AOWG Meeting on Monday 11/13 at 12:15 pm

AOWG's next meeting will be on Monday, November 13 from 12:15- 1:45 in Room 3E10. If you are unable to attend, but would like to receive minutes from the meeting, please email us at See you soon!

Faculty Workshop: Debriefing with 'Good Judgement' December 14

The Center for Interprofessional Education is sponsoring a four-hour debriefing workshop on Thursday, December 14 from 1 – 5 p.m. in the School of Nursing for faculty members who use simulation based education/experiences in their program. This workshop will provide an introduction to “Debriefing with ‘Good Judgement’”. This theory based debriefing method, while initiated in medicine, is versatile across disciplines. To facilitate discipline-specific learning, there will be a portion of the workshop to discuss application to those disciplines represented. An interdisciplinary team of trained debriefing educators from across the UMB campus will facilitate this workshop. The workshop can ac

MD and DC Board of Social Work Examiners at SSW November 13

On Monday, November 13 from 12:15-1:45 representatives from the MD and DC social work boards will present information about the graduate licensing process and how to go from your LGSW (LMSW) to the LCSW-C. SSW Auditorium A box lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the event. Registration is required: Livestreaming will be available: Presentation Details: Title: Board of Social Work Examiners from Maryland and DC: Tips for Taking the LGSW Exam_11/13/2017 Date: Monday, November 13, 2017 Time: 12:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Duration: 2:00:00 Link: https://mediasite.umar

Professor Swanberg Speaks at National Policy Forum at New America

Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presented at the national policy forum, "Redesigning Work: Making Flexibility the Solution, Not the Problem" at New America in Washington, DC on October 26, 2017. Professor Swanberg presented on the scheduling challenges faced by US workers in low-wage jobs, the effects of unstable and unpredictable scheduling on worker well-being and economic security, and organizational level strategies to reduce to address these challenges. The event was facilitated by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Brigid Schulte, Director, The Better Life Lab at New America. For more information, see:

Poverty Simulation 11/3

The Poverty Simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family and survive from week to week. This interactive workshop allows participants to assume the roles of a family member facing poverty. November 3, 2017 SMC Campus Center, Elm Room A&B 1st session: 8:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. 2nd session: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kusmaul Receives 2017 Patient Experience Grant from Beryl Institute

UMBC Social Work Assistant Professor Nancy Kusmaul has been awarded a 2017 Patient Experience Grant from The Beryl Institute for her work on "Person Centered Care: Definitions and Perceptions of Various Stakeholders." The Patient Experience Grant Program supports healthcare organizations as they test ideas and efforts impacting the experiences of patients and families. The Beryl Institute is the global community of practice dedicated to improving the patient experience through collaboration and shared knowledge. We define patient experience as the sum of all interactions, shaped by an organization's culture, that influence patient perceptions across the continuum of care.

Lessons from October for Health and Health Care

Monday, October 30, at 6:00PM in the UMSSW Auditorium Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator of Labor for a Single Payer and long-time union organizer will discuss the lessons from the Russian Revolution for health and health care. This is the first event in the "Lessons from October" series. In October 1917 the people of Russia overturned the rule of their despots and began to establish a new society. The founding principles of the Russian Revolution were that the economy should be organized to meet everyone's needs, not to secure profits; democracy should be incorporated in the workplace, as well as in the government; cooperation should replace competition as the basis of human relations;

Spring 2018 - 1 Credit Elective on Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is sponsoring a 1-Credit Elective course entitled Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence: What We All Need to Know. This course is comprised of 7 consecutive sessions and will be held on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm beginning on January 31 and ending on March 14. Course instructors will include faculty and staff from the Schools of Social Work, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant societal problem, which has persisted despite efforts to eradicate it using numerous intervention strategies. In this course, the student will be introduced to key concepts, pr

United We Dream Event at USG November 9

USG Political Science Student Org, International Club, Tau Sigma, Student Council are hosting a United We Dream event on 11/9/17 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in III-3241.

Person-Centered Research Forum on conducting research within the aging services field- Nov 14th

A day of transparent conversations about findings, implications, and the challenges and opportunities of conducting research within the aging services field. See the attached flyer and agenda for details of the forum. We are offering a discount for students and CEUs for social workers. The cost for students and post-docs is $35 using the registration code FORUMSTUDENT, regular registration is $75.

Post Doctoral Fellow Kobulsky Published in Child and Youth Services Review

Julia Kobulsky, a post-doctoral fellow at the School, is the author of the recently published article "Gender differences in pathways from physical and sexual abuse to early substance use." Abstract: Early substance use (i.e., before age 14) is a known risk factor for substance use disorder, but scarce research has examined gender differences in pathways to early substance use. This study applies a developmental traumatology perspective to examine the relations between child physical and sexual abuse and early substance use among youths investigated by child protective services (CPS), a population with high risk for substance use disorder. Drawing from the first National Survey of Child an

Tikkun Meeting, Discussing the future of the club, Monday, October 30, Room 2E10, 5:10pm

Tikkun will host its second meeting on Monday, October 30,2017 in Room 2E10 in the social work building from 5:10 pm until 5:45 pm. We will discuss the future of the club and the expectations its members have. If you have any questions or dietary restrictions, please contact Jacob at Hope everyone is having a great semester so far. All our welcomed to our club and we encourage different ideas for club events. Future meetings are November 13, 2017 and December 11, 2017 from 5:10-5:45pm.

Viewing and Discussion: Race - The Power of An Illusion

Monday, October 30, from 12-2pm in Room 2e14 All are welcome to join a lunchtime viewing and discussion of Part 1 in the series Race: The Power of an Illusion ............... Everyone can tell a Nubian from a Norwegian, so why not divide people into different races? That's the question explored in "The Difference Between Us," the first hour of the series, Race: The Power of an Illusion. This episode shows that despite what we've always believed, the world's peoples simply don't come bundled into distinct biological groups. The episode begins by following a dozen students, including Black athletes and Asian string players, who sequence and compare their own DNA to see who is more geneti

Registration for Spring 2018 is Approaching! WILL YOU BE ABLE TO REGISTER? CHECK YOUR SURFS ACCOUN

The Office of Records and Registration recommend you check your record in SURFS for any HOLDS on your account. If you have HOLDS on our account, contact the appropriate office NOW to clear your record, as the Office of Records and Registration CANNOT remove holds and you WILL NOT be able to register for Spring 2018. Any questions, contact the Office of Records and Registration at

Midterm Ice Cream Social November 6

The Alumni Association and SGA would like to celebrate you making it half-way through the semester...stop by the SSW Lobby and grab a sweet treat from 12:15 - 1:30 pm or 5:00 - 6:00 pm on Monday, November 6th. Hope to see you there!

Opportunity for One SSW Student to Conduct an Independent Study in Brazil Spring 2018

The University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) and the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil (UFG) have agreed to initiate an independent study program. One SSW student will visit UFG for approximately three weeks in 2018. Time Frame • The Brazil residency will be June 4-29, 2018. Course Details • This 3-credit elective independent study and is part of the spring semester, 2018. Faculty • The UFG lead host is Professor Dr. Vicente Ferreira, assisted by Dr. David Crumpton, SSW. Costs: • The selected student will be responsible for the usual UMB tuition for the course. • The student will be responsible for payment of r/t airfare to Goiânia, Brazil, estimated at $800 (IAD) or $1,800

Redesigning Work: Making Flexibility the Solution, Not the Problem

School of Social Work Professor Jennifer Swanberg to speak October 26 at this event. More Information Here Better work-life balance policies are not always a panacea. In American work culture, long hours at the office are seen as a sign of commitment to the job, and in high-wage work, flexibility still is often seen as an accommodation, or a gift outside the norm. Ironically, what that’s led to in many flexible work environments, is signaling your dedication - and gratitude for the gift - by working even longer. For workers in hourly or low-skilled jobs, or in contingent or gig work, flexibility can mean schedule chaos, unpredictability and stress. So how do you design flexibility so that i

Westgate presents at the Inaugural Post-Acute Care Integration Summit

Clinical Instructor Susan C. Westgate, presented at the Inaugural Post-Acute Care Integration Summit in Alexandria, VA, sponsored by the World Congress. Westgate was one of four health care experts selected to participate in a panel discussion entitled: Evolve the Post-Acute Care Value Proposition – Where Are Providers Today and What Capabilities are on the Horizon? The goal of this panel was to discuss a variety of post-acute topics ranging from the value proposition of post-acute care; to emergent quality priorities and initiatives within the health care industry; to how post-acute providers can be instrumental in enhancing the social and clinical outcomes of patients. Westgate highlight

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