Impact of SSW Project Youth Reach MD in Baltimore Sun

An article in the Baltimore Sun discussed the SSW and Institute led project, Youth Reach MD. Youth Reach MD is a collaboration between the State of Maryland, local homeless Continuum's of Care and the SSW to enumerate homeless unaccompanied youth in Maryland. See the story on the Baltimore Sun web site.

Catholic Relief Services and International Social Services Meet and Greet This Friday

The International Social Work Organization will be going to International Social Services and Catholic Relief Services this Friday to learn about international organizations that are right here in Baltimore. We will be receiving a tour of the facility, an overview of what the organization does, and how to get involved. Both these organizations are looking for student interns next year, so this would be a great way to get your name out there. Afterward, ISWO will be treating everyone to Nandos! Please RSVP here to let us know how many people to expect. Thank you!

Pikesville Friends Speaker Series to Feature SSW's Greif and Woolley

Pikesville Friends Speaker Series: Join co-authors Geoff Greif and Michael Woolley from University of Maryland School of Social Work as they discuss their new book, Adult Sibling Relationships. The talk takes place on Friday, December 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Library. Visit the Library's Facebook page for more information. photo from BALTIMORE magazine

Reflections on Our Times and a Life of Social Action with Eddie Conway, Former Leader in the Baltimo

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are invited to join a conversation with Marshall "Eddie" Conway, former minister of defense of the Baltimore Black Panthers. Tuesday, December 6, from 6pm-8pm SSW Auditorium (525 West Redwood) Conway will talk about his life engaged in struggle for liberation and justice, and offer reflections on the current political moment and lessons that we might draw from the political actions and analysis of the Black Panther Movement. Following the talk and discussion, he will be available to sign (and sell) copies of his recent book, Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther. For those who are interested in learning mor

Free iRest Yoga Nidra Class at USG December 7

Experience iRest Yoga Nidra. A yoga practice that can help with relaxation, healing and improved sleep. This is a free class that will be offered at the Universities at Shady Grove on Wednesday , December 7 from 4:30-5:30pm in the game room in Building III. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Social Work Licensing: DC, MD, VA

On December 15, the Professional Development Committee of the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work is sponsoring its annual licensing workshop for students, new social workers and those who are transferring from other jurisdictions. They will have representatives from each of the three Boards present to speak and address questions. Workshop participants will receive a handout summarizing the essential ingredients of the regulations. For more information visit the GWSCSW web site.

Community Dinner and Craft Night December 16

Each month Roots and Branches hosts a family and community dinner with an activity. It is a free event. The December dinner will allow children the opportunity to make various crafts to give as gifts, whether it be in line with whatever holiday their family celebrates or just because. Volunteer positions are available for serving food and for manning a craft table. The whole event runs 6-8PM at Roots and Branches School, 1807 Harlem Ave, Baltimore 21217. Roots and Branches School is a charter elementary located in West Baltimore. It serves children in grades k-5, from the immediate 21217 neighborhood and beyond. Contact for more information.

Projecting Supply and Demand for Behavioral Health Practitioners

Under the most conservative projections, by 2025, shortages are projected in a number of key behavioral health professions. US DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce has released the National Projections of Supply and Demand for Behavioral Health Practitioners: 2013-2025 Report. The report presents national workforce projections for 9 disciplines including behavioral health providers, which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, addiction counselors, behavioral health social workers and counselors, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Two different methodologies were used for the analy

'People See Me as a Threat': An Art Project Gives Voice to Anguished Baltimore Teens

From the Washington Post: The question on the paper in front of him read, “What do you think people assume about you by just looking at you?” The high school senior answered in five words: “I am a living problem.” It was a sentiment art teacher Kristen Yoder would see again and again as she read through the questionnaires she had given her students at Renaissance Academy High School in West Baltimore. (The School of Social Work's Promise Heights Initiative plays a large role at this school). Another student wrote, “Some people see me as a threat.” Another: “Society assumes we are animals. They think we are a negative lifeform and should be subtracted from society.” When Yoder and her forme

$2,000 SSW Aging Specialization Fellowship Available

Students entering their advanced year of study in the MSW program at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and who are considering or have chosen the Aging Specialization are encouraged to apply for the Aging Specialization Fellowship which offers a $2,000 student stipend. Either current students entering their Advanced year in fall 2017 or those applying for advanced standing are eligible to apply for the Aging Specializer’s Fellowship. Students must commit to enrolling in the Aging Specialization if they are selected for this competitive award. Students must be in satisfactory academic standing in the MSW program or in their BSW program, that is a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applica

Civilly Discussing the Election - December 12 at the SSW

Civilly Discussing the Consequences of the Presidential Election with SSW Professors John Belcher and Michael Reisch. Monday, December 12 from 12:15 to 1:45 in the SSW Auditorium. Moderated by the SSW's Wendy Shaia, EdD. This discussion between Professors Michael Reisch and John Belcher brings together two of our School’s most esteemed faculty to discuss the importance of engaging people with different views. Michael Reisch will present the progressive side and John Belcher will present the moderate conservative side. They will also be discussing how to maintain civil discourse in times when opposing views are often intense and prone to be personal. The discussion is intended to help find s

Kindness Initiative: Make a Teddy Bear with Love

Cosponsors: UMB and Judaic Heritage present the Kindness Initiative; Stress Busters; USGA Drop in, stuff a teddy bear, sign a get well card, and brighten the lives of children recovering in UMMC and other local children's hospitals in Baltimore. No sewing skills needed. Friday, Dec 2, 2016 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. SMC CC Lobby

Caret Reaffirms Commitment to Undocumented Students

On Nov. 21, University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert L. Caret, PhD, spoke with the presidents of system universities to gather input on guidance he was developing regarding possible changes in U.S. immigration enforcement with the advent of a new federal administration in January. A day later, the chancellor provided a letter to USM institutions. It is the intent of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to act in accordance with his guidance. Here is Chancellor Caret's letter: USM Guidance Related to Undocumented Immigrants on our Campuses "At colleges and universities nationwide, students and other individuals are calling for their institutions to become 'sanctuary campuses' f

Fighting to Save Baltimore's Renaissance Academy

The School's Bronwyn Mayden, assistant dean and executive director of Promise Heights, along with Baltimore City Council member Eric Costello, co-wrote an Op-Ed in support of keeping West Baltimore's Renaissance Academy open. Promise Heights is very active in the Baltimore City school. Read the Op-Ed here.

New KSOC-TV Webisode: Diverting to Treatment: Community Policing and Supporting Youth with Mental He

The program discusses evidence-based strategies to combine efforts of police officers, mental health educators, and community advocates to resolve potentially volatile situations in more positive ways. Additionally, the webisode features states that have implemented diversion programs, a law enforcement officer and CIT trainer, and a youth peer support specialist. Panelists include: • Lieutenant Christopher McKee, Police Lieutenant, CIT Coordinator, School Resource Officer Supervisor, Youth and Mental Health Trainer • Nyamuon “Moon” Nguany, Southern Maine Regional Coordinator, Youth M.O.V.E Maine • Joyce Burrell, Independent Consultant, former Director of Juvenile Justice Programs at Am

USG Post Election Campus Forum 11/30 4-5:30 pm

Come join a campus wide discussion at the Universities at Shady Grove about our hopes and fears post election. All points of view are welcome. The forum will take place at USG, Wednesday, November 30 from 4-5:30 pm, Building III, Room 2230. See the event flyer.

Bellin and Colleagues Published

Associate Professor Mel Bellin and interdisciplinary colleagues have publications in the Annals of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and the Journal of Asthma. The articles are based on findings from an ongoing NIH-NINR funded RCT for children with high-risk asthma. Full references: Bellin, M. H., Land, C., Newsome, A., Kub, J., Mudd, S.S., Bollinger, M. E., & Butz, A. M. (2016) Caregiver perception of asthma management of children in the context of poverty. Journal of Asthma 15:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] Mudd, S. S., Ogborn, C. J., Bollinger, M. E., Morphew, T., Kub, J., Lewis-Land, C., Bellin, M. H., & Butz. A. (2016) Parental decision making associated with pediatric emergency depart

Family Connections Holiday Party Needs Volunteers

Social Work Community Outreach Services is looking for student volunteers to assist with a Holiday Party hosted by Family Connections. Family Connections is a program of the University of Maryland School of Social Work which develops, implements, and tests community-based family strengthening services that empower vulnerable families to achieve their safety, well-being, and stability. We are looking for volunteers to assist with family engagement, arts and crafts, games, serving food, setting up and cleaning up. The Holiday party will be held at New Song Community Center on Wednesday December 7th at 5:00pm. There will be a pre-volunteer orientation held at the School of Social Work on Monday

Associate Professor Corey Shdaimah and Magistrate Althea Steward-Jones present at RAD Workshop

Associate Professor Corey Shdaimah gave an invitational presentation with Magistrate Althea Stewart-Jones at the Foster Care Court Improvement Program’s Research and Development Conference on November 16 at the Judiciary College of Maryland Education and Conference Center. They described their FCCIP-funded study exploring Prince George’s County’s Emancipation Checklist that is now being used with foster youth age 18-21 with an Alternative Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) plan. In addition, they provide guidance on how courts and researchers can collaborate to analyze data and generate information that is useful to local courts as well as state and national stakeholders.

Winter One Credit Course: Redefining Community Violence - A Trauma-Informed Approach

Held on January 14 and 15, 2017, 9:00 - 4:00 PM, this is a one-credit interdisciplinary course that will include a two-day mandatory classroom session and a related community engagement project to be completed later in spring 2017 semester. Students will explore the concepts of community violence and trauma, particularly in the context of Baltimore City. Students from all UMB professional schools will be eligible to register thus providing an interdisciplinary context to learn about this public health issue. The Community Project is a major highlight of the course. It will be a series of seminars for graduates of the Family Connection parent education program and a culminating advocacy pro

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