Friday, August 18, 2017

Members and friends of the School of Social Work: Unfortunately, what happened in Charlottesville is not surprising to us. It is yet another outward manifestation of what we know to be true – hatred and violence are both tolerated and fostered in our country.


The School of Social Work joins the University leaders in condemning the racist and anti-Semitic ideologies and violence witnessed this week in Charlottesville. In their recent letter to the campus, the Chancellor, Provost, Chief Diversity Officer, and Dean of Students state:


“The use of violence in the service of racist and anti-Semitic ideology is cowardly and against the ideals this country has fought to preserve for generations. We unambiguously reject violence and the ideologies of white supremacist groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis that express hatred of people because of their identities. These organizations are antithetical to the values that this campus represents.”


In the letter, the UW-Madison leadership recommits itself to preserving the safety of our campus community, valuing diversity, and promoting the free expression of viewpoints (that do not include threats of violence). As members and friends of the School of Social Work, we have additional commitments to make.



Friday, June 30, 2017

All School of Social Work (BSW and MSW) students who graduated in May from the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program received and accepted job offers within 30 days of graduation. The Title IV-E Program educates and trains social work students for employment in public child welfare, such as at Children Protective Services, Foster Care, or Special Needs Adoption.


Social Work students who go into the Title IV-E Program agree to accept employment after graduation in the State of Wisconsin and remain employed in exchange for a stipend, tuition and fees, and books and supplies while in the program.


The goals of the program are to strengthen Wisconsin’s public child welfare workforce and to produce social work leaders. The program operates with federal funds made available through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.


Since the program’s inception in 1999, the School of Social Work has graduated 203 BSW and MSW students who now hold child welfare positions in 32 counties in Wisconsin as well as the Oneida and Ho-Chunk Nations. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PhotoNot everyone is built to become a social worker. The work is challenging. The days are long. There is a fair amount of uncertainty. It’s no wonder then that Meghan Jenkins Morales wasn’t sure about her own career path when she took a year off from college in Iowa to figure out what she wanted to do.


She had some interest in psychology, but she wasn’t sure where that would take her. Her mom was a special-education teacher. The helping professions were not unfamiliar. But it was her grandfather who, sitting in her dorm room listening to her question her future, provided guidance. After some consideration of the unique set of interests and skills, he simply said without pressure, “I think you want to be a social worker.”


“I think it was always in me, but I didn’t know what to call it.” Meghan recalled. “He helped me process it.”


She signed up for an Introduction to Social Work class and has been hooked ever since.


Meghan is the third generation in her family to make such a decision. Her grandpa, Joe Jenkins, was in the first MSW class at the University of Texas and spent a career in family therapy and as the director of an agency specializing in hard-to-place adoptions. Her...

Friday, June 09, 2017

pictureHelen Petracchi, MSSW,’83, PhD ’92, was named a “2017 Council on Social Work Education Scholar.” Petracchi, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, has extensive experience with social work education research, and received a $5,000 award. She will work with CSWE’s Joint Research Task Force which is comprised of members of the Commissions on Research, Education and Accreditation and will focus on best practices or models in field education/internship experience across disciplines and their connection to social work accreditation standards.


Dr. Petracchi was also recently appointed as a member of the CSWE Commission on Accreditation, where she joins School of Social Work Assistant Director Bill Heiss, and other social work educators from throughout the country, in "the critically important function of maintaining and advocating for quality in social work education through its accreditation/candidacy of more than 750 social work programs in the United States."

Friday, June 02, 2017

PictureBraunginn and Larsen Part of Wisconsin School Social Workers Association

One in five school-age children struggle with mental health issues and 80 percent of those students do not get professional help. Most school districts in Wisconsin do not receive funding specifically to support students with mental health issues.


To address the needs of school districts and the importance of professionally-licensed social workers in schools, two field faculty members met with state legislators. Jenny Braunginn and Katie Larsen, who teach School Social Work Field Units, recently met with Rep. Jonathan Brostoff and Sen. Luther Olsen. Larsen and Braunginn spoke with the lawmakers as liaisons to the Board of Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA). Specifically, they talked about Governor Walker’s budget proposal to expand resources for access to mental health services for school-age children.


Governor Walker’s plan, which was developed by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and mental health experts, would provide $6.3 million dollars for a categorical aid program to support school...

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