Attention Extended Field Students

With the change in required field time resulting from CoVid-19, some students in extended field may be able to have their degree conferred in May 2020, rather than July 2020. If the following things apply to your academic plan of study, please complete your graduation application NO LATER THAN APRIL 2nd. Please follow the steps below on how to apply: • Log in to SURFS • Click the Student tab • Click Student Records • Click Graduation Application 1. You will have completed 85% of the required hours for field placement by May 1. If you are not sure of the status of your field time, please contact your field liaison. 2. You have communicated your intention to utilize the option for redu


You can use our WAITLIST REQUEST FORM to add your name to the waitlist of a full course that interests you by clicking on link below. You may add your name to the courses that you would like to register for.. If a space becomes available, you will be contacted by a team member from the Office of Records and Registration. IMPORTANT: We encourage you to register for a full course load (just in case a space does not become available), as the waitlist will close at the end of August. Any questions, contact the Office of Records and Registration at

Teletherapy: Start it up! Guidance for Social Workers

Monday, April 6th | 12-1pm ET FREE Registration Offering 1 synchronous online ethics hour This webinar is designed to support social workers, who, as a result of COVID-19, may be practicing telehealth/teletherapy for the first time. This webinar is also relevant to social workers with some experience in telehealth who may be interested in learning more about the ethical provision of clinical services online. The session will cover the definition and history of teletherapy, benefits and drawbacks of teletherapy for both providers and clients, and legal and ethical concerns, with specific attention to ethical considerations during COVID-19.

New SSW Registration Dates Announced

In response to the changes that we are all experiencing related to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone registration by two weeks to allow additional planning time for the Summer and Fall semesters. At this time, no decisions have been made about how classes will be offered for the coming semesters; we will keep you informed as we know more. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for your NEW registration dates: - APRIL 16th Summer and Fall registration opens for current Advanced students and for those who are finishing up Foundation Field this semester - Any students who are not able to register due to religious observance should contact Nakiya Schurman ( t

PhD Student Rachel Imboden Published in the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

PhD Student Rachel Imboden has a new paper published in the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics that explores the relationship between ethics stress and burnout among a sample of social workers from one mid-Atlantic state. Ethics stress, or the stress associated with managing ethical challenges in practice, was found to be a unique predictor of burnout. Results support the theory that ethics stress may operate as a form of role stress and the implications for social work education and practice are discussed. More details can be found at

UMB Career Development Services for Employees

UMB is committed to helping employees be strategic about their career development, assisting with career decisions, and providing useful resources. Human Resources' Career Development Services is currently offering confidential phone and virtual appointments. If you would like to book an appointment, go to

SSW Kimberly Street and Lee Westgate Part of Team Receiving Interdisciplinary Education Seed Grant

Amy Kruger Howard, PharmD (SOP) received a $15,000 seed grant for Bridging Curriculum Gaps in Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Care. The contributing faculty and staff include Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS (SOP), Maria Eleni Nikita, MD (SOM), Kimberly Street, LMSW, LPN, CCM (SSW), Lee Westgate, MBA MSW, LCSE-C (SSW), Leigh Goodmark, JD (SOL), and Sara Gold, JD (SOL). The IPE project is designed to improve interprofessional education focusing on the care of transgender and gender diverse pediatric and adolescent patients. This educational program will prepare students and clinicians to ensure adherence to best practices guidelines for transgender care; improve baseline knowledge of

How is the 2020 Census Impacted by COVID-19?

We are glad you asked! As a means to support you in finding answers to this question we invite you to read the attached PDF. -GOTV with SWCOS Team The GOTV with Social Work Community Outreach Services (SWCOS) team is a growing group of community members focused on building capacity to promote civic awareness, education, and action as a means to disrupt Socially Engineered Trauma (SET).

Better Videoconferencing: Mute Your Microphone Like a Pro

What makes videoconferencing sessions better? Better audio. What makes better audio? Judicious muting by all participants. Here are some tips to Mute Jockey like a pro: Keep your microphone muted whenever there are sounds around you that others need not hear or distract from the session. This includes typing, pets, family sounds, sirens, eating, coughing, sneezing and so on. UNMUTE your microphone to ask questions, make comments, laugh or provide spontaneous audible vocal responses. Hearing laughs is great, unmute for them! And then MUTE again. If you dial in to a videoconference on your phone, you need to manage muting on your phone. Since phones are the most problematic for audio q

SSW Town Hall for Faculty and Staff Tuesday, March 31

SSW Town Hall for Faculty and Staff Tuesday, March 31 Dean Richard Barth and other members of the School's leadership team will host an online Town Hall for faculty and staff on Tuesday, March 31 beginning at 1 PM. Dean Barth will provide a quick update on some of our activities, insights from conversations among UMB leadership, and answers to any questions you may have (except for those that are unknowable, which may be most of them)! Questions can be emailed in advance to or submitted during the Town Hall by clicking the chat bubble icon. How to Join: Event: Faculty & Staff Town Hall 3 31 2020 Event address for attendees:

*Wed April 1, 12:30-1:15 GOTV with SWCOS: Civics Chat & Chew*

Time: Apr 1, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 439 071 5033 Agenda for Civic Chat & Chew: (45 minutes) *Check in: What has been on your head & heart? *Topic to Chew on: The Recent wave of Structural Changes in response to COVID 19 (See PDF for additional info) *Looking forward: What would you like to build upon and wrestle with for future Chat & Chews?

SSW's Lane Victorson and Kimberly Street Published in Journal of Social Work Education

Clinical Faculty Field Instructor Lane Victorson and Clinical Field Instructor Kimberly Street and colleagues have a new paper published in Journal of Social Work Education. Abstract: People experiencing homelessness or other life crises often seek respite, information, and assistance in libraries. Librarians, like social workers, are helping professionals and have historically been advocates for and supporters of low-income groups. However, librarians may lack the knowledge, skills, and capacity to provide adequate support. As a result, social workers have become integral to innovative library initiatives serving low-income and homeless patrons. This field note presents three examples of h

“Should There be an App for That? Tips for Success in Funding and Developing Digital Technology-Base

ICTR Enrichment Series Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PLEASE JOIN VIA ZOOM @ Meeting ID: 750 262 072 “Should There be an App for That? Tips for Success in Funding and Developing Digital Technology-Based Interventions” Cindy 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 There is great interest in how digital technologies, such as mobile phone apps, wearables, and games, can improve health outcomes and the patient experience. However, the technical ability to digitize an intervention, in and of itself, is likely

LMSW Practice Exam

Dear Graduating MSW Students, In response to the recent closure of the SSW building, we have negotiated an alternative option with LEAP. Here is what you need to know: 1. We are offering an online home version of the LMSW practice exam for this semester only as a way to provide the service to graduating students. 2. Students will have access to the practice exam from their home computers for 3 months. 3. Offering this option is unprecedented for both SSW and LEAP and we will return to computer lab based tests once the SSW has reopened to students. 4. Due to the internal costs related to providing this option, this service is only available to students graduating in Ma

Dr. Theda Rose and Colleagues Receive NIH Funding

Project Title: Psychosocial Problems, Positive Development, and Educational Outcomes Grant Number: 1 R03 HD099390-01A1 Principal Investigator: Dr. Theda Rose SSW Assistant Professor Dr. Theda Rose, (PI) along with co-investigators Dr. Gregory Hancock, University of Maryland, College Park and Dr. Sean Joe, Washington University in St. Louis receive NIH funding. The NICHD funded R03 grant explores psychosocial problems, positive development and educational outcomes among Black youth. Despite a reduction in racial gaps, educational achievement remains a major public health crisis for black adolescents. The proposed study explores how developmental assets mediate and moderate relations bet


Attention all returning SSW students, SGA is seeking student leaders to serve on the Executive Board for the 2020/2021 academic school year. The vacant positions include: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, & Treasurer. Detailed description and duties for each position can be found on page 3 of the SGA Constitution located at Students hoping to run for a position on the 2020/2021 Executive Board should apply for candidacy at by Friday, April 3rd. Timeline for the election process is as follows: March 25th- April 3rd: 2020/2021 SGA Executive B

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