Presenting Information to your Audience: Images, Text, and Video

Julie Gilliam presented at the 2016 National Association of Social Workers Macro conference in Linthicum, Maryland. As social workers, there is a need to present information to promote change, facilitate understanding, and demonstrate knowledge. The workshop showed how social workers could present information to create meaning, and deliver powerful messages to our vast array of audiences.

Student Loan Adjustment Period - Oct. 3rd to Nov. 4th

Dear Students, Beginning Monday, October 3rd to Friday, November 4th, you will have the opportunity to make adjustments to your student loans for the fall 2016 term. You can reduce loans or request an increase up to the institutions cost of attendance for your program. If you wish to return or increase you loans for the fall, please contact your financial aid counselor by email or phone to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between the hours of 9:30 am and 2:30 pm. If you are returning funds, please bring a check that you can make payable to the University of Maryland Baltimore for the amount you wish to return. Credit cards cannot

CSWF Meeting Monday 10/3 at 12:15

Join the Christian Social Work Fellowship for our meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 12:15 in room 4E26. Lunch will be provided! For more information e-mail us at

Alumni and Faculty Networking Event - RSVP Required - Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Little Havana

Come out and connect with the School of Social Work Community! Hosted by our Alumni Board and School Faculty. UM SSW Meet-ups are an informal way for alumni, students and faculty to get together and network. Please help us promote this event by spreading the word to your friends and colleagues. Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Little Havana (1325 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230) RSVP Required: Questions? Please contact Chrishna Williams at 410-706-6408 or

SSW Mourns the Passing of Gerry Aronin, MSW '65

The School of Social Work is sad to report that Geraldine "Gerry" Aronin died on Tuesday, September 27. She was an early graduate of our School (Class of '65) and had an amazing career of leadership in social services and social justice movements. Just a bit of this is summarized in this excerpt from the description of Gerry that was created for our 50th Anniversary events in 2012, as Gerry was one of the School's 50 "Heroes for Justice." Gerry was the first Director of Community Services in the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. There, she created the Emergency Services Program and directed a new federal demonstration program, "The Family Living Program" which was designed

Save the Dates: Special Events for Dr. Roger Friedman's book TOWER SNIPER.

See Two Book Events are planned for Tower Sniper: The Terror of America's First Active Shooter on Campus. Dr. Friedman will lead a Q/A about gun violence and trauma, read excerpts from the book, and signed copies will be available to purchase. October 23rd, Sunday 6:30-8:30PM Busboys and Poets Cafe/Bookstore - Takoma Park 235 Carroll Street, NW, Washington, DC 20015 October 28th, Friday 12:00-1:00PM University of Maryland at Shady Grove Building III, Room 3226 9630 Gudelsky Drive Rockville, MD

Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau

On October 5th at 6:00PM, the next iteration of the SOWK 631 Wednesday Speakers Series brings the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau to the School of Social Work auditorium. The Speakers Bureau is a public education program that addresses misconceptions and raises awareness of the realities of homelessness. Speakers are homeless and formerly homeless individuals who share their stories with students, communities, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and other interested parties. The Bureau's twin goals are to humanize homelessness and to engage the wider community in working toward effective solutions: permanent affordable housing instead of temporary shelters and abandominiums; unive

Using the Body To Heal Trauma: Integrating Self- Regulation and Somatic Experiencing Interventions

Workshop Description: Somatic Experiencing, the life’s work of Peter Levine Ph.D, is a body oriented approach used to heal trauma and other stress disorders. Somatic Experiencing is a powerful psychobiological method for addressing physical and emotional trauma and other stress related conditions. Complex trauma impacts one’s ability to self-regulate on emotional and behavioral levels. Somatic Experiencing offers a framework to assess where a person may be stuck in the flight, fight or freeze responses. This 1 day training will allow attendees to enhance their knowledge of the theory behind Somatic Experiencing, gain useful treatment tools and strategies to integrate into their current

Solutions Summit: Behavioral Health Forum October 1

OSI's Solutions Summit is designed to create a community-driven blueprint for the new mayor and city council to address some of Baltimore's most entrenched problems. There will be a series of free community forums leading up to the summit on December 10. The first forum, focused on Behavioral Health, will be on October 1, from 9am to 12:30pm. (See information about all three forums on the Solutions Summit website.) At the half day forum, we'll explore solutions dealing with a host of issues including reducing stigma associated with substance use; access to treatment; provider capacity; housing and recovery support; and care coordination and integration. At the end of the day, using mobile te

SSW Launches as part of Statewide Suicide Prevention Campaign

DETROIT, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, Screening for Mental Health and Man Therapy announced the launch of as part of a statewide campaign to keep middle-aged men who are more likely to die by suicide from slipping through the cracks. The campaign combines the knowledge and best practices of Screening for Mental Health and Man Therapy, leaders in the development and provision of online innovative screening, referrals and online support programs to encourage middle-aged men to access help and improve their emotional well-being. will offer free online mental health screenings

Haksoon Ahn, Samantha Hartzel, and Terry Shaw published in Research on Social Work Practice

Associate Professors Haksoon Ahn and Terry Shaw, and Research Specialist Samantha Hartzel published an article in Research on Social Work Practice. The article “Participants’ Satisfaction with Family Involvement Meeting: Implications for Child Welfare Practice” examines implementation of family involvement meetings (FIMs) and its effects on family strengths and their service planning. The study contributes to providing implications for FIM facilitators’ practice and effective outcomes of the FIMs to improve child welfare service outcomes. The full citation is: Ahn, H., Hartzel, S., & Shaw, T. (2016) Participants’ satisfaction with family involvement meeting: Implications for child welfare pr

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Network: Inter-professional Workshop on Design Thinking

DATE AND TIME Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hosick Hall, Bressler Research Building 655 W Baltimore St Floor 1 Baltimore, Maryland What is this event about: Professor Mira Azarm (MICA & University of Maryland, College Park Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) will guide you through a systematic methodology that will help you come up with ideas. You will be able to use this process now to innovate within your student organizations, and down the road, in your practice. As a social work professional, you will have a unique opportunity for social entrepreneurship: you will regularly engage with clients, which will give you the opportunity to find out what they need. You

Understanding Language Access in the Human Services Profession - October 5

Gain a better understanding of the rules and regulations surrounding language access in social service professions, presented by Maryland Legal Aid. It is open to all students and food will be provided. This event will be located at the SMC Campus Center, Room 351 on October 5 from noon - 1 p.m.

Jenny’s Wedding Film & Discussion

Jenny’s Wedding Film & Discussion: Every family system has stated and more often, unstated, rules for how it operates. This film, Jenny’s Wedding, tells the story of Jenny’s coming out and how her subsequent behavior violates her family’s rules and how the family struggles to regain equilibrium. This workshop will explore Jenny’s coming out, her subsequent behaviors and her family’s reactions in the context of its broader family system. In addition, this workshop will explore why coming out as a sexual minority seems to be among the worst possible things a person can acknowledge and why it can be so difficult for family members, especially parents, to accept. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:1

Graduating in Spring/Summer 2017? Have the Academic Advisor Check the Courses Needed to Meet Your Gr

Registration for Spring 2017 opens for Advanced Students on November 3rd at 6am. Prior to Registration, Advanced students may request to have their plan of study reviewed by sending an email to Nakiya Schurman, Academic Advisor, at Please include your @ Student ID, full name and concentration/specialization. Individual advising appointments may also be made.

Additional information meeting about 2017 India and London International Field Placement Programs: 1

The School of Social Work offers Advanced field placements in Kochi, India, and London through our International Field Placement Program (IFPP). Students interested in the 2017 IFFP should attend the upcoming informational meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, 5:15-6:00 in room 3e36. The IFPP programs last 5½ months, beginning in the summer of 2017. While abroad, our students complete their entire Advanced field placements and take two MSW classes in our partnering universities. Classes in India are taught in English. Our students reside in university housing. When the 2017 IFPP students return to the SSW for their final semester, spring 2018, they will only need to take their remainin

National Voter Registration Week Activities

Although Tuesday, September 27th is National Voter's Registration Day, we are involved all week in these activities and there are ways for you to get involved either with Head Count or Rock the Vote. Remember the deadline for Voter Registration is October 18th for this election. Tuesday, 9/27, if you are able to help there is registration occurring all day (11-7) at the Mount Vernon Marketplace at 520 Park Ave Baltimore 21202 Wednesday 9/28 - we will again have a voter registration table at the School of Social Work from 12-2 On Saturday 10/8 there are shifts available at the Pigtown Festival from 11-6 Please feel free to contact Ben Marks from Head Count who has been working with social wor

Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting Information Session September 28

Strong Baltimore is conducting a preliminary meeting on how to let those who love Baltimore be involved in decisions that shape the city. Here is the link for more information: The session will be held, Wednesday September 28 from 6:00-7:30PM, at the Center for Urban Families, 2201 N. Monroe St. Baltimore, MD 21217.

Associate Professor Corey Shdaimah on Radio Times- Podcast Available

Corey Shdaimah and Linda Houser (Widener University) were guests on Radio Times. The show, which aired live on Monday September 19th, can be heard or downloaded at Shdaimah and Houser discussed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's family leave and child care plans, looked at current family leave and child care policies in the United States, and discussed why finding and paying for good child care is such a struggle for families.

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