Dean Search Listening Sessions October 7 for Faculty, Staff and Students - Please Join Us

The School of Social Work is searching for a new dean and the Search Committee seeks input from faculty, staff, and student voices. Listening sessions have been established for October 7. Search Chair Dean Tobin, Vice Chair Roger Ward, and representatives of the Search Committee Storbeck/Pimental will be on hand to get your input to important questions such as: What is important for a candidate to know about SSW @ UMB? What is special about UMB? What do you see as the opportunities associated with the role? What do you see as the challenges associated with the role? What are the attributes of the ideal candidate? Listening Session Schedule: Staff: 11:10 AM to Noon, SSW Auditorium Faculty: 12

SSW's Taylor Named to Maryland Historical Society Board

The Maryland Historical Society has added Assistant Dean of Student Services Henriette Taylor to its board of trustees. Taylor has more than 15 years of health care experience, including expertise in adolescent health, qualitative research, knowledge transfer, and program management. She currently serves as the assistant dean of student services for the University of Maryland, School of Social Work where she is responsible for the development and implementation of services to support student success. Prior to her current role, she served as director of research for the Male Advocacy Network and director of community schools for the University of Maryland’s Promise Heights Program in which sh

Dr. Frey Presents Research at One Mind at Work Global Forum

Dr. Jodi Frey was invited to present research from her CDC-funded study on suicide prevention among working-age men at the 3rd Annual Convening of One Mind at Work Global Forum in California on September 11, 2019. One Mind at Work is a leader in workplace mental health and well-being. It was started by the Honorable Patrick Kennedy and Garen Staglin and its members represent some of the largest employers in the country. Dr. Frey presented as part of the opening research panel to an audience of CEOs who are committed to transforming the way in which workplaces view and approach mental health and well-being in the workplace. A summary of the forum will be available to the public soon, but to l

From Crisis to Collaboration: An Inter-professional Approach to the Opioid Crisis

Please attend a Symposium Sponsored by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) and the UMB Center for Addiction Research, Education and Services (CARES) From Crisis to Collaboration: An Inter-professional Approach to the Opioid Crisis Keynote Speaker: Senator Adelaide Eckardt- The Opioid Crisis: Putting the Pieces Together Panelist: Bethany DiPaula, Pharm.D., BCPP Victoria Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP Michael Trader, LCSW-C Howard Ashkin, MMH, PsA Lelin Chao, MD DATE: October 28, 2019 TIME: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Where: University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center Elm 208A Cost: Free


Dean Barth will be stepping down after the current school year. A committee has been formed to find his replacement and it is extremely important that we as the UMB SSW student body make our voices heard. On October 7, 2019 this committee will be meeting for the first time and we hope to give them a list of characteristics we wish to see in our new dean, as well as potential interview questions, and things a potential candidate should know about the school of social work. We are asking for names and email addresses, but this information will be submitted to the committee anonymously. Please use the linked google form to speak your mind! Email Amand

SGA General Body Meeting, Monday Oct. 7th at 5pm (Rm. 3E34B)

Come join UMB, School of Social Work, Student Government Association on Monday, October 7, 2019 in room 3E34B from 5pm- 6pm for our second general body meeting of the fall semester! Dinner will be provided. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email your SSW student body leaders at

Dr. Frey Presents at International Conference on Forthcoming National Guidelines for Workplace Suici

Dr. Jodi Frey, in collaboration with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas and Ms. Maggie Mortalli, presented at the 2019 Employee Assistance Professionals Association on the forthcoming national guidelines for workplace suicide prevention. The guidelines were based on research and best practices and will play a critical role in helping work and professional organizational leaders take the lead in helping to reduce the overall death by suicide rate in the U.S. Guidelines will be officially released on October 10, 2019 in conjunction with World Mental Health Day which will focus on Suicide prevention this year.

Macro on the Menu October 7

We would like to invite declared macro students to join us for an informal lunch meeting to network, research job opportunities, and potentially have some guests to talk about their experiences in the field. Please bring your lunch and join us at the first meeting on October 7th from 12:15 to 1:15 in Room 3E36 to become acquainted and decide the major topics we would like to focus on throughout the fall and spring semesters.

USG News: Student Financial Well-being Fair @ USG October 18

UMSSW's Financial Social Work Initiative is joining with the USG campus to offer the next Student Financial Well-being Fair, to be held on Friday, October 18, 12-2:00 p.m. at the USG campus in Shady Grove. See attached flyer for more info!

EMDR Training at Pro Bono Counseling Project

PBCP has received a grant to offer EMDR training to 60 clinicians. This training typically costs over $2,000 per person, and this funding allows us to offer it to you for only $500. Participation in the EMDR training is contingent on your willingness to enroll as a PBCP volunteer, and accept at least two pro bono referrals from PBCP. The training will take place in the Baltimore area, over two three-day weekends in 2019 (October 4-6 and November 15-17), and will also include 6 hours of phone case consultation. If you are interested in participating, please complete the following screening form: Please contact Tina Fleming at 410-816-5057 if you have an


Hey everyone! Join “The Alliance” on Monday, September 30, 2019 from 5pm-6pm in room 2E10 for our first meeting of the semester! We welcome you to bring your questions, concerns, and ideas as we get to know each other! Food will be provided. See you there!


If you'd like to learn more about gender violence, whether for your own knowledge or to better help your clients, please join the Intersectional Feminism & Social Work group on Monday, September 30 from 12:15pm-2pm in the Auditorium. There will be a speaker from Turnaround, Inc., and snacks provided! Bring an open mind and any questions you may have.

Schurman Receives UMBrella Scholarship

The UMB Roundtable on Empowerment in Leadership and Leveraging Aspirations (UMBrella) has awarded UMSSW Academic Advisor Nakiya Schurman an UMBrella scholarship to attend the ACUI Women’s Leadership Institute, which will take place December 9-12 in Amelia Island, Florida. Schurman is shown here on the right. UMBrella helps women find their voices, become empowered, and achieve their potential. The Roundtable expressed in its award letter that it is "confident that this conference will enable Schurman to network with like-minded women leaders and inspire her to pursue her career goals."

Hopkins and Meyer Published in Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Goveranance

Associate Professors Karen Hopkins and Megan Meyer published a paper in the Journal of Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance entitled “Evaluating Behavioral and Organizational Outcomes of Leadership Development in Human Service Organizations.” ABSTRACT The health of the human services sector depends upon equipping both emerging and current leaders with key leadership skills to help them increase their organization’s capacity and effectiveness. Yet while most leadership development programs intend that participants will acquire and apply new learning, program assessment tends to focus more on the acquisition of knowledge and skills rather than the application of l

President's Entrepreneurial Fellowship Applications Due Oct. 15

One of UMB’s top priorities is commercializing innovative technologies discovered by UMB faculty into new therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, medical devices, software solutions, and research tools. Successful technology transfer can improve health care around the world and create jobs in Maryland. In FY 19, UMB licensed 48 technologies invented by its faculty to private companies, including seven new start-up companies. The President’s Entrepreneurial Fellowship is an initiative designed to give students from UMB and the Smith School of Business hands-on training and experience in commercializing health science discoveries made by UMB faculty. The fellows will work together as an interdi

SSW's Miesha Williams Named Outstanding Young Alum

In an alumni awards ceremony held Saturday, September 21, 2019, Ferrum College in Virginia honored the SSW's Senior Web Developer Miesha Williams with its Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Williams received her degree from Ferrum College in 2016, and went on to obtain a Master of Science in applied information technology from Towson University and a Master of Business Administration from Frostburg State University. Currently, Williams works as a senior web developer for the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She founded Hustld Tech, a non-profit organization based out of Baltimore that provides technology-related skills such as building workshops, mentorship opportunities, and educa

Christian Social Work Fellowship Meeting Sept. 30

The Christian Social Work Fellowship's (CSWF) first meeting is scheduled for September 30 at the School of Social Work in room 2E02, from 12:30-1:30 pm. Food is being served.

EA International Archive Receives International Award from Employee Assistance Field

Dr. Jodi Frey and Dr. Patricia Herlihy will accept the 2019 Best Use of Technology in the Employee Assistance (EA) Field Award at the International Conference for Employee Assistance Professionals Association this week in Saint Louis. This award recognizes their work as co-founders of the International Employee Assistance Digital Archive which now boasts over 3,400 unique submissions from over 475 authors and almost 5,000 web visits from around the world. The Archive is the only fully digital, public repository for the EA field and is housed by the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Health Sciences and Human Services Library.

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