Natalie Wood, senior vice president of programs for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, recently presented to the International Conference on Disaster Social Work for Children, in Chengdu, China.
After Hurricane Harvey’s destructive force last fall, Catholic Charities became intricately involved with post-storm relief efforts. Wood presented Catholic Charities’ experiences and lessons learned to conference attendees, speaking about “Post Harvey Storm Relief Efforts in Houston, Texas, USA: Implications for Social Work Relief Work for Children in China.”
The International Conference on Disaster Social Work for Children brings leaders in social work from across the globe to discuss the topics of disaster recovery as they relate to children.
During her trip, Wood also visited the International School of Social Work at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), the Institute of Development at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and the School of Social and Public Administration at ECUST, giving presentations on “The Use of the Self and Nonverbal Behaviors in Effective Clinical Practice” to social work students in Shanghai and in Chengdu.
“I was honored to speak at the conference and to international students of social work,” Wood said. “Catholic Charities is committed to bringing about social change in Houston and around the world. Having the chance to speak to the next generation of social workers about important topics such as disaster recovery and nonverbal behaviors in clinical practice was wonderful.”
Catholic Charities – celebrating its 75th anniversary this year – serves anyone in the Greater Galveston-Houston region who needs assistance, from any religious background and from all walks of life. Its network of services covers low-income families who are struggling to make ends meet, people who are hungry, victims of natural disasters, women veterans, immigrants who need legal advice, vulnerable seniors with little support, and people who want better lives and are striving for self-sufficiency.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is a nationally recognized nonprofit and is a member agency of the United Way of Greater Houston and of Catholic Charities USA, one of the largest private networks of social services providers in the country.