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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?”
Social Workers United working with Samaritan's Purse on Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child delivers shoe boxes of gifts to children all over the world who are affected by war, poverty, famine, and disaster, and has provided more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in 130 countries since 1993. The Social Workers United student organization is currently collecting empty shoe boxes with lids or plastic containers and small gifts to fill each box. Those willing to donate can drop off boxes to Lisa Hubbard at 440 Sims Hall. Gift collection to fill the boxes is set-up outside the 3rd floor Atrium in Sims Hall.
Collections end November 18th as we will have a Packing Party November 19th to pack the boxes with the gifts we collect. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
deLara Encourages Parents to Talk with Children About Hazing
Ellen DeLara, associate professor in the Falk College’s School of Social Work, interviewed hundreds of students for a book she co-authored, “And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence.” She recently spoke with Channel 9/WSYR (ABC-TV) about the problem of hazing among student-athletes and the active, on-going roles parents and other adults must play. “Adults cannot afford to pay attention to hazing only when an incident erupts,” notes deLara. “Hazing is typically a part of an organization’s ongoing culture and traditions. Consequently, adults need to be looking for it, reviewing group practices, and interviewing kids about the types of ‘bonding’ they are participating in.”
MSW students selected for program focused on mental, behavioral health needs of veterans, military personnel and their families
Four advanced standing MSW students from the School of Social Work at Syracuse University have received Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awards as a part of the Upstate New York Mental and Behavioral Health Education Consortium (UNY-MBHEC). The School of Social Work has partnered with the Syracuse VA Medical Center, where all four students have field placements this semester in the following areas:
- Jessica Currier – Homeless Program
- David Minney – Patient-Aligned Care Team
- Naomi McLaughlin – Military Sexual Trauma
- Megan Vogt – Geriatrics
Earlier this year, the School of Social Work announced it is part of a consortium of upstate New York schools, led by the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare, to support behavioral health initiatives for veterans. Under the umbrella of UNY-MBHEC, the partners include U. Albany, the University at Buffalo, University at Binghamton, University at Brockport, Nazareth College of Rochester and Roberts Wesleyan College, in addition to the School of Social Work in SU’s Falk College. The project is supported by a three-year, $480,253 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration. This grant is one of only 13 funded nationally. Syracuse University has been awarded a $65,400 subcontract as a part of the three-year project. Its efforts in the consortium are led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Carrie Jefferson Smith, director of the School of Social Work, and Co-Investigator, Kristin Esposito, field placement coordinator, School of Social Work.
Professor Corvo receives grant to explore domestic violence perpetration
As part of his on-going work in theory development in domestic violence perpetration, professor of social work, Ken Corvo, was awarded a $15,000 grant from the FHL Foundation for the proposal, “The Role of Executive Function Deficits in Domestic Violence Perpetration.” Corvo notes that for nearly 40 years, public policy response to domestic violence has been defined as the socially sanctioned dominance of women by men. The view of patriarchy as the sole cause of domestic violence is the underpinning for a policy/practice paradigm that has dominated the regulatory, legal, and policy discourse of the United States, Canada and other countries. While literature indicates a much broader range of psychological risk factors, policies regarding domestic violence perpetration often disregard or forbid considerations of mental health issues, particularly those with developmental antecedents. Corvo will undertake a synthetic review of the literature on the intersection of executive function deficits and psychopathology as they are manifested in dysfunctional violent coping in domestic violence perpetrators.
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 email@example.com.
SWK alumna, Kathleen Glow-Morgan, to serve as VA acting national director of social work
Kathleen Glow-Morgan, LCSW-R, social work executive at Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC), will be the VACO acting national director of social work from May 12-24. She has a master of social work from Syracuse University’s School of Social Work and a BS in human development, also from SU. “She has been assigned to this extremely high-level position, which reflects the regard in which she is held here as well as in Washington. We are very proud of her and know she will do a great job,” notes Robert W. McLean, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.), public affairs officer, Syracuse VAMC.
Karen Kirkhart named 2013 United Methodist Scholar Teacher
Karen E. Kirkhart, M.S.W., Ph.D., professor in the School of Social Work in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, has been named the 2013 United Methodist Scholar Teacher of the Year in recognition of outstanding teaching and scholarship. This award emphasizes the dual nature of a faculty member's responsibilities as a scholar and teacher. In the spring semester of the academic year, the Chancellor selects the recipient. Kirkhart will be honored on May 3 during a special ceremony at the Falk College’s faculty meeting, with vice chancellor and provost, Eric F. Spina, presenting the award.
Social work students inducted into Phi Alpha Honor Society
On April 10, the School of Social Work held its Phi Alpha Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter, induction ceremony at Hendricks’s Chapel. Twelve undergraduate and 20 graduate social work students joined Phi Alpha this academic year. Associate professor, Keith Alford, was the keynote speaker. Leondra Polk, Phi Alpha president, led the ceremonies, with assistance from Deborah Monahan, professor of social work and associate dean of research. Awards were presented by Bette Brown Thoreck, director, Baccalaureate social work program.
Professor of Social Work Alejandro Garcia to Receive 2013 Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award
In honor of his significant contributions to the field of social work through teaching, research, policy advocacy, and service, Professor Alejandro Garcia, Ph.D., will receive the 2013 Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award March 26, 7 p.m., in the Schine Student Center, 304ABC. Sponsored by Social Workers United, the School of Social Work, CNY NASW and the Falk College, the program is free and open to the public. This annual event is one of several activities celebrating National Professional Social Work Month commemorated each March.
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.
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Criminalizing New York’s Severely Mentally III:
Where is Dorothea Dix When We Need Her?
The Fifteenth Annual School of Social Work
James Stone Legislative Policy Symposium
Monday October 21, 2013
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