Wednesday, March 05, 2014

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, courses have been offered in social work for over 100 years. Click the arrows below to navigate through the slideshow to see some of the major milestones at UW-Madison and learn about the establishment of the School of Social Work.



1944: Graduate studies begin

The University appointed Arthur Miles, a former county administrator for the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission and former regional...

Monday, March 03, 2014

By Stephanie Castillo


For children in families receiving public assistance, even a modest increase in child support income can make a world of difference to their well-being.


Mothers who are allowed to receive all, rather than partial, child support payments are less likely to be investigated for child abuse.


This is one of the key findings of a new study published in the September 2013 Social Service Review, “The Effect of Additional Child Support Income on the Risk of Child Maltreatment.”


“One of the exciting consequences of this research is that it encourages the child maltreatment prevention world to take greater notice of the economic context of families at risk for child maltreatment, and to see this context as a potential intervention point,” said Kristen Shook Slack, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The study, by researchers Maria Cancian and Kristen Shook Slack of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mi-Youn Yang (Ph.D. ’12) of Louisiana State University, explores the role that a full child support pass-through and disregard plays in child maltreatment, based on data from a former evaluation of Wisconsin’s child support program in...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

March 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm

Varsity Hall, Union South

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Aisht Ahalaia- Loving Responsibility: Creating Innovative Methods and Sustainable Health Promotion Approaches to Address Historical Trauma in Indian Country


Karina L. Walters, MSW, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work

Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute


Researcher Karina Walters will speak about the concept of historical trauma: how effects from a traumatic event experienced by a community can persist across generations. American Indian community...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

On February 13, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate School of Social Work Professor Maria Cancian as the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families (Administration for Children and Families) in the Department of Health and Human Services.


Cancian has been a professor in the School of Social Work and the La Follette School of Public Affairs since 1993, and is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Fiscal Initiatives and the Associate Dean for Social Sciences at the UW-Madison College of Letters and Science.


In response to the most recent US government administration nominations, President Obama said, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Professor Alfred Kadushin
(September 19, 1916 – February 5, 2014)

It is with great sadness that the School of Social Work notes the passing of our esteemed colleague Alfred Kadushin, the Julia C. Lathrop Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Professor Kadushin was one of the nation's leading scholars in child welfare services and social work. He was the author of sixty-six journal articles and six books: "Child Welfare Services," "The Social Work Interview," "Supervision in Social Work," "Social Work Consultation," "Adopting Older Children," and "Child Abuse."  He continued to stay productive and engaged in the field long after retirement, and new editions of "The Social Work Interview," co-authored with his daughter Goldie Kadushin, and "Supervision in Social Work," co-authored with Daniel Harkness, were released within the past year.

Professor Kadushin was a much beloved teacher and mentor. Thousands of students took...

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