Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work Coming to Washington, DC this Fall

The School of Social Work is working with other schools in the Maryland-DC region and NASW-MD to bring the Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work to Washington, DC this fall. The Institute will hold its Campaign School for Social Workers in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017, at the National Education Association Training Center, 1201 16th St NW. The Campaign School is a two-day workshop that trains social workers and advocates to run for elected office; to work in leadership positions at the local, state and federal levels; and/or serve as effective advocates for social change. Even those who do not have any current ambition to run for office are changed by

Liggett-Creel Discuss Manchester Bombing with Fox 45

Clinical Instructor Kyla Liggett-Creel spoke with Fox 45 TV in Baltimore on how parents can talk to their kids about the concert bombing in Manchester, England. The interview can be watched online here.

Baltimore in Conversation Weekend

Join us for a red carpet weekend of LGBTQ stories that inspire empathy and action Project Presence: Historically Black College and University students in photo exhibition addressing social stigma, June 8th 5:30-8:30pm A community based visual storytelling exhibition that showcases the lives and narratives of same gender loving people in Baltimore City. The goals are to address the social stigma surrounding sexual identity and sexual health. This free event will highlight visual stories of six diverse members of Baltimore's LGBTQ community. It's pain, art, beauty and something in between. You've never seen anything like it. Join us for this magnificent event. Food will be provided as we

Dababnah Published in Global Social Welfare

Assistant Professor Sarah Dababnah has a new paper published in Global Social Welfare that explores autism service access in the West Bank, based on interviews with Palestinian providers. Dr. Dababnah proposed using the Three Delays Model, a framework developed to describe barriers to access maternity care in low-income countries, to address autism service gaps in the West Bank. More details can be found at:

SSW Peer Mentors Wanted!

It's not too late to join peer mentoring program at SSW! It's a great way to help an incoming student while developing your leadership skills! Apply here:

The University of Maryland School of Social Work Launches SSW Responds

Our nation and world seem to change every day. From health care and immigration to economic justice and women's rights, the field of social work has an important role to play and voice to be heard. How we as a school respond to current events, and sometimes crisis, is important information to the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the School. That's why we have launched SSW Responds. It is a place people can go to find information on current topics in the news, resources for advocates on a variety of social work related topics, information about what to do in times of emergency, and much more. Visitors can also sign up to receive periodic updates concerning new information o

SWCOS Receives $30,000 from the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds

The School of Social Work's Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) has received $30,000 from the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds for SWCOS' Meyerhoff Neighborhood Fellows program. Neighborhood Fellows, a signature program of SWCOS, places student interns in opportunity neighborhoods to strengthen and build the capacity of non-profit community-based organizations—through strategies such as board development, marketing, and community outreach—and to help rebuild the social fabric of communities through activities such as coordinating block projects, building community gardens, strengthening the housing market, reducing the risk of predatory lending, and reaching out


Licensing letters will be distributed to JULY GRADUATES who have submitted a diploma application at the following times on the 2nd Floor Bridge of the SSW: Monday, May 22, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, 2017 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. After June 7th, letters will be available in the Office of Records and Registration, Room 1W05, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. until June 23, 2017. If you would like to have your letter mailed contact the Office of Records and Registration at sswregistration@ssw.umar

SSW Lactation Room Grand Opening May 18

Dean Richard Barth of the School of Social Work would like to invite you to attend the Grand Opening of the School of Social Work Lactation Room on Thursday, May 18 at 10:30am in room 2E13 of the School of Social Work, 525 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. We will have UMB bibs for the first 10 Lactation Room moms and babies who are present. There will be a short ceremony with honored guest UMB President Dr. Jay Perman. We hope you can attend to show your support for this important resource for new families in our UMB community. Breastfeeding is a fundamental public health measure that requires social support as well as education. Thank you for your support for breastfeeding families

Associate Professor Mel Bellin and RA Angelica Newsome published in Journal of Pediatric Healthcare

Associate Professor Mel Bellin, RA Angelica Newsome, and colleagues from UM-SOM and JHU have an article in the current issue of J Pediatric Healthcare. Funded by NIH-NINR, the focus group research with children who have high-risk asthma identified the need for multipronged approaches to improve asthma control including ongoing child and family education and self-management support, environmental control and housing resources, linkages to smoking cessation programs, and psychosocial support. Full citation: Bellin, M.H., Newsome, A., Land, C., Kub, J., Mudd, S., Bollinger, M., & Butz. A.M. (2017). Asthma home management in the inner-city: What can the children teach us? Journal of Pedia


Students who anticipate graduating July 2017 MUST submit a Concentration/Specialization Form BEFORE June 2, 2017. This information will be posted in the convocation program, as well as, on your official transcript. The form can be submitted online at: Any questions, contact the Office of Records and Registration at

Dr. Fred Strieder to receive the Community Hero Award from Kennedy Krieger May 12th at Martin's

Kennedy Krieger Institute Therapeutic Foster (TFC) is a unique and nationally recognized program that serves families and their children who have medical conditions, developmental disabilities and behavioral emotional disorders. Fred Strieder was a pioneer in the field of TFC both in Maryland and nationally. He was a visionary in his initial development of treating families and their children who had experienced complex trauma nearly 30 years ago here at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Most recently Fred has returned to train staff and interns in motivational interview. Fred's contributions have been invaluable. He will be honored this year's Kennedy Krieger Institute Therapeutic Foster Care's "C

Child Welfare Academy at the SSW is Seeking Summer and Fall Work Study Student

The Child Welfare Academy represents a partnership between the School of Social Work and the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration. Through specialized training and support, the Child Welfare Academy prepares public child welfare professionals and resource parents to provide services and care for children and families in the Maryland public child welfare system. Help us make a difference for MD children and families! Please contact Jill Carter, Senior Instructional Technologist, for more details about the available position, or 410.706.7517

Active Bystander Intervention Training

Saturday May 13th: Nonviolent Active Bystander Intervention training with AOWG at the Community Engagement Center (1 N Poppleton St) from 12-4pm. Lunch will be provided, and the training is free! Have you ever witnessed someone being bullied or harassed and wanted to intervene? Or did you intervene, and wish it had gone better? Register here to join students, faculty, and staff of UMB and citizens of Baltimore City as we practice nonviolent active bystander intervention in response to harassment and hate speech. This training will particularly highlight strategies to support immigrants facing harassment in our community. Click on the link to register:

Financial Stability for Individuals, Families, and Communities Offered in the Fall

Do you want to work with individuals, families, and/or communities on increasing their financial stability through a variety of approaches and understanding how these issues contribute to overall well-being? Are financial security and empowerment issues that you would like to learn more about? If so, please check out this course (SWOC/SWCL 738) on Financial Stability for Individuals, Families, and Communities. This course is an advanced course for both clinical and macro students at UMSSW who have completed their foundation year courses, including their first year placements. It examines barriers to and opportunities for the financial stability of individuals, families, and the impact of low

UMSSW #3 in College Choice 2017 Ranking of the Best Master's in Social Work

The University of Maryland School of Social Work came in third in the latest rankings of MSW programs released recently by College Choice. UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, University of North Carolina, and Penn make up the top five of 50 schools they reviewed. SEE THE LIST: Methodology: The College Choice rankings were made using data from extensive studies published from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLAwhere students rated their college experiences in a variety of areas including tuition expenses, financial aid coverage, academic reputation, and after-college job placement. In addition, College Choice comp

Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders: Culture Factors

Assistant Professor Melissa Smith is the co-author of the article "Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders: Culture Factors" that has been published in the book The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. FULL CITATION: Wilson, C., Smith, M.E., Schiffman, J. (2017). Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders: Culture Factors.In Amy E. Wenzel (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA. doi:

Graduate Obligations - Attention required

May graduates who have any outstanding university obligations must fulfill them in order to be cleared for their degree. The campus offices to contact are: Student Accounts: 410-706-2930 Financial Aid: 410-706-7347 or Library 410-706-7546

PICK UP CLASS OF 2017 TEE SHIRTS *Class gift donation*

If you donated to the class gift you can pick up your tee-shirt on: 5/10/17 WEDNESDAY 4pm-5:30pm in the atrium 5/12/17 FRIDAY 12pm-2pm in the atrium or Students can pick up their t-shirts May 15-18 with Chrishna Williams, room 5E24, NOT Student Services. If you would still like to donate, follow this link: Students can pick up their t-shirts May 15-18 with Chrishna Williams, room 5E24, NOT Student Services.

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