SUDIF Information Sessions

The School of Social Work would like to announce an exciting new opportunity for MSW students entering Foundation field! Please join us at The School of Social Work for an Information Session for The Substance Use Disorder Interventions Fellowship (SUDIF) Date: Thursday, May 9th Time: 1:30pm and 5:00pm Location: Room 3E34 A & B - SSW 525 W Redwood St WHO SHOULD ATTEND? · All newly accepted students in the MSW program · Students with an interest in substance use disorder treatment WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND? · There is a growing need for skilled Social Workers to work with individuals seeking substance use disorder treatment · Substance use disorders are seen in almost all treatment settings WHAT

SGA End of Year Celebration - May 6th @ 12:30 PM

All students are welcome! Come join us in the SSW Atrium and Courtyard (weather permitting) on Monday, May 6th, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate the end of the 2018-19 academic year. There will be food, games and pictures taken. We hope you will join the festivities and help celebrate the graduating class of 2019!

SGA General Body Meeting - May 6th @ 5PM Room 3E14

Join the SGA for our final meeting of the academic year. Come fellowship and celebrate over food and meet the new SGA leadership team. There will also be updates provided on changes to the curriculum and overall culture and climate of the school. This information is vital to continuing students and future alumni. Lastly the meeting location has changed, we will meet in room 3E14. Food will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Postdoctoral Fellow Hyun-Jin Jun Published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addicti

Dr. Hyun-Jin Jun, shown here, and faculty member Paul Sacco have a new paper published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Dr. Jun's study examines prospective relationships between alcohol use, antisocial behaviors, depressive symptoms and later gambling behaviors among emerging age (18-29) adults. She found that alcohol use and heavy drinking were associated with gambling behavior but not problem gambling and that depressive symptoms were associated with a lower likelihood of gambling. Jun, H.-J., Sacco, P., & Cunningham-Williams, R. M. (2019). Gambling in Emerging Adulthood: the Role of Adolescent Depressive Symptoms, Antisocial Behaviors, and Alcohol Use. Inter

Dr. Haksoon Ahn and Colleagues Presented a Workshop at the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse a

Associate Professor Dr. Haksoon Ahn and her colleagues, Denise Conway at Maryland Department of Human Services and Katie Rollins at Chapin Hall University of Chicago, presented a workshop titled “Using CFSR Case Review Results Within a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Framework to Drive Practice and Outcomes Improvement” at the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) sponsored by the Children’s Bureau in Washington DC. This workshop was one of the highlighted sessions for the 21st NCCAN. The workshop provided an overview of Federal Children and Family Services Review (CFSR) and Maryland CQI processes; described opportunities for states to leverage CFSR case review

SSW'S Amanda Miller Quoted in WDVM Story: Community forum examines intersections of homelessness

More than one hundred people gathered earlier this month to talk about one of the most pervasive issues in the state and in Frederick County, MD. "Homelessness is a solvable problem. It's just a matter of us coming together and doing the work,” said senior program specialist at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Amanda Miller. According to a 2018 annual report on the issue prepared by the state interagency council on homelessness, a total of 1,215 homeless clients were served by the Maryland Continuum of Care program in Frederick County. But beyond just the numbers, a community forum aimed to explore the intersections of homelessness. SEE MORE

Course Evaluations Open: Win a Gift Card!

Students: The window to complete Spring 2019 course evaluations are open and will remain open until 5/17. You will receive an email with a link to the evaluation in your UMaryland email account. We are offering an incentive of gift cards this semester to maximize response rates. For every evaluation you complete you will receive an entry into the lottery for a gift card. You can learn more about the electronic course evaluations and access completed evaluations from prior semesters at:

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Adopting Asian Children

In honor of Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month, BRJA; Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity (BARS); and Interprofessional Student Learning & Services Intiatives (ISLSI) will co-host a necessary and complicated dialogue on race and adoption. A panel of adoptees and racial justice organizers will share how racism, colonialism, anti-Blackness, and white saviorism play roles in the practice and impacts of interracial adoption. They will also highlight strategies to strengthen positive racial identity development among adoptees of color. May 13 6:30 to 8:30 PM SMC Campus Center, Elm Room B

PhD Student Danielle R. Phillips and UMB alum Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio Published in Children and Youth

PhD Student Danielle R. Phillips (shown here) and UMB alumni Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio Published in Children and Youth Services Review. The article is titled "'She was there through the whole process:' Exploring how homeless youth access and select birth control." Homeless female adolescents in the United States have disproportionately high rates of pregnancy compared to general population youth. Little is known about how homeless youth decide whether to use birth control and which birth control method to select. The current study explores how homeless female youth participating in a holistic sexual health program called Wahine (“woman”) Talk experience this process, using data from in-depth in

Free Tacos from the MSW Parent Alliance Monday 4/29!

Come enjoy a delicious taco lunch courtesy of the MSW Parent Alliance on Monday, April 24th on the 2nd floor bridge between 12-1pm. We're trying to raise awareness of the new group and spread joy one taco at a time (veggie options included).

Summit for Homelessness Service Providers Held at UMSSW

The School of Social Work was the home for the premiere Summit for Homelessness Service Providers held on March 26. Dr. Donald W. Burnes, who was the keynote speaker, is shown here in the center with Associate Dean for Field Instruction Samuel Little (left) and Dean Richard Barth (right). Burnes is chair of the Poverty and Homelessness Institute at the Denver School of Social Work and author of Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can. About 100 service providers from the region attended the event and engaged with panel members on topics ranging from service delivery models for the diverse face of homelessness to lessons learned from practice and research. Dr. Burnes autographed his b

Join the Macro Student Union for the End of the Year Party!

The Macro Student Union is hosting their end of the year party! As we near the end of the semester, we all need some self care. Come drop in to our self care themed party to relax and have fun! We'll have fun crafts and giveaways. Food will be provided. APRIL 29, 2019 4-6PM SSW ATRIUM

OASIS Meeting 4/29 with Adam Schneider

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. As you may know, a Task Force has been created and working for several months to develop a framework for a plan to move the UMSSW toward a vision of being an institution that is committed to challenging racism and all forms of structural oppression, and to becoming a fully inclusive, equitable, diverse and multicultural institution. Professor Adam Schneider will be joining us to go over the domai

Part-time Student Looking for Extra Income in SY19-20?

Promise Heights is hiring PromiseCorps members to work with Community School Directors on attendance issues in Baltimore City Public Schools. If you are a part-time student who does not have field in SY19-20, you can apply for an enriching and transformational experience working with students (PK-12), their families, and school staff. JOB INFO Benefits: $20,000 living allowance (paid bi-weekly) $6,095 education award (pay off your student loans!) Meaningful work under a licensed social worker. Applications must come through the UMB portal. Contact Promise Heights with any questions. 410-706-6404 promiseheights@ssw

DAC Affinity Groups to Strengthen Civility, Diversity Among UMB Faculty, Staff

In a grassroots effort to empower and promote an inclusive environment among faculty and staff, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) has introduced DAC Affinity Groups. One of the primary goals of forming such groups among faculty and staff is to link them to a common ideology and purpose. “DAC Affinity Groups provide a space in which faculty and staff can explore experiences or topics of shared identity, reduce a sense of isolation or discomfort, and provide an environment where all feel comfortable to be themselves,” said Elsie Stines, DNP, CRNP, assistant vice president of special projects and initiatives in the President’s Office and DA

Please Join Professor Westgate's LGBTQIA+ Panel Discussion on 4/30

Please join Professor Westgate’s final advanced clinical class on working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities, which will host a LGBTQIA+ panel discussion. Our guest presenters will share their coming out stories, their heart work within LGBTQIA+ communities, and their personal perspectives on how “it gets better”. This event is scheduled for 4/30/2019 from 6pm-9pm in the SSW Auditorium. Please contact Professor Westgate directly with any questions about the event details: We hope to see you there!

PhD Student John Cosgrove and Professors Bethany Lee and Jay Unick Published in Journal of Emotional

UMSSW PhD student John Cosgrove and Professors Bethany Lee and Jay Unick co-authored A Longitudinal Evaluation of Wraparound's Impact on Youth Mental Health Service Use, published in the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. The study was conducted as part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) demonstration in Maryland. Findings showed that wraparound care coordination reduced the use of residential treatment and increased use of outpatient services among Medicaid-enrolled youth with significant behavioral health needs. More details can be found at:

Asian Identity & Social Justice: Past, Present, & Future 5/1

Community organizer and Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity (BARS) co-founder, Rajani Gudlavalleti will lead a discussion about the diversity within Asian identity and various social justice movements and icons. May 1, 2019 Noon - 1:00pm SMC Campus Center, Elm Room B

Food for Thought May 7

Are there questions you have been wondering but don't know how to ask? In Food For Thought, we create a safe space to unpack some of these questions regarding race, ethnicity, culture, and/or norms. Our goal is to gain some insight and broaden cultural competence. Bring all your questions with you and an open mind free of judgment for a lively discussion.

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