Publish in the Journal of Children and Poverty

The Journal of Children & Poverty publishes innovative research in the areas of education, health, public policy, and the socioeconomic causes and effects of poverty in the developed world. JCP also welcomes policy and practice briefs that highlight policy innovations, best practices, new programs, or practical implications of applied research. The Journal seeks papers that will influence policy and practice in the fields of child and family welfare. JCP targets an audience that includes policymakers, academics, and community leaders. Submit manuscripts: Inquire: Current articles:

Berlin, Martoccio, West and Aparicio Published

Associate Professor Lisa Berlin has recently published two research articles. Her collaborators include Dr. Tiffany Martoccio of the Institute for Innovation and Implementation, and Allison West and Liz Aparicio, both graduates of the SSW doctoral program. Berlin, L. J., Martoccio, T. L., Appleyard Carmody, K., Goodman, W. B., O’Donnell, K., William, J., Murphy, R. A., & Dodge, K. A. (2017). Can typical U.S. home visits affect infant attachment? Preliminary findings from a randomized trial of Healthy Families Durham. Attachment and Human Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1339359 West, A. L., Aparicio, E. M., Berlin, L. J., & Jones Harden, B. (2017). Implemen

Alpha Omega Alpha History of Medicine Lecture: "Welcome to Baltimore: a social determinant of h

On behalf of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at the University of Maryland we would like to invite you to our first lecture of the 2017/2018 academic year as part of our annual History of Medicine Lecture Series. Dr. Marisela Gomez, a physician, public health expert, author, and local community activist, will be speaking about the history of public health in Baltimore. Her lecture entitled “Welcome to Baltimore: a social determinant of health” will take place on Friday, August 11th at 1:30pm in Leadership Hall (located within the Medical Student Teaching Facility, MSTF). We hope you will be able to attend.

Last Call for Peer Mentors!

There is still time to become a peer mentor to an incoming student (and have fun while you're at it!). To apply, please fill out the application here: The final training for mentors will be on Tuesday August 15th from 12-1:30pm (lunch provided!). Training is mandatory, so please only apply if you are able to make that date.

Office of Student Service FWS Student Position

The Office of Student Services at SSW is hiring a Federal Work Student Student to work up to 20 hours per week. Please see the full announcement here: Student Government leaders and peer mentors are encouraged to apply. Please email Dawn Shafer ( and Theresa Washington ( to express interest.

Success Stories: Implementing Behavioral Health in a Specialty Care Setting

Webinar: Success Stories: Implementing Behavioral Health in a Specialty Care Setting August 16, 2017 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT Presenters: Matthew Stevenson, LCSW, Abramson Cancer Center Thomas Michaels, Behavioral Health Clinical Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Health System Get more information and register for free at: In the United States, up to 43 percent of people with cancer experience psychosocial distress. In fact, behavioral health disorders co-occur with a significant number of general medical illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, demonstrating a critical need to bring mental health and substance abuse trea

Transgender Protections at UMB

After the recent headlines on the rights of transgendered individuals in the US military, and some legal ambiguity about this, it might be helpful to assure the UM SSW community that we do have protections in place related to the civil rights of persons regardless of gender identity and expression. The UMB Notice of Non-Discrimination includes gender identity and expression. By extension the policies and procedures related to how we address discrimination apply to any concern or complaint raised by an individual who identifies as transgender. You can find all related policies here: If you have any additional

Adjunct Faculty Essay, "The Struggle for Housing Justice," published by Maryland NASW

The summer edition of the NASW Maryland chapter newspaper includes an essay titled, " The Struggle for Housing Justice," written by adjunct faculty members Jeff Singer and Lauren Siegel. The injustices of the Obama/Trump/Carson administrations' housing policies are explored, in addition to their impact on social workers and the people we serve. Newspaper with the article can be found at the NASW-MD website:

'The Art of Resilience': A MSW student and artist with bipolar disorder said her art has hel

A blank canvas is met by a stroke of a paintbrush as colors transform into what most artists consider it as, artwork. But creative pieces mean more than just artwork for one Hagerstown native, Jenna Line, a UM SSW MSW student who uses art as a way to combat bipolar disorder. “When I feel manic, I feel more creative,” Line said. “I have a lot of racing thoughts and ideas, which is when I get most of my inspiration. There’s a lot of research suggesting a relationship of bipolar disorder with creativity. But it’s just an association, not causation.” READ MORE

Online Screening Helps Michigan Men Gauge Mental Health

A public health campaign in Michigan is using an online mental health intervention to help prevent suicide among working-age men. Launched in September 2016, the Healthy Men Michigan campaign was developed by the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Screening for Mental Health, and other organizations. With health messaging designed to appeal to middle-aged men, the campaign's website includes free mental health screenings, educational information, and referrals to local services. Campaign developers have formed more than 125 partnerships with organizations and businesses across the state to help promote the campaign at the local level. According to Jodi Jacobson Frey, associate

Baltimore narrows list of applicants to oversee police consent decree-includes group SSW working wit

Baltimore City officials have identified six teams that will be considered for the job of overseeing police reforms in Baltimore. The six, selected from a list of more than two dozen applicants, are vying to become the independent monitor responsible for managing the day-to-day process of implementing reforms mandated under a consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice. The finalists announced Friday afternoon are CNA Consulting, DLA Piper (which includes assistance from the SSW), Exiger, Powers Consulting Group, Susan Burke and Venable. They were chosen from 26 teams that submitted lengthy proposals to the city last month. READ MORE

MSW Students Hill and Kamara Attend CRISP Political Boot Camp

MSW students Terra Hill and Bomaya Kamara recently attended the CRISP Political Camp held in Washington, DC. The camp, organized by the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy and featured sessions for social workers looking to one day run for political office, manage or work on a political campaign or be a spokesperson for a candidate or a cause. Terra Hill said of the camp, "The boot camp was inspirational and provided me with a knowledge set that I will apply going forward in my career and will attribute to this experience." Bomaya Hill stated "I learned a lot, I had a great time and met some amazing people. I also won the 'Outstanding Office Seeker' award for my can

Ravens Give $1.5 million to Renovate Renaissance Academy

The School of Social Work's Rachel Donegan is quoted and the School's Promise Heights initiative is mentioned in a story about the Baltimore Ravens giving $1.5-million dollars to renovate Baltimore's Renaissance Academy. Promise Heights helps run a valuable program at the Baltimore City school and its efforts profiled in recent Sun articles promoted the gift from the Ravens owner. Read the story and watch a video on the gift and renovation on the Baltimore Sun web site.

Moving is SO important in our society, and we are not doing it.

In our society we are so into our mobile apps. Technology is great. It can be used for humor, healing and learning to name a few. Moving is SO important in our society, and we are not doing it. And we need to do more of it.

Brain Futures 2017 Conference

BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care. Please go to their website to learn more and register to attend.

Become a Reading Partner!

We are currently seeking responsible, high-caliber, patient, and motivated tutors to join our growing team in Baltimore, MD. Tutors are essential to carrying out our mission to assist elementary school students in literacy development and to inspire children to be lifelong readers. Tutors engage in Reading Partners curriculum with selected students in one-on-one tutoring sessions held at our on-site Reading Centers. Tutors collaborate with the Reading Partners School Site Coordinator to assess students' needs and how best to address them. The children tutors work with are performing below their expected academic grade level and enjoy the benefits of working with a tutor to improve their over

Get In the Green with Guidewell Financial Solutions - 7/26/17

Come to the SMC Campus Center for a FREE lunch with Guidewell Financial Solutions and learn: how to build credit how your credit score is calculated and how student loans fit into your financial picture Register using your UMB email account. Space is limited, RSVP today!

New Program Partnership Between Social Work and Enoch Pratt Free Library

The School of Social Work's Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) has received a $17,000 grant to help launch PNC Neighborhood Fellows with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. SWCOS graduate student interns will be placed in Enoch Pratt branch libraries, guided by a faculty field instructor, to provide direct service to patrons while learning best practices and creating a sustainable model. In addition, SWCOS will facilitate trainings for all library staff who work with the wide variety of library consumers, on a range of topics from crisis management to positive engagement. The current civic context for libraries, especially their status as an important community institution, invites the

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