Friday, December 15, 2017

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 the needs of the program with the demands of the student work-school-life roles. The Part-Time...

Monday, November 06, 2017

June PaulJune Paul, a PhD student in the School of Social Work, was recently selected as a 2017-18 Eileen Blackey Fellow by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The award will support Paul's dissertation study, "Exploring Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Young People Aging Out of Foster Care."


The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship provides financial support to doctoral candidates working on research dissertations in welfare policy and practice.

Monday, November 06, 2017

PhD student, Ángela María Guarín Aristizábal, was awarded first place for her poster on Saturday at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)'s fall research conference. The poster was titled: "Is Socioeconomic Status a Barrier to Nonresidential Father's Involvement with Their Children? Evidence from Survey and Administrative Data." 


A video of the poster is provided here



Friday, November 03, 2017

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.


Monday, October 09, 2017

(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 life for their families.”


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