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Save the Date! alt
SOHS 2016 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 2016 SOHS Conference, in Charleston, SC, on April 13-16. This year’s theme, is “The Challenge of Change”, and Dr. Geneva Fleming, and the Trident Technical College staff, 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 150 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 Dr. Geneva Fleming,

The conference hotel will be the historic Marriott Hotel in Charleston, use reservation code SOHS 2016. You may reserve your rooms now! 

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SOHS Keynote Speaker Announced!


Susan Alford
State Director
South Carolina Department of Social Services

 Susan Alford, Director of the SC Department of Social Services, has worked for nearly 40 years as a child and victim advocate in South Carolina. She most recently acted as Director of the Girls Center and Associate Executive Director for Operations at Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute, and as both Interim Chief of Staff, Deputy Director for Treatment Services, and Associate Director for Policy and Planning at the SC Department of Juvenile Justice. The recipient of numerous state and national awards, Ms. Alford is a recognized speaker and consultant on topics such as trauma-informed interventions, gender-responsive programming, strategic planning, continuous quality improvement in the public sector, and the development and evaluation of programs for at-risk youth. Ms. Alford holds a Diploma degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, England, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.

Conference Schedule 

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Call for Proposals


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for 2016 Southern Organization Human Services:

Marriott Hotel in Charleston, use reservation code SOHS 2016!

Theme: The Challenge of Change: A Human Services Response
The field of Human Services is already full of challenge. Every day we are called to meet the needs of clients, programs, students, and budgets. What we need is CHANGE. How can we better utilize our services and resources to meet these needs? What changes have you implemented that improved outcomes for your population? What changes would you like to see in programming, collaboration and resources? We will all benefit from being change-focused and change-ready. The SOHS 2016 conference promises to provide you with strategies, concepts, tools and philosophies that will assist us in becoming more effective, change-embracing educators, students, and practitioners!

Register Today! Early bird Registration Extended to February 19th. Please take advantage of this awesome opportunity!!!!

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 In other SOHS news…

Who are your State Representatives? If you are interested in getting more involved in your state, want to update SOHS on what’s happening in your state, and/or any other updates, please contact your state SOHS representative:

Alabama- Jan White;
Arkansas- Lynn Washington;
Florida- Nzingha Gaines-Sparks;
Georgia- Brenda Johnson;
Kentucky- vacant
Louisiana- Tekoah Boatner;
Mississippi- Yolanda Mayberry;
North Carolina- vacant
South Carolina- Lisa Nelligan;
Tennessee- Gail Seymour;
Virginia- Amina Abdullah;
West Virginia- vacant
Puerto Rico- vacant
Student Rep: Laurie Steinke;
CSHSE Rep: Stephany Hewitt;

Student Scholarship Committee: Our committee are eagerly awaiting to get started on creating a scholarship for our SOHS students. Stay tuned for more information on how to encourage your students to apply!

The SOHS Board has updated the Bylaws, and can be viewed on the website: SOHS Bylaws

Thank you for supporting the Southern Organization for Human Services!

The SOHS Board