MSW Parent Alliance - Join us on 9/10!

Are you an MSW student and a parent? We are launching the MSW Parent Alliance this year and would love to have you join us! The MSW Parent Alliance is seeking to provide support, resources, and advocacy for pregnant and parenting students in the School of Social Work and beyond. Our first meeting will be Monday, September 10th, from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in 2E10 (virtual options are also available). Please bring your lunch and join us! For more information, or to start connecting with other MSW parents, please visit our website ( and join our Facebook group ( If you have any questions or suggest

Interested in a 2019 Advanced Field Placement in India or the UK? Attend an Upcoming Information Mee

The School of Social Work offers Advanced field placements in Kochi, India, and London, UK through our International Field Placement Program (IFPP). Students interested in the 2019 IFFP should attend one of the upcoming information meetings. Information meetings are scheduled at the SSW: Wednesday, October 3, 5:15-6:00 in room 3e36. There will also be a meeting at USG Friday 10/5 12:00-1:00 (room TBD). The 2019 IFPP programs will last 5½ months, beginning in the summer of 2019. While abroad, our students complete their entire Advanced field placements and take two MSW classes in our partnering universities. Classes in India are taught in English. Our students reside in university housin

La Bienvenida/The Welcome hosted by LUCHA 9/10

Join us at La Bienvenida event hosted by LUCHA (Latinx Unidos for Community Healing and Awareness)! Come join us as we provide a space for students to mingle with each other, meet professors, alumni, and learn more about what resources are available for students on campus. Food will be provided! Monday September 10, 2018 Noon - 1:30pm The purpose of LUCHA is to promote a feeling of solidarity and pride among Latinx students and other members within the School of Social Work, to increase Latinx awareness within the SSW, to focus on and improve educational, cultural, and social development within the Latinx community.

Support Needed for SWCOS Community School

One of our community schools, Harlem Park, was broken into TWICE this week. Computers, supplies and even the portable PA system needed for first day of school fun activities were stolen. The teachers feel violated, demoralized and unprepared for the first day of school. The school is building an Amazon list of items that were stolen. The list is a work in progress, and will continue to grow as the principal compiles items from teachers. If you are able, please consider purchasing an item or two to support the school. Your support is appreciated.

Earn your PhD in Gerontology

The PhD Program in Gerontology at The University of Maryland, Baltimore and The University of Maryland, Baltimore County Attend one of our 2018 webinars (EST): September 17 — 5 pm | October 11 — 7 pm | November 8 — 5 pm November 29 —12 pm | December 12 — 6 pm To RSVP, email Julie Rosenthal at Talk directly to our faculty program directors. Three tracks: Epidemiology of Aging, Policy Issues in Aging, and Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Sciences Located in the strategic BaltimoreWashington corridor. Learn why our research-based PhD in Gerontology is the right choice for your career!

USG Welcome Back Pizza Social Friday, August 31

The MSW Program at the USG campus is kicking off the year with a Welcome Back Pizza Social on Friday, August 31st from 12-1 in Room III-3230. Please join us for pizza and camaraderie.

Family League Provides Funding for SWCOS Community Schools

The Family League has awarded over $200,000 to the School of Social Work's Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) for Community School efforts in Fiscal Year 2019. The purpose of this project will be to provide a Community School Strategy to four Elementary and Middle Schools in Baltimore City: Harlem Park, Wolfe Street Academy, Wildwood (formerly Lyndhurst) and James McHenry. This strategy functions as the connector between the School of Social Work, the Elementary/Middle school and the greater community with a focus on improving outcomes for students, families and communities. The Community School Coordinator does this through promoting and facilitating strategic conversations amon


A course Drop Request Form is currently available online for the fall 2018 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 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 fall 2018 is October 29, 2018.

OASIS General Body Meeting Monday 9/10 Room 2E10

The purpose of OASIS shall be to promote unity among African-Americans and to empower students by providing academic, professional, social, and spiritual support. OASIS works to highlight issues of race, African-American culture and provisions of social service to African-American communities. Come join us Monday, September 10, 2018 in room 2E10 from 5pm-6pm! Dinner will be provided. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or ideas feel free to send us an email at

Maryland Child Trafficking Conference: Breaking Down Barriers. Creating Change - September 20

The University of Maryland School of Social Work in collaboration with the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Maryland Department of Human Services are sponsoring the 2nd annual statewide public awareness conference focused on child trafficking in Maryland. September 20, 2018 8AM to 5 PM - UMBC The Maryland Child Trafficking Conference: Breaking Down Barriers: Creating Change. is designed to disseminate knowledge, strategies and practices across Maryland professionals, communities and individuals to effectively mobilize responses to trafficking of children and youth. The conference will address the intersection of sex traffi

UMB Day of Service at Pop! Farm | August 31, 2018 10:00 AM

Pop! Farm Day of Service is an opportunity for the UMB Community to learn more about the amazing communities across Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. This year, volunteers will be lending a hand in the beautiful Pop! Farm community garden. This event is open to all students, staff, faculty and extended community members. We will be providing lunch after volunteering. Registration is required.

Intro to I-Corps Course

I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Initiative to increase the economic impact of research and social entrepreneurship. This course engages participants to explore their ideas and research deeply by talking to potential customers, partners and competitors and encountering the challenges and uncertainty of creating successful innovations. This workshop provides tools and guidance to help validate (or invalidate) a business model for maximizing the number people your research or concept impacts. Validated opportunities can be then be pursued by you or by teams from UMB or from the region and could be a startup, a large company, a non-profit or foundation, government, etc. This isn't

Graduate Research Assistant Jenny Afkinich Lead Author of New Research Published in the Journal of P

"Absorptive capacity in child welfare: measurement challenges and item development," is new research by the SSW's Jenny Afkinich, PhD candidate Andrew Winters, former SSW faculty member Geetha Gopalan and the SSW's Charlotte Bright. The work appears in the recent issue of the Journal of Public Child Welfare. ABSTRACT: Promoting successful implementation of evidence-based practices within child welfare agencies necessitates accurately measuring absorptive capacity (i.e., the ability to acquire, assimilate, transform, and exploit knowledge) through valid and reliable assessment. However, a measurement tool does not exist for child welfare agencies. As such, this exploratory study identified e

Dr. Sarah Dababnah Published in Social Work in Mental Health

Assistant Professor Sarah Dababnah and her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rady Children's Hospital (San Diego), the University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Austin have a new paper published in Social Work in Mental Health. The paper, "Autism spectrum disorder and the science of social work: A grand challenge for social work research," argues that social workers are well-positioned to engage in research and practice aimed at promoting full and meaningful inclusion in society, as well as social and economic justice, for individuals on the autism spectrum. The paper outlines a framework for social workers to take more leadership roles in research, practice, ed

Join the Social Work in the Outdoors group!

Are you looking for a fun way to get to know your MSW peers? Come join us outside! General interest meetings: Tuesday, September 4 and Friday, September 7 at 12:30pm. Meet outside of the SSW building and we will walk across the street to the park together. We will get to know each other and pick activities for this semester. For more information, please visit our website:

Maryland Funds SSW Title IV-E Program for Three Years

A $6.5-million dollar award from Maryland's Department of Human Services will help support the School's Title IV-E Education Program into 2021. The Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program is a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Maryland Department of Human Resources to recruit and retain professional social workers as practitioners, supervisors, and administrators in Maryland’s public child welfare workforce. The Title IV-E Program offers a specialized MSW educational experience for current child welfare and prospective child welfare professionals seeking to achieve skill and knowledge competencies in Social Work practice in Child Welfa

Check Out the Latest TA Telegram

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 headquartered at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Maryland's Department of Human Services Helps Funds the Institute's Children's Quality S

The UMSSW's Institute for Innovation & Implementation has received financial support from the Maryland Department of Human Resources to develop a new service initiative. The Institute will be supporting the Maryland Department of Human Resources with the development and execution of a children’s quality service reform initiative (QSRI), which will include the development of a revised rate-setting process that for Maryland child placement agencies, residential child care providers, and selected non-residential service providers. The Institute, including Michelle Zabel (PI), Deborah Harburger (Project Director), Kathryn Baxter, Suzanne Fields, Jennifer Lowther, Elizabeth Manley, and Melissa Sc

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