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August 10, 2011

Gophers quarterback says Youth Studies class honed leadership skills

Marqueis GrayIn an interview in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Gophers football quarterback MarQueis Gray credits an internship program that was part of a Youth Studies class with helping to make him a better leader. Gray and teammates Brandon Green, Johnny Johnson, Eric Lair, Christyn Lewis, Da'Jon McKnight and Troy Stoudermire, all Youth Studies majors, took the Youthwork Internship class this summer.

The students spent three days a week in a supervised field learning experience working with the DeLaSalle High School football team. Youth Studies is part of the School of Social Work, and the class was instructed by Assistant Professsor Katie Johnston-Goodstar. Read the story in the Pioneer Press.

July 27, 2011

Social Work Ph.D. student receives award from gerontology education group

Kilaberia-Rusudan.jpgSocial Work Ph.D. candidate Rusudan Kilaberia has received a Pre-Dissertation Initiative award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work. The association provides support each year for a cohort of 10 doctoral students who have completed the first year of doctoral studies. The goal is to support dissertation and career development in gerontological social work research and education. The students will receive more than 10 hours of programming delivered by nationally recognized experts in gerontological social work research and teaching prior to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in November in Boston.

July 26, 2011

Edleson interviewed about violence and abuse case in St. Paul

Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson, director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, discussed the case of the 19-year-old who was nearly burned alive by his mother's boyfriend last week in St. Paul. Edleson told StarTribune columnist Gail Rosenblum that the young man's injuries could compel his mother to leave the abusive relationship. "Children are the reason women stay in abusive relationships. And children are the reason women leave abusive relationships," Edleson explained. Read the full article.

July 25, 2011

Social work dual degree student receives fellowship for Uganda project

kaela picture.jpgKaela Glass, who is pursuing dual master's degrees in social work and public policy, has received a Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship for a project in Uganda. She will intern with WellShare International in Uganda, focusing on a monitoring and evaluation project with a community initiative that serves orphans and adults living with HIV/AIDS. She also will undertake community organizing activities to increase education and communication around sexual and reproductive health. In addition, she will work with local partners to draft a child protection policy to allow WellShare to better protect children with HIV from economic and sexual exploitation.

The Judd fellowships are aimed at increasing opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. They are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs. Glass will receive her master's in social work from the School of Social Work and her public policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

July 13, 2011

Social Work student is first Mdewakanton scholar to graduate

barry-korina-180x120.jpgKorina Barry received her master's degree in social work in May, becoming the first Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholar to earn a degree under the scholarship program established three years ago. She is now a senior social worker in the Indian Child Welfare long-term foster care unit in Hennepin County. In a University feature story, she talks about the people and programs that supported her on the way to earning her degree.

July 12, 2011

Social Work Ph.D. information session October 11

Find out what a Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota could mean for your future!

Attend an information session:

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2011
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Peters Hall, Room 280
  • 1404 Gortner Ave., St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota
  • Learn about the Ph.D. curriculum and dissertation process.
    Find out about the admissions process.
    Talk with faculty and current Ph.D. students about the program

    Light refreshments will be served

    RSVP to Jan Goodno.

    July 7, 2011

    Alumnus honored with international leadership award

    Imho BaeImho Bae has been named a 2011 recipient of the University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. Bae received his doctorate from the School of Social Work in 1991. He is a leader in the field of conflict resolution, an international scholar, and dean of the College of Social Sciences at Soongsil University. He is considered a pioneer in the field of social welfare, and is South Korea's best known scholar in the field of correctional welfare. In addition, he is known for his devotion to working for peace throughout the Korean Peninsula.

    In naming Bae a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, the selection committee cited his ongoing efforts as a teacher, scholar, and peacemaker. His continued behind-the-scenes efforts to push for additional reconciliation efforts between North and South Korea are a valuable contribution to global peacemaking efforts.

    Read more about Bae's work.

    July 1, 2011

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare awarded funding for new adoption certificate

    CASCW is excited to announce it has been awarded funding by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to support the newly developed Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC).

    The PACC was developed in response to community demand to meet the need for increasing the availability and competency of a professional workforce able to serve the unique and complex clinical needs of adopted individuals and their families.

    The PACC curriculum, developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE), is an advanced level certificate program for mental health and child welfare professionals. It will consist of 15 Modules (13 in person, 2 online), with the first cohort beginning in September 2011. Successful PACC graduates will earn 80 hours of CEU's, certificate of completion (with potential for a national credential), and inclusion on state-wide list of adoption-competent providers.

    Look for registration information on CASCW's website beginning July 5.

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare Releases Three New Online Learning Modules

    The week of July 1st, CASCW is adding to its library of online learning modules with the release of three new modules on the following topics:

    Maternal Depression: Double Jeopardy for Mother and Child (1.0 CEH available);. Viewers will gain a greater understanding of some of the key characteristics of maternal depression and its prevalence in society and in the child welfare system.

    Special Education & Child Welfare: Involvement of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Children (1.0 CEH available) This module contrasts the extent to which Minnesota's immigrant children are more likely than non-immigrant children to: receive special education and to be involved with child welfare services.

    Mitigating School Suspensions: Enhancing the Strength of Kinship Caregivers (1.0 CEH available). Viewers of this module will learn about the experiences and consequences of school suspension for African American students in kinship care.

    Watch for the release of several NEW online learning modules on exciting and timely topics in child welfare to be released by CASCW throughout the summer!

    For more information on CASCW's online learning modules, visit:

    June 29, 2011

    Social Work professor recognized worldwide for peacemaking efforts

    Mark UmbreitSchool of Social Work Professor Mark Umbreit is profiled in a University feature story on his life's work and commitment to teaching peace. Umbreit, the founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, is an internationally recognized scholar with more than 40 years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and researcher who has spread his knowledge and training to address conflict in more than 25 countries. He has also written eight books and hundreds of articles on restorative justice, mediation, and peacemaking.

    See the feature story for an in-depth look at the teaching, research, and professional collaborations of Umbreit locally, nationally, and abroad.

    June 15, 2011

    Social Work Ph.D. candidate awarded dissertation fellowship

    Simmelink-J-2011.jpgJennifer Simmelink, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2011-12 from the University of Minnesota Graduate School. The $22,500 fellowship is intended to enable outstanding Ph.D. candidates to devote full-time effort to the research and writing of the dissertation. Simmelink's study is titled "An Exploration of the Social Construction of Drug and Alcohol Use in Displaced Karen Refugee Communities." The fellowship funds will help support her travel to Thailand for research.

    May 13, 2011

    Social Work's Fisher honored by graduate students

    Colleen FisherSchool of Social Work Assistant Professor Colleen Fisher received a 2011 Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award this spring. The award was created by graduate students to recognize faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. The nominating letter cited Fisher's ability to bring "to every student and to every class a special combination of drive, passion, and humor, and the willingness to make that special personal commitment to help each student succeed." The nominators also noted her "deeply held commitment to student success both in school and beyond" and called her "the very best of the best."

    May 11, 2011

    Social Work program approves new master's curriculum

    The School of Social Work's governing body on May 11 overwhelmingly approved a new curriculum for the master's of social work program. The program will leverage the benefits of the University's Research 1 environment and deliver curriculum that responds to community needs and student interests. It will be implemented beginning in the fall of 2012. Details will be made available in the next few months.

    May 5, 2011

    May is National Foster Care Month

    Find resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway site!

    April 14, 2011

    Albrecht writes that understanding white privilege is vital

    Lisa AlbrechtSchool of Social Work Associate Professor Lisa Albrecht wrote an opinion article published in the Minneapolis StarTribune April 14. Albrecht, who is co chairing the 12th Annual White Privilege Conference being held in the Twin Cities on April 13-16, wrote in response to StarTribune editorial columnist Katherine Kersten. Kersten had criticized the decision of Minnesota school districts to pay for teachers to attend the conference. Albrecht's counterpoint explains why she believes it is vital for U.S. society to understand white privilege and racism.

    April 12, 2011

    Edleson named to national academy on social work

    Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson, Ph.D., has been named a fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Edleson is one of 11 scholars who will be inducted into the academy at a ceremony on May 6, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

    Edleson is the school's director of research and is director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He is one of the world's leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence and has published more than 120 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, group work, and program evaluation.

    The academy is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high impact work that advances social good. It aims to serve as a frontline source of information in the national debate on issues critical to social work and social welfare.

    April 8, 2011

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare announces release of two new online learning modules

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) has developed, in collaboration with faculty members, a series of online learning modules, designed to present the latest practice-relevant child welfare research from top researchers at the University of Minnesota in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use for today's busy child welfare professionals.

    CASCW is adding to its library of online learning modules with the release of two new modules on the following topics:

    Common Factors in Case Management with Children & Their Families (2 CEHs available) This module describes four common factors to use in case management with children and their families. The common factors model identifies and documents four elements of psychotherapy with good outcomes. The module guides viewers to develop skills in using the four factors with children and families.

    Working with Karen Refugee Youth and Families (1.0 CEHs available) This module provides information about working with Karen refugees from Burma. It offers information about their history in Minnesota, about their experiences while living in camps, and about the effects of the trauma they have experienced on their mental health. It provides recommendations for child welfare workers in their work with Karen refugee youth and families.

    For more information on CASCW's online learning modules, visit:

    April 6, 2011

    M.S.W. field information available on Web site

    M.S.W. students who will be beginning a field internship this fall can access all the information and materials they will need on the Internet. Follow this link to the field instruction homepage, and find the 2011-2012 Internship Information box on the top right side of the page.

    April 1, 2011

    Free Workshop: Community Based Participatory Research and Social Work

    Friday, April 15, 2011
    12:30-3:00 p.m., Peters Hall, Room 39

    This workshop will introduce students, faculty, social work practitioners and community members to the basics of community based participatory research methods. It will feature a practitioner panel:

    • Homelessness in Immigrant and Refugee Communities—Dave Hollister (School of Social Work) & Dr. Lisa Thornquist (Hennepin County)
    • Asset Mapping to Reduce Health Disparities—Liz Lightfoot & Terry Lum (School of Social Work), Jennifer Blevins & Amano Dube (Brian Coyle Center)
    • Health Care in Vietnamese Communities—Hee Lee (School of Social Work)
    • Mental Health in Refugee Communities—Patricia Shannon (School of Social Work)

    Registration is free. To register, send your name and contact information to

    CEUs and refreshments will be provided.

    Child Welfare IV-E Stipend Applications Available

    MSW Title IV-E stipends are available for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare administers the Title IV-E stipend program which offers financial support to students interested in a career in public or tribal child welfare. All applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Full- or part-time students within any of the MSW program's concentrations are eligible to apply. Please visit for more information.

    March 29, 2011

    Registration now open for CASCW 2011 Spring Conference!

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota will present its 12th Annual FREE Child Welfare conference, "Social Media, Smart Phones, and Safety: How Technology is Changing Child Welfare Practice" on April 21, 2010, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

    For more information and to register to attend in person or via Web stream, please follow this link.

    The conference will feature keynote presenter Dr. Dale Fitch, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Missouri. Dr. Fitch will address concerns and hesitations of the field of child welfare to use technology and social media and discuss opportunities to embrace these tools to the benefit of youth and families.

    Following the keynote presentation, a panel of current and former foster youth, who are members of a local Foster Club chapter, will discuss their thoughts and experiences with technology and social media use as youth in out of home placement.

    Finally, we have invited Frances Allegra and Pat Smith from Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. to discuss the fascinating ways their organization is helping to transform child welfare practice in Florida by harnessing the power of technology.

    March 28, 2011

    Social work student given University leadership award

    Megan AlamaMegan Alama, a second-year master's of social work student, was awarded the 2011 President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The University-wide award recognizes students for exceptional leadership and service to the campus and the surrounding community.

    Some of the activities Alama has been involved with include volunteering at and serving on the board of the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, volunteering at the Minnesota American Indian Center, and co-coordinating the Sexual Assault Fundamentals Experience, an interdisciplinary event to educate health-professional students about best-practices in working with survivors of sexual assault. When a robbery and sexual assault and a murder occurred in her own south Minneapolis neighborhood last year, she provided resources, referrals, and crisis counseling for residents.

    Each year, the leadership and service award is presented to approximately one-half of 1 percent of the student body. Alama will be honored with other recipients at a banquet on May 2.

    March 25, 2011

    CASCW featured in Star Tribune article on child protection employment

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's Title IV-E stipend program was featured in a Star Tribune article on the need for diversity in the child protection workforce on Wednesday. Check out the article here.

    March 15, 2011

    Two new online learning modules for child welfare professionals!

    CASCW has developed, in collaboration with faculty members, a series of online learning modules, designed to present the latest practice-relevant child welfare research from top researchers at the University of Minnesota in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use for today's busy child welfare professionals.

    On March 14, CASCW added to its library of online learning modules two new modules on the following topics: Learning Dreams (1 CEH available) and Attachment through Music, Movement, & Mirth (1.5 CEHs available).

    March 8, 2011

    Sign up as a remote host for our spring conference!

    "Social Media, Smart Phones, and Safety: How Technology is Changing Child Welfare Practice"

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare is excited to announce its upcoming 12th annual child welfare conference on April 21, 2011. This FREE event will be available via Web stream to counties and agencies throughout the state (and selected national sites)! If you would like to become a remote host site, we invite you to register online.

    To become a remote host you first need to register your site online at by March 18, 2011. Participants will have the opportunity to email or tweet questions throughout the program.

    Please note registration at this time is intended for counties or agencies to register their space for groups to view the program together. Individual registration for the event will open at a later date.
    Questions regarding remote site registration may be directed to Alison J Frank-Quick at or 612-624-4231.

    March 3, 2011

    CASCW launches online continuing education opportunities for child welfare professionals

    The varied and changing needs of children and families served by the child welfare system requires today's child welfare professionals to become informed about a multitude of practice strategies, policies, and populations. In response to this need, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare has developed, in collaboration with faculty members, a series of online learning modules, designed to present the latest practice-relevant child welfare research from top researchers at the University of Minnesota in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use for today's busy child welfare professionals. Practitioners can now receive continuing education credit for completing the modules. Take a look at the current modules. More will be added in coming weeks.

    March 2, 2011

    Social Work Ph.D. graduate to receive internationals award

    NT-Tan.jpgNgoh Tiong Tan, a 1988 Ph.D. graduate of the School of Social Work, will be presented with the University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals on March 23. The event will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Campus Club in Coffman Union.

    Tan, who is dean of the School of Human Development and Social Services at SIM University in Singapore, will speak at the event. His talk is titled "The Accidental Social Worker: My Journey in Social Work Leadership in Asia."

    One of the projects he initiated is Families And Survivors of Tsunami (FAST), an international response to the social and emotional needs of survivors of the 2004 tsunami disaster in Indonesia and a catalyst for other interventions in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

    He has published 12 books, numerous articles and sits on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Global Social Work Practice and the China Journal of Social Work. He is currently co-chair of the Commonwealth Organization for Social Work, was regional president of the International Federation of Social Workers (Asia-Pacific) and was twice elected president of the Singapore Association of Social Workers.

    Please RSVP for the award event to Jill Beaudette, (612) 624-4243. One free social work continuing education credit is available for attending the talk.

    For more information, contact Professor Jeffrey Edleson, (612) 624-8795.

    March 1, 2011

    Edleson interviewed on MPR about domestic violence

    Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday Show on March 2. The topic of the show was examining the impact of domestic violence. Edleson, who is director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, was interviewed about recent news stories on domestic violence and answered questions from callers. Listen to the broadcast:

    February 23, 2011

    Upcoming Seminar on Trauma Informed Practice

    On March 15th, a reflective seminar, primarily for child protection supervisors, is being held to provide an opportunity to share questions, concerns, and ideas, on concepts that have their origin in frightening circumstances that some of families in child protection caseloads have experienced. It is a no-cost seminar.

    Discussion leaders will be Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., L.P., and Dawn Reckinger, Ph.D., M.P.H., from Family Social Science as well as Patricia Shannon, Ph.D., L.P., and Esther Wattenberg, Professor, from the School of Social Work.

    It will be held on March 15 from 1pm to 4pm, at the Wilkins Room--215 Hubert Humphrey Center, West Bank Campus, University of Minnesota, 301 - 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis MN 55455. Space is limited.

    For more information and to register for the seminar.

    February 17, 2011

    Youth studies experiences lead to jobs

    Paul Shanafelt and students at The Garage Alumna Sara Jo Lehrer leveraged her youth studies internship at Patrick's Cabaret into a post-graduation position as communications and volunteer coordinator. Now she's putting her degree to work by developing youth programming at the community theater. Likewise, Paul Shanafelt, turned a sound engineering class that he created during his internship into an ongoing position at teen-run music venue, The Garage.

    Find out more about youth studies undergraduate opportunities in, "You're Hired," found in the Winter 2011 Connect.

    January 25, 2011

    Undergrads learn youth studies practice in the field

    Social work professor Michael Baizerman, students in the youth studies program, and youth workers in the St. Paul Recreation Centers have been working collaboratively to support youth on the East Side. Baizerman partners with youth workers--including many who came up in the communities--on professional development who then mentor University students on youth practice.

    Find out more about such rich field experiences for undergraduate students in the Winter 2011 issue of Connect.

    Eli (second from right) and colleagues at Arlington Rec. Center, including DeAnthony, Raeshon, and Isaac, learn from one another's youth work practices. | | Comments (0)

    Child welfare center launches new policy website

    As the 2011 session of the Minnesota Legislature moves into full swing, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) is pleased to announce a new way to stay up-to-date and uncover resources for following and responding to legislation that impacts public child-welfare practice. CASCW has created a web page featuring resources to educate child welfare practitioners about the latest developments in policy, as well as to inform policy makers about the latest policy-relevant research findings.

    The page features a child-welfare-policy blog dedicated to tracking bills related to child well-being. The blog aims to provide child-welfare stakeholders with up-to-date, nonpartisan information on policy issues that impact child-welfare practice in Minnesota. It will be updated weekly during the legislative session to keep readers informed as policy proposals move through committee, relevant hearings and key votes.

    Resource links on the page include helpful nonpartisan/bipartisan websites, such as the Minnesota Legislature's, to help readers find and contact their lawmakers; child welfare policy research and information sites, and sites that announce events and bill hearings related to child welfare policy.

    The page will soon house CASCW's new publication series, the Child Welfare Policy Brief, which will provide summaries of key child welfare issues for policymakers and practitioners.

    January 18, 2011

    Social work Ph.D. candidate named to American Humane post

    PC-fgdm-lohrbach.jpgSchool of Social Work Ph.D. candidate Suzanne Lohrbach has been named academic director of child welfare for the American Humane Association, a national organization that advocates for the protection of children and animals.

    Lohrbach has more than 20 years of child welfare experience as a clinical consultant, mental health professional and professor. Most recently, she has been a community services supervisor for Olmsted County Child & Family Services in Rochester, Minnesota, where she helped to improve family group decision-making programs and field services for the protection of high-risk children. She also had clinical consultation responsibilities for the domestic violence response team and helped to lead the implementation of the child protection practice framework, Signs of Safety.

    "Suzanne has been instrumental in leading many innovative initiatives in differential response and family group decision-making that are making a significant impact nationally and internationally," said American Humane Association Senior Vice President of Child Welfare Sonia Velazquez. "We are thrilled to have her expertise as we continue to improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children everywhere."

    January 3, 2011

    Social work Ph.D. graduate named distinguished teaching professor

    Armour-Marilyn.jpgMarilyn Armour, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in 2000, has been named to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin. Armour is an associate professor in that university's School of Social Work. New members of the prestigious academy are chosen each year through a rigorous evaluation process. As a member, Armour will receive a permanent salary increase and be designated as a distinguished teaching professor.

    December 21, 2010

    Learning Dreams launches new Web site

    Jerome SteinLearning Dreams, a unique program that supports a culture of learning in homes and communities, has just launched a new Web site. Learning Dreams is based on the research that learning is fundamentally anchored in the home and community (not school), and that parents must be involved in their own learning (not simply supporting their children). Through creative, community-based support for learning, families who are motivated by their own dreams create the energy that propels them successfully into the world of learning. The new site features a blog, written by Learning Dreams Director Dr. Jerry Stein and staff, that focuses on the practices, ideas, and foundations of the emerging field of community learning. The site also includes details about the Learning Dreams program, a community learning directory for people to find local educational resources, and videos highlighting participants and partners in the program. Learning Dreams is housed in the School of Social Work in CEHD.

    December 14, 2010

    Edleson study receives widespread attention

    Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeff Edleson's study about battered women who become involved in legal disputes under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction received widespread attention after its release on December 10. Time magazine's homepage featured a story about the study, as did the University of Minnesota's homepage.

    Edleson and Sudha Shetty of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs are members of the Hague Domestic Violence research team that completed the study. Their work revealed that women who fled to the U.S. to escape abusive husbands had the courts send their children back to their fathers in half of the cases. Although returning the children was in accordance with the Hague Convention, in the 30 years since that treaty was created, social science research has demonstrated that a child's exposure to domestic violence is just as harmful as direct abuse. Find more information at the Hague Domestic Violence Project Web site.

    Also on the day of the study's release, the findings were presented in a unique continuing-education event at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Approximately 500 people attended the live program at the Guthrie, and another 822 joined via webcast from all over the world. Thomson Reuters Web site will have a recording of the webcast available for free viewing for the next three months.

    December 9, 2010

    International law permits abusive fathers custody of children, study finds

    Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson is co-author of a newly released study about battered women who become involved in legal disputes under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

    The study shows that when women living abroad left their abusive partners and returned with their children to the United States, in half of the cases, U.S. courts sent the children back, usually to their fathers. The authors of the study, the Hague Domestic Violence Survey, want to help to establish domestic violence as a factor in whether courts send children back to their fathers.

    "The social science literature is clear that child exposure to domestic violence against a parent represents a potentially grave risk to that child's physical and psychological well-being," said Edleson, who is also director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. "Judges and attorneys need to recognize this in Hague Convention proceedings. And social service professionals need to understand these dynamics and the international treaty to better serve battered women and children with whom they work." Read the full UMNews release or the story in TIME online.

    On Dec. 10, the day of the study's release, the findings were presented in a unique continuing education event at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Approximately 500 people attended the live program at the Guthrie, and another 822 joined via webcast from all over the world. Thomson Reuters Web site will have a recording of the webcast available for free viewing for the next three months.

    November 29, 2010

    Wattenberg interviewed about child mortality panel

    Esther WattenbergSchool of Social Work Professor Esther Wattenberg is featured on the Minnesota Public Radio website talking about her work on the Minnesota Child Mortality Review Panel. The panel is a state-mandated group that looks at child deaths that are attributed to maltreatment. The interview was part of a report about an apparent drop in child abuse cases in the state. Wattenberg said her role on the panel is to raise questions about the community's responsibilities in these cases. Wattenberg is also special projects coordinator for the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and policy and program coordinator in family and child welfare for the University's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

    November 19, 2010

    Program to include Guthrie actors' readings of battered mothers' stories

    Edleson2010.jpgsudha_shetty.jpgThe work of two University of Minnesota researchers will be presented in a unique program at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on December 10. The program, Seeking Safety Across Borders, is centered on the work of a team, including School of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson, director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, and Sudha Shetty, Esq., director of the International Fellowship Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, from the Hague Domestic Violence Project. The researchers, as part of a recently completed study funded by the Institute of Justice, investigated the fates of battered mothers and their children who sought safety in the United States. The study found that many of these mothers faced civil court actions for child abduction, and the majority had their children sent back to the country from which they fled, often into the custody of their abusive partners.

    Actors from the Guthrie Theater will provide staged readings of these mothers' stories, as told to Edleson, Shetty and their colleagues. The readings will be interspersed with commentary by leading scholars in law and social science.

    The program, which will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m., will be broadcast live over the Internet. It is free, and social work and legal continuing education credits are available. Register online at the West LegalEdcenter. See the program flyer for details.

    November 11, 2010

    Gilgun to discuss disseminating research on the Internet

    Jane GilgunSchool of Social Work Professor Jane Gilgun will discuss how she uses the Internet to disseminate her research to the general public.

    Although Dr. Gilgun places a high value on publication in refereed journals and believes such publishing is essential to social work's mission, she also believes that the general public is an important force for change to which social work is committed. She therefore publishes articles and produces videos for the general public and makes them available on the Internet. She will present her efforts to reach the general public--and an international audience--using Amazon Kindle,, and YouTube.

    Her talk, part of the School of Social Work's Research in Progress series, will be Wednesday, November 17, from noon-1 p.m., in Peters Hall, Room 280. If you have questions, please contact Professor Jeff Edleson, (612) 624-8795.

    November 3, 2010

    Intergenerational Engagement in the Child Welfare System

    Registration closes November 4 for the Katherine and Arthur Sehlin Lecture on "Intergenerational Engagement in the Child Welfare System: Implications and Opportunities for Policy and System Reform." Dr. David Hopping, research associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and executive managing director of Generations of Hope Development Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the November 9 event.

    After Dr. Hopping's presentation, local experts in the fields of aging and child welfare—Susan Ault, senior consultant, Casey Family Programs; Senator John Marty, chair of the Minnesota Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee, and Professor Rosalie Kane, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Division of Health Policy & Management—will take part in a panel discussion.

    The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Hubert Humphrey Center on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus. It will also be available via live web stream. There is no charge for this lecture, but please register.

    For details, see the brochure on the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) Web site. The center, which is in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, is sponsoring the lecture.

    November 2, 2010

    Gunnar to discuss how abuse can affect international adoptees

    Megan GunnarRegents Professor Megan R. Gunnar of the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development will discuss her research to explore the impact of abuse and neglect on child development. She is particularly interested in following the development of international children adopted from institutional (orphanage) care. Her talk is part of the School of Social Work's Research in Progress series. It will be Thursday, November 18, 2-3:30 p.m., Peters Hall, Room 39. If you have questions, contact Victoria Van Slyke, (612) 624-3676.

    November 1, 2010

    Williams quoted in Star Tribune about north Minneapolis violence study

    Oliver WilliamsOliver Williams, School of Social Work professor and director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a report he coauthored on violence in north Minneapolis. NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center enlisted the help of IDVAAC to write the report. The goal was to analyze the impact of crime and violence in the community and to provide prevention and intervention recommendations. The report's findings were presented at a public meeting on October 30.

    October 21, 2010

    New York Times quotes CEHD student about Jimmy John's union drive

    College of Education and Human Development student Emily Przybylski was quoted in the New York Times about the campaign to unionize Jimmy John's workers. Przybylski, who is taking coursework in Family Social Science and Youth Studies, is a bike delivery worker at Jimmy John's. "A union in fast food is an idea whose time has come... There are millions of workers in this industry living in poverty, with no consistent scheduling, no job security and no respect. It's time for change," Przybylski is quoted as saying in the Oct. 20 article. Read the article on the Times Web site.

    October 12, 2010

    Edleson, Shetty to present study on domestic violence and The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction

    Jeffrey L. Edleson, professor, School of Social Work, and Sudha Shetty, director Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellowship Programs, will discuss a recently completed study about battered mothers who sought safety in the U.S. The study, funded by the National Institute of Justice, found that these women face court proceedings under The Hague Convention that frequently result in the return of their children to their abusive partners.

    The presentation is Wednesday, October 20, noon-1 p.m., Peters Hall

    October 8, 2010

    Social work prof, student present at refugees/immigrants conference

    hollisternguyen.jpgSchool of Social Work Professor David Hollister and Ph.D. student Hoa T. Nguyen were presenters at the 2010 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference in Chicago on October 8. They held a session about their findings from a study on the involvement of immigrant children in child welfare and special education in Minnesota

    The results of this unique, cross-sectional study have implications for improving the understanding of the experiences of immigrant and refugee children in special education and for creating better policies and practices to support them.

    October 5, 2010

    Ph.D. student receives innovation award for dissertation

    Im, Hyojin.jpgHyojin Im, a School of Social Work Ph.D. student has been awarded a $25,000 Annie E. Casey Foundation Innovations Award for her dissertation project, "A socio-ecological model of refugee mental health and housing insecurity: With a focus on roles of social capital and acculturation."

    Im, with support from refugee resettlement agencies and refugee communities, will conduct individual and focus-group interviews with homeless refugee families and refugee community leaders in Minnesota. Her goal is to identify cultural barriers to housing stability and to proper health and social services, and to explore the interplay between mental health and housing experiences. The project also received a $4,000 grant from the Minnesota Family Housing Fund.

    In another honor, Im received the Best Student Abstract Award from Hong Kong University at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development. Her paper is titled, "Role of social capital and help-seeking in refugee resettlement: Toward housing stability." The conference was held in Hong Kong in June.

    October 4, 2010

    Applicants Sought for Gamble-Skogmo Chair in School of Social Work

    The School of Social Work invites applicants at the full or associate professor level for the Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy beginning in August 2011. The Gamble-Skogmo Chair holds a full-time appointment with tenure to the SSW. As a primary function, the Gamble-Skogmo Chair is expected to conduct research in child welfare and/or youth policy, to seek funding for this research, and to publish extensively. Details about the position and qualifications.

    September 29, 2010

    Social Work Ph.D. Information Session Oct. 21

    Find out what a Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota could mean for your future!

    Attend an information session:

  • Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Peters Hall, Room 5
  • 1404 Gortner Ave., St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota
  • Learn about the Ph.D. curriculum and dissertation process.
    Find out about the admissions process.
    Talk with faculty and current Ph.D. students about the program

    Light refreshments will be served

    RSVP to Jan Goodno, or 612-624-4258.

    September 17, 2010

    Williams to attend commemoration of Violence Against Women Act

    Oliver WilliamsSchool of Social Work Professor Oliver Williams
    will attend a reception at Vice President Joe Biden's home in Washington, D.C., on September 22, 2010. Williams is director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and the event is to honor the 16th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

    The Violence Against Women Act is the first federal legislation to comprehensively address violence uniquely targeted at women and their children. It was drafted by then-U.S. Senator Biden's office and signed into law in September 1994.

    September 16, 2010

    Edleson appointed to national Institute of Medicine committee

    Edleson2010.jpgSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson has been appointed to the planning committee for the Forum on Global Violence Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children. The forum is being developed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

    The forum will hold six two-day workshops in Washington, D.C., and publish a similar number of reports over the next three years on strategies and policies for preventing violence. The first workshop will be held in late January 2011 and will focus on incidence and prevalence of violence against women and children worldwide. The second, held in spring 2011, will focus on the social and economic costs of global violence against women and children. Edleson is helping develop a focus on child exposure to violence that includes family, school, community, political and war exposures.

    The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. It is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

    September 15, 2010

    SSW Team to Support NAMIWalks

    We hope you'll walk the walk by joining fellow students, faculty and staff for a day of fun to support a great cause! For the third year in a row, the School of Social Work will have a team of walkers at NAMIWalks. The walk enables NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to raise the public's awareness of mental illness and to break down the stigma that surrounds it. This year's walk will be Saturday, September 25 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. SSW Director Jim Reinardy is our team captain. To sign up to walk or make donations to the team, please visit our team page.


    September 14, 2010

    SSW Speaks September 14, 2010


    All Graduate Students must be registered by Monday, September 20. No changes to grade base will be accepted after September 20. Students registering and/or adding a class for fall semester after September 20 will need Graduate School approval. September 20 is also the last day to cancel a class without a "W" appearing on the transcript. Any course cancellations processed after September 20 will result in a "W" being entered on the transcript. Any questions concerning registration deadlines and/or changes should be directed to Jan Goodno.


    Two library orientation sessions with Scott Marsalis, McGrath Library associate librarian, will be held: Thursday, September 16, 11:45am-1:15pm., Vo-Tech Education Bldg., room 230 Saturday, September 18, 11:30am-1:00pm., Vo-Tech Education Bldg., room 230 RSVP to Karen Borchardt.


    Doctoral candidate Katharine M. Hill will defend her dissertation, "The Transition of Youth with Disabilities from the Child Welfare System: An Analysis of State Administrative Data" on Friday, October 1, 9:00-9:45 a.m., in 280 Peters Hall. All faculty, students,staff and others are invited to attend.


    Approximately twenty Spencer Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education are awarded each year by the Spencer Foundation to support doctoral candidates in a variety of fields whose dissertations promise to contribute fresh perspectives to the history, theory, and practice of education. The fellowship provides $25,000 to candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States. Applicants need not be citizens of the United States. Although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline. More information can be found on the fellowships Web site.


    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support 30 individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. The fellowship provides $25,000 maintenance and half tuition (up to a maximum of $20,000 per academic year) wherever the Fellow attends. Candidates must be either holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens, or a child of at least one naturalized citizen parent (the other parent may not be a native-born U.S. citizen). The deadline is November 1, 2010, and the announcement of the recipients will be in March. More information, including the application form, is available here.


    The Office for Equity and Diversity's Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards program honors and acknowledges diverse students who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom. The awards are for graduate, professional and undergraduate students. The application deadline for the undergraduate awards is September 27, 2010, and is October 1 for the graduate and professional SEED awards. Eligibility and application instructions can be reviewed at the SEED Web site.


    The Center for Clinical Social Work announced a new cash award program for master's degree programs in social work. The Howard D. Snooks Prize of $2,000 will go to the master's program whose students submit the largest number of eligible papers in the center's annual Judith Holm Memorial Awards contest. The $2,000 cash prizes are awarded to student authors of papers that best demonstrate mastery of the essentials of clinical social work and readiness to enter professional practice. The Holm Awards go to second-year graduate students intending to become clinical social workers. Guidelines can be reviewed at the awards Web site.


    The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting applications for the 2011 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. The program will be offering about 15 fellowships for 2011. The maximum award for each will be $25,000. Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States. For further information on eligibility, requirements, and deadlines, please visit CLIR's Web site.


    The IDRF Program is administered by the Social Science Research Council in consultation with the American Council of Learned Societies and funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The IDRF Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences - regardless of citizenship - enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Seventy-five fellowships of varying amounts are awarded annually. The application deadline is November 3, 2010. For more detailed information and to apply, visit the IDRF Web site.


    All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students who wish to be engaged in shaping the future of graduate and professional education at the University are cordially invited to attend the inaugural meeting of the newly created Graduate and Professional Education Assembly. The assembly will be Tuesday, November 2, 2010, from 1-5 p.m. Reception and networking will be from 12:30-1:00 p.m. and 5:00-5:30 p.m. The assembly will be held in the theater in Coffman Memorial Union. More information.


    Professor Mark Umbreit provided consultation and training to the Restorative Justice Center in Rapid City, S.D., and the Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation, September 9-11. Umbreit and the Center for Restorative Justice in the SSW, which he founded and directs, has provided support and assistance to restorative justice efforts and inter-cultural dialogue among whites and members of the various Sioux Tribes in the Black Hills region since the mid-1990s.

    What's Goin' On

    (Details on events, conferences, seminars, workshops, retreats, and more . . . whatever's happening in our social work community.)


    Hope you'll walk the walk by joining fellow students, faculty and staff for a day of fun to support a great cause! For the third year in a row, the School of Social Work will have a team of walkers at NAMIwalk. The walk enables NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to raise the public's awareness of mental illness and to break down the stigma that surrounds it. This year's walk will be Saturday, September 25 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. SSW Director Jim Reinardy is our team captain. To sign up to walk or make donations to the team, please visit our team page.


    Mark your calendar for the 2010 MN NABSW Conference on Friday, October 29, 2010, featuring keynote speaker Judge Pamela Alexander, director of the non-profit Council on Crime & Justice. The conference will be held at Urban Ventures 3041 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis. More information and to register.


    The mission of Project Footsteps is to inspire, empower and prepare youth and community to be agents of change, social leaders and volunteers.For more information and to explore the more than 101 ways to get involved see the project's Web site.


    The 7th Annual Women's Health Research Conference is designed to address areas of health disparities that impact women, in order to increase the knowledge of social determinants of health for healthcare providers.Keynote speaker Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor, Anna D. Wolf Chair, Department of Community-Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, will speak about her research on women and domestic violence. The conference is Monday, September 20, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-3:30.p.m., at McNamara Alumni Center. Special guest is Franni Franken, wife of Senator Al Franken. Registration fee is $25; $10 registration fee for students. More info and registration here.


    The Fall International Leadership Forum will present "How Micro-finance Works In Developing Countries: Experiences of the Founding Father of Micro-lending." Thornton Auditorium, Minneapolis Campus, University of St. Thomas on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Pancho Otero is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in Micro Finance in the world. Otero, who today heads I.P.M. (Micro Enterprise Policy Institute), is the founder of BancoSol, the world's first private and fully commercial Micro Finance Institution. This is an evening program followed by a reception. For more information, contact Brian Kao at

    September 10, 2010

    National leader in field of violence against women to speak

    Johns Hopkins University Professor Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., RN, will hold an informal discussion with students and faculty from the School of Social Work on Monday, Sept. 20, from 10-11 a.m., in Room 280 of Peters Hall. Dr. Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Chair and a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also the national program director of the Nurse Faculty Scholars program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since 1980, she has been conducting advocacy policy work and research in the area of violence against women and women's health, publishing more than 220 article and seven books.

    September 8, 2010

    Youth Studies exhibits at the State Fair

    Hundreds of State Fair goers participated in the activities at the Youth Studies exhibit at the State Fair on Sept. 4 and 6. The exhibit was in the University's building at the fair and included performances by young people on the stage outside the building.
    One activity involved having young people complete this sentence: "If you really knew me, you would know..." Several hundred answers were collected, and Youth Studies faculty plan to use them to increase their understanding of today's youth. About 400 people of all ages also filled in a "Myths of Young People" quiz, which was designed to raise awareness about issues facing youth.
    The stage performances--in spoken word, music and dancing--were presented by young people who are members of groups with youth workers who were taught by Youth Studies faculty.

    See more pictures from the Fair on the Youth Studies Facebook page.

    July 19, 2010

    Lee, Eaton receive award for gerontology article

    Hee LeeHee Yun Lee, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, and co-author Charissa Eaton, Ph.D. candidate in social work, received an honorable mention in the Rose Dobrof competition for the best article published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. The article is entitled "Financial abuse in elderly Korean immigrants: Mixed Analysis of the role of culture on perception and help-seeking behavior."

    The Rose Dobrof award is designed to recognize authors of articles that are methodologically rigorous, demonstrate strong innovation, and show a great impact on gerontological social work practice. It will be presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in November.

    June 30, 2010

    School of Social Work students, faculty give presentations in Namibia

    Elizabeth Lightfoot On the final day of the School of Social Work study tour to Namibia, 18 students and Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot gave presentations at the Namibia Social Workers Association Annual Meeting. The conference was held June 1 in the Windhoek Central Hospital, and was attended by social workers from diverse regions of Namibia.
    The presentations included:
    Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot: Keynote presentation: New trends in social work and technology: Possibilities for Namibia?
    Sara Lien, Anna Vangsness & Annie Wells: Social development interventions: Micro loans and micro enterprise development
    Christi Birkholz, Gina Kubits & KaoLee Thao: Volunteerism: Marketing, recruitment and training
    Emma Rosenthal, Rebekah Pulju, & Angela Lewis-Dmello: Domestic violence and community based programming in the United States: Creating change through group therapy
    Megan Fatheree & Laura Svoboda: Leadership
    Kristina VanDyke, Justin Adamek & Lindsey Rice: Social Marketing
    Rachel Rohlfing, Eric Thibodeau & Naomi Ward: Social Entrepreneurship
    For more information about the study tour of Namibia, visit the trip blog.

    June 21, 2010

    Social work alumnus receives Distinguished Leadership Award

    Tan-Ngoh-Tiong.jpgThe University of Minnesota's Office of International Programs named Ngoh-Tiong Tan (Ph.D., Social Work, '88) as a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. The award is for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers.

    Tan is a leading social work scholar in the Asia-Pacific region. Since his return to Singapore in 1988, he has held a tenured faculty position at two Singaporean universities and one American university as well as numerous leadership positions in Asian and international social work organizations. He is currently the dean of the School of Human Development and Social Services at Singapore Institute of Management University in Singapore. Read more about Tan's career and see his story in Connect.

    May 27, 2010

    Two groups from School of Social Work studying abroad this spring

    You can follow two groups of students and faculty from the School of Social Work as they study aboard this spring.
    Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot is leading a study tour in Namibia from May 17 to June 2. The group members include 18 graduate students. Read their blog.
    Assistant Professor Ross Velure Roholt is leading 10 Youth Studies undergraduates and four Youth Development Leadership graduate students on a study in Northern Ireland from May 23 to June 9. Read their blog.

    May 26, 2010

    School of Social Work's Lee named Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies

    Hee LeeHee Yun Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Work, has been named the 2010-2011 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies at the University of Minnesota Center on Aging.

    The endowed chair funds researchers and scholars who want to pursue projects that will further knowledge and understanding about aging and its effects on people. Dr. Lee has been studying aging for more than 20 years, focusing on the quality of life and care among elderly immigrants and refugees. Holding the chair will give her the opportunity to pursue a community-based participatory research project that will examine health literacy—specifically cancer literacy and pertinent screening behaviors—among elders in the Hmong community in the Twin Cities area.

    The long-term goal of the project is to create effective, culturally competent, and community-based interventions that increase cancer screening and ultimately improve the health and well-being of elder Hmong refugees. The chair was created in 1999 by the Center on Aging with support from the University of Minnesota Graduate School and the generosity of David and Elizabeth Fesler.

    May 18, 2010

    Graduate students study social development in Namibia

    Elizabeth LightfootLiz Lightfoot, associate professor in the School of Social Work, is leading a study tour in Namibia from May 17 to June 2. The group members, who include 18 graduate students, will post their activities on this blog .

    The group will visit with Namibian social workers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations working in the area of social development, and will visit social development projects run by local people in rural areas. The trip also will include viewing Namibia's famed wildlife at Etosha National Park, visiting Swakopmund—the Adventure Capital of Africa—and camping in a Bushman camp.

    May 6, 2010

    School of Social Work doctoral student receives $40,000 American Cancer Society research grant

    Missy-Lundquist.jpgMissy Lundquist, a School of Social Work doctoral student, has won the highly competitive Doctoral Training Grant in Oncology Social Work from the American Cancer Society. This is a two-year, $40,000 grant, which is awarded to qualifying doctoral students at schools of social work that train individuals to conduct research related to the psychosocial needs of people with cancer and their families.

    Her research will examine how a diagnosis of advanced cancer in a parent impacts a family, making a special effort to include families that are traditionally underserved in American society. Her goal is to develop interventions that strengthen families across cultures as they face a diagnosis of parental cancer.

    April 23, 2010

    Albrecht receives engagement award

    Albrecht-Lisa.jpgLisa Albrecht, associate professor in the School of Social Work, received the "Outstanding Partners in Engagement" award on April 22. The award is given in recognition of her work as a highly engaged faculty member partnering with the community through the social justice minor. The Campus Community Coordinators Alliance, a network of staff who direct and coordinate publicly engaged programs across the Twin Cities campus, created these awards four years ago to call attention to the members of the University and broader communities who are doing exemplary collaborative work that promotes the public good.

    April 20, 2010

    Forgiveness, Resiliency, and Survivorship: Implications for Today's Survivors of Trauma, Genocide and Upheaval

    The University of Minnesota School of Social Work is co-sponsoring this symposium, which is based on interviews with local and national Holocaust survivors. It will be Wednesday, April 28, 2010, from 8:15 a.m. to noon in the Campus Club at Coffman Memorial Union.
    Speakers include Roberta Greene, Marilyn Armour, Hilde Gasiorowicz, Anne Gearity, Ruth Paley, Mark Umbreit, Abbey Weiss, and local Holocaust survivors Max and Edith Goodman. CEUs are available. To register (free but required), please contact or 612-338-7816. The other sponsors are the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing, the Center for Victims of Torture, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Jewish Family and Children's Service, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Bethel University.

    April 7, 2010

    Social work student receives university leadership award

    Teresa ObreroTeresa Michelle Mamanche Obrero, a social work dual degree student, has won a University of Minnesota President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The award is given to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Obrero is a master's degree candidate in social work and public policy. The award will be presented at the President's Award Banquet on May 3 in the Great Hall of Coffman Union.

    March 29, 2010

    Violence Against Women Online Resources Site Launched

    The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse and the U. S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) have launched a new web site.

    The site contains more than 250 articles that provide the latest in research and promising practices regarding issues on violence against women.

    The site is designed for use by the general public, researchers, criminal justice practitioners, advocates, and social service professionals.

    Please visit our website at:

    For questions, please contact Jennifer Witt at 612-624-2716.

    March 24, 2010

    Pecora to Give Talk about Foster Care

    University of Washington Professor Peter Pecora will present "Most Important Issues in Foster Care Research in the Next Decade" as part of the School of Social Work's discussion series Work In Progress. His talk will be held Thursday, April 15 at 2:30 pm in 145 Peters Hall on the St. Paul campus. Space for the talk will be limited so an RSVP is required. More information is available by contacting Jeffrey Edleson at (612) 624-8795 or at

    February 25, 2010

    Youth Studies students taking Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

    Ten School of Social Work Youth Studies students will be taking the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, March 6, at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The money the students raise by taking pledges will support Minnesota Special Olympics athletes. To pledge, go to the Polar Bear Plunge webpage; select Find a Team; then select Minneapolis, and then "Youth Studies Buddies."

    February 3, 2010

    Wattenberg Presents for Beijing Government Officials

    EstherW_Small_BW-w.jpgSchool of Social Work Professor Esther Wattenberg was invited to deliver a presentation entitled, "Child Care and Family Policy in the U.S," for Beijing Government Officials/Social Work Training Delegation. This presentation took place at the University of Minnesota Child Center on January 22nd.

    January 12, 2010

    Lum appointed to Hartford Doctoral Fellows advisory board

    Terry Lum, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was appointed to the National Program Advisory Committee of the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program. The Doctoral Fellows Program is part of the Geriatric Social Work Initiative and works to recruit, sustain and prepare talented doctoral students in geriatric social work.

    December 16, 2009

    Hee and Shin publish article on maltreatment of elderly Korean Americans

    A paper by School of Social Work Assistant Professor Hee Yun Lee and doctoral student Narae Shin was recently accepted for publication in the journal Social Development Issues. Their paper is titled Cultural Views on and Responses to Elder Mistreatment in Elderly Korean American Immigrants: A Social Development Intervention.

    December 7, 2009

    Larson has Article Published in "Children and Youth Services Review"

    The January issue of Children and Youth Services Review will contain an article by Anita Larson, Minn-LInK Coordinator and Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work. The article, titled Cross system comparisons of children in treatment foster care: Using agency data to study cross-system child outcomes, describes the results of using typical direct-service agency data on a vulnerable population to better understand education and child welfare outcomes. By linking agency data to statewide education and child welfare records, it is possible to learn about the school attendance patterns, special education participation, and subsequent child welfare system involvement of a treatment foster care child population. Results also suggest the ways in which agencies may improve the quality of their agency data to facilitate such explorations to enhance their understanding of program outcomes.

    December 3, 2009

    Bush Foundation commits $4.5M for TERI

    The Bush Foundation has committed up to $4.5 million to support the University of Minnesota as it restructures teacher preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Development. The Bush Foundation today announced a total of seven partnerships, which include 14 higher-education institutions, focused on transforming teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

    Through ongoing collaboration with K-12 schools, the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the children of Minnesota, new teachers and programs within the college. Improved partnerships with K-12 districts are designed to benefit the university, district and prospective teachers.

    Teachers prepared through TERI will strongly focus on student learning and have the ability to adapt to the needs of all learners. The university will diversify its teaching candidate pool and provide pathways into its teacher preparation programs for both exceptionally qualified undergraduate students and for career changers.

    The first group of prospective teachers will enter the redesigned program during summer 2011.

    Read the press release

    November 23, 2009

    CASCW's Larson Presents Study on Homeless Students

    On Sunday November 15, Anita Larson, data coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, presented a session at the 21st Annual National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth conference in Denver, CO, titled "A population-level description of the cross-system status of homeless and highly mobile students". The session described a study of three Minnesota school districts using secondary administrative data from the Minn-LInK project in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. The study showed that students identified as homeless and highly mobile shared a number of significant attributes compared to their non-mobile peers including falling attendance trajectories in years prior to identification, more frequent contacts with child welfare, and numerous school disruptions. These findings have implications for earlier identification of student needs, improved population estimation, and local data practices, as well as the ongoing importance of understanding program reach and effectiveness. Click here to read the full report.

    November 6, 2009

    Reinardy named representative at Social Work Congress

    Reinardy-Jim.jpgJames Reinardy, Ph.D., director of the School of Social Work, has been selected as one of 10 deans/directors to represent the National Association of Deans and Directors at the April 2010 Social Work Congress in Washington D.C. Congress participants represent major professional and educational social work organizations as well as constituent organizations. About 400 participants are selected for the congress, which has the goal of advancing the profession of social work and setting an agenda of imperatives for the future.

    October 30, 2009

    Jean K. Quam named dean of the College of Education and Human Development

    QuamJ-2006 Web.jpg Provost Thomas Sullivan today named professor Jean K. Quam as dean of the College of Education and Human Development, subject to approval by the University's Board of Regents at its November meeting. She has served as interim dean of CEHD since October 2008.

    "Dean Quam has served with great distinction as interim dean," Sullivan said. "It is clear that she enjoys extensive support from within CEHD and beyond. She is a leader of calm and careful judgment, with strategic vision, and, very importantly, she has that very special set of skills needed to share and help realize that vision."

    Quam holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She conducts research broadly in the fields of aging and marginalized populations. Quam has been active in professional organizations including the state and national organizations of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Council on Social Work Education and the American Society on Aging.

    "I'm honored to serve the University of Minnesota and to lead the College of Education and Human Development forward into the future. As dean, I am eager to continue our work on creating an 'engaged college' internally and externally by further diversifying the college and our disciplines, being innovative in all that we do, and last but not least, in deepening our excellence in research," Quam said. "Our college is ready, and I'm ready to help each and every one of us to pursue our full potential and our vitally important mission."

    Congratulations Jean!

    October 29, 2009

    Shannon interviewed on MPR about refugee mental health work

    Patricia Shannon Patricia Shannon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Work, was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio about her work on the mental health of Minnesota refugees. She and Family Social Science Associate Professor Liz Wieling collaborated on the study, which shows that Minnesota refugees want mental health care but can't get it. You can listen to or read the interview on the MPR Web site.

    October 26, 2009

    Learning Abroad: Northern Ireland

    northern-ireland.jpgThe School of Social Work is offering a learning abroad opportunity. If you are interested, please come to one of our information sessions:

    Monday, Nov 2 @ 12:45-1:15PM in Undergrad Lounge in Peters Hall.

    Tuesday, Nov 3 @ 2:30-3PM in Undergrad Lounge in Peters Hall.

    For more information, contact: Ross Velure Roholt 612-624-8785

    October 9, 2009

    OLPD hosts post-doctoral fellow

    Jarrett GuptonJarrett Gupton will hold an appointment in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with an affiliation in the School of Social Work. His research is on educational experiences of homeless youth and access to higher education. His doctoral degree is in urban education policy from the University of Southern California.

    October 5, 2009

    CASCW Study Cited in Minnesota Law & Politics Article

    A study conducted by Anita Larson, research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, was recently cited in a Minnesota Law & Politics article on homelessness in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    Larson's study looked at school attendance records of children before and after they were identified by the schools as being homeless. The study found that attendance dramatically improved once homeless children were identified.

    The article, written by Frank Jossi, discusses recent increases in the number of homeless people in the metro area and the impact this has on children. Jossi cites Larson's study, saying, "prospects for homeless kids are good once they are identified."

    Larson is also quoted in the article: "It looks like being identified [as homeless] does something to stabilize kids' attendance at school," she said.

    Read the full article No Direction Home.

    October 2, 2009

    Health Policy and Management Faculty Lead International Aging Program in Hong Kong

    During summer 2009, Professors Robert and Rosalie Kane, along with Associate Professor of Social Work, Terry Lum and faculty fellows from multiple Hong Kong universities, led an inter-university intensive program in outcomes research in aging at Hong Kong University.

    The intensive programs was part of Cadenza, an Initiative for Seniors sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Eleven Fellows trained in the 3rd cohort of Cadenza Fellows, representing geriatric medicine, ENT surgery, optometry, physical therapy, nursing, social work. While in Hong Kong, the teams met with similarly diverse members of Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 of this program, who are now in various stages of conducting their proposed research, also funded by the Jockey Club.

    As of last summer, 30 faculty have participated in the program. The 11 fellows in Cohort 3 will attend the November meetings of the Gerontological Society of America and spend a day working with the Minnesota-based faculty on finalizing their research projects. This program is intended to develop an infrastructure for health services research in aging in Hong Kong and a critical mass of qualified researchers who also form a network for collaboration and mutual assistance.

    Responsible Conduct of Research discussion to be Held in St. Paul

    The College of Education and Human Development will hold a training event for the CEHD community, Responsible Conduct of Research in CEHD: Working with and Protecting Vulnerable Populations on Thursday, October 29. The event will take place in the Vo-Tech Education Building on the St. Paul campus. Presenters will be Cynthia McGill and Jeffrey Perkey of the Research Subjects Protection Program and Jeff Edleson of the School of Social Work.

    This continued awareness/discussion event will cover several aspects related to responsible research, specifically working with and protecting human subjects. Issues discussed will directly relate the research enterprise within CEHD. The format will use minimal PowerPoint slides along with a discussion of scenarios.

    Topics will include: a brief refresher on IRB procedures; what it means if a project is "exempt," (which describes many CEHD research projects); IRB responsibilities for PIs and students; responsibilities when working with children, seniors and vulnerable populations; and responsibilities and challenges when working with international sponsors and study participants

    When: Thursday, October 1, 2009
    Time: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    Where: Vo-Tech Education Building, Room R285

    September 30, 2009

    Tan Named Dean at UniSIM

    Ngoh-Tiong Tan, PhD ('88), has been named Dean, School of Human Development and Social Services at the Singapore Institute of Management, better known as UniSIM. He will oversee graduate programs in social work and counseling as well as undergraduate programs in social work, counseling, human resources, and child education.

    Prof. Tan was a tenured Professor at Augsburg College before he joined UniSIM. He spent 17 years at the National University of Singapore's Department of Social Work.Over the years, he has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Cambridge University, UC Berkeley, Oslo University and Sydney University.He has extensive experience and research in social work, social enterprise, dispute and conflict resolution, parenting and community mediation, dynamics of change and crisis and disaster management. He has served and contributed in numerous social work organizations and agencies in Singapore and abroad.

    September 25, 2009

    Stein presents: Learning Dreams

    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare would like to announce
    an upcoming workshop, Learning Dreams: A Strategy for Promoting
    Educational Engagement for Families in the Child Welfare System.
    Jerry Stein, Ph.D., senior fellow in the School of Social Work,
    will present the Learning Dreams model for educational engagement as a
    tool for child welfare workers to use to motivate youth and help them
    make long term progress in their lives. It will also teach workers how
    to use creative community building strategies to effectively support the
    learning dreams of youth in the child welfare system.

    Learning Dreams is built on the premise that actively supporting a culture of learning in
    homes and communities creates a foundation for students' educational

    Date: Wednesday, October 21
    Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Where: McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street, Minneapolis

    For more information and to register, please visit the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's Web site.

    August 3, 2009

    Hoy, Boss quoted in article about bridge collapse

    Two University of Minnesota faculty members were quoted in a St. Paul Pioneer Press article about the two-year anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse. Judy Hoy, a clinical social worker and community faculty member in the School of Social Work, is working with two families that were affected by the bridge collapse. She noted that, in the second year after a traumatic event, "there is an expectation that people 'get over it' ... but most people can't." Pauline Boss, professor emeritus in the Family Social Science Department and a therapist in private practice, advised that "the community needs to be patient and listen to these people's stories, even if it is two, three, five years later. Often they can't put it aside unless someone hears it." Read the full article.

    July 27, 2009

    Follow-up study on educational neglect cases released

    The Minn-Link project in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare has released a follow-up to a study of changes in school attendance for children whose families had contact with child welfare services four years earlier. The original study found the school attendance of 71.9% of children had improved one year after receiving some type of services. The MinnLInk study indicates that children whose attendance initially improved one year after services generally maintained better attendance for up three years later compared to children whose attendance did not initially improve. Read the study.

    June 11, 2009

    Umbreit Recieves Award for Restorative and Community Justice

    Mark UmbreitProfessor Mark Umbreit received the John W. Byrd Pioneer Award for Restorative and Community Justice at the National Conference on Restorative Justice in Austin, Texas, in May 2009. Umbreit is the director of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking in the School of Social Work. He also received a Peacemaking Award from the Montana Community Mediation Program in late April.

    Lum to Conduct Training Program in Hong Kong

    Terry Lum Professor Terry Lum, together with Professors Robert Kane and Rosalie Kane from the School of Public Health, will travel to Hong Kong in July to conduct a two-week training program on intervention research in gerontology for faculty from various Hong Kong colleges. Professor Lum will conduct a workshop on program evaluation at a July 27-29, 2009, conference on productive aging at Shandong University in China. The conference is organized by the School of Philosophy and Social Development at Shandong University and the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, and is part of the International Symposium and Lectures in Social Policy initiated by the Social Policy Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. Lum received a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship to develop a new collaboration for comparative study of families in Chinese societies. The award will support his efforts to build collaboration between researchers who are interested in Chinese family research in Minnesota, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China.

    Raveis to Present "The Shared Journey"

    Professor Victoria Raveis will address the psychosocial issues facing seriously ill adults and the health-related demands and challenges confronting families in aging during her discussion, “The Shared Journey: Chronic Illness & the Aging Family in the 21st Century,” Tuesday, June 16, 2009. The discussion will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Peters Hall on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Raveis will share her research that has documented the diversity and contributions of the family caring unit, and how her research has informed the development of resources and programs to address family needs. Raveis is co-director of the Aging and Health Program and associate professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

    April 20, 2009

    Free conference on immigrants and health

    The School of Social Work is hosting a free conference on a partnership approach to promote health and mental health literacy and to reduce disparities amond immigrant and refugee communities. The conference will be held May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus.
    The primary goal of the conference is to bring together researchers, community practitioners and community members to share knowledge and information and to engage in partnerships in order to adopt culturally appropriate approaches to deal with health and mental health disparities, especially among immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. More information or to register.

    March 5, 2009

    Edleson project aimed at violence prevention strategies for men

    Professor Jeff Edleson School of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson and Professor Richard M. Tolman of the University of Michigan School of Social Work have launched the Global Research Program on Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention. This project will develop and test early prevention strategies to engage new fathers and non-violent men in preventing violence against women and children. Information about the project can be found on the project's Web site.

    February 24, 2009

    Edleson to speak at international conference on violence against girls

    Professor Jeff Edleson School of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson has been invited by the Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands to speak at the International Conference on Violence Against the Girl Child to be held at The Hague, Netherlands, on March 9-10, 2009. Edleson, who is director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, will speak on an international panel about North American efforts to intervene with girls exposed to adult domestic violence.

    Rooney publishes eighth edition of textbook

    Ronald Rooney The eighth edition of Professor Ronald Rooney’s textbook Direct Social Work Practice Theory and Skills will be available this fall. The text is the most widely used in intro to social work practice classes worldwide, including in China, Australia and Korea. This version includes a CD-ROM with videos of social work practice scenarios, many of which were developed by University of Minnesota master of social work students.

    Rooney co-wrote the textbook with Dean H. Hepworth, professor emeritus, University of Utah and Arizona State University; Glenda Dewberry Rooney, Augsburg College; Kimberly Strom-Gottfried, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jo Ann Larsen, private practice, Salt Lake City.

    January 13, 2009

    Albrecht editorial published in Pioneer Press

    The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently published an opinion piece by Lisa Albrecht, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work, on the fighting in Gaza. It begins,
    "As a Jew and citizen of the U.S., I am outraged, sick to my stomach, and aching in my heart. First, I say that it is not anti-American to criticize the U.S. government, just as it does not signify Jew-hatred to criticize the Israeli government.
    Second, I say that there is not one monolithic Jewish community or voice in the world, the U.S., or Minnesota, though mainstream Jewish organizations that are pro-Israel get the most media coverage." Read the full editorial.
    Albrecht has also been interviewed by WCCO TV, Kare 11and Fox 9 for her views on the Gaza crisis.

    December 10, 2008

    Larson and Zuel: Recent publication

    A paper co-authored by Anita Larson, coordinator of the MINN-LInK project and Ph.D. student Tim Zuel (both in the School of Social Work), has been selected for presentation at the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, to be held at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, March 30-April 4, 2009.

    The title of the paper is “School Attendance and Child Welfare: The Prevention Potential of Addressing Educational Neglect.?

    In memoriam: Ida Davies

    Alum Ida Davies (M.S.W., ’55), a pioneer in the care of the mentally ill, died November 27 at the age of 96. As a social worker, Ida worked tirelessly to make large mental institutions a thing of the past in Minnesota.

    She trained volunteers to help patients in mental hospitals and helped patients live productively in the community. During her long career, Ida established programs, supervised graduate interns, and served as a clinical assistant professor at the University. She was a faithful and dedicated supporter of the School of Social Work and with her husband of 64 years, Jack, established yearly scholarships for many of the school's graduate students.

    Services are planned for 1:00 pm on December 15 at the First Unitarian Society at 900 Mount Curve in Minneapolis.

    December 3, 2008

    Umbreit: Recent publications and presentation

    Two articles by Professor Mark Umbreit (School of Social Work) were published in the Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (Vol. 2), edited by Renzetti, C. M. & Edleson, J. L.

    The first article is titled "Victim Offender Mediation and Dialogue" and the second "Peacemaking Circles."

    Mark also provided a 3-day seminar for the 19th Judicial District in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in late October on “Becoming a Trainer of Restorative Justice Dialogue A Humanistic Approach to the Art of Teaching & Co-Learning.?

    Dec. 10: Reception for Susan Wells

    Professor Susan Wells (School of Social Work) departs for a Spring Semester 2009 leave at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in late December. To wish her good travels and good times on this adventure, the staff members of Gamble-Skogmo and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the School of Social Work have planned a reception on Wednesday, December 10, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    The reception will be held at a private residence - 1617 Ridgewood Lane S. in Roseville - just minutes away from the St. Paul campus. The SSW community is invited to attend. If you’re unable to attend but would like to sign a large card, it’s available in the student area of CASCW, 205 Peters Hall.

    We hope you can join us in giving Susan a memorable send off for her leave!

    November 4, 2008

    Williams wins Goodwill Industries award

    Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago presented an award on October 1 to Professor Oliver Williams (School of Social Work) and the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community (IDVAAC) in recognition of "IDVAAC’s outstanding research and national community dialogue on re-entry and domestic violence."

    Congratulations to Oliver and everyone at IDVAAC!

    October 28, 2008

    Gilgun and students: Upcoming presentation

    Professor Jane Gilgun and Ph.D. students Valandra and Alankaar Sharma (all from the School of Social Work) will present a workshop in January 2009 on critical race theory and critical discourse analysis at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) in New Orleans.

    Professor Gilgun will also participate in a roundtable called “A Frank (and Friendly) Dialogue about Evidence-Based Practice? at the conference. Other participants in the roundtable are schools of social work from the University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Hunter College, and University of Kansas.

    October 21, 2008

    Alum Velasquez receives Sargent Shriver Award

    Alumna Joan Velasquez (Ph.D., social work) recently received the National Peace Corps Association's Sargent Shriver Award, which honors distinguished humanitarian service.

    Learn more about Joan, read her acceptance speech, and view photos from the awards ceremony by visiting the National Peace Corps Association's Web site.

    October 1, 2008

    SSWR accepts two abstracts from Lee

    LeeThe Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) has accepted two abstracts from assistant professor Hee Yun Lee (School of Social Work) in collaboration with several doctoral students, for presentation at the 2009 conference in New Orleans.

    One abstract is titled "The effects of incident-specific substance use on the outcomes of intimate partner violence (IPV)." It is a poster presentation and was written with Ph.D. student Eunsu Ju.

    The second abstract, co-authored with Xianghua Luo, assistant professor in the University’s Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and doctoral student Melissa Lundquist, is titled "Colorectal cancer screening disparities in Asian Americans: Exploring subgroup differences and associated determinants," and is part of a cancer symposium.

    Lee and Eaton: Recent publication

    Lee.jpgAssistant Professor Hee Yun Lee and doctoral student Charissa Eaton have written a paper on financial abuse that was accepted to the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

    Lee, H. & Eaton, C. (In press). Financial Abuse in Elderly Korean Immigrants: Mixed Analysis of the Role of Culture on Perception and Help-Seeking Intention. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

    MINCAVA wins $1.3 million grant

    Edleson.jpgProfessor Jeffrey Edleson (School of Social Work) and Jennifer Witt, director and associate director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA), have received a $1.3 million grant with the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

    The award will fund the following national technical assistance projects from September 2008 through April 2011: (1) a publication series of brief research, policy, or best practice documents on violence against women; (2) a rapid-response team allowing OVW staff to respond more effectively to media and policymaker requests for information about newly emerging issues; (3) an online library showcasing OVW approved Technical Assistance Provider products; and (4) an online calendar and directory of Technical Assistance Providers.

    Congratulations MINCAVA!

    September 25, 2008

    Edelson to sit on MN Supreme Court study group

    Professor Jeffrey Edleson (School of Social Work) has been appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court's Study Group on Joint Custody.

    The study group is looking at legislative changes regarding Minnesota's custody laws. At the group’s first meeting on September 22, Jeffrey presented on "Assessing Social Science Research."

    September 17, 2008

    LaLiberte and Lightfoot present in South Africa

    Traci LaLiberte, director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, and associate professor Liz Lightfoot (Social Work) presented two papers at the International Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities 13th World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

    The papers were titled "Child welfare worker competency in working with parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities" and "Disability as grounds for termination of parental rights in state laws."

    September 10, 2008

    Gilgun: Recent publications, free downloads

    Professor Jane Gilgun (School of Social Work) published an article called “Lived Experience, Reflexivity, and Research on Perpetrators of Interpersonal Violence? that appeared in June 2008 issue of Qualitative Social Work. She also presented a symposium of four papers with Ph.D. students Valandra and Alankaar Sharma at the 4th International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry held in May 2008 in Urbana, Illinois.

    The papers are: "The NEATS: Assessment and Practice Guidelines for Work with Children and Families;" "Developmental Trajectories of Children at Risk for Chronic, Serious Delinquency;" "Critical Race Theory and Critical Discourse Analysis as Tools to Examine Race and Racism in Social Work Practice and Research;" and "Humor in Social Work."

    Jane also has two free downloads of interest to social work students and practitioners:

    • The NEATS: A Child & Family Assessment. The NEATS is based on the best we know about the five areas of human development and functioning: neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation. The NEATS guides practitioners to gather information that will contribute to effective case plans.

    • Child Sexual Abuse: Child Survivors and Perpetrators Tell Their Stories. Based on interviews with child and adult survivors and perpetrators of child sexual abuse, the book provides information found nowhere else. Here readers discover that children think sexual abuse is their fault and that many perpetrators believe sexual abuse is wrong but what they are doing is not abuse but love. Stories that mothers tell are being incorporated into the book.

    September 2, 2008

    Wattenberg writes Strib editorial

    Professor Esther Wattenberg (School of Social Work) recently published an editorial in the Star Tribune.

    Editorial: Foundation should not shirk its primary goal: Aiding the needy
    Star Tribune (Minn.) August 3, 2008

    Sharma: Recent publication

    Doctoral student Alankaar Sharma (School of Social Work) has had a peer-reviewed publication published.

    The paper, titled “Decriminalizing Queer Sexualities in India: A Multiple Streams Analysis? was published in the journal Social Policy and Society (Volume 7, No. 4, pages 419-431). The paper uses the multiple streams policy framework to evaluate the role of agenda setting in changing an archaic law of British origin in the constitution of India that criminalizes LGBT sexual expressions.

    August 5, 2008

    Social work grad accepts tenure-track position

    Recent doctoral graduate Rachel Roiblatt (School of Social Work) has accepted an tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, beginning 2008 Fall Semester.

    Congratulations, Rachel!

    July 22, 2008

    Ju: Recent publication

    An article by doctoral student Eunsu Ju (School of Social Work), co-authored with Tae-Young Um, a researcher at the Center for Social Welfare Research at Yonsei University, was published in late June. The article, “An Explanatory Study on the Conditions of Saving Activity and the Determinants of Savings among Low-Income Urban Families in Korea: A Discussion for the initiation of Asset Building Policies," can be found in Journal: Research of Seoul & Other Cities, Vol: 9, Issue: 2.

    July 21, 2008

    Alum Larkins named MN Social Worker of the Year

    Alum Phillip Larkins (M.S.W.) was named Minnesota's 2008 Social Worker of the Year at the National Association of Social Workers-Minnesota Chapter's 18th Annual Conference on June 6 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus.

    Joan Riebel, executive director of the Family Alternatives adoption and foster care agency, made the presentation with the following remarks:

    "Phil Larkins is a consummate social worker. He wears his social worker badge proudly, and he wears it every day. He is active at work, he's active in his community and he is active politically--always with the best interest of kids and families in his vision.

    "As an African American man who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, Phil has navigated the racial barriers his entire adult life, coming to Morehead State University in the early 70s. He graduated from Morehead State University and has remained in Minnesota his entire adult life, receiving his M.S.W. from the University of Minnesota. Phil has been a community worker at Phyllis Wheatley, a team leader at St. Joseph's Home for Children, and a social worker in private foster care. In each of these jobs he has taken on leadership roles, especially in the area of racial diversity. At the same time, as a male in a predominantly female profession, he has also carefully navigated through female-run and dominated organizations. Although it hasn't always been easy, especially when it appears that he is being patronized, Phil maintains an incredible attitude of respect and dignity for all. He has an uncanny ability to not only withstand racist and sexist attitudes and conversations, but even confront them with an air of respect and support for the other.

    "Phil is extremely active in his community, running little league baseball and basketball teams, park programs for youth at risk, and summer camps. When kids act up or act out, Phil takes the time to talk with them, offer advice and serve as a mentor. Everyone involved in the park programs in Brooklyn Park knows Phil Larkins because of his constant presence for over 20 years.

    "Phil has also been very active in the Mental Health Collaborative in Hennepin County. He has been in leadership positions on the Collaborative and has been instrumental in securing funds for the North Hennepin suburban area. This experience shrewdly joined his knowledge of the mental health system with his strong love of and advocacy for kids.

    "As a social worker at Family Alternatives Phil has had a variety of leadership positions while at the same time maintaining a caseload. When Phil is given a job to do we can count on it being done and being done well. As he frequently says, "I'll step up to the plate." Because he is one of the few men on staff, he is often asked to be the one who will shop for the groceries for the kid's retreats, bringing the grills for the family picnics, and help move things around in the office. He willingly pitches in and never leaves a task until it's done. He is a team leader and a team player, always responding to what needs to get done.

    "Perhaps most importantly, Phil is the kind of social worker that every kid would want to have. He develops strong relationships with the young people on his caseload, mostly male African American youth who are at risk. Phil develops wonderful plans with the kids, which helps them set a course to finish school, get jobs, play sports and be involved in their community. Once those things happen, Phil proceeds to act as a liaison, a support person and a mentor with the schools, the bosses, the community centers, and the coaches. He wants kids to succeed and he wants kids to know that he is there for them in whatever way they may need. At the same time, he's careful not to do it for them, but to do it with them. He helps kids make and maintain connections and he honors those connections that the kids make. If a kid goes on run, Phil will go where the kid is to pick him up. If a kid is arrested, Phil goes to the Juvenile Detention Center to meet with him. If a kid goes to court, Phil is in the courtroom with him helping everyone to address the issues and further develop what the kids need to succeed. One testament to the kind of work that Phil does is the fact that he continues to meet with kids who have been on his caseload and are now adults. These young men come back to him for advice, for support, and for affirmation.

    "Phil is an extremely ethical person. He is very open in his interactions with kids and families and he advocates for the best foster care and social work practice. He doesn't compromise what he knows to be good for kids and is very willing to confront situations which he deems are not in the best interests of the kids.

    "It is with great pleasure and honor that I present Phil as the Minnesota Social Worker of the Year for 2008. Our profession would be well served to have many Phillip Larkins."

    June 11, 2008

    Williams receives award for domestic violence work

    On May 30, Professor Oliver J. Williams (Social Work, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community) received the 2008 Adelante Esperanza! Award from the Casa de Esperanza during their 25th Anniversary celebration. Oliver received this award for his pioneering work in the field of domestic violence and unwavering support of Casa de Esperanza as a past board member, volunteer, and supporter. Casa de Esperanza is a Minneapolis organization devoted to mobilizing Latina/Latino communities to end domestic violence.

    Congratulations, Oliver!

    CEHD students part of community garden

    Master's student Peter DeLong (Social Work) and doctoral student Judi Petkau (Curriculum & Instruction) are both mentioned in a recent article on the Southeast Como neighborhood's community garden.

    Community gardening season gets started in southeast Como
    Minnesota Daily (Minn.) June 11, 2008

    May 29, 2008

    Symposium on aging with intellectual disabilities

    Symposium on aging with intellectual disabilities
    Tuesday, July 8
    8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center

    The Institute on Community Integration and the School of Social Work are offering an event designed to improve the lives of older adults with intellectual disabilities. This symposium will identify challenges faced by older adults with intellectual disabilities and discuss creative opportunities to improve their lives in the community. Participants will learn about current policies and practices and how to effect change in the disability and aging service systems.

    Panel members and speakers will represent family support, community support services, and policy. This event is targeted to all community members interested in learning more about how to effectively support people with disabilities in the community.

    Concurrent sessions include —

    • Person-Centered-Planning

    • Lifetime Assistance Program

    • Aging and Disability Policy

    • Dementia Care

    • Beyond Employment-Retirement Services

    This event is free to the public. Registration is limited. Please register by June 27 with Jill Beaudette at or 612-624-4243. For more information, contact Marijo McBride at 612-624-6830 or

    May 27, 2008

    Gilgun and students present in Illinois

    Professor Jane Gilgun and Ph.D. students Valandra and Alankaar Sharma (all from the School of Social Work) presented several papers at the Social Justice and Children in Conflict with the Law panel at the Fourth International Conference on Qualitative Research, held earlier this month at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

    Toole drafts youth entrepreneur curriculum

    Teaching Specialist and Senior Fellow James Toole (School of Social Work) has completed a draft curriculum that youth organizations can use to support global youth social entrepreneurs in their country. In cooperation with the International Youth Foundation, various modules will be field-tested over the next two years by youth development organizations in Egypt, Great Britain, Australia, Israel, India, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Chile, and Haiti.

    CEUs on a Stick return for 2008 State Fair

    The very successful “CEUs on a Stick" program that the School of Social Work launched last summer at the Minnesota State Fair is happening again this year. These continuing education workshops will be held the mornings of August 25 - 27. Attendees will earn two CEUs per workshop and receive one free admission to the State Fair.

    May 14, 2008

    Umbreit in the Middle East

    Professor Mark Umbreit is in Israel and Palestine (the occupied territories) this week providing restorative justice training and consultation to the Israeli Ministry of Justice and the Juvenile Probation Services. He will also be meeting with the Parents Circle, an organization of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents who have lost their loved ones in the conflict and have come together to support each other and speak out for ending the conflict and violence.

    Mark will also meet with a colleague at the Hebrew University School of Social Work who will be a visiting scholar in the School of Social Work next year during his sabbatical. In addition, Mark will be meeting colleagues on the West Bank and working on a sniper shooting case in which an Israeli mother wants to meet the Palestinian prisoner who killed her son who was in the Israeli Defense Force. Finally, Mark will be providing a keynote address at the first Israeli Forum for Restorative Justice Conference at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv.

    Lum presents, researches in Hong Kong

    Associate Professor Yat-sang (Terry) Lum, who is currently on sabbatical in Hong Kong, was the keynote speaker at the April 30, 2008, Henry Leong Symposium on Elderly Care. He spoke on “The Global Trend in Elderly Care." The symposium was funded by an Endowment from the Leong family to the University of Hong Kong.

    Terry was co-principal investigator of two research projects funded by the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Government: one to study the change in family values and attitudes in Hong Kong; the second to study the antipoverty policy in five developed countries.

    Terry was also appointed an Honorary Associate Director of the Sau Po Center on Aging at the University of Hong Kong, and was appointed guest editor of a special issue of the Social Development Issue on "Population Aging and Development."

    May 7, 2008

    Gilbert and Axtell to co-chair Transgender Commission

    Field Coordinator MJ Gilbert (Social Work), along with Sarah Axtell (Family Social Science) has accepted the position of co-chair of the University's Transgender Commission. The commission is associated with the GLBTA Programs Office, and reports to the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity.

    The University of Minnesota Transgender Commission works to create equity, access, and an inclusive environment for people of all genders through education, advocacy, and institutional change. The Commission strives to honor transgender people and celebrate gender diversity; make visible the systems of gender that profoundly affect all our lived experiences; and eliminate the discrimination faced by transgender and gender non-conforming students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.

    More information about the Transgender Commission can be found at Anyone interested in the work of the commission, or in becoming involved, should contact MJ at 612-624-4259 or

    Axtell receives award for outstanding engagment

    Sara Axtell, Community-Campus Health Outreach Liaison in the School of Social Work, has received an Outstanding Partners in Engagement award from the Campus Community Coordinators Alliance. Sara received the award for facilitating more than 70 new collaborations between individual and organizational partners to enhance the education of health professionals at the University and to improve the health of Minnesota communities.

    Congratulations, Sara!

    Lightfoot keynotes in Namibia

    Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot (Social Work), who is in Namibia on a Fulbright Scholarship, was the keynote speaker at the Namibia Social Work Association annual meeting held on April 15, World Social Work Day. She spoke on “Social workers making a world of difference: Social workers as leaders in social development." Liz also has made presentations in the last few months at events sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the African Girls Scholarship Program, the University of Namibia, and local community agencies.

    April 23, 2008

    Tooles win Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award

    James and Pamela Toole, community faculty members in the School of Social Work, received the Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award at the 19th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Minneapolis on April 11. The citation read: "James and Pamela Toole have been the standard-bearers for service-learning practice since the early 1990s, when they composed the National Youth Leadership Council's professional development department. With backgrounds in teaching and counseling, they are beloved as trainers nationally and internationally. They continue to work for systemic improvements in education and communities." The Tooles received onstage congratulations from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was a keynote speaker at the conference.

    Eaton wins Shelly Joseph-Kordell Scholarship

    Doctoral student Charissa Eaton (School of Social Work) has been awarded the University's 2008-09 Shelly Joseph-Kordell Scholarship. The scholarship supports graduate students in the School of Public Health or other graduate schools at the University who have indicated a commitment to working directly to improve the lives of older people.

    Congratulations, Charissa!

    April 16, 2008

    Umbreit presenting in Italy

    Professor Mark Umbreit (School of Social Work) is serving April 13 to 23 as a U.S. State Department Fulbright Senior Specialist providing lectures about his restorative justice research and conducting training seminars at the Catholic University Law School in Piachenza, Italy (near Milan). Mark is the Director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking in the School of Social Work.

    March 26, 2008

    Learning Dreams, Stein in UMNnews

    Senior Fellow Jerry Stein's (School of Social Work) Learning Dreams program was featured in a recent issue of the University's UMNnews.

    Partnering with hope and dreams

    UMNnews (Minn.) March 26, 2008

    March 19, 2008

    Mandell receives Facing Race award

    Long-time youth studies community faculty member and high school teacher Jan Mandell is the recipient of the inaugural Facing Race Ambassador Award given by The Saint Paul Foundation. Jan and 12 nominees were honored at a March 8 ceremony at the Science Museum of Minnesota. A nonprofit organization or public entity of her choice will receive a cash award of $10,000 to further work in creating an anti-racist East Metro community.

    Jan is the founder of Saint Paul Central High School’s Central Touring Theater (CTT) and has led the way for nearly 30 years in creating a safe space which attracts a multi-racial, multi-economic, and multi-intellectual group of students who come together to be themselves, tell stories, break down barriers, and produce theater that promotes discussion and truth.

    Since 2002, the Facing Race initiative of The Saint Paul Foundation has generated discussions among people of all backgrounds to provide a greater understanding of race issues and what the community, as a whole, can do to make it a more open and equitable society. The Facing Race Ambassador Award was created to honor individuals who excel in creating opportunities for people of all races to understand the impact of racism. “Theater is the perfect tool to fight racism because it requires trust building. Working with kids in a creative environment has kept me hopeful and kept me conscious of today’s issues,? said Jan in receiving the award.

    The naming of an ambassador is the next phase of this growing initiative. “Our recipient and our nominees are doing powerful work dismantling racism in our community,? said Carleen Rhodes, president of The Saint Paul Foundation. “This is an example of how it takes all of us working together, to share the message and confront racism where it lurks.?

    Facing Race: We’re all in this together™ is a multi-year antiracism initiative of The Saint Paul Foundation that focuses on addressing racism at individual and institutional levels. The vision of Facing Race is to create a more equitable, just, and open region where everyone feels safe, valued, and respected. Facing Race meets people and institutions where they are, giving them the tools they need to discuss issues of race and racism and moving them to take action to eliminate racism and discrimination. For more information, visit

    March 17, 2008

    Williams receives Distinguished Alumni Award

    Professor Oliver Williams (School of Social Work), director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, recently received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work. The award honors outstanding contributions in social work education. Oliver will receive this award on Sunday, April 27, at the University of Pittsburgh's "Afternoon of Recognition" event.

    February 16, 2008

    A match made in advocacy heaven!

    Julia Welle, a graduate student in the School of Social Work, and Matthew Ayres, a planning analyst in the Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, recently announced their engagement! The couple are planning a March 15 wedding at their home in Minneapolis.

    Congratulations Julia and Matt!

    January 28, 2008

    Quam awarded for research on GLBT aging

    QuamJ-2006[1].jpgSenior Associate Dean Jean Quam recently received the Generations of Love and Service Award for her research on GLBT aging. The award was presented on January 25 at the 2008 GLBT Aging Policy Summit in Minneapolis. The event was sponsored by GLBT Generations and OutFront Minnesota. In addition, Kelly Knochel, a doctoral student in the School of Social Work, presented on their joint research on MAAA planning and providing services for GLBT individuals as they age.

    Congratulations, Jean!

    January 25, 2008

    Moone receives doctorate, news mention

    Rajean Moone.jpgRecent alumnus Rajean Moone was mentioned in Wednesday's edition of the International Falls Daily Journal. Rajean just received a doctorate from the School of Social Work, where he studied aging and social policy.

    Education Briefs 01/23/08
    International Falls Daily Journal (Minn.) Jan. 23, 2008

    October 10, 2007

    Kane comments on group home elder care

    In a recent Monterey County Herald article, Professor Rosalie Kane (social work) comments on the group home model of elder care.

    September 19, 2007

    Umbreit: Recent and upcoming presentations

    Social work professor Mark Umbreit, director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (CRJP), recently provided training in Naples, Italy, for the Italian Ministry of Justice. The training was related to their efforts to introduce national legislation to support victim offender mediation, as required of all member states of the European Union.

    Later this month Mark will present a paper on restorative justice and human rights at a conference by Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. In addition, at the request of Minnesotans for Human Rights, Mark and CRJP will provide a training session for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in both West Africa and the Twin Cities, which has the largest Liberian immigrant population (20,000+) in the U.S. Following years of severe internal political conflict, violence, and more than 200,000 deaths, Liberia (under the leadership of the first woman president of an African country) is in the process of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), following South Africa’s TRC model. Two TRC Commissioners from Liberia in West Africa, along with two local Liberian leaders, will be participants in the six-day November training. Representatives from seven other countries and numerous U.S. states will also be part of this training session.

    September 17, 2007

    Guide to legislative change for parents with disabilities

    Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare Director Traci LaLiberte, and doctoral student Katharine Hill (all in the School of Social Work) recently published the "Guide for legislative change: Disability in the termination of parental rights and other child custody statutes" (PDF file). Four states are currently using this guide for changing legislation regarding parents with disabilities, and several national organizations have put this issue into their national agendas. For more information on this project, please see the project Web page.

    Edleson presents in Michigan

    Professor Jeffrey Edleson in the School of Social Work presented to a statewide conference in Michigan of judicial officers and advocates on children's exposure to domestic violence. The presentation was held at the Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan, on August 16.

    CEUs on a stick prove tasty to professionals

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    This year the School of Social Work devised an innovative plan for reaching out to professionals: Provide convenient continuing education units (CEUs) with a State Fair twist. The result? The first annual offering of "CEUs on a stick" from August 27 through August 29.

    The concept of CEUs on a stick was the product of two years of brainstorming in Social Work's Continuing Education committee. The event featured several two-hour workshops spread across three days, organized to mirror the themed days of the Minnesota State Fair: Children and Adolescents Day, Diversity Day, and Direct Practice with Adults Day. The workshops were created free of charge by members of the Social Work faculty.

    Since costs for the event were kept relatively low, the department was able to offer a free ticket to the State Fair to all registered attendees. Participants were able to attend workshops in the morning or early afternoon, then take a brief walk over from Peters Hall to the State Fair grounds for some fun and food.

    Over 200 social work professionals registered for the workshop series, more than twice the number expected. Field Coordinator MJ Gilbert, one of the event's organizers, says this year was just the beginning. "We've learned so much. We're hoping this is just a jumping off point for what we have to offer the practice community."

    September 7, 2007

    Edleson: Recent publications

    Jeffrey Edleson, professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, recently had two articles accepted for publication, one of which was co-authored by Ph.D. student Narae Shin and master's student Katy Kim Johnson.

    Edleson, J.L., Shin, N. & Johnson, K.K. Measuring children's exposure to domestic violence: The development and testing of the Child Exposure to Domestic Violence (CEDV) Scale. Manuscript accepted and under revision for Children and Youth Services Review.

    Parker, T., Collins, M., Rogers, K. & Edleson, J.L. (In press). Danger Zone: Battered mothers and their children in supervised visitation. Violence Against Women.

    September 6, 2007

    Moon published in Educational Gerontology

    Ph.D. student Rajean Moon (Social Work) just had his first sole authorship article accepted for publication in Educational Gerontology, with no edits to boot. Congratulations Rajean!

    August 21, 2007

    Cultural competence forum: proceedings, call for papers

    Inside / Out reported back in June that Professor Susan Wells (School of Social Work), the Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy, hosted a national invitational forum on evidence-based practice in child welfare in the context of cultural competence on June 11. The forum proceedings, including video footage, are now available online at the Gamble-Skogmo Chair Web site.

    Susan is also co-editing an upcoming special issue of Children and Youth Services Review on culturally competent child welfare practices. The journal is currently seeking papers on this topic. Download a PDF of the call for papers or contact Susan at if you have any questions. Articles are due by October 15, 2007.

    August 15, 2007

    Students: Volunteer with Project Homeless Connect

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    Matthew Ayres, a School of Social Work alum, is sending a call out to all CEHD students who want to enhance their educational experience while learning more about issues of poverty and homelessness.

    Matthew is one of the coordinators of Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event offered every nine months or so through Hennepin County's Office to End Homelessness. This event is a "one-stop shop" model of service delivery for individuals experiencing homelessness, with services ranging from dental and medical, to housing and employment, to haircuts and free shoes. At the last event almost 1300 individuals were served with the help of over 500 volunteers. This year event coordinators are planning on 1500 guests and 700 volunteers. Each volunteer spends part of the day with the guests, helping them get to the services they need, doing an intake, and eating lunch and getting to know each other.

    Matthew had this to say about CEHD student volunteers: "Last year we had about 10 students from the SSW come and volunteer on their own time, and each came to me later to talk about what a great experience it was." If you'd like to volunteer for this event, or know a student who'd been interested in doing so, visit Project Homeless Connect's Web site or email Matthew directly with questions.

    August 13, 2007

    Schultz: "Long journey" led to clinical social work

    Alumna Caroline Schultz (M.S.W., '86) details her career path in social work in a Minnesota Women's Press article.

    August 9, 2007

    $10K for CitySongs

    Wells Fargo has contributed $10,000 to CitySongs on behalf of a Wells Fargo team member who frequently volunteers with the program. Helen Kivnick, professor of social work, is the executive director of the CitySongs. CitySongs’ volunteers pursue the goal of helping inner-city children develop competence, confidence, and individual potential through diverse group music participation.

    July 30, 2007

    Simard publishes guide to Namaste Care

    Namaste Cover.gifJoyce Simard (M.S.W., '83) recently published a book entitled The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program, for People with Dementia. The book, published by Health Professions Press, gives step-by-step instructions for building Namaste Care programs in direct care facilities. Namaste Care blends nursing care and meaningful activities, promoting peaceful and relaxing end-of-life experiences for older adults.

    July 13, 2007

    Umbreit funded for restorative justice program

    Mark Umbreit, professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, was awarded $26,000 by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The project is based around a restorative justice program for the department. It began this month and is scheduled to end in June 2009.

    $60K for Wells from Casey Family Programs

    Professor Susan Wells in the School of Social Work was recently awarded $60,000 by the Casey Family Programs, a nonprofit committed to providing and improving foster care. Wells' project is entitled "Evidence-Based Pratice in Child Welfare in the Context of Culture." The project began in May 2007 and is scheduled to end in August.

    July 9, 2007

    Wells hosts forum on child welfare

    The Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy, Professor Susan J. Wells (School of Social Work), recently hosted a national invitational forum on Evidence Based Practice in Child Welfare in the Context of Cultural Competence. Major funding for the forum came from Casey Family Programs, whose mission is to provide, improve - and ultimately prevent the need for - foster care. The June 11 event was attended by about 80 people who were practitioners, administrators, legislators, policymakers and community members with an interest in child welfare. The keynote speaker was Dr. Carl C. Bell, M.D., an internationally known psychiatrist with experience in evidence-based practices and knowledge of issues of cultural sensitivity.

    July 2, 2007

    Lightfoot receives Fulbright award

    Elizabeth Lightfoot, associate professor of social work, received a Fulbright Faculty Scholar Award for the 2007-08 academic year. As an award recipient, Lightfoot will spend the next year teaching at the University of Namibia's Department of Social Work and Community Development in Windhoek, Namibia. She will also conduct research on HIV prevention among people with disabilities. Congratulations on this achievement, Liz!

    June 22, 2007

    Quam to assist in guiding the future of social work

    QuamJ-2006.jpgSenior Associate Dean Jean Quam was one of the leaders of 10 professional social work organizations convened at the Wingspread Conference Center to address the future of the profession on June 18-20, 2007. Participants signed a resolution: "We resolve to create a unified profession with one social work organization by 2012." This agreement sets the stage for an organizational structure inclusive of all sectors of social work.

    The challenges of the 21st century, as identified by the Social Work Congress of 2005, compel a proactive, flexible organizational structure that reflects collective vision and ensures impact. A transition team (to which Quam was elected) will address implementation issues with ongoing input from constituents over the next five years.

    June 15, 2007

    Update: Dimock and Pond recovering

    CEHD Inside / Out is happy to report that Peter Dimock and Peggy Pond, both in the School of Social Work, are recovering nicely from their recent operations at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. As reported earlier in the Star Tribune, Pond donated a portion of her liver to Dimock. Read more about their recovery here.

    June 14, 2007

    Fellowships for two SSW students

    Kelly Knochel and Charissa Eaton, both second-year doctoral students in the School of Social Work, were recently awarded Hartford Pre-Doctoral Fellowships. The fellowships support students who are interested in gerontological social work research. Students receive travel funds to aging-relevant conferences, attend pre-conference institutes that enhance grant writing and research skills, and have the opportunity to meet with key scholars in the field of gerontology.

    June 13, 2007

    Dimock and Pond make Strib front page

    Peter Dimock (teaching specialist) and Peggy Pond (undergraduate community program assistant), both in the School of Social Work, made the front page of today's Star Tribune. The feature article discusses Pond's decision to donate a portion of her liver to Dimock.

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    May 24, 2007

    Forum funds for Wattenberg

    A grant was awarded to Professor Esther Wattenberg (School of Social Work) for a statewide forum to discuss findings from an exploratory study of “Child Welfare Issues in Immigrant Families."