Understanding Addiction: Researchers Look at Resolving Opioid Crisis

The economic and social costs of the opioid epidemic have many looking for ways to end the loss of life that is devastating families across the globe. Some of the best minds at the state’s top research institutions, including UMSSW Dean Richard Barth, believe part of the solution may be rooted in understanding the problem. WMAR TV in Baltimore recently ran a story on Understanding Addiction.

Improving Safety and Access to Services for Patients with Communication Difficulties

Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm SCALE @ The League 5910 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212 Communicating With People Who Know More Than They Can Say: Tools for Communicative Access & Supportive Conversation This three-hour training workshop will provide you with the knowledge, training, and resources needed to effectively communicate with your patients with communication difficulties. Research has shown that health professionals benefit from training in Supportive Conversation and use of pictorial resources to allow people with communication impairments to participate in decisions about their lives, share their opinions and concerns and feel understood and valued. Tool kits and free dow

Promise Heights Offering Stipends for SY2019-2020 Field Placements

Promise Heights is excited to announce that we will have stipends available for Foundation and Advanced year field placement opportunities. There are Advanced MACRO, Advanced Clinical, and Foundation placements available. Chosen interns will receive a stipend of $6,000 for SY2019-2020. Full site descriptions can be found at our two agency home pages in the field education agency directory. Promise Heights (UMB SSW) Promise Heights (UMB SSW) – MACRO The Promise Heights initiative was established in 2009 by the University of Maryland School of Social Work to improve educational outcomes for youth and ensure families are healthy and successful in the West Baltimore community of Upton/Dru

Going to Scale with Evidence-based Interventions: The Next Frontier for Prevention Science

Dean Richard Barth co-authored new research "Going to scale with evidence-based interventions: The next frontier for prevention science" that was presented earlier this month at the 11th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation of Health held in Washington, DC. [Download the presentation] Background: The prevalence of many behavioral health and related problems have increased over the last decade, even in the face of a growing knowledge and evidence base. Many different programs, policies, and practices have been shown to prevent such problems, but there are very few evidence-based interventions (EBIs) that have been implemented at the scale needed to impact popu

Seasons Hospice looking for Social Workers to Assist in Children Bereavement Camp, Camp Kangaroo

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is holding a children's bereavement camp, Camp Kangaroo, for grades 1st through 8th on President's Day Weekend, Feb. 16, 17, & 18 of 2019. Seasons is looking for any interested social workers to participate in camp as either a Volunteer or a Roo Buddy. If interested or would like additional information, please contact Madeline Aikins, Bereavement Specialist, at maikins@seasons.org or 410-689-7405.

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. conta.cc/2RSgtpS

Corey Shdaimah co-Edits Special Issue of Social Work & Society

Professor Corey Shdaimah and with Professors Linda Houser (Widener) and Jessica Kahn (Lehman College) co-edited a special issue of Social Work and Society on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). The special issue includes an introduction by the editors and seven articles that examines various aspects of ECEC including leave policies, the impact of minimum wage increases on child care provision, and a ranking of work-family policy across OECD countries. Professor Shdaimah is also co-author of one of the articles, with Professor Elizabeth Palley of Adelphi University (UMSSW MSW ’97), Provider Perspectives on Child Care in the United States. As a collection, the articles address ECEC thro

PhD Candidate Elizabeth Franklin and SSW Alum Dr. Helen Nichols Published in the Journal of Clinical

PhD Candidate Elizabeth Franklin, UMB SSW Alum Dr. Helen Nichols and colleagues have a new paper published in the Journal of Clinical Pathways that explores patient perspectives regarding clinical pathways and their use as a shared decision-making tool in the delivery of cancer care. Using qualitative data, the authors found participants were generally unaware of the use of clinical pathways. Participants acknowledged the value of standardized care but emphasized their preference for shared decision-making and the importance of individualized care that was not limited by clinical pathway recommendations. More details can be found at www.journalofclinicalpathways.com/article/cancer-patient-pe

Seventh Annual IPE Faculty Development Day January 30

The 2019 IPE Faculty Development session will be held on Wed, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the School of Pharmacy, with check-in and light refreshments beginning at 8:30 a.m. Please register at www.umaryland.edu/ipe/faculty-development. Registration is open until January 18. Please contact Patricia Danielewicz at pdanielewicz@umaryland.edu for additional information. MORE INFORMATION/AGENDA

200 elderly lifers got out of prison en masse. Would they land back behind bars?

The School of Social Work is mentioned in a Miami Herald story that looked at a UMB program designed to reduce recidivism. "Five years ago, nearly 200 elderly lifers were released from prison en masse – people who all had been convicted and sentenced before 1981, under jury instructions that were found unconstitutional in the case Unger v. Maryland. It created a natural experiment: Was it safe to release all these onetime violent criminals? Or, would they land right back in prison? The results are in, according to a study from Justice Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. The Ungers, as they're called, have clocked a recidivism rate of just 3 percent. Researchers have found t

Most Disadvantaged Cities 2018

Professor Michael Reisch is quoted in an online story that explores the most disadvantaged cities in America. Baltimore ranked 15th. Professor Reisch discussed how he believes health care remains a major challenge for disadvantage families. READ MORE

Foster Care: The Bigger Picture

The Baltimore Sun's Podcast Series "The Wait" looks at one family's journey from foster care to adoption. Dean Richard Barth, a national expert foster care expert and a foster care parent himself, is interviewed in the segment titled "Foster care: The Bigger Picture."

The Positive Schools Center (PSC) Seeking Interns

The Positive Schools Center (PSC) is looking for two Advanced MACRO students interested in educational policy and school climate work. In order to create positive, supportive, and mindful learning communities, the PSC is guided by its 5 core tenets: • Creating restorative environments • Reducing implicit bias and promoting racial equity • Promoting trauma-responsive educational practices • Encouraging social, emotional, and character development • Engaging student, family and community voices in education The PSC is looking for Advanced Macro interns to forward the PSC’s mission in some of the following ways: • School Climate Collaborative: The PSC provides training, leadership dev


The ICPHR Annual Working Meeting is an international forum for academics who are interested in and committed to advancing the science and practice of public health research and others. ICPHR has over 400 members from 20 countries who conduct research in a variety of disciplines with a variety of populations. For more information and registration: www.icphr.org/awm-2019-baltimore.html

Addressing Urban Health Disparities through Participatory Health Research Conference Coming to the S

This conference is an international forum for professionals and community activists from diverse backgrounds, such as academicians, students, practitioners, community stakeholders, policy advocates, and others interested in addressing urban health disparities through participatory methods. The conference will provide a venue for: sharing methods, theories and experiences exchanging ideas and innovations enhancing the capacity for participatory health research For more information and registration: www.morgan.edu/ICPHR

Save The Dates: Student Advocacy Day on the Hill & Social Work Day on the Hill

Student Advocacy Day on the Hill Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Washington DC Social Work Day on the Hill Wednesday, March 20, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Child Development Accounts: Building Assets from Birth with Dr. Michael Sherraden of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Young Social Workers Speak A panel of social work students and recent graduates will address the question Can Social Work Help Save Democracy? NYU Abramson Family Auditorium 1307 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 5th Annual

A Traumagenic Social Ecological Framework for Understanding and Intervening with Sex Trafficked Chil

The SSW's Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, Research Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Ruth H. Young Center, is lead author of new research titled "A Traumagenic Social Ecological Framework for Understanding and Intervening with Sex Trafficked Children and Youth" that's been published in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. ABSTRACT: Sex trafficking of children and youth is receiving significant attention from practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. Recognition that sex trafficking constitutes a form of child abuse has increased; however, there is still a need for a theoretical framework that provides direction on how best to intervene and conduct research into this pheno

Shdaimah a Co-author of "Exploring the Use of an Emancipation Checklist for Older Youth (18‐21)

‌ Corey Shdaimah, PhD, Professor and Academic Coordinator for the MSW/JD Dual Degree Program at the SSW, is a co-author of "Exploring the Use of an Emancipation Checklist for Older Youth (18‐21) Exiting Foster Care" just published by Juvenile and Family Court Journal. ABSTRACT This paper examines the efforts of a court to improve outcomes for older youth who are exiting foster care by implementing an Emancipation Checklist (EC) to guide discussion around 12 stability indicators thought to improve youth transition to adulthood (e.g., education, employment). Over 90% of youth had medical insurance, all personal documents, a permanent connection, and could identify their core values. Less than

SSW's Sarah C. Butts Named Spirit of Mercy Service Award Winner

Mercy High School in Baltimore presents its 2018 Spirit of Mercy Alumna Service Award to Sarah C. Butts '98, executive director of Grand Challenges for Social Work at the University of Maryland's School of Social Work, on December 12 at the school's Foundation Day celebration. From Mercy High School officials, "Butts was the first administrator of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and now plays a critical role in addressing some of our society's largest problems--violence, substance abuse, environmental degradation, injustice, isolation and inequality. Through her work influencing social work education, policy and practice, she has dedicated her life to helping people, f

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