NASW-MD Social Work Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis will be held Thursday, February 23

The National Association of Social Workers, Maryland (NASW-MD) Chapter’s Social Work Students’ Advocacy Day in Annapolis will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Join over 300 social work students from across Maryland to learn about the legislative process, receive an update on current state bills concerning various social issues, attend legislative hearings, and network with students across the state. (This event in Annapolis is different from the Social Work Student Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.) Advocacy is an important component of professional social work practice. The goal of this event is to build the capacity of social work students to influence social policies and programs. Dr.

Dr Unick quoted in Buzzfeed Article on Safe Injection Facilities

Dr Jay Unick discussed the evidence supporting safe injection facilities (SIFs) as an effort to reduce opiate overdoses with Buzzfeed reporter Azeen Ghorayshi. In the article, Dr Unick points out that SIFs have been used all over the world to reduce opiate overdoses and that the current political controversy over SIFs was similar for evidence based harm reduction approaches such as needle exchange. Read the whole article on Buzzfeed.

LUCHA Meeting: Ally Training!

LUCHA (Latinx Unidos for Community Healing and Awareness) is hosting a training on how to be an affective and supportive ally to the undocumented community Monday February 13th at 5pm. The training will take place at the SMC Campus Center at 5pm RM 351. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by going on the link (You don't have to RSVP to attend, but we would like to keep count for food!). If you have any questions or can't make it, please email us at Hope to see you there! L.U.C.H.A. seeks to raise awareness among all the UMB schools about the strengths and challenges associated with having a bicultural identity, and to have s

OASIS Debriefing Session at Teavolve Friday, Feb. 3rd, 5-7PM

With everything happening in the country right now, OASIS would like to take the time to debrief. There isn't much room in the schedule for a regular meeting so we will be going to Teavolve for their Happy Hour. During our time there we will brainstorm ideas and strategies for the semester to see what we would like to do as a student group. We'll discuss the issues plaguing our society in a less formal way and get to know each other a little better. Please join us at 1401 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD from 5-7PM. Hope to see you there!

BECK Cognitive Behavior Therapy 3 Day Training on Depression and Anxiety

Beck is a three-day workshop that introduces the fundamental theory, structure, and techniques of cognitive-behavior therapy for depressive and anxiety disorders. Participants will learn to develop a cognitive-behavioral case conceptualization for clients, plan treatment based on a case conceptualization, establish and maintain an effective therapeutic alliance, and use effective cognitive and behavioral strategies to motivate clients to engage in the goals and tasks of therapy, modify their maladaptive thinking and behavioral patterns, and solve problems effectively. This workshop includes experiential exercises, video of specific strategies, and ample opportunity to practice skills in smal

Baking for Buses - Getting Baltimore City Students Back on the Buses

Join members of the Baltimore City Council Education & Youth Committee, students, parents, community members and nonprofit organizations for a bake sale to raise the funds needed to get our kids back on the bus! The MTA's changes to its S-Pass policy compromise our youth's access to after school programs. This sends the wrong message. We need to restore students' access to public transportation between 6-8PM. A variety of baked goods will be available for purchase on Thursday, February 2nd, from 4-6pm at Frederick Douglass High School. Facebook event:

Drs. Rose, Shdaimah, Sharpe and Doctoral Student Dante DeTablan published in Children and Youth Serv

Drs. Rose, Shdaimah, Sharpe and Doctoral Student Dante DeTablan were published in Children and Youth Services Review on "exploring wellbeing and agency among urban youth using photovoice." The project, Through the Looking Glass: Benjamin Franklin High School Photovoice Project, was funded by UMB’s Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning (CBEL). Four exhibits of the project were held, facilitated by the youth. Two at Ben Franklin to faculty, staff, students, and a U.S. Congressperson, one at the Baltimore City Public School Board, and the fourth at UMB SSW. Findings highlighted different facets of individual and community wellbeing, as well as where and how wellbeing is fostered in

Dr. Swanberg and School of Medicine Co-PI Receive Funding to Study the Influence of Employment Condi

Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, Professor, School of Social Work and Dr. Kate Tracy, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine have received two grants to examine the employment factors that may influence breast cancer survivors’ treatment decisions and receipt of treatment and whether these experiences differ for working poor and working non-poor breast cancer survivors. One grant for $50,000 is from the University of Maryland Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center FY2017 Pilot Grant Program and the other grant for $18,000 is from University of Maryland School of Medicine Program in Health Disparities and Population

Volunteers Needed for Student Advocacy Day on the Hill

The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) is looking for student leaders to assist with the planning and organizing of the March 9 Student Day on the Hill event. Student leaders will assist with getting students registered and seated, help manage bus transportation to and from Capitol Hill, and assist students with the visits to congressional offices. As a member of the Leadership Team, you will maintain a relationship with CRISP and will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing leadership training activities. Student leaders will receive discounted tuition to attend our Political Boot Camp July 9 – 12 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet Univer

Seeking Short-Term Research Assistant for Help with Translation

Professor Lisa Berlin is seeing to hire one or more MSW students for a short-term, paid research task: to translate one or two 15-minute video-recordings from (a) French, (b) Brazilian Portuguese (c) Urdu into English according to a specific translation protocol. Please contact Dr. Berlin for further details:

Farm Worker Safety Study Yields Bilingual Education Material

The SSW's Jennifer Swanberg, PhD is mentioned in a story in that discussed how using direct input from horse farm employees, managers, and owners, a group of researchers based at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Public Health and the University of Maryland (UM), Baltimore, have developed a set of bilingual safety training materials designed to equip horse farm managers and workers with information needed to stay safe on the job. Read more here.

Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Session February 3

Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Session-February 3 First Friday of the month| 12:30-1 p.m. SMC CC, Room 311 Join us on the first Friday of each month from 12:30 - 1 p.m. for a drop-in meditation session. Setting aside regular time to quiet your mind helps reduce stress and improve well-being. No meditation experience necessary.


A course Drop Request Form is currently available online for the Spring 2017 drop period (REQUIRED). This form can be found on the SSW website or by clicking on the link below: Information regarding the drop period can be found via the Daily Bulletin and/or the SSW website for specific deadlines and policies. A confirmation will be sent upon submission of the form. The FINAL DAY to drop a course for Spring 2017 is March 24, 2017.

Needed: One student to fill a USGA Senator position and represent the SSW at USGA meetings

The School of Social Work is in need of a student to be a Senator for the USGA. This student would be one of several Senators representing the SSW and voting for issues that are important to our students. Meetings are on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm. Please contact the SGA at if you are interested in becoming a senator or if you have any questions. Unfortunately, if this position is not filled then the SSW may lose that vote.

Building Resilience Through Mindful Self-Compassion

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | noon - 1 p.m. SMC CC, Room 351 In this session, you’ll learn about an emerging mindfulness intervention that focuses on self-compassion practices. Learn what the research says about how self-compassion builds resilience and emotional well-being, ways to move forward when confronted with obstacles, and how self-compassion can help you achieve your academic and personal goals.

Upcoming Events for Baltimore Area Researchers/Students

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute is hosting several upcoming events for Baltimore area researchers and students: Baltimore Researchers Colloquium Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Students, faculty, and other researchers not affiliated with a university can submit an abstract on any topic of importance for Baltimore. Register to attend and submit an abstract here. Abstracts are due February 2. Community-Driven Research Day Friday, March 3, 2017 An opportunity for community-based organizations and city agencies to share their research questions and needs with students and faculty from Baltimore universities to identify potential collaborations. RSVP here.

Healthy Men Michigan targets rising suicide rate

A program led by the SSW's Jodi Frey was the subject of a media story in Michigan Men in our society are taught not to complain when they are in pain, including mental and emotional anguish, and that it’s not masculine to ask for help. Such beliefs have deadly consequences, particularly in the skyrocketing suicide rate among middle-aged men. The Healthy Men Michigan campaign is seeking to remove those barriers and the stigma attached to seeking help for depression. “Directions aren’t the only help men are reluctant to seek,” Healthy Men Michigan declared. “Many men hesitate to reach out for help if they are feeling sad or depressed.” The effort is aimed at finding ways to convince men that “

Poverty Simulation Volunteer Call for February 17!

If you have participated in the Poverty Simulation or are interested in being a mock social service provider for the Friday February 17th Poverty Simulation, please sign up by Wednesday February 8, 2017, complete this form and we will contact you about your role shortly.

Images from the Women's March in Washington, DC

Here are some images from students, faculty and staff who attended the Women's March in Washington, DC on January 21. Over 200 members of the SSW community took part. In addition, the School's Anti-Oppression Work Group conducted training for those interested in non-violent active bystrander training to help protect those who may experience harassment or other issues during the protest. WBAL TV did a story on the training.

Black History Month: Beyond the Checked Box- Diversity in "Black" 2/7/17

Beyond the Check Box– Diversity in “Black” will be a discussion where members of the UMB community from all backgrounds can come to share and learn about the diversity within black people. This event will engage participants in a discussion about the various cultures and identities of people who identify as black. 2/7/17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.SMC Campus Center, Room 351

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