The idea of using art as an intervention strategy for victims of childhood sexual abuse is the focus of a West Virginia University-led social work conference this month in Taylor County.

Illuminations: Through the Eyes of a Child,will be Oct. 13-14 at Tygart Lake State Park, near Grafton.

Artwork created by abuse victims will be shown during the conference as a way to illuminate the swirl of emotions which overtake victims, their families and even the perpetrators of the abuse.

The program’s first day will focus on gaining a clearer understanding of abuse through the eyes of the child victim. The second day will explore the intricacies of spiritual issues for a victim of child maltreatment.

Sessions will be led by the Rev. Ray Chase and Christine Blaney, M.Div, MSW , LSW.

WVU s Division of Social Work in the School of Applied Social Sciences is sponsoring the conference. The division and school are housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

The conference has also been approved for 15 continuing education contact hours for licensed social workers in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Registration fee is $175 ($20 for undergraduate and graduate students), and includes lunch for both days. Sessions will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and those staying over will need to arrange their own accommodations at Tygart Lake Lodge.

For more information on the conference, contact Charlotte Whipkey at or 304-293-3501, ext. 3109.

Visitwww.wvstateparks.comor call 304-265-6144 for more information and directions to Tygart Lake State Park.