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  Kutztown University Institutes of Social Work
Institute on Children and Families


  • To provide opportunities for students to train in social work for careers in the field of child welfare in order to meet the demands of this field for competent social workers.

  • To offer research and scholarship opportunities for faculty.

  • To meet the needs of the field for technical assistance.

  • To provide opportunities for continuing education for professional.

Principal Investigator

John Vafeas, LSW, DSW

610 683-4239


Community Activities and Presentations

Participants in CWEB (Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates).  A program that covers tuition and offers a stipend to students who intern at a public child welfare agency with the intend to establish a career.

Research and Publications

PA NASW presentation on Family-in-Environment Genogram.

Factors Affecting Child Abuse and Neglect in Pennsylvania:  A County Level Analysis.

Adkins, L., Vafeas, J & Coffey, D. (2003, March).  Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) Opportunities and Outcomes.  A workshop presented at PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Meeting, Valley Forge, PA, March 20-22, 2003.

Gasker, J. (2002).  Incorporating sexual trauma into the functional life narrative.   Lewiston, N.Y.:  Edwin Mellen.

Vafeas, J. and Courtney, R. (2001).  County level drug and alcohol consumption and incidence of child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania.

Vafeas, J. G. & Kovarie, G.  (October 2001).  Collaborative Curricula:  A six Year University-field Partnership in Child Welfare.  A presentation the Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education Annual Meeting, State College, PA.

Vafeas, J. G. & Gasker, J. (March 2001).  From Welfare to Work:  A Systems Analysis.  A lecture presentation, Five Days of Justice Events sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Co-Curricular Development, Kutztown University.

Vafeas, J. G. & Gasker, J. (March 2001).  The Ethics of Affluence.  A lecture Presentation, Five Days of Justice Events sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Co-Curricular Development, Kutztown University.

Courtney, R. and Vafeas, J. (2000).  Population density and child abuse and neglect incidence rates in Pennsylvania Counties.

Gasker, J. (1999).  I never told anyone this before:  Managing the initial disclosure of sexual abuse re-collections.  Binghamton, NY : Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press.


Dr. Janice Gasker



Dr. Varsha Pandya



Mr. George Kovarie, Executive Director

Berks County Children and Youth Services

Related Courses

SWK328 Child Welfare and Social Work Practice
SWK501 Treatment Modalities for Social Work with Families
SWK502 Social Work Crisis Intervention with Families
SWK503 Social Work with Family Groups
SWK504 Short-term Treatment Models in Social Work with Families
SWK508 Maltreatment in the Family
EDW503 Children in Poverty:  Social and Behavioral Effects

Agencies Hosting Interns

Berks County Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP)

Berks County Children & Youth


Family Guidance Center

Hispanic Center


KidsPeace Children’s Hospital (Orefield, PA)

Lehigh Valley Children & Youth

Pinebrook Services

United Way of Berks County

Valley Youth House

Women And Their Children Heal (WATCH)

Additional Information

The focus of this institute is to provide our graduates with opportunities for funding and employment.

The Kutztown University Institutes of Social Work Web Site was designed by the SWK 525 & 526 Class of 2005

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