Social Work Professor to Speak at Statewide Symposium About Motivation


Tim Hanshaw

Tim Hanshaw, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Limestone College and Associate Director of the institution's Social Work Field Placement Program, has been invited to speak at the annual symposium for the South Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (SCNASW).

More than 1,500 attendees are expected to attend the four-day symposium, which will be held March 11-14 in Columbia.


Professor Hanshaw, whose presentation is entitled "Motivation-what is it?," is scheduled to speak Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. "Even though many of us do not fully realize why we think the ways we do, those ways of thinking certainly affect our motivation," he said.

During his presentation, Professor Hanshaw will present the concept of motivation and its foundational parts as well as theories of motivation, styles, and potential roadblocks. He will also present an exploration into the influence of power on motivation and critical thinking. "I will take the attendees on a motivational drift exercise in which they will subconsciously search for the things that they enjoy or are motivated by."

Professor Hanshaw has been a member of the Limestone College faculty since 2004. He earned his bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and sociology from Marshall University, and his master's degree in social work from Radford University. His experiences in the social work sector include working in community mental health, family advocacy, alcohol and drug prevention, inpatient psychiatric care, hospital social services, nursing homes, private practice, military mental health, and adolescent case management. He is certified in critical incident stress debriefing/crisis response, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. His specialty areas include crisis intervention, hospital social work, and cognitive therapy.

In Cherokee County, Professor Hanshaw serves on several boards and is the county's only Red Cross disaster trained mental health provider. He is active in many local events that benefit populations at risk in the Upper Region of South Carolina.