Valerie Hawley

Abuse intervention specialist to speak at Social Work Day 2016

Tue, 03/22/2016

LAWRENCE — Scholar and author Lundy Bancroft will offer the keynote speech at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s annual alumni event, Social Work Day, on April 8 at the Kansas Union.

More than 350 social workers and KU alumni will gather to hear and learn about the latest developments and therapies in high-conflict relationships and interpersonal violence social work practice today. Social Work Day is a one-day conference featuring:

  • Keynote speech by Bancroft
  • A local agency panel, including Steve Halley, LSCSW, director of the Family Peace Initiative Batterers’ Intervention Program; Joan Schultz, executive director of the Willow Domestic Violence Center; and Julie Donelon, MSW, president and CEO of Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
  • Morning workshops provided by Bancroft and KU School of Social Welfare faculty
  • Afternoon workshop provided by Bancroft.

Bancroft has 25 years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has authored five books in the field, including the U.S.'s best-selling book on domestic violence, “Why Does He Do That?,” and the national prize winner “The Batterer as Parent.” Lundy is a former co-director of Emerge, the nation’s first counseling program for men who batter, and was involved in more than 2000 cases as counselor and clinical supervisor. He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator and expert witness. Lundy appears across the continent as a presenter for court personnel, child protective workers, mental health providers, law enforcement officials and other audiences. He is currently working on a play about battered women's experiences with the child custody system, called "Forbidden to Protect." His new book, “Daily Wisdom for ‘Why Does He Do That?’: Encouragement for Women Involved with Angry and Controlling Men,” was released last spring.

Social Work Day is an annual event organized by the KU School of Social Welfare.  The last day to register for the event is April 1. Registration and more information are available online at  

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