Dr. Marleen Wong to deliver keynote: "People, Place and Purpose: The Role of Case-Based Law and Trauma Informed Schools"

School of Social Work Annual Conference

Incredible opportunity for educators, administrators, and social workers to hear from internationally recognized expert in disaster recovery Marleen Wong.


This year's School of Social Work Annual Conference will be Thursday, April 14 - Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Conference participants will also have the opportunity to earn clinical, BACS renewal, and ethics CEUs. Innovative seminars will be presented by School faculty and alumni.


Dr. Wong, identified as one of the "pre-eminent experts in school crisis and disaster recovery" by the White House and the "architect of school-safety programs" by the Wall Street Journal, internationally, has developed mental health recovery programs, threat and risk assessment and crisis and national level disaster training Canada, Israel, China, Taiwan and the Republic of the Philippines.

Dr. Wong is a clinical professor and associate dean, field education, at the University of Southern California. She is an author of books on school safety and author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

U.S. Department of Education frequently consults with Dr. Wong to assist schools impacted by violence, shootings, terrorism and natural disasters. She has lent her expertise to the recovery from major crisis events, including terrorist attacks in New York and Oklahoma City, school shootings in Columbine and Newtown, the 1992 the civil unrest in Los Angeles, sniper shootings in Washington, D.C., and environmental disasters such as the BP oil spill. Most recently, she has provided crisis-counseling services to the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack in San Bernadino, California.

Her research interests are behavioral health, children & families, mental health, and military social work.

Featured Speakers: Douglas Walker, PhD and Laura Fordham, LCSW-BACS | Mercy Family Center Project Fleur De Lis

Dr. Douglas Walker is the Clinical Director of Mercy Family Center in New Orleans, La. He is also a consultant to the Association for International Schools in Africa and the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has most recently provided training and consultation for Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health in immediate and long-term mental health crisis response.

Laura Fordham, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker at Mercy Family Center and the Assistant Project Director of Project Fleur-de-lis.


Mercy Family Center is an outpatient behavioral health clinic that provides mental health services to children and adolescents. Mercy Family Center program supports local children and families who’ve experienced psychological trauma. Project Fleur-de-lis was created to help youth and families in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, it has evolved in response to growing community need. The program brings together medical professionals and community resources to offer mental health services in nearly 60 schools throughout Greater New Orleans.

About SSW

The LSU School of Social Work (SSW) aspires to be a leading graduate school of social work, a vibrant center of intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices. The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate degree integrates theory, research, and practice to focus on child development and family dynamics.

Visit the School of Social Work at socialwork.lsu.edu

About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at chse.lsu.edu.