Macro Student Union (MSU) hosts October Meeting on 10/29

MSU will host its second meeting of the semester on Thursday, October 29th, at 5 pm. Students will be provided with an open forum to discuss a range of macro topics during this meeting. MSU will also have guest speakers discuss potential volunteer opportunities. Please use the following Zoom link to join! See you then! Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 979 1891 7833

Lunch Time Research Seminar featuring Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

Please join us for the upcoming Lunch Time Research Seminar featuring Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2020 TIME: 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Zoom: Meeting ID: 956 9021 3859 Passcode: 939114 Title: Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse: Efficacy and Biobehavioral Mechanisms Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research Professor and Associate Dean for Research University of Utah College of Social Work Director: Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW is Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research

Barth Co-Authors "The Research Doesn’t Support Child Welfare Abolition"

Professor Richard Barth is the lead author of a letter that appears in a recent issue of the Child Welfare League of America Newsletter. Barth, and others, argue that the child welfare system must confront racism, but the services aren’t the issue. "Current calls to eliminate all elements of structural racism in the United States include proposals to abolish child welfare services. Alan Dettlaff and Kristen Weber, in an op-ed published by The Imprint this summer, based their abolition argument on the idea that “the child welfare system causes harm to Black children and we have known this for decades. Their article has the laudable intent of creating a society free of maltreatment, but is wro

Volunteer with ABAE!

ABAE is an organization dedicated to giving back to Baltimore City by tutoring students from Baltimore City Schools. ABAE offers tutoring in Algebra I and II, Calculus, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English/Writing, SAT Math, and SAT Verbal. We are currently recruiting tutors from different schools in UMB. This year, tutoring will take place virtually through Discord most Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm. Want to learn more about our organization, visit our website at Sign up here:


The last day to drop a course for the Fall 2020 semester is October 23, 2020. If you would like to drop a course before the deadline you must submit a Drop Request Form by clicking on the following link: If you have any questions, contact the Office of Records and Registration at

Maryland Commerce Supports Barth Professorship at the SSW

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) received $2.3 million in awards to fund four research professorships through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF). MEIF is a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at Maryland colleges and universities. The School of Social Work is the recipient of one of the awards. The Richard P. Barth Professorship in Children’s Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) will work to accelerate the development of new treatments for clients within and beyond the state of Maryland, providing mentorship of the School’s graduate students, post-docs, trainees and facul

Grant Initiates Investment in Multisystemic Therapies for Families in Baltimore City

The Department of Juvenile Services, through partnership with the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation was awarded more than $130,000 in grant funds to reduce existing community-based service gaps for youthful offenders in Baltimore City. Administered by the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, this grant provides startup resources for the Institute to facilitate selection and initial training of a provider for Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MSTEA) in Baltimore City. Together, MST and MST-EA will serve youth and young adults ages 12 to 20 years old, who are experien

Curious about what happens to undocumented youth at our boarder?

Join the Office of Field Education for our Macro Lunchtime Presentation on Monday, October 26th at 12pm. Participants will hear from Joshua Brusca, Maureen Fern and Rae Beaudry, social work graduates who currently work as program managers at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). Attendees will gain an understanding of services provided to undocumented migrant children who come to the United States seeking asylum or refugee status. Presenters will explain the entirety of the Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) welfare system, with a particular emphasis on services provided to families as a part of their efforts to reunify with these youth, as well as foster care services available to y

Learn more about NASW's legislative priorities and practice activities

Join the Office of Field Education on Tuesday October 27, 2020, 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm ET for our final Macro Lunchtime Presentation. Presenters from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) national office in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland NASW Chapter will provide an overview of the association’s policy and practice activities. NASW’s legislative priorities, recent efforts related to the pandemic and activities to support an essential workforce will be shared. There will be 90 minutes of lecture and 30 minutes for Q and A. Presenters: Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, Director, Public Policy, NASW Dina L. Kastner, MSS, MLSP, Senior Field Organizer, NASW Daphne McClellan, Ph.D., MSW, Executi

Robust Diversity Web Site Launched at the SSW

After several weeks of review and feedback, the SSW's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) has updated the SSW's web presence for this critical area of work. The improved web site,, contains information concerning the Office's work, its programs, initiatives, school groups and organizations, a timeline of efforts and DEI resources. A diversity events calendar is also part of the new site. In alignment with the overarching missions and goals of the School of Social Work, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) is charged with providing strategic leadership, supporting the DEI efforts of units across the School of Social Work, DEI programming a

OASIS Presents: A Discussion on Black Women's Maternal Health on 10/26

Please join the Organization of African American Students in Social Work (OASIS) for a discussion on Black Women’s Maternal Health featuring guest speaker India Renae Hunter. India Renae Hunter is a Community Organizer and Health Worker. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she completed a Dual Masters in Public Health and Social Work. She is originally from Dayton, Ohio and received a B.S. in Exercise Science at Pitt in 2016. The discussion can be accessed via Zoom. Meeting ID: 999 8078 6987 We look forward to seeing you there!

Have Voting Questions? The SSW Offers A Place for Answers!

With the 2020 election now just days away, the SSW offers a resource for those in the SSW community to find answers on where to vote, to see if you are registered, voting FAQs, and more! Find more information visit

Dean Judy Postmus Published in Psychology of Violence

Dean Judy L. Postmus and colleagues have a new paper published in Psychology of Violence that explored the perceptions of professionals who identified common tactics used by perpetrators to isolate, groom, and control individuals. Key stakeholders (N = 22) with expertise working with perpetrators and victims of child abuse, elder abuse, IPV, human trafficking, and gang or cult recruitment completed semistructured interviews to discuss their perspectives of predatory tactics. Using a directed content analysis procedure, emergent themes revealed that perpetrators engage individuals in exploitative relationships by (a) identifying potential victims, (b) infiltrating lives through grooming, (c)

Professor Emeritus Michael Reisch publishes new book on Social Work Ethics

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Michael Reisch just published a new book, SOCIAL WORK ETHICS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY, through Cognella Academic Publishing. The book analyzes the challenges social workers face in applying social work values and ethics due to recent significant social, political, cultural, and technological changes. It provides readers with guidelines for ethical practice based on a philosophic foundation rooted in social justice principles. The book includes global sources to provide a comparative perspective and applies several analytical frameworks to situations largely derived from real world experience.

THIS WEEK - Pop-In Advising Times!

Pop-In to Nakiya''s Webex room ( at the following times for a quick virtual chat: TUESDAY, OCT 20: 1-2PM WEDNESDAY OCT 21: 9-10AM THURSDAY, OCT 22: 5-6PM FRIDAY, OCT 23: 1-2PM If you'd rather make an appointment, send an email to Nakiya Schurman, Academic Advisor, at

Social Work in the Workplace & Employee Assistance Sub-specialization Info Session

Did you know that the UMSSW has the only specialized MSW program focused on preparing graduate students for social work in the workplace with a focus on employee assistance or EAP? Our school is recognized as a global leader in this area and graduates continue to be sought out for meaningful jobs and leadership positions in the world of work, EAP, and broader employee behavioral health and well-being. Offered within the broader Behavioral Health Sub-specialization, the Social Work in the Workplace & Employee Assistance Sub-specialization can be completed within the traditional program’s two year timeline. Social Work in the Workplace & EA students have options for clinical or macro concentra

Demystifying Free Speech & Advancing Racial Justice Co-hosted by the SSW

Demystifying Free Speech & Advancing Racial Justice co-hosted by SSW On Wednesday, October 28th from 1pm-2:30pm. SSW is co-hosting a panel discussion titled"Demystifying Free Speech & Advancing Racial Justice co-hosted by SSW Objectives of panel: -Discuss how to effectively engage in counterspeech, especially during this election season -Detail how free speech shows up in virtual settings and on social media -Consider how power, privilege, and free speech interact -Discuss POC experiences with free speech -Brainstorm how to use free speech as a tool for advancing racial justice Lauren Krapf - National Policy Counsel, Anti-Defamation League Cara Zelaya - Daily Kos Journalist Neijma Celestine-

New Reporting Form for SSW Climate/Culture Concerns

A new form that allows all members of the SSW community to submit their concerns and feedback related to SSW climate and culture has launched. The form, which will be overseen by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was a collaborative effort between key SSW stakeholders. It creates a formal structure and system of collect data and information that can be used to address school wide challenges related to diversity, equity, climate and inclusion. This form is not meant to duplicate, but rather strengthen and compliment processes already in place. The form was also launched as a tool that allows for a more restorative approach in responding to issues and concerns related to climate a

Westgate Serves As Keynote Speaker at NASW-MD Conference

Professor Lee Westgate served as the keynote speaker for the NASW-MD sponsored “16th Annual School Social Work VIRTUAL Conference - "School Social Work from Six Feet Away – Or More!” Westgate focused on the need for social workers to realign with their purpose and calling during this time of conflict and uncertainty. This conference was attended by over 330+ social workers from across the state of Maryland.

Sulzbach Featured in Plenary Session for National Conference on Juvenile Justice

Director of the National Center at the School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation, Denise Sulzbach, JD, will be a featured plenary speaker at this year’s National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference on Juvenile Justice. The virtual conference, November 8 through 11 of 2020, is a vital and important educational opportunity for stakeholders in the juvenile justice system and will explore gaps in services, discover new and improved practices, share cutting-edge research, and motivate participants to explore positive case outcomes for youth. Ms. Sulzbach will be joined by colleagues Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark, President Judge of the Judicial District of P

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