Save the Date/Call for Submissions: Forging a Path Toward Equity - NOFSW Conference June 2020

NOFSW Annual Conference: June 16-19, 2020 New Orleans, LA Accepting abstracts through February 1, 2020 Forensic Social Work: Forging a Path Towards Equity General Information: Workshops, panels and paper presentations will be presented June 16-19, 2020. Posters will be presented at the Opening Reception, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Preference will be given to submissions that highlight programs, policies and activities that present solutions (proven or in development) to current challenges faced by forensic social workers in their practice. Presenters and/or their organizations will be responsible for registering for the NOFSW annual conference (presenters are eligible to register at a dis

Tice Awarded 2019 National Textbook Excellence Award for Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy-Ba

Professor and Associate Dean of the BSW Program Dr. Carolyn Tice and co-authors Dennis Long and Lisa Cox were awarded the 2019 National Textbook Excellence Award for their book Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy-Based Profession. The award was presented by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. Introduction to Social Work is an exciting and timely new text that takes readers to the roots of the social work profession, framing its history, practice settings, and career paths through the lens of advocacy. Closely aligned with the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), the text goes beyond standard coverage to explore such cutting-edge content as military soc


Students who anticipate graduating in December, 2019 must file an APPLICATION FOR DIPLOMA via SURFS. Completion of an Application for Diploma is MANDATORY. Instructions to submit an application can be found at: THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 FOR DECEMBER GRADUATES ONLY. Any questions regarding submission of the Application for Diploma, contact the Office of the Registrar at (410) 706-7480.

Not Getting Advising Emails? Check Your Spam Folder!

Make sure you add to your SafeSender list so that you continue to receive advising emails! All new students should have received an email from the Advisor about Fall registration. Didn't get it? Check your spam/junk folder or email the advisor for another copy. Advanced students will begin to receive Degree Audits via email in September, which are anything but junk, so check your settings! Any questions? Email Nakiya at

UMB Shuttle Update for Evening Students at the SSW

Per request, the UMB Shuttle will wait for students from the Law School and School of Social Work after late classes on Monday through Thursday. Please consult the shuttle time tables (in the shuttle brochure or on the website) for Stop #3 (704 Canton Fells Point). School of Social Work-Class Ends at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. UMB Shuttle (704Canton Fells Point) will depart stop #3 at 9:15 p.m.

World Premiere: The Moment Was Now-Sept. 13-22

The Moment Was Now is a new musical play that takes place in post-civil war Baltimore in 1869, a turning point in US history where America almost did the right thing. Where: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St, Baltimore When: Friday September 13th- Sunday September 15th and Friday September 20th- Sunday September 22 Echoing the current moment, the play centers around the impassioned search for unity between the dynamic historic leaders of powerful constituencies during Reconstruction. The conflicts and possibilities unfold at a fictional meeting convened by Frederick Douglass and are elevated by the musical and spoken word format. Hope hangs in the balance at this most unusual gathe

Come Celebrate the Billie Holiday Music and Arts Festival with UMB, Promise Heights Aug 30 & 31

Experience the Billie Holiday Music and Arts Festival. It's a celebration of the greats that played and entertained along Pennsylvania Avenue. Held Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31. Join your classmates who are AmeriCorps volunteer members of Promise Heights, and see why our work is emblematic of the strong relationship between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and surrounding communities. The organizers of this event also need volunteers to help to set up and break down the Billie Holiday Performance area at Robert Marshall Field. Price: Free For more details:

Hiring: Federal Work Study Student for CURE High School Program

The CURE Connections (C2) High School Program is hiring a teaching assistant for the upcoming school year to facilitate lessons around health disparities and crime for ninth- and 10th-grade scholars. The teaching assistant must qualify for Federal Work Study and attend Saturday and after-school sessions starting in October. More information about this position can be found here. For questions or to submit an application, please email Stephanie Alphee at

Join In: "A Day in the Life" of UMB's Rock Star Custodians

You don’t really know someone else’s job until you do it yourself. That is the basis for the Rock Star Custodian program, which provides a look into “a day in the life” of an Environmental Services staff member. The two-hour sessions encourage each person to take a closer look inside themselves and understand how the work of those in Environmental Services impacts our workday. The first hour of the session is focused on tapping into the drive and determination that a person naturally has but oftentimes has a hard time pulling out of themselves. The second hour is focused on how departments and schools can become a Rock Star Family. It emphasizes the importance of working together as team mem

SSW's Smith a Co-author of "Evidence for Differential Predictive Performance of the Prime S

Assistant Professor Melissa Edmondson Smith is among co-authors of new research published in Psychiatric Services In Advance. The work is titled "Evidence for differential predictive performance of the prime screen between Black and White help-seeking Youths." The article has also been selected to be featured as a curated article. Journal editor Lisa Dixon and the Early Career Psychiatrist Advisory Committee offer a curated collection from the rich resource of articles published in the journal. ABSTRACT: Self-report screening instruments for emerging psychosis have the potential to improve early detection efforts by increasing the number of true positives among persons deemed to be at “clin

SSW Sponsors New Report: Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care

The UMSSW is one of the sponsors of a new report on Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation's Health published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Dean Richard Barth was on the working group of social work leaders that helped to guide the securing of funding for this report and the release of the report. The congressional briefing is invitational but there is an open webinar on Wednesday, September 25th from 11-2 EDT. If you are interested in the social determinants of health and interventions to address them, this is likely to be a valuable presentation. Although we had hoped to get a greater representatio

TODAY - SGA Welcome Back Social (Mon. Aug. 26)

Start the year of by attending the SSW SGA-sponsored Welcome Back Social today-Monday, August 26! There will be several student groups seeking new members and leadership positions. Feel free to grab some food, mingle with new and familiar faces, and express your opinions to student representatives. We will be located in Room 2E29 from 4:30-6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

2019 Heart Walk Event TODAY (Mon. 8/26) @ the SSW

Stop by the SSW Atrium on the first floor to learn more about the 2019 Heart Walk and how you can support it and get involved! UMB has several teams participating! 2019 Heart Walk Tabling Event Monday, August 26 from 12 to 2 PM SSW Atrium For more information, please email the SSW's Devon Prater.

Committed to Diversity and Anti-Oppression Excellence

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is committed to a culture that is enriched by diversity, equity and inclusion, in the broadest sense, in its thoughts, actions, and leadership. In short, we are Committed to Diversity and Anti-Oppression Excellence. To help keep our faculty, staff, students, alumni and others informed of our work to achieve this important goal, we have developed a web site. The site,, will contain information on our progress, important reports, upcoming events, resources and more. We hope you will visit this site often to find the latest news and information in order to be part of the advancement of the school’s diversity and inclusi

MSW Student Micah Saviet Co-Author of New Published Research

Second-year MSW student Micah Saviet is a co-author of new published research. "Communication Modalities and their Perceived Effectiveness in Coaching for Individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)" appears in a recent issue of the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. ABSTRACT: Coaching for individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), an emerging coaching subspecialty, has demonstrated efficacy both as a stand alone behavioral support and as part of multimodal interventions. Little research to date has examined processes involved in ADHD coaching. This mixed-methods study: (1) reviewed extant literature on ADHD coaching o

SSW's Greif, Leitch and Woolley Have New Research that Looks at Relationships Between Married Ga

Professor Geoff Greif, UMSSW PhD Graduate Judith Leitch, and Associate Professor Michael Woolley have co-authored "A preliminary look at relationships between married gays and lesbians and their parents-in-law: Five case studies." that has been published by the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. ABSTRACT: With marriage between lesbians and between gays now legal in the United States, it is important to gain an understanding of how in-law relationships function for this population. Five case studies, part of a larger study of in-law relationships, are presented that help further knowledge of the potential obstacles that some couples may face in relation to their in-laws. Common exper

Office of Admissions is Now Hiring!

The Office of Admissions has one student worker position available for a SSW student who has 12-20 hours of work availability on weekdays (normal office business hours). Position includes general office duties such as: • Greeting visitors of the Office of Admissions • Answering phones • Conducting School tours Those interested in applying should email your resume to: Position opened until filled. Students with or without Federal Work Study can apply.

President's Student Leadership Institute: Apply Now

The President’s Student Leadership Institute is a co-curricular certificate program designed to help students strengthen their leadership skills and career readiness. If selected, candidates can focus on one of six paths in which they attend seminars and perform community service. The current paths are: Career Development, Effective Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Inclusive Leadership, Scholarly Research & Writing, and Integrative Health & Wellbeing. Once completed, students receive a certificate signed by the University President and an interprofessional medallion to wear during commencement ceremonies.

Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) Training

The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) has released the Fall 2019 schedule of Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) Training. GAIT emphasizes the value of an interdisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of geriatric patients. Through this educational experience, students have the opportunity to equip themselves with knowledge and skills relating to geriatric assessment; to share some of these insights with other students and faculty upon returning to their respective universities; and to apply what they learned in the GAIT rotations to their own clinical practices. GAITs are FREE. Overnight lodging, if requested, and a mileage stipend are pro

Dr. Davitt Presents on Racial Disparities at International Gerontology Conference in Sweden

Associate Professor Dr. Joan Davitt presented research on racial/ethnic disparities in access to and outcomes of Medicare home health care at the International Association for Gerontology & Geriatrics annual meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden this summer. This mixed methods research shows that older Medicare beneficiaries of color are less likely to improve in functional status after receiving home health services than their white counterparts. Qualitative interviews with home health staff showed that both covert and overt discrimination, along with other factors, play a role in these outcome disparities.

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