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Save the Date! 

April 4 - 7, 2017
SOHS 2017 Conference
Charleston, SC


On behalf of the SOHS Board and SOHS Conference Planning Committee, we would like to invite you to
SAVE THE DATE for our 2017 SOHS Conference, in Charleston, SC, on April 4 - 7. This year’s theme, is
“Moving Forward: A Call to Action”. Steve Kashdan and the Conference Program Planning Committee, are working hard to make this conference a huge success. Of course, we cannot continue to serve our region with successful conferences without your help! Our goal is to get at least 200 SOHS leaders, students, and faculty to register and attend. If you have any questions, and/or conference suggestions  for the team, please email them to


The conference hotel will be the  Marriott North Charleston.






We continue to look for agencies or individuals willing to be a sponsor for the 2017 SOHS Conference.

Why is it important to sponsor the 2017 SOHS Conference?

    • You are supporting the next generation of Human Services Professionals.
      Many of the attendees are students and this is their first opportunity to attend a professional conference. In order to make the conference affordable, professional and keep the registration fees small we need your support. By supporting the conference you are supporting the next generation of Human Service Professionals.
    • It's good public relations.
      By sponsoring you have an opportunity to present yourself and your institutions or organization to a large group of students and professionals, it is a great way to network with potential customers and peers.
    • It's fun.
      The SOHS conference is a good time in a great city, that being Charleston, and it allows us to strengthen our ties as a profession and as professionals.
      Please consider being a sponsor and thank you.
      There are multiple levels of sponsorship: Ranging from $200 to $2000, each coming with specific benefits.
        For more information: 
SOHS Conference Sponsorship
        If you have questions please us at
    Or call Steve Kashdan → 843-574-6432

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is now closed. Thank you for your participation.



After March 15th all Registration Rates will increase by $25.

SOHS Member $125 SOHS Member $225
Non-Member $160 Non-Member $325
Single Day - Member $90 Single Day $200
Single Day - Non-Member $120    


Conference At-A-Glance

SOHS 2017 Conference At-A-Glance is ready!

2017 SOHS Conference Presenters

View the 2107 SOHS Conference Presentation abstracts!

Workshops At-A-Glance

Workshops Evaluation

Workshop CEUs

Please select the CEU to purchase - $25

Keynote Speaker for SOHS Conference:


Vanessa A. Smallsbryant, PhD is an Associate Minister at New Ashley Baptist Church in Summerville, SC, a motivational and inspirational speaker and a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force. She was born and reared in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated from St. Andrews Parish High School. She entered the United States Marine Corps Reserves in June 1979 with training at Parris Island, SC. She completed an inter-service transfer to the United States Air Force in 1984 and retired after 30 years of active duty service in August 2013. During her career, Chief Smallsbryant has participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and deployed in support of Global War on Terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom. She is a Wounded Warrior Alumni

Dr. Smallsbryant currently serves as chaplain, Chairperson for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully (GEMS) and Chairperson for Emergency Response for the North Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was selected and elected to serve as a life-time advisor and member of the Board of Directors for the Master Sergeant Jesse Floyd Scholarship Award for Excellence in Wilmington, NC. She is a recurring guest speaker and mentor at North Charleston High School and Military Magnet Academy in Charleston, SC, charter member of the Women in Military Service Memorial in Washington, DC, active member of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, American Legion Post #112 and a life-time member of Disabled American Veterans. Chief Smallsbryant has also served as guest lecturer at Headquarters Quantico Marine Corps Joint Military Senior Enlisted Academy, Quantico, VA, and at Kessler Air Force Base Protestant Women of the Chapel, Biloxi, MS. Her motivational speaking engagements have taken to various locations both domestically and internationally. The Chief’s distinctive military career includes recognition and honors as one of the US Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen, the recipient of the South Carolina’s Outstanding Armed Forces Member of the Year, honors by former South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, as well as honors by the SC Senate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education, Training and Development (Magna Cum Laude) from Southern Illinois University, dual Masters of Art degrees in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development (Cum Laude) from Webster University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Education from Liberty University

Minister Smallsbryant is highly respected as a woman after God’s own heart, whose passion is to encourage others through the preaching and teaching of God’s word to plant seeds of hope, restoration and reconciliation. She shares her life experiences to help motivate and inspire others to “pick yourself up when life’s situations or people throw you down.” She is a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a facilitator, but most importantly, a child of God.

The SOHS 2017 Conference Committee has chosen to support My Sister's House , a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, for our service learning project. What we are asking is that you bring an item to donate.
Some of the needs of My Sister's House are detailed below:

My Sister's House

Wish List

Shelter Household NeedsGrocery NeedsItems for KidsWomen's Items
Large bath towels Canned goods Baby wipes Pajamas, all sizes
Twin bed sheets Children snacks Pull up sizes 4,5,6 Socks
Crib sheets Dry cereals Socks Shoes
Wash cloths Baby food Coats Hair accessories
Children's vitamins Canned soups Educational books Sandals/flip-flops