Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Professor Meyer (left) with his mentor, Professor Irwin Garfinkel

Daniel R. Meyer, professor of social work at UW-Madison, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Social Policy Award, presented by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).


SSWR is dedicated to the advancement of research in social work. They collaborate with other organizations throughout the United States and across the globe to support, publicize, and enhance research regarding social work practice and policy. Members include faculty in schools of social work as well as other institutions, research staff, and masters and doctoral students. Together, these members represent more than 200 universities and institutions around the world....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Maria Cancian, professor of public affairs and social work, has recently been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).


The AASWSW is an honorific society of scholars and practitioners who promote excellence in the fields of social work and social welfare, through participation in high quality and impactful work that contributes to social good. They encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship, help inform social policy, and promote the examination of social policy and the implementation of research in testing the impact of new programs and policies.  


Cancian is one of 16 new fellows who will be inducted into the Academy in January 2017, at the Society for Social Work Research Conference in New Orleans, LA. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

The School of Social Work is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 scholarships and awards competition for BSW and MSW students. Each awardee is selected after a committee of faculty and staff undertake a rigorous review process, resulting in the selection of the following highly qualified candidates:


Alumni & Friends of the School of Social Work Scholarship - Tricia Mooney-Fogarty, Christine Petrilli, Morgan Sullivan, Faith Voss, Alyssa Watts


Kathryn Becker Norman Scholarship - Emily Karch


Debra Beebe Scholarship - Brent Gust, Lourdes Medina, Jessica Olseon-Bue


Donald G. Benn Scholarship - Dakota Krenz


Katherine Prichard Benz Award - Gabrielle Cypher



Friday, December 09, 2016

By AnnaKathryn Kruger


Abbie Steinback serves as the latest addition to a network of professionals dedicated to providing quality care to people experiencing homelessness and their companion animals, through the pro-bono veterinary medical and social service WisCARES. Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education, and Social Services (WisCARES) is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Social Work that offers among its services housing support, social service advocacy, and veterinary care to companion animal owners in Dane County who are homeless...

Friday, December 02, 2016

In late 2015, Mitch hit a new low. On this night, he came home late from being out with his friends after a stressful workday. His wife, Sarah, who was three months pregnant, asked why he hadn’t come home earlier. She threatened to leave him. An argument ensued, and Mitch shoved her to the ground.


On the night Mitch threw Sarah to the ground, the police showed up, arresting Mitch for domestic abuse. And Sarah packed her bags, moving out of state to be closer to her family for the rest of the pregnancy. Mitch was facing jail time and on the verge of losing the woman he loved just months before he would become a father. Then his defense attorney threw him a lifeline.


“He asked me if I thought I was abusive and if I wanted to get help,” says Mitch. “I told him I did. He said he knew the perfect guy and referred me to Darald.”


Darald Hanusa runs the Alternatives & Treatment for Abusive Men (or ATAM), developed at the Midwest Domestic Violence Resource Center. In just a few weeks, Mitch will have completed the yearlong batterers treatment program.

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