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Thursday, January 18, 2018

ConferenceKeynote by nationally-recognized speaker, Symone Sanders, a political strategist and CNN political commentator

 

The UW-Madison School of Social Work will host its fourth-annual Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference next week. It is geared toward both students in our social work programs and practicing social workers in our community. The day will include more than 15 workshops and presentations by local and national experts.

 

Symone Sanders will keynote the conference with a presentation called, “Black History, American History.” Sanders rose to prominence as the press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She will also lead one of 15 breakout workshops.

 

Over five hundred people have registered. The combination of campus and community involvement as well as the timely nature of the conference theme are expected to appeal to a wide audience.

 

The conference challenges social workers to engage in racial and social justice action. This year, registration filled up in less than three days.

 

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Professor Marah A. CurtisMany factors influence health and well-being, including access to safe and stable housing. The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee and its partners, including School of Social Work Professor Marah A. Curtis and Professor Geoffrey Swain of the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, recognize this direct link.

 

Their project, Creating Conditions to Improve Housing for Wisconsin Families, will inform housing policies related to health, quality, stability, or affordability to alleviate Wisconsin’s housing crisis and its effects on public health.

 

It’s one of four new $1 million, five-year Community Impact Grants recently funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

 

The project began in Milwaukee on January 1st and will expand to other counties in the state within the next five years. Project activities will include building a community-driven advisory council, conducting a health impact assessment, and recruiting and training tenant leadership teams.

 

Its overall goal is to create conditions for...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Associate Professor Tally Moses recently appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss combating mental health stigmas with Larry Meiller. Prof. Moses' research focuses on mental health treatment practices, primarily with youth.

Dr. Moses has made significant contributions to research in three areas: (1) Psychotropic medication, including social workers’ approach to the use of psychotropic medication to treat youths’ MH disorders, and psychosocial predictors of psychotropic medication outcomes; (2) Subjective experiences of MH treatment and mental illness stigma among adolescents diagnosed with mental disorders; and (3) Parents’ problem perceptions, experiences with stigmatization, and coping with their children’s MH challenges

 

Dr. Moses has made significant contributions to research in psychotropic medication, including social workers’ approach to the use of psychotropic medication to treat youths’ MH disorders, and psychosocial predictors of psychotropic medication outcomes; subjective experiences of MH treatment and mental illness stigma among adolescents diagnosed with mental disorders; and parents’ problem perceptions, experiences with stigmatization, and coping with their children’s MH challenges

 

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Maria CancianCongratulations to Professor Maria Cancian who will be inducted as a Fellow into The American Academy of Political & Social Science (AAPSS) later this year! Dr. Cancian is a Prof. of Public Affairs and Social Work, and an affiliate and former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty. She will become the 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow, inducted into the Academy at a ceremony in Washington, DC at the AAPPS annual gala dinner in May.

 

Dr. Cancian is one of just five scholars chosen as a Fellow this year. Dr. Cancian’s work focuses on welfare and social policy; race, ethnicity, gender and labor market; poverty and the distribution of income. Nominated by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), she served a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and then Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for ACF. Prior to her federal appointment, she served as Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Fiscal Initiatives in the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science, as well as a W. T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow in residence at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, a Visiting Scholar...

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Alumnus and Board of Visitors member talks about social work and entrepreneurship


Gary CohenGary Cohen, MSW '80 shared his experience of going from graduate student in social work to starting an employee assistance consulting firm in a new video as part of the College of Letter's & Science Career Initiative, "Badger to Badger."


Mr. Cohen is the Owner, Founder, and Co-President of Employee Resource Systems, as well as the Co-Owner and Founder of ScreenSafe.


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