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March is National Professional Social Work Month
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the School of Social Work in the Falk College at SU, began its annual commemoration of National Professional Social Work Month on March 1. The NASW designated March as National Social Work Month in the 1960s to provide recognition and voice for social workers who represent one of the largest professions in the country. SU’s School of Social Work has been recognized nationally for community organization and activism, clinical training in family systems, gerontology, and concentrations in health and occupational social work. SU’s School of Social Work has educated generations of social workers for more than 50 years, offering a bachelor of science in social work and a master of social work. In 2013, it announced the offering of the nation’s first dual master’s degree program in social work and marriage and family therapy.
As part of National Professional Social Work Month, SU social work students and faculty attended Lobby Day on March 4 in Albany, a collaborative project of NASW and the New York Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. The legislative issue was “Loan Forgiveness.” Later this month, members of the NASW New York State Central Division will sponsor lunch for social work students, which includes a meal of soup and bread to remind students of the profession's history in advocating for the poor.
Mirken gift expands New York City social work immersion program
For many years, generous support from Mr. Alan B. Mirken has made possible a three-day New York City educational immersion program for students in the Falk College’s School of Social Work. This recent gift from Mr. Mirken will expand programming this year—and in future years—in the annual “Roots of American Social Work” program.
This unique and innovative three-day educational opportunity brings students face-to-face with sites of significance to the history of social work, giving them a close-up view of contemporary practice. This social welfare history tour to such sites as the NY Tenement Museum helps students to learn how U.S. social welfare developed. The tour includes visits to Mount Sinai Hospital, the Goddard Community Center (which began as one of the first Settlement Houses in NYC), and the Ellis Island Museum, among other opportunities.
This year’s program will take place April 2-4.
Alford Featured Columnist on Cultural Diversity
The Daily Inspiration feature in The Syracuse Post-Standard and its online companion, Syracuse.com, presents the expertise of community thought leaders on topics of interest locally for personal reflection and enrichment. In addition to his faculty role in the Falk College’s School of Social Work, Dr. Keith Alford is a member of the InterFaith Works Board of Directors and was the featured author of the Daily Inspiration column for a week in February 2014. The inspirations are connected to Prof. Alford’s research focus, which includes cultural diversity, mental health service delivery, contemporary rites of passage programming, and loss/grief reactions.
"Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults: Marjorie Cantor’s Legacy to Gerontology” hosted by Aging Studies Institute
The Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute—the collaborative initiative of the Falk College and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs—held a conference on “Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults: Marjorie Cantor’s Legacy to Gerontology” in New York City in January. The event recognized the pioneering scholarship of the late Professor Marjorie Cantor that advanced understanding of the lifestyles of older persons, the importance of caregiver support systems, and needs of elders across class and culture.
The event featured a full-day agenda of aging-related topics and speakers with expertise in those areas, including faculty from the Falk College and Maxwell School and other invited experts. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services William Corr was the featured speaker. During his address titled “A New Day for Older Americans: Addressing the Needs of Our Aging Population,” he discussed the promise of the Affordable Care Act to meet longstanding needs for our aging population, particularly caregiving and health care disparities among minorities. While the ACA has received plenty of political feedback, Corr said the federal agencies particularly welcome input from scholars that can help expand the health policy community’s knowledge base.
Unique Opportunity for Advanced Standing MSW students
The SU School of Social Work is partnering with the Veterans Administration to support four HRSA-funded field placements annually for students committed to working with veterans and their families and participating in consortium program activities.
Deborah Ducett named director of field education
Deborah Ducett joined the Field Office in the School of Social Work in January as the new director of field education. She received her MSW and BSW from Syracuse University. Her clinical, administrative and academic career has included psychotherapy, case management administration, and teaching in the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida (USF), where she also oversaw student placements and served as advisor and liaison to students in their internship settings. She initiated the first part-time MSW program and a BSW program on the Sarasota-Manatee satellite campus of USF. An active member of NASW, she chaired the Manatee County Homeless Coalition and was the driving force behind the initiative to create a one-stop center for homeless adults and children in Manatee County. She has facilitated support groups for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and led a task force that created a buddy system partnership for people living with HIV and AIDS. In addition to her community activism, Deborah is also interested in healthcare literacy, evidence-based practice and patient-centered medical homes. She can be reached at x-5586 and at email@example.com. Her office is located at 300 Sims Hall.
Social Work Students Explore Corrections System, Mental Health Policies, Services at 15th Annual Stone Legislative Policy Symposium
Jails and prisons have become the nation’s largest psychiatric institutions, especially for low-income persons and persons of color. The National Sheriffs’ Association reports that in virtually every county across the country, county jails hold more people with severe psychiatric illness than any psychiatric facility in that county. More often than not, these facilities are under-equipped to address mental health and related substance abuse problems.
The intersection of New York’s state and local corrections systems and mental health policies and services with respect to incarcerated persons who are seriously mentally ill was explored during the Syracuse University School of Social Work’s 15th Annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Symposium on Monday, October 21. The event, co-sponsored by the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, was organized around the theme, “Criminalizing New York’s Severely Mental Ill: Where is Dorothea Dix When We Need Her?”
New dual master’s degree program in social work, marriage & family therapy
The Falk College now offers a dual master’s degree program in social work and marriage & family therapy. This interdisciplinary program allows students to complete the master’s degree in two distinct professions—the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT). The first dual MSW-MFT master’s degree program in the country, it combines the generalist practice orientation of the MSW foundation and the advanced theory, practice and skills content of the MSW curriculum with the intensive relational clinical training of the MFT degree. The dual MSW-MFT degree will allow students to seek licensure in social work and/or marriage and family therapy in any state in the country to assume a very competitive position for employment opportunities. For more information, contact the Falk College Office of Admissions at 443-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Community in Trauma: The Impact on Children & Families
A day-long conference exploring the epidemic of violence and the long-term wounds it inflicts.
Fri. March 21
Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road
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CFS Grad School Info Session
Learn about the benefits of earning a graduate degree in Child & Family Studies.
Fri. March 28
426 Ostrom Ave.
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Research Brown Bag Forum: "Strategies and Approaches for Securing Foundation Funding"
Melissa Whipps, Assistant Director Foundation Relations
Fri. March 28
3rd Floor Atrium, Sims Hall
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"America's First Sport" Airing Nationwide on ESPNU
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