Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On Monday, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) posted an open statement regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. In the statement, NASW voices its disappointment with the passage of the America Safe Act (H.R. 4038) in the House of Representatives, and calls on social workers "to act to prevent discrimination based on religion, race, culture and other factors."


To read the context of the statement and NASW's response, visit the NASW blog post.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) announced Monday that School of Social Work Director Stephanie A. Robert and Professor Lawrence M. Berger have been selected as fellows to be inducted in 2016 at the Society for Social Work Research conference.


Professor Stephanie A. Robert

Fellowship in AASWSW honors the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the area of social work and social welfare.


“The Fellows of the Academy are all strong leaders in integrating scientific methods and social work practice and policy and an enormous resource for the field. I am delighted that 13 more Fellows will be inducted as this will significantly strengthen the range and impact of our work to benefit our wider society.” said AASWSW President Richard Barth, Dean of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.


Professor Lawrence M. Berger

Robert, a health disparities expert, researches how...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Once upon a time, Nicole was married and a homeowner. She had a catering business and plans to become a small animal veterinarian.


Then Nicole got sick. Chronic fatigue, muscle pain, and dizziness. She spent six years either hospitalized or bedridden. Eventually, Nicole’s disorder was diagnosed as adrenal insufficiency, a potentially fatal condition in which the adrenal glands fail to produce sufficient amounts of cortisol. By then, she was divorced, thousands of dollars in debt, and living on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin.


Read the full story from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Monday, November 16, 2015

Two professors at the School of Social Work recently received funding to conduct research in the areas of alcohol addiction and mental health.


Assistant Professor Joseph E. Glass was awarded $150,000 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health for a 2-year study.


The grant, “Racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol outcomes and health services,” will examine why some racial and ethnic groups experience worse outcomes from drinking than others, and why some individuals seek help for alcohol problems from informal sources instead of from addiction treatment specialists.


With the study, Glass seeks to improve knowledge about racial and ethnic disparities in health and provide recommendations for public health interventions to better address and treat alcohol use disorders.

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