3rd Annual de Lissovoy Lecture
"An Ordinary Life Can Contribute to Extraordinary Change"
Speaker: Teresa M. Smith, Ph.D., LSW (IFS '76)
NRCAC Outreach & Training Coordinator
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Living Center (110 Henderson Building)
University Park, PA
Teresa's lecture will focus on the impact human service work can have on our society through changing/improving systems, societal perspectives, and individual lives. As a helping professional, Teresa will reflect on her own career and how, oftentimes, her “in the moment” experiences and stresses in the field obstructed a clear view of the important changes this work was accomplishing. She will caution against developing “tunnel vision” in our work, as it can lead to miscommunication and missed prospects. Teresa will emphasize how taking advantage of network opportunities with a diverse group of professionals and becoming more involved in community organizations throughout her career broadened her own knowledge and experiences, ultimately leading to the major successes of her professional tenure, including the signing of legislation to acknowledge and fund CACs in PA by Governor Tom Corbett on April 7, 2014. Overall, Teresa will encourage students and professionals alike to never underestimate the power of a dedicated group of people working to change the world for the better.