Monday, December 23, 2013

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison students collected 1,873 books and $850 to purchase over a hundred more in a book drive for children in the child welfare system in Wisconsin.  The new and gently used books will be delivered to child welfare services in 5 counties: Dane, Grant, Jefferson, Iowa, and Rock.


The book drive began on November 1 for Family Literacy Day, and donation boxes around the UW-Madison campus and in county social work agencies collected titles for young readers from toddler-age to teenagers.


For Dane County social workers, the books offer a way to connect with children during an initial assessment, which may be intimating for children. Iowa county social workers plan to distribute the books as holiday presents for children with whom they...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

While the holidays can be filled with joy, they can also be a struggle for people grieving the loss of a loved one. Betty Kramer, a professor in the School of Social Work, says it’s important to not be too hard on ourselves if we’re not feeling the holiday spirit that we may have experienced in the past.


Kramer’s research includes aging, end-of-life caregiving and the role that family conflict plays in the experience of complicated grief. She has seen families respond to grief in numerous ways and reminds people that there isn’t just one way to grieve.


Read the full story by Käri Knutson

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On Thursday, December 12, Professor Kristen Shook Slack will present current research on poverty, child abuse and maltreatment during the Congressional Social Work Caucus’ first congressional briefing.


Sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Council on Social Work Education, and the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy, “The Intersection of Poverty and Child Abuse and Neglect” will feature remarks by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA 13th District) and Representative Karen Bass (D-CA 37th District) and will be held in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.


Panelists include Kristen Shook Slack, Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Katherine Briar-Lawson, Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Albany (SUNY); JooYeun Chang, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau at the US Department of Health and Human Services; and Angelo McClain, Chief Executive Officer, NASW. 


The briefing will be moderated by Joan Levy Zlotnik (MSW ’74), Director of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute.


The event is also co-sponsored by the National Foster Care Coalition and the National Child Abuse Coalition.


For more information, please see the Social Work Caucus website...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

By Käri Knutson via University Communications


The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced last week that it would be joining the University of Wisconsin System’s UW Flexible Option and offer a non-credit certificate in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Counseling.


Flex Option LogoUW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Stout will also offer an array of programs using this self-paced, competency-based format. That announcement was made at the December Board of Regents meeting.


UW-Madison’s program will be coordinated through the Division of Continuing Studies, with support from the School of Social Work. The program will serve human services professionals seeking state certification as AODA counselors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for drug counselors will grow by 34 percent through 2016, resulting in 29,000 new jobs.


“Many individuals seeking professional certification as AODA counselors are already practicing human service professionals with degrees in the field, and much of the content covered in the required training programs...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Melissa Guth, like many UW-Madison students, has to strike a balance between being a full-time student and her other commitments. Unlike most other students, Guth’s other main commitment is to her eight kids. Getting her social work degree has been her family's shared goal. “If you really want to do something, you can do it,” Guth says. “I’m proof positive of that.”


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