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.

Read the full story from the Isthmus

Friday, December 02, 2016

Intimate partner violence will affect one in five undergraduate relationships at the University of Wisconsin.


According to a 2015 Association of American Colleges and Universities survey, more than 20 percent of UW undergraduate students reported they had been in a violent relationship since entering college. Of the students who reported, 30 percent did not tell any one about it.


Darald Hanusa, a UW School of Social Work senior lecturer and founder of Alternatives and Treatment for Abusive Men, said intimate partner violence, which is defined as a violent relationship between two people and does not require the two to be in a shared living situation, relies on power and control. Emotional abuse, manipulation, name calling, sarcastic comments, the silent treatment, threats and physical abuse all serve as tactics for the perpetrator to maintain control over the victim.


Read the full article at the Badger Herald

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