Join Us for a Virtual Regional Listening and Strategy Session

We are co-hosting a virtual town hall on January 12 at 1pm in partnership with our national partner CFED to discuss how financial security work can move forward in the current political context. We will be a particular focus on the safety net, tax code, housing, and consumer protection. The call is for any groups or individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region. Please join us and share with your networks! Mid-Atlantic | January 12, 1 pm EST | Moderator: Robin McKinney, Maryland CASH Campaign This region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia & West Virginia

Social Work Student Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill!

Join hundreds of students from social work schools from all across the country for an exciting day in the nation’s capital! More than 400 students from 45 schools and departments of social work from 16 states registered for the Student Advocacy Day on the Hill held March 1, 2016. This event is sponsored by the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, the Social Work Department of Gallaudet University and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut. This year’s activities will begin with a opening program at the Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University. Buses will transport you to Capitol Hill where you will have the opportu

Did You Miss "Civilly Discussing the Election" Last Week?

If you were unable to attend the SSW discussion "Civilly Discussing the Election" with the SSW's John Belcher, Michael Reisch and Wendy Shaia, you can view the event online. The event featured faculty members discussing moderately conservative and progressive points of view of the election and what we may expect moving forward.

Thousands Of Youth In Baltimore Have 'No Place To Call Home'

The Abell Foundation’s recent report “No Place to Call Home” found that there are 1,421 young people under the age of 25 who are homeless and without a parent or guardian to look after them. That figure is a lot higher than a previously accepted number based on the findings of a report conducted Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011. Numbers in the Abell Foundation report were based on the findings of a Youth REACH MD study out of The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. WYPR did a story on this report and what it means. Listen online and read more at

Volunteers Needed to Do Something that Counts!

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services is in the process of planning for our annual Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) count which will take place this January, and are in need of volunteers to help! The PIT Count is an important service engagement and data collection strategy that helps to advance The Journey Home, Baltimore’s plan to end homelessness. The PIT helps Baltimore to identify individuals, families, and youth experiencing homelessness and connect them to much needed housing and support services. It also helps the Mayor’s Office to gather important data on the needs and characteristics of people experiencing homelessness. This information is used to inform community planning and the de

Apply to be a Bloomberg Fellow

The Bloomberg Fellows Program is a groundbreaking initiative to provide world-class training in public health to individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States. Bloomberg Fellows will each receive a Master in Public Health Degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. This academic program provides superb training in basic epidemiology and biostatistics, policy, environmental health and other key fields of public health. The full-time program is an 11-month program in Baltimore that starts at the end of June and ends in mid-May. The part-time program is largely completed through interactive online classe

Associate Professor Lisa Berlin Gives Invited Presentation at Zero to Three Annual Meeting

Associate Professor Lisa Berlin gave an invited presentation at the Zero to Three annual meeting in New Orleans last week [Dec. 8]. Dr. Berlin described “The Partners for Parenting Project: Home-Based Early Head Start + Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC).” Dr. Berlin’s presentation was part of an “issue intensive” session addressing the prevention of toxic stress in infants and toddlers. Berlin, L. J., & Jones Harden, B. (2016). The Partners for Parenting Project: Home-Based Early Head Start + Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC).” Invited presentation at the Zero to Three Annual Conference. New Orleans.

Take a Cookie & Cocoa Break!

Take a break and join the SSW SGA to share in holiday cheer with hot cocoa & cookies! Monday 12/12/16 from 12-1pm and Wednesday 12/14/2016 from 5-6pm in the School of Social Work Atrium.

Work Study Employees Needed: $17/hr and Flexible Schedule

Job Opportunity at the UMB Engagement Center Student will serve as a Community Engagement Fellow to support the management of the university's economic inclusion initiatives. Student will also participate in program planning and evaluation, policy analysis, and research. The selected individual will work with community, university, government, and institutional leaders from across the city to build a more economically and racially integrated West Baltimore For more information, contact Bill Joyner at or 410-706-4513. Apply now at

Work Study Employees Needed at the UMB Community Engagement Center

The Office of Community Engagement Center is seeking a work-study student to serve as a Community Engagement Fellow. The fellow will oversee components of the Merchant Access Program sponsored by the University of Maryland, the Baltimore Integration Partnership, and the Southwest Partnership. As part of this function, the student will participate in program planning, implementation, and evaluation to ensure program performance is properly measured and reported. No experience is required and all academic backgrounds are welcome. Federal work-study students are eligible for $17 per hour with flexible schedule. For more information, contact Bill Joyner at or 410-706-4513.

Diploma Application Reminder - MAY GRADS ONLY

Diploma application deadline for MAY GRADUATES ONLY is February 5, 2017. Students who anticipate completing their program in spring 2017 must submit an Application for Diploma in SURFS by this deadline. (Please note: Extended advanced field practicum students or students taking summer 2017 courses, are considered JULY 2017 graduates and do not submit this until after March 1, 2017.)

Associate Professor Charlotte Bright Presents at International Seminar

On November 28 and 29, associate professor Charlotte Bright gave two invited presentations on implementation research at the Federal University of Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil. Dr. Bright was invited to speak as part of the First International Seminar on Public Policy and Social Policy: Research Experiences and Practices in the Field in Brazil and in the United States.

SSW Board Member and Alum Joan Zlotnik Part of New "Promoting Community Connections through Qu

School of Social Work alum Joan Zlotnik is a member of the Measure Applications Partnership's (MAP) Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Workgroup that recently developed a new report "Promoting Community Connections through Quality Measurement for the Dual Eligible Beneficiary Population, 2016. " The report is the MAP’s latest set of recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for performance measures that can improve healthcare services and value for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. These beneficiaries are some of the most vulnerable individuals accessing the healthcare system and supportive services, often experiencing disabling disease and complex

Housing Symposium for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Held

The University of Maryland School of Social Work, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, and Maryland Department of Human Resources, recently sponsored a symposium at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College entitled, “Housing Symposium: Youth in Transition” to address the housing needs of youth exiting the foster care system in the Mid-Shore. According to research gathered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it is estimated that 11 to 36 percent of youth who age out of foster care become homeless, and 25 to 50 percent experience unstable housing arrangements after exiting foster care. Read More

Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship

The Yale Child Study Center offers a one-year full-time Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship from July 1st through June 30th of each year. The goal of the training program is to build the capacity and skill set of Clinical Social Workers to maintain the intellectual curiosity, the concern for clients, and the attention to detail necessary to provide excellent clinical interventions with children, youth, and families and become leaders in the field of Clinical Social Work. Social Work Fellows will participate in both multi-disciplinary and discipline specific training, which will include didactics, intensive supervision, and direct practice. Direct practice will occur in either the Inten

Course Approval Expansion: Public Health & Financial SW

CRN 27310 SOWK 789 (02) Independent Research Project: Public Health & Financial Social Work, Monday 12:15 - 1:45 PM. This 3-credit Advanced Research Course has been approved for students in the Behavioral Health and Health specializations. Registration remains open until January 13, 2017. See full description in the online Spring 2017 course schedule:

Upcoming Webinar on Psychological Well-being and Financial Capability: Research Connections and Prac

Please join UMSSW's Financial Social Work Initiative on Tuesday, December 13, 2-3 p.m. for a webinar on Psychological Well-being and Financial Capability: Research Connections & Practice Implications. Does psychological well-being affect how financially capable and confident people feel and how they are able to manage their finances--and vice versa? In other words, if you feel better emotionally, will you do better with your finances, and if you do better with your finances, will you feel better emotionally? What happens when either or both suffers, and how do helping professionals assess and assist? Using data from nationally representative surveys within the social sciences helps social wo

Youth Homeless Survey Shows Vastly More Young People in Need

More than 1,400 people under 25 years old do not have a stable place to sleep at night in Maryland. A statistic that shows a huge disparity between a groundbreaking study by the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the federally mandated national survey by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Originally HUD's Point-in-Time study showed 481 unaccompanied homeless youth in the entire state in 2015. Amanda Miller, Program Manager for the Youth REACH MD survey, says this difference is based on two factors. The first, how each survey identified homeless youth. The REACH survey looked at people under 25-years-old, who are not in physical custody of a parent or guardian, and

“Like a mother and father to us”

In a Baltimore Brew article: Don’t close down Renaissance Academy and Grove Park Elementary, students, teachers and residents tell school officials. The SSW's Bronwyn Mayden, executive director of the Promise Heights initiative at Baltimore's Renaissance Academy, and others implore city school officials to keep the school open. Read more:

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