numerous clinical positions within the organization. He currently serves as Clinical Supervisor of the Relapse Unit at Caron Pennsylvania. Christopher is also an adjunct professor in an undergraduate Behavioral Health program at Alvernia University, in Reading, PA.

Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in addiction studies, Magna Cum Laude, from Alvernia University.  He also holds a master’s degree in community counseling from Alvernia University. Christopher is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.

Christopher has obtained several certifications that are pertinent to his role as an addiction professional including Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).

Christopher O'Reilly LPC, CAADC, ACRPS, CSAT Clinical Supervisor, Adult Services- Relapse Unit Caron Treatment Centers Comprehensive Addictions Treatment, Recovery for Life.

Dr. Ken Lewis

Dr. Ken Lewis received his PhD from The University of Nebraska in 1977, and his Ed.S from Eastern Michigan University in 1967.  For the past 36 years, he has been the Director of Child Custody Evaluation Services of Philadelphia, Inc.  His specialties include high conflict custody cases and interstate and international custody cases.  He has published four books on child custody and appeared on nationally televised news programs.

He has contributed dozens of journal articles to the social work profession and legal community.  Dr. Ken Lewis is the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization expert on parental alienation.  He is also the senior reviewer for the Family Law section of the Journal of Forensic Social Work.

Lisa Taylor, LCSW
Lisa Taylor is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from the University of Utah with dual degrees in both psychology and anthropology.  She went on to graduate with a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University with an emphasis on health and mental health.  She has dedicated the majority of her career to clinical work in these fields.  She has two decades of experience in disaster mental health services, volunteering with the American Red Cross.  She provided social work services to people in Somerset, Pennsylvania and New York City after the terrorist attacks on September 11th.  She was deployed to assist with plane crash survivors and also to help individuals impacted by Hurricane Katrina.  Currently employed as a mental health therapist and supervisor by Catholic Charities in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she also volunteers for Services to the Armed Forces, providing instruction in CPR and child care.

Start Date: 4/11/2014 08:30 am
End Date: 4/11/2014 3:00 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center
Price: $45
Sponsor: Alvernia University Social Work Department

Send completed registration forms to:
Janice Stock
Social Work Department Secretary
C/O Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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