In recognition of social work month, Azusa Pacific University invites future and current helping professionals to strengthen their skills in responding with love and hope to individuals and families impacted by suicide. Guest lecturer, Albert Hsu, will deliver his address, “After a Suicide: Walking Alongside the Survivors,” on March 27, 2014, from 4:30–6:30 p.m., in Wilden Lecture Hall, on APU’s East Campus, located at 901 E. Alosta Ave. in Azusa. A panel discussion follows. This event, sponsored by APU’s Department of Social Work, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, and School of Theology, is free and open to the public.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Understanding the emotional experience of grieving a suicide
  • Faith integration for a Christian perspective
  • Practice applications for helping professionals

Hsu is the senior editor for IVP Books at InterVarsity Press, where he acquires and develops books in such areas as culture, discipleship, church ministry, and mission. He is the author of Singles at the Crossroads, Grieving a Suicide, and The Suburban Christian, and has also served as a writer and columnist for Christianity Today.

An interdisciplinary panel concludes the event comprised of Hsu, Zelda Kennedy, senior associate of pastoral care and spiritual growth at All Saints Church in Pasadena, and APU faculty members Margaret Lee and Olivia Sevilla, both assistant professors in the Master of Social Work program.

For more information, contact Martha Ekblad at mekblad@apu.edu or (626) 804-2719.