Dr. Frey Presents as Lead Panel Presenter on First National Virtual Summit for National Business Gro

Associate Professor Dr. Jodi Frey presented research and best practices for reducing stigma and suicide among working aged men during the first ever national virtual summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). The title of the summit was "Tackling Mental Health Stigma: Guiding Principles for Impactful Strategies" Over 200 leaders representing large employers throughout the U.S. attended the summit.

The Future of Foster Care

Dean Richard Barth is interviewed for a story on WYPR-FM that asks experts to discuss the future of foster care. LISTEN HERE

Parental Influence on GPA!

Professor Geoff Greif is quoted in a New Nation Online story that explores "Why Children Need Fathers To Succeed." READ MORE

Postdoctoral Fellow, Allison Hepworth, PhD recognized in Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Compe

UMSSW postdoctoral fellow Allison Hepworth, PhD, was the first place winner in the Nutrition Translation topical area at the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition, held June 8, 2019. This event recognizes the highest scoring research abstracts submitted by students and young investigators at Nutrition 2019, the flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. More than 1,000 abstracts were submitted by students and postdoctoral fellows and the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition aims to recognize the top 10% highest scoring abstracts as finalists. Abstracts were rated by more than 500 nutrition scientists. Dr.

Dr. Caroline Long Burry Presents at Global Health Summit and Named a GLOBALtimore Fellow

Dr. Caroline Long Burry, Associate Professor, was a speaker on May 29 at University of Maryland Global Health Summit on the topic: “Overview of COIL: Cooperative Online International Learning.” She has also been selected as a UMB GLOBALtimore Fellow for 2019-2020. She will be developing and co-teaching a new class, “Interdisciplinary HIV Services: Learning from Differentiated Care Models in Botswana and Baltimore.” This class will be offered in the upcoming academic year and will include a 2-week trip to Botswana in January 2020. The GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellows Program consists of workshops, support stipends, and membership in a learning community of faculty from across UMB’s professiona

New MLDS Research Report: The Effects of Need-based Grant Aid on Long-Term College and Workforce Out

Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Update -- New Research Report The Effects of Need-based Grant Aid on Long-Term College and Workforce Outcomes This report examines Maryland’s Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance (EA) grant and uses the fact that eligibility for the grant is determined by a definite threshold of financial need as a natural experiment to estimate a causal effect of receiving the EA Grant for bachelor’s degree-seeking students. Using data from the Maryland Longitudinal Data System on students who enter four year programs from the 2008-2009 to 2015-2016 academic years, this report finds that EA Grant receipt increases the likelihood that an entering student will per

Fund for Change Supports SWCOS' Neighborhood Fellows Initiatives

Baltimore's Fund for Change will help provide general operating support to the School's Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS), prioritizing support for SWCOS' Neighborhood Fellows Community Organizing initiatives that organize underserved individuals and communities and influence policy makers by advocating for social change. The two priority areas that will be most impacted by SWCOS’s work to revitalize neighborhoods and engage constituencies in demanding needed change are 1) Engaging families in participating in the improvement of their schools and building partnerships with external community resources, and 2) the overall empowerment of residents to make changes needed in their n

Maryland Should Overhaul Child Support System and How Payments are Set, Abell Foundation Report Says

Extensive research done at the SSW's Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children at the University of Maryland School of Social Work is cited in a Baltimore Sun story. According to the Sun, "Decades of policy designed around setting high child support orders — and using tough enforcement tools to collect payments — has done more harm than good for low-income Maryland families, destabilized communities and trapped many men in a cycle of debt they cannot escape, a report by the Abell Foundation released Tuesday shows." READ MORE

SSW Lecture & Lunch: Psychosocial Well-Being of Children and Adolescents in India: Issues, Chall

Lecture and Lunch: “Psychosocial Well-Being of Children and Adolescents in India: Issues, Challenges” SSW 7/10/19, 12:15-1:30 The UMB School of Social Work has partnered with the Rajagiri College of Social Sciences in Kochi, India on various projects for over a decade. We are very pleased to reciprocate their hospitality by hosting students and faculty from Rajagiri this summer from July 1-12. They will visit field agency sites and attend summer classes. Father Shinto, an esteemed Rajagiri professor, will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, July 10th from 12:15-1:30 in room 3E34 of the SSW. The topic is "Psychosocial Well-Being of Children and Adolescents in India: Issues, Challenges." All

Safe Space 1 & 2 - June 26 @ UMB

Help create and maintain a safe space at UMB for all people. Upon completion of this interactive LGBTQ+ Safe Space training, participants will have the option of signing the University of Maryland, Baltimore ally pledge. The training takes place Wednesday, June 26 from Noon to 2 PM in the SMC Campus Center Room 351 Register at umaryland.edu/islsi

Westgate Presents National Webinar on Trauma Informed Care

Sue Westgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Instructor, presented a national webinar in collaboration with Health Quality Innovators (HQI) entitled: “A Trauma-Informed Vision of Health Equity." The goal of this webinar was to: make the case for the connection between bio-ethics, trauma-informed care, and management of vulnerable populations; position that case within the context of today’s complex landscape of systems of care; and challenge healthcare providers to rethink clinical modalities and lenses of practice in order to positively impact individual outcomes. This webinar was attended by 100+ providers from a variety of care setting to include inpatient, outpatient, community-based, and po

Middle School Latinx Girls Group - Special Guests Needed!

During the week of July 15, at Lakeland Elementary and Middle School we will be facilitating a group for middle school girls that are Latinx, focusing on healthy coping strategies. Activity ideas include yoga, meditation, zumba, making Guatemalan worry dolls, drawing, music, and spending time with therapy animals. We are actively seeking Latinx women to help facilitate conversation or practice a specific coping strategy with the girls. Please contact magee.morales@umaryland.edu of you are interested in helping. A $50 stipend will be provided for facilitation.

Summer 2019: Rajagiri College (India) Students and Faculty Will Visit the School of Social Work July

The Rajagiri College of Social Sciences in Kochi, India and the UMB School of Social Work have partnered for over a decade in a number of ways. Groups of SSW students live on the Rajagiri campus and complete field placements and coursework each year; other SSW students have visited Rajagiri and participated in conferences. For the past several years, we have also been able to reciprocate Rajagiri’s generous hospitality by hosting a summer visit by a group from Rajagiri. This year’s Rajagiri College visitors will be here July 1-12; they include four MSW students and a faculty member, Father Shinto. The group will participate in SW classes, visit field agencies, and tour local cultural and so

Part-time Flexible Research Job for SSW Students

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is hiring several part time student interviewers for a National Institute of Mental Health funded clinical trial of a medication adherence device. The position requires individuals to have access to a car and be willing to travel to locations around Central and Eastern Maryland to conduct structured interviews with individuals that have serious mental illness and who are enrolled in the study. Hours will be flexible and we anticipate that individuals will be able to work up to 20 hours a week and that pay will start at $18/hr. Interviewers will be expected to pass research ethics training and receive interviewer training. We will need intervie

Corey Shdaimah Presents at the Multi-Door Criminal Justice Conference in Israel

Professor Corey Shdaimah presented at an invitational conference with colleague Chrysanthi Leon of the University of Delaware. Their paper, entitled Targeted Sympathy in "Whore Court": Criminal Justice Actors' Perceptions of Prostitution Diversion Program presented data from their research on court-affiliated prostitution diversion programs. The 3-day conference brought together criminal justice experts from around the world to discuss the limitations and benefits to alternative approaches to crime at Bar Ilan University, Israel.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Sanctuary Streets Baltimore

Sanctuary Streets Baltimore is recruiting volunteers to help accompany immigrant neighbors to their ICE check-ins and court dates. Some specific needs are for Spanish speakers and folks with cars, but anyone with week-daytime availability who can come bear witness and be a supportive presence during a very stressful time for our community members is so needed. See attached document for more information!

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Seminar June 21

2019 Cultural and Linguistic Competency Seminar to be hosted by the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine Training Center. The Seminar will take place at The Meeting House (Room 100), 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia MD 21045 on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The fee to attend this Seminar is $55.00 The goal of the Seminar is to develop and broaden the cultural and linguistic competency/awareness of local behavioral health organizations and providers at the leadership and program levels to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of all individuals served in the PBHS. The Seminar will feature two experts in the fiel

Institute for Clinical & Translational Research at Medical Grand Rounds

Institute for Clinical & Translational Research at Medical Grand Rounds Medical Center Auditorium (Shock-Trauma) T1R18 WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Cynthia M. Schaeffer, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division National Center for School Mental Health University of Maryland School of Medicine “Digital Technology in Support of Behavioral Health: A Case Study of the iKinnect Mobile Phone App for Youth Conduct Problems

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