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A series of events focusing on the human-animal bond on August 8, 2016 will benefit WisCARES, an outreach and training partnership forged by the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


A lecture and workshop will be presented by Philip Tedeschi, MSSW, LCSW, Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the Graduate School of Social Work at The University of Denver. An art exhibit exploring the human-animal bond will also be open to the public.


WisCARES provides basic veterinary medical care, housing support and advocacy, and other support services to Dane County pet owners who are currently experiencing or are at risk of homelessness....

Sandy Hook, Ferguson, Baltimore, Orlando, Baton Rouge, and Dallas are among the far too many places where violence has recently wreaked its devastating effects. The senseless killings that took place during Black Lives Matter demonstrations, an elementary school, a gay bar during Pride Month, and targeted police officers, challenge us as a culture, as a society, and as social workers to bear witness to injustice and to strive to work harder to improve and change the circumstances that led these awful events to take place.


Black lives do matter; gay people should have places in communities; elementary students should feel safe when they attend school, and a 4-year-old should not have to witness a killing in the seat in front of her. These recent events have touched places in our hearts for which there are no words - there are almost no adjectives or nouns left to describe our shock and outrage for what has happened. All we know is that people in this country have experienced death in a manner that no one should have to experience.


After each incident, we can become overwhelmed by sorrow, anger, and noise from the news and social media. The noise often obfuscates the heart of the matter...

Victoria KnokeUW-Madison doctoral student Victoria Knoke has been selected by the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) to be a member of the 7th cohort of the AGESW Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative.


Each year AGESW, with the support of the Gerontological Society of America, offers financial and educational support to 10 social work doctoral students who have completed their initial year of study, and show the potential to become emergent leaders in the field of gerontology. The award is designed to supply 10 doctoral students with new skills in instruction, research, and publishing. Students are provided ongoing mentorship by a member of AGESW and the opportunity to participate in a webinar regarding a topic of the cohort’s choosing.


With the traineeship, AGESW prepares students to develop a career plan that effectively demonstrates the extent of their knowledge and value in the field....

William Heiss, assistant director at the UW-Madison School of Social Work, was recently elected to serve as a member of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) for the subsequent three years.


CSWE is the nation’s accrediting agency for social work education, and is a nonprofit partnership between educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens from across the country. CSWE strives to certify the quality of social work education in order to create a professional practice that fosters individual, family and community wellbeing and promotes social and economic justice. 


The COA is responsible for the accreditation of over 750 social work programs in the United States. The COA determines the national standards of accreditation and ensures that all processes and procedures are administered fairly. In doing so the COA serves to maintain and improve the quality of social work education throughout the nation.

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work graduate student Caroline Miller was selected in November by the Research Society on Alcoholism to receive the 2015 John T. and Patricia A. O’Neill Addiction Science Education Award.


The award acknowledges graduate, postdoctoral, and medical trainees who exhibit excellence in community education regarding addiction research. Miller’s project, titled “Social Support Theory and Stigma: Examining Social Support and its Efficacy for Stigma Reduction for Recently Deployed Veterans”, will receive $2,500 in support from the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism.  


As the recipient of the O’Neill Addiction Science Education Award, Miller will present her project on June 29 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the 39th annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism....



August 8

  1. My Dog is My Home: The Homeless and Their Animal Companions
  2. Nature's Social Union: The Study of the Human-Animal Connection, with Philip Tedeschi, Clinical Professor, Executive Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the Graduate School of Social Work at The University of Denver
  3. Time Well Spent: Exploring Our Special Connection with Animals

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Child Welfare at the School of Social Work

WisCARES: Veterinary Care and Housing Support

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