SSW Staff Profile: Jen Canapp

Every other week during the semester we showcase one staff member. This week we get to know Jen Canapp, an Academic Services Specialist. (shown here on left with her husband Wayne) How would you describe yourself? Married to husband Wayne, mother of two children, Jake (16) and Chloe (12), and two fur babies, Moose a Yorkie and Sugar a Golden Retriever. Born and raised in Baltimore, and now living in Anne Arundel County. I am a people person, love to spend time with family and friends going out to dinner, playing games or spending time outside. I also love to take pictures- hoping to take a photography class at some point. When did you join the SSW and what is your day-to-day role?I joined t

Volunteers Needed for Chesapeake Life Center's Children's Grief Camp

Chesapeake Life Center is recruiting volunteers interested in being a part of Camp Nabi & Phoenix Rising, our children’s & teens bereavement camp, now in its 27th year. Volunteer roles range from companioning a child for the entire weekend (August 10-12) to offering your assistance for just Friday or Saturday in a variety of needed areas. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. The time commitment is Friday, August 10th at 4 pm through Sunday, August 12th around 3 pm. In addition, there is training required before camp through Hospice of the Chesapeake as well as camp specific training. If you are interested in being a Camp Volunteer, please contact Jen Caughron at jcaughron@chesapeak

Safer Consumption Spaces Panel Discussion at Johns Hopkins 2/5/18 from 5-7

The Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Interest Group at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is hosting the following event that is free and open to the public. February 5 from 5 to 7 PM Come learn about harm reduction including safer consumption spaces! We'll have guest speakers, including Rajani Gudlavalleti from the Bridges Coalition and Ricky Morris from Bmore POWER (Peers Offering Wellness Education and Resources), followed by a Q&A and workshop-style discussion. Location TBD, snacks provided! Check here for updates and RSVP ( as space is limited!

Come Celebrate the Poor People's Campaign's 50th Anniversary! Events at UB - February 5th an

You're invited to join the University of Baltimore to commemorate the Poor People's Campaign's 50th anniversary! On Monday, February 5, join author Dr. Gordon Mantler and on Monday, February 12, join a discussion with Dr. Lenneal Henderson and Marc Steiner. These speakers will revisit the Campaign's themes of justice, freedom, and economic equity. The events will be held from 5:30-8:00 pm in UB's Town Hall. If you have any questions or plan to attend the event(s), please email at, or call at (410) 837-6117.

ISWO Event: Love With No Boundaries

Come join us to celebrate love! The International Social Work Organization is hosting a panel to discuss dating and relationships while living and working overseas. We will discuss the struggles, barriers, and highlights of international relationships. This event will focus on the personal side of working internationally and what that can mean for love. We're excited to hear your questions and experiences about finding love abroad! Join us in Room 2E10 on Monday, February 12 at 5pm for Love With No Boundaries! There will be delicious FREE food as well. We look forward to seeing you!

"Be Informed" Series Features the Documentary "Inequality for All" with Q&A

Please join us for the viewing of the award-winning documentary from Robert Reisch, former US Secretary of Labor: a scathing commentary on the nation's widening economic gap. Discussion following the film facilitated by the School of Social Work’s Christine Callahan. Details: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 5:30 –6:45 p.m. (movie) 6:45 pm –7 p.m. (discussion) SMC Campus Center Room 351 Sponsored by CAMPUS LIFE SERVICES, Student Development & Leadership and co-sponsored by the University Student Government Association and Students United for Policy, Education, and Research.

Shaia and Finigan-Carr Published in Phi Delta Kappan

"Moving from survival to fulfillment: A planning framework for community schools," written by Dr. Wendy Shaia (left), Clinical Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Social Work Community Outreach Service at the School, and Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr (right), Research Assistant Professor, Director, Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative (PARI), and Assistant Director of theRuth Young Center for Families and Children, has been published by Phi Delta Kappan. Abstract: Community schooling is an effective tool for combating the effects of poverty by integrating academic, social service, health, and economic supports for students, families, and community members. But this is complex w

Do work requirements lead to self-sufficiency?

A story on cites a study by the Family Welfare Research Training Group at the School of Social Work in an article that explores how the Trump administration has opened the door for states to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients work to keep their coverage. The Group's study of welfare recipients in Maryland reported that after five years, 22 percent ended up in stable employment, while 18 percent faced unemployment. READ MORE

Faculty & PhD Students: Scopus Training Opportunity (with UMB Research Education & Outreach

Faculty & PhD Students: Please join us for a Scopus training facilitated by Gail Betz, UMB Research Education & Outreach Librarian, on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12:15-12:45p (followed by Q&A) in Room 4E36 (Computer Lab). Scopus is the largest abstract database of peer-reviewed literature. It contains international literature in the fields of medicine, social sciences, technology, life sciences, and more. In this workshop, you’ll learn to use Scopus to find research, as well as how to use the database’s unique features that allow you to track and analyze citations. You will also learn how to find your own research in Scopus and leverage that data to create a picture of your research out

Proud of MSW Students

Some of you have heard that a rock was painted at Michigan State University (MSU) to celebrate the courage of women who had come forward to testify against convicted sexual assaulter and MSU doctor Larry Nasser. This was discussed on NPR, among other places. I am pleased to report that this rock was painted by social work students. I am proud of these students and of our UM SSW students for continuously fighting for greater social justice, in a wide array of manifestations, even when it doesn’t make national news! Dean Richard Barth University of Maryland School of Social Work

Foundation student Paris Bienert published in Baltimore Sun about social work students providing SUD

The opioid epidemic has deepened into the worst public health disaster in generations. MSW Foundation student Paris Bienert, shown here, wrote an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun about her field placement experience. Bienert works at an agency that provides substance use disorder services, but she is prohibited by state regulation from providing direct services because Medicaid will not reimburse for SUD services provided by students.

The School Social Work Association of DC Conference

The School Social Work Association of DC (SSWA DC) is hosting a full-day conference on Saturday, April 14, 2018 (8:00-4:15) in Washington, DC. There will be workshops from restorative practices and clinical skills training, to nutrition, mindfulness, and advocacy. Graduate students interested in school social work or school-based therapy, school social workers, school counselors, school-based mental health providers, school psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, teachers, school administrators, and educational advocates are encouraged to attend. Parking, morning yoga, and lunch are included! Tickets start at $65 for SSWA DC members and are availab

ISLSI offers monthly diversity, equity, and identity educational programs for the UMB community

ISLSI offers monthly diversity, equity, and identity educational programs for the UMB community. If you would like to stay up to date on programs and trainings offered by ISLSI in the areas of diversity and identity education, please subscribe to our monthly emails. If you would like us to advertise your events please send event information to Excited to create a more affirming campus community with you all! Link :

The Grid Pitch Competition and Expo

The Grid is launching its inaugural Grid Pitch and Expo! Join us April 25, 2018 to watch our student innovators at work. If you have a business idea and would like to participate, apply here: The deadline for applications is Feb. 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., so apply today! As a part of the Grid Pitch and Expo, we will be featuring local health science and social entrepreneurs from the community. If you are interested in exhibiting your company, apply here: Want to be a sponsor? Contact Sara Menso at

TA Telegram for 1/29/18

The TA Telegram is a weekly e-newsletter that provides information about new announcements, grants, webinars, resources, and jobs relevant to children’s behavioral health. The Network is headquarted at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Check out the newsletter from 1/29/18!

Graduation Regalia & UMB Grad Fair Information

The 2018 UMB Grad Fair will take place at the Seven Scholars Bookstore (Campus Center) on February 19th and 20th from 11-5pm. Students may also order regalia online: General Convocation and Commencement information can be found here:

SGA Meeting - Monday, February 5th (FREE FOOD)

Student Government Association (SGA) meeting is Monday, February 5th @ 5 pm in room 2w11. Don't miss the first meeting of the semester...come be in the know. Each SSW Student group will share information about their upcoming events. All students are welcome. Food will be served. See you there!

Committee Positions Available for Students

Two open positions for student representatives: Clinical Committee - meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2pm Admissions Committee - 2nd Wednesday of the month 10am A position is also open to be a USGA senator! Please contact the exec board with interest.

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