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....

Friday, May 13, 2016


Pet owners Clarence (right) and Kelly wait with their dogs Ike (left) and Tina to see the vet at a WisCARES clinic in Madison.

Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education, and Social Services (WisCARES), a partnership between the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and the UW-Madison School of Social Work that assists homeless and housing-unstable individuals with pets, has received a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.


The project will receive two years of funding for a full-time social worker who will provide direct educational support to social welfare, BSW and MSW students in the School of Social Work and help expand services for WisCARES clientele.

Friday, May 06, 2016

The School of Social Work is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 doctoral student award and scholarship recipients. The following competitive awards are made possible by generous donations from alumni and friends of the School of Social Work, and allow the School of Social Work's students to receive critical funding to support their development as scholars and teachers.


Alfred Kadushin Dissertation Research Award - Yonah Drazen


Research Paper AwardAndrea Larson


Irving Piliavin AwardEun Ha Namkung


Sheldon D. Rose Memorial ScholarshipJune Paul


Teaching Assistant Excellence AwardMichelle Turner


Arthur P. Miles School of Social Work Scholarship - Emily Warren            


Many of the...

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society has dedicated much of this year to sharing awareness and appreciation for the field of social work with the rest of the UW-Madison campus.


Phi Alpha, an honors fraternity associated with the UW-Madison School of Social Work, celebrates academic achievement and fosters the formation of close bonds between students pursuing an education in social work.


For the 2015-16 academic year, Phi Alpha’s initiates involved advocating for better prominence of social work and social welfare across campus. The group recently hosted a panel on student social justice activism, featuring panelists from around Madison who spoke regarding social justice on campus and in the community.


Megan Wendt, a member and event coordinator in Phi Alpha, says that Phi Alpha strives to be a resource for students around UW-Madison interested in social work and social welfare....

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