Thursday, April 12, 2018

Roger Turenne"I've Always Considered Myself to be a Professional Social Worker"—Roger Turenne, MSSW '60, Founder of Turenne & Associates


Although UW-Madison School of Social Work Alum Roger Turenne, MSSW 1960, began his career in a traditional social work role at Northern Wisconsin Center in Chippewa Falls, his entrepreneurial spirit led to a different path. He appreciates the education and training he received at the School, and fondly remembers Helen Clarke, the School's first faculty member, and Professor Al Kadushin, who in the late 1950s was just beginning his teaching career.


After being drafted in 1968, Roger joined the United States Public Health Service as a commissioned officer. For the next 24 years he worked on a number of healthcare-related projects in Atlanta, ranging from an early heart disease prevention program, to developing new programs and policy for the then-recently enacted Medicare Program, and finally ending his public health career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


While he enjoyed his work with the government and was grateful for all he learned, Roger, "tiring of the bureaucracy," began to think about starting his own business. In 1986, drawing on his background in social work and his public health expertise,...

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Delaney at American Family Children's HosptialApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month -- a time to celebrate the good things communities do to promote healthy child development, as well as a time to reflect on the work that still remains. To show her support, Delaney Dustman, an MSW student, helped plan awareness events in her field placement at American Family Children's Hospital with the UW Child Protection Program and in her field unit seminar, “Social Work Practice in Public and Private Child Welfare.”


As part of the efforts, Delaney and her colleagues at the American Family Children’s Hospital are:

  • Initiating a social media campaign based on resources from Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Offering a training opportunity on trauma-informed care
  • Providing pinwheel coloring sheets to the Child Life team to color with the kids
  • And encouraging everyone to WEAR BLUE on April 6th (for child abuse prevention)


Delaney and class


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The below statement resulted from student advocacy and student, faculty, and staff collaboration.


Social work is a profession that requires its practitioners to advocate for change, to reshape an unjust society for the welfare of all, and to disrupt the patterns of injustice that play out generation after generation. Our profession’s code of ethics, by which social work students, faculty, and practitioners all agree to abide, demands many things of us, including that we "advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice." Social workers must halt the processes of injustice, speak against those who perpetuate it, and organize to produce a just future.


UW faculty, staff, and students must abide by the rules of the university, yet social work faculty and students must also abide by our profession’s code of ethics. As such, we have grave concerns about the "Commitment to Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression" as enacted by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents this fall with resolution 10952. We believe that the language used by the Regents may put the university rules at odds with our profession’s ethics.


Social workers, in the pursuit of a just society, must engage in the very sort of disruption that the Regents aim to vanquish from our university. The language used by the Regents to target students is as...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Jen CareyJen Carey is pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) in our Part-Time Program in Eau Claire. Her focus area is Child, Youth, and Family Welfare. She expects to graduate in May. She recently spoke to the School of Social Work about her experience.


Why did you choose to do the Part-Time Program?

Having a bachelor’s degree in sociology really limited my graduate degree options. However, the part-time program provided me with the opportunity to complete my MSW degree without having a BSW. As it turns out, the part-time program was a perfect fit! I have three small kiddos (two of which were born during the program). Being enrolled part-time allowed me the flexibility to tend to the needs of my family and work towards my goal of completing an MSW program.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

My hope is to work with children, youth, and families in some capacity. Ideally, I would love to work at the county or state level supporting Native American families. Whether this means working with tribal nations to expand consultation with the state and federal government; or to fight racial injustices that exists at all...

Friday, March 23, 2018

On March 21, the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project (EBHPP) held their second Capitol Briefing Series event titled, “The Other Half of Health: An Introduction to Social Determinants,” featuring panelists from a variety of public and private sectors. There, UW-Madison School of Social Work Associate Professor Marah Curtis, MSW, PhD, gave a presentation on the intersection of housing and health, setting the stage for the larger panel discussion. A recording of the event on Wisconsin Eye can be found here.


The first EBHPP Capitol Briefing Series focused on family and social support and featured UW-Madison Social Work’s Lawrence Berger, MSW, PhD as a panelist. A recording of that event can be found via the UWPHI YouTube page here.


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