De Lissovoy Lecture to focus on work in child welfare

September 06, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- John Soubik, Health and Human Development Class of 1985, adjunct instructor at the University of South Dakota and former county child welfare investigator, will present the annual de Lissovoy Lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the Penn State University Park campus. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is titled "The Seven Cs of Working in Child Protection Services: Reflections of a Child Welfare Investigator." A reception with refreshments will follow the presentation.

In his talk, Soubik will explore seven critical skills for working in child welfare. He will discuss how the College of Health and Human Development provided him with the necessary framework for working with those less fortunate and in need, and he will illustrate his points with real-world examples. 

Soubik is a former county child welfare investigator and has worked in early childhood education and in adult/family social services. He possesses more than 26 years of work experience with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for which he has served as the chief of human resource policy, evaluation and programs, and the chief of workforce planning and performance, both in the governor's executive offices.

Since 2012, he has served as the agency workforce and succession planner at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Beginning this fall, he also began serving as an adjunct instructor in the University of South Dakota's Department of Political Science.

Soubik's many publications focus on topics, such as workforce planning and inmate peer education in state correctional institutions. In addition, he has co-authored a book chapter (currently in press) on Theodore Roosevelt’s formulation of a national identity. Soubik earned a bachelor's degree in individual and family studies at Penn State and an executive master of public administration degree at the University of South Dakota.  

The annual de Lissovoy Lecture, sponsored in part by the Vladimir de Lissovoy Program Support Endowment for the Protection of Children in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, is presented by an alumnus of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies about his/her experiences working in the child welfare system and promoting the protection of children from abuse and neglect.



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