Thursz Social Justice Lecture December 2 @ the SSW

Who are We as Americans? Confronting Hard Truths and Healing for the Future Join the School of Social Work December 2nd for our Daniel Thursz Social Justice Lecture with Public Policy Expert Heather C. McGhee, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Dēmos. Monday, December 2, 2019 5 to 6:15 PM University of Maryland School of Social Work's Auditorium 525 West Redwood St., Baltimore, MD Reception to Follow 1.5 CEUs Available for $20 Sign Up Today


SOWK 631 students are looking to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community within UMB. Please feel free to share the survey with other members of the LGBTQIA+ community. All questions on this survey are optional and your responses will be completely anonymous.

Dr. Woolley to Give Workshop on the Application of Metaphorical Storytelling in Direct Practice with

Associate Professor Dr. Michael Woolley will soon present a Workshop on the application of Metaphorical Storytelling in direct practice with children. The workshop will be on Saturday November 9th at the National School Mental Health Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference is put on by the National Center for School Mental Health housed here at UMB in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Dababnah Presents at UMB School of Medicine

Assistant Professor Sarah Dababnah presented at the School of Medicine's Pediatric Grand Rounds on October 31. Her invited talk, "Using Community-Based Research to Tackle Racial & Ethnic Disparities," focused on family-centered interventions for young children with autism.

Macro Student Union Resume Workshop

Monday, November 18 from 5 to 6 PM 4E08 Please bring your macro-focused resume to receive feedback and helpful tips from Deborah Harburger. Food provided.

MSW Students Hawkinson and Nettey Part of Team that Wins NAM Public Health Case Challenge

The winners of the seventh annual D.C. Public Health Case Challenge were announced at this year’s National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Annual Meeting. The challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue of importance to the Washington, D.C., community. MSW students and BHWISE Scholars Ava Hawkinson and Brendaline Nettey were members of UMB's winning team. The challenge topic was “Reducing Health Disparities in Maternal Mortality by Addressing Unmet Health-Related Social Needs.” The teams from D.C.-area universities — each composed of four to six members from at least three disciplines — were given two weeks to develop a solution to this complex

Dr. Frey Presents on Suicide, Depression and Anger at International Suicide Research Summit

Dr. Jodi Frey presented research from her CDC-funded RCT study on the links between suicide, depression and anger among working-aged men at the IASR/AFP International Summit on Suicide Research. This work will be submitted for publication soon and is gaining attention from the field as it is one of the first large studies supporting the need to screen men for anger and irritability for a specific risk factor for suicide, outside of risk for depression. Dr. Frey presented on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

NASW – MD Student Conference November 16

NASW –MD Student Conference Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UMBC University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1000 Hilltop Cir, Baltimore, MD 21250 Conference keynote speaker: UMSSW's Dr. Wendy Shaia “If not us - who? The Rebirth of Radical Social Work” This conference is an opportunity for students in social work programs across the state to gather and network while attending workshops and learning from a panel of social work practitioners in a variety of practice settings. Vendors representing a variety of graduate schools and hopefully a few employers will be available to answer questions. For more information: NASW-MD website or call 410-788-

Men Don’t Need More Friends. They Might Just Need Therapy.

"There’s no one right way to make or keep or be a friend—and it’s probably something that most of us could get a little better at." That's the premise of a NEW story in Men's Health that includes insights by School of Social Work Professor Geoff Greif. READ MORE

Help Needed: Wolfe Street Academy Holiday Gift Giveaway

Every fall, Wolfe Street Academy (WSA) students and their siblings complete a Holiday wish list. With the help of Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, each WSA family is matched with a community donor who buys the items on the children’s wish lists. On Sunday, Dec. 15, WSA families will come to school to pick up the holiday gifts that have been donated to their children. Last year, this program served 186 WSA families. Volunteer Needs: While the gifts are distributed on Sunday, Dec. 15, the gift organization process takes up the entire weekend! Volunteer roles vary based upon the day and volunteers are needed all 3 days! Friday, Dec. 13 from 3 – 6 pm: Donors will drop off gifts at WSA. Vol

Drop by the Concentration and Specialization Info Fair This Friday (11/1)

Drop by the SSW Atrium anytime between 12 and 1:30pm on Friday, November 1st to talk with Faculty members about the various Concentrations and Specializations. Field representatives will also be available to answer questions about Foundation and Advanced Field. Pizza will be served!

School of Social Work Faculty and Students Volunteer at Paul’s Place November 7

The School of Social Work goes to the community. Members of the Student Government Association, field education faculty and members of the Homelessness Social Work Council are teaming to give a half day of service at Paul’s Place in west Baltimore. The event takes place November 7. As a field placement agency, Paul’s Place is a catalyst and leader for change, improving the quality of life for homeless individuals in the Washington Village, Pigtown neighborhood and surrounding southwest Baltimore neighborhoods. On-site programs aim to strengthen individuals and families, fostering hop, personal dignity and growth especially for homeless persons. Students and faculty will assist with implement

New Online Course for Spring 2020: SOWK 720

For the first time for spring 2020 semester the School of Social Work will offer SOWK 720, Comparative Social Policy as an online course. Dr. David Crumpton will teach the course. Dr. Crumpton has also taught online sections of SOWK 600, Social Welfare and Social Policy and SOWK 772, Evaluation Research. In addition to offering a comparative approach to consider social problems and policy approaches to address them, Dr. Crumpton will utilize a global perspective that emphasizes international collaboration to address concerns of common interest. The course’s focus on matters of historic importance to social work such as poverty, child welfare, discrimination, and social justice will be enhanc

For-Credit Summer Graduate Course: Program Evaluation and Applied Policy Analysis [in Paris, France]

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy will offer a for-credit international graduate course where students will learn the tools of program evaluation and policy analysis. Classroom instruction will be provided by course instructors and guest faculty—complemented by meetings with senior officials of international organizations (including the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Classes will be held in Paris, France from June 15-26, 2020 at Cité Universitaire de Paris and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The class will also make trips to the European Commission in Brussels a

Join us for an Essential Conversation at Everyman Theatre

Join us for a dynamic conversation on Saturday, November 16th at 2PM as we explore August Wilson's Radio Golf with our very own Andre Turner, Shawna Murray-Browne, and Lane Victorson. Actor Charles Dumas (who plays Old Joe in the play) will also join the panel. To purchase discounted tickets, use the code UMDNOV16. Go to this link to buy tickets:

MACRO ON THE MENU- Professional Connection: Adam Schneider Nov. 4th

Join us for Macro on the Menu on November 4th in room 3E36 from 5-6. Macro on the Menu is excited to have Adam Schneider join us to share about his experiences in macro social work and have an open career discussion with anyone interested in a macro social work career. Adam Schneider teaches and learns at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), where he serves as a clinical instructor – facilitating courses on community organizing, social policy, legislative advocacy, political theory and social action. He has worked as an outreach worker, case manager, policy advocate, and community organizer with people who are living in poverty and without housing - in Baltimore at at

NEXT WEEK: Treatment Foster Care Advanced Field “Open House” at SSW: 11/4 & 11/8

Come learn about advanced field opportunities in Treatment Foster Care! Several Treatment Foster Care agencies are coming to the SSW to talk about their Advanced Field placement opportunities and the exciting work of TFC. Join us for one of these sessions to learn more! When: Monday, 11/4 from 5-6pm AND Friday, 11/8 from 12:15-1:30pm. Where: Both events are held in 2E14 Who: Any MSW student open to learn more about TFC for Advanced Field or future employment Questions or more info? Contact Professor Bethany Lee at

Support the Annual Black Lives Taken Vigil November 4

The SSW and it’s SGA invite all UMB students and faculty to join us in remembering the lives of the Black men, woman, and children who have had their lives taken, and the impact on Black communities. We ask for your support by providing your presence, and in sharing with us a moment of solidarity and advocacy to bring awareness to this on-going injustice. Performances, guest speakers, and refreshments will be provided.

SFR Peer Support Meeting 10/28

Scholars for Recovery will be having a peer support meeting for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders or who individuals who are thinking about recovery! Bring your lunch and come join us. 10/28 12:30-1:30 Location: Family Conference Rm, 1st floor, HSHSL For questions you can contact

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