Welcome to The School of Social Work

Our Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire, and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are dedicated professional social workers. This is one in a series of Instructor Spotlights.

 Heidi Frank What is your social work background?

I have a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from the University of Oshkosh (go Titans!) and a Master’s of Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have certificates in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Intensively Trained (DBT).


Describe your current position in the field?

Currently I am a field instructor in the Part-Time MSW program at UW-Madison in the Eau Claire site. I have been in this teaching position for five years. I also work full-time at Mayo Clinic, Eau Claire as a psychotherapist. I have been at this position for 11 years. I have been a social worker since 1999.


What are the challenges you experience in your position?

The biggest challenge I face in the Part-Time Program is managing...

Co-authored by Assistant Professor, Lara Gerassi


Assistant Professor, Lara GerassiSex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) are not new. Organizations such as Children of the Night, increased political attention, and legislation over the past several decades have brought sex trafficking and CSE into public view. However, until recently, few if any resources dealt closely and specifically with research-based social work practices of working with survivors of sex trafficking and CSE. A newly published book, co-authored by UW-Madison School of Social Work Assistant Professor Lara Gerassi and Andrea J. Nichols helps fill this gap.


(L-R): Audrey Conn, Fabiola Hamdan, Stephanie Robert, Amanda Ngola at the 2017 Agency Supervisor WorkshopThe School of Social Work recognized Fabiola Hamdan with the 2017 Distinguished Agency Supervisor Award last month at our annual Agency Supervisor Workshop. Ms. Hamdan has over 18 years of experience as a community social worker, activist, and leader for social change with the Dane County Department of Human Services, Joining Forces for Families. She has created numerous programs and initiatives to support immigrants in the Latinx community and is a strong advocate for clients and students.


In nominating Fabiola, one colleague said, “Ms. Fabiola Hamden has mentored social work interns from all walks of life for many years as a Joining Forces for Families Community Social Worker. This has been a fabulous experience for all interns who have been mentored by her.” They continued, “Beyond her excellent supervision of students, as an immigrant to the U.S. from Bolivia, Ms. Hamdan has been a role model and an inspiration for many individuals coming to the United States in search for a better...

A $5 million gift honors two UW-Madison alumnae and supports graduate students pursuing careers in social work

By Katie Vaughn


BermansIn honor of his late wife’s and his mother-in-law’s dedication to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, Joel F. Berman has announced a gift of $5 million to support the School’s graduate students. It is the largest gift the school has ever received.


Ethel Sandra “Sandy” Rosenbaum received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology in 1972 and a master’s degree in social work from the university in 1976. Her mother, Harriet Abelson Rosenbaum, was a 1948 graduate of the university.



“Sandy pursued social work because she saw people in need growing up in New York City and wanted to help them, and because of her mother Harriet, who, as a social worker in New York, exemplified the transformational impact one can have on a person's life through this work,” Berman says. “This gift fulfills Sandy’s dream of honoring her mother by encouraging more students...

Tamara GrigsbyThe School of Social Work is proud to announce the development of a new fund, named after an alumna, legislator, and advocate for social justice, to advance the School’s priority goals of diversity and inclusion within the School and in our social justice work with the community.


The Tamara Grigsby Memorial Fund for Diversity and Inclusion, named after Tamara Grigsby (MSSW 2000) and seeded by an anonymous alumni donor, will be used to recruit students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds; increase programming to promote an inclusive environment; provide training for students, faculty, and community members on new approaches to improve diversity and inclusion in the classroom and in our communities; and to emphasize through action the School’s training and commitment to diversity and inclusion in its many forms.





December 22

  1. Executive Committee Meeting (includes closed session pursuant to Wis.Stats., Section 19.85(1)(ae))

January 17

  1. Executive Committee Meeting (includes closed session pursuant to Wis.Stats., Section 19.85(1)(ae))
  2. All School Meeting

January 26

  1. Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference

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