Binghamton University to host spirituality, social work conference


Binghamton University will host the ninth annual conference of the Society of Spirituality and Social Work, June 19 – 22 on campus. The conference titled “Two Rivers, One Heart: Individual Healing and Social Transformation,” is the first major event for Binghamton University’s Division of Social Work, which was created in 2003.

Session topics include spirituality in the workplace, the integration of spirituality into social work practice, morality and social work, faith based holistic programming, alternative healing approaches and social activism. The opening plenary session will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in the Mandela Room in the University Union.  The session, titled “Celebrate Social Work: A Look at the Power, Privilege, and Play in Helping Others,” will feature InterPlay, an improvisational performing group. The group will use movement, music, song and story to celebrate social work.

The Society of Spirituality and Social Work was founded in 1990 to help social workers and other professionals in social service advocate for sensitive helping that honors the wide variety of religious and non-religious forms of spirituality. Currently housed within Binghamton University’s School of Education and Human Development, the society offers professional networking opportunities and the dissemination of innovative research, theory and practice. It has over 1,000 members. 

The conference is open to the public. Registration fees for the conference are $185 for society members, $225 for non-members and $75 for students. One-day conference attendance is $75.

The conference is co-sponsored by the New York state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and graduate social work programs at Binghamton University, Boston University, California State University at Long Beach, University of Kansas, Marywood University, Smith College, Spalding University, University of Texas-Austin, University of Texas-Pan American and Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information or to register for the conference, call 607-777-4603 or visit the web at

Last Updated: 9/17/13