West Virginia Universitys Graduate Social Work Organization and the Division of Social Work are offering a free workshop in honor of National Professional Social Work Month.

Supporting Our Military Families During Challenging Timesis from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Mountainlair Gold Ballroom. The workshop is open to social workers, social service professionals and community members.

Preregistration is not required; sign-in and refreshments will begin at 6 p.m. The workshop counts as 1.5 social work continuing education credits.

Susan Izzo, West Virginia National Guard Child and Youth Program coordinator, and Lt. Col. Bruce Reed, full-time support chaplain, will lead the workshop, which will provide insight into the military world and information about the latest resources available to service members, families and social service professionals.

This is a critically important service in West Virginia,said Erin Groves, president of the Graduate Social Work Organization.We have many military families whose loved ones are serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. Providing the highest level of service and care to our troops and their families is paramount during these stressful times.

The White House officially recognized National Professional Social Work Month in 1984. This years theme isSocial Work: Purpose and Possibility.

The WVU Division of Social Work is part of the School of Applied Social Sciences in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at WVU .

For more information, contact Groves at 304-293-3501 ext. 3127 or egroves@mix.wvu.edu . Additional information on the divisions continuing education workshops is available at http://socialwork.wvu.edu/continuing_education .