Monday, August 28, 2017


 Name: Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick
Title: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Investigator, Waisman Center
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

Name: Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick

Title: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Investigator, Waisman Center

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio


Professional background:

My professional background includes stints working as a group leader for social skills groups for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, a study coordinator for a stress management intervention study for family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, a tutor for children and adolescents with learning disabilities, and a school counselor, dorm parent, and coach at a college preparatory boarding school.


Educational background:

University of Colorado at Boulder, BA in Psychology

University of Pittsburgh, MSW; PhD in Social Work

Thursday, August 24, 2017

students at CRISPThree MSW students participated in the Congressional Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) “Political Boot Camp” last month in Washington, D.C. Our students, Brita Larson, Jennifer Smith and Alyssa Watts, along with select social workers, social work faculty and students from throughout the country, gained skills in preparing to run for office, managing a campaign, and becoming a campaign spokesperson.


“Whether it’s running for a local candidacy or a national role, canvassing for a candidate, or lobbying your legislators, CRISP really taught me that getting involved at the local level is essential, and it's also a good place to start,” says Brita Larson, one of the participants. “Based on feedback from our trainers, social workers already have the goods and tools to successfully engage in politics.”


CRISP works to increase the number of social workers involved in the legislative and policy process and to bridge social work research with policy makers. It was started in 2012 as an outgrowth of the Congressional Social Work Caucus.


“Our Code of Ethics demands that we fight for social justice and that we advocate with and for the oppressed and vulnerable among us,” said Alyssa Watts. “CRISP showed me that...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Members and friends of the School of Social Work: Unfortunately, what happened in Charlottesville is not surprising to us. It is yet another outward manifestation of what we know to be true – hatred and violence are both tolerated and fostered in our country.


The School of Social Work joins the University leaders in condemning the racist and anti-Semitic ideologies and violence witnessed this week in Charlottesville. In their recent letter to the campus, the Chancellor, Provost, Chief Diversity Officer, and Dean of Students state:


“The use of violence in the service of racist and anti-Semitic ideology is cowardly and against the ideals this country has fought to preserve for generations. We unambiguously reject violence and the ideologies of white supremacist groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis that express hatred of people because of their identities. These organizations are antithetical to the values that this campus represents.”


In the letter, the UW-Madison leadership recommits itself to preserving the safety of our campus community, valuing diversity, and promoting the free expression of viewpoints (that do not include threats of violence). As members and friends of the School of Social Work, we have additional commitments to make.



Friday, June 30, 2017

All School of Social Work (BSW and MSW) students who graduated in May from the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program received and accepted job offers within 30 days of graduation. The Title IV-E Program educates and trains social work students for employment in public child welfare, such as at Children Protective Services, Foster Care, or Special Needs Adoption.


Social Work students who go into the Title IV-E Program agree to accept employment after graduation in the State of Wisconsin and remain employed in exchange for a stipend, tuition and fees, and books and supplies while in the program.


The goals of the program are to strengthen Wisconsin’s public child welfare workforce and to produce social work leaders. The program operates with federal funds made available through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.


Since the program’s inception in 1999, the School of Social Work has graduated 203 BSW and MSW students who now hold child welfare positions in 32 counties in Wisconsin as well as the Oneida and Ho-Chunk Nations. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PhotoNot everyone is built to become a social worker. The work is challenging. The days are long. There is a fair amount of uncertainty. It’s no wonder then that Meghan Jenkins Morales wasn’t sure about her own career path when she took a year off from college in Iowa to figure out what she wanted to do.


She had some interest in psychology, but she wasn’t sure where that would take her. Her mom was a special-education teacher. The helping professions were not unfamiliar. But it was her grandfather who, sitting in her dorm room listening to her question her future, provided guidance. After some consideration of the unique set of interests and skills, he simply said without pressure, “I think you want to be a social worker.”


“I think it was always in me, but I didn’t know what to call it.” Meghan recalled. “He helped me process it.”


She signed up for an Introduction to Social Work class and has been hooked ever since.


Meghan is the third generation in her family to make such a decision. Her grandpa, Joe Jenkins, was in the first MSW class at the University of Texas and spent a career in family therapy and as the director of an agency specializing in hard-to-place adoptions. Her...

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