Monday, June 13, 2016

The horror of Sunday morning’s mass shooting gives us pause to try to make sense out of the senseless; to cope with the magnitude of such a violent act. Faculty at this School of Social Work condemn this action and all forms of violence whether they be perpetrated on an individual or a community. In the days ahead, families and friends will grieve and struggle with the loss of a child, a partner, a spouse, a parent, a friend. We offer our deepest sympathies and support to all who are affected by this terrible act in this time of great sorrow.


Across the country June is Pride month; a time when GLBT people and their friends and allies gather in solidarity to celebrate the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the accomplishments of their quest for equal rights. We stand with the LGBT community in this time of great celebration and great loss. No doubt this act of violence will trigger yet again discussions about gun control and hate speech and other forms of xenophobia directed at Muslims and homophobia directed at gays and lesbians. Hopefully, the way forward will be guided by the humanity in each of us and with the memory of our brothers and sisters who perished Sunday.

Monday, June 06, 2016

For crime victims and witnesses of traumatic events, the criminal justice system can be bewildering and frightening. That’s why Julie Foley, who manages the Crime Response Program in the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, goes to work every day.


Foley, 55, who has led the program since 1996, says it’s a vital job, giving a voice to people who otherwise might become lost in the system.


Read the story from the Wisconsin State Journal

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Yang Sao Xiong, assistant professor of social work and Asian-American studies, has been accepted into the Health Equity Leadership Institute class of 2016.


The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) was established in partnership with the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health with the goal of supporting and advancing the career development of underrepresented minority investigators who engage in health disparities research.


During HELI's intensive, week-long “research bootcamp”, Xiong and his cohort will have the opportunity to engage with researchers hailing from institutions across the country, to practice community-engaged research, and to hone their skills in research development and writing....

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

By AnnaKathryn Kruger

It’s easy to imagine that having a little extra money goes a long way when it comes to raising children. But is it possible that children in families living at or below poverty level are at a higher risk for abuse and neglect?


Professors Kristen Slack and Lawrence Berger from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and with support from Casey Family Programs, have developed a study to help determine whether a family’s access to economic resources may impact their likelihood of being reported to child protective services.


In an interview for Wisconsin Public Radio’s University of the Air, Slack explains that one of the most salient questions in the field of child maltreatment prevention is whether observed neglect is due to a family’s lack of basic necessities, or more so, problematic parenting...

Friday, May 20, 2016

By AnnaKathryn Kruger

Of the many focuses in social work, employee assistance programs are dedicated to addressing the needs of workers. Gary Cohen, University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and current chair of the School of Social Work advisory board, advocates for individuals in the corporate sphere, and in doing so highlights a lesser known and often rewarding area of social work that offers many opportunities.


With a master's in social work from UW-Madison, Cohen heads a company and owns his own business with 16 employees. He specializes in corporate employee assistance programs and is the founder, president, and CEO of Employee Resource Systems, a national Employee Assistance and Work-Life firm. This program provides support to individuals within the corporate workforce who are in need of mental health, substance abuse, and a range of social services....

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