Friday, May 29, 2015


To become a foster parent in the state of Wisconsin, parents attend a series of trainings tailored to the type of care they will provide to children. This photo set highlights the experiences of foster families in Dane County engaging in a recent training on family connectedness. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As screening for alcohol problems during doctor visits has become more mainstream, a new study published in the journal Addiction finds that the technique does not increase successful referrals to alcohol counseling and treatment.


Screening has been promoted for decades because only 6 percent of people who struggle with alcohol seek help in any year, says study author Joseph Glass, assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert on alcohol addiction and treatment. "That's mainly because they don't think they need help at all."


Doctors, Glass says, "have been encouraged to use basic conversational techniques, to spend five or 10 minutes to ask about drinking and talk about ways they could reduce it....

Read the full story from UW News

Friday, May 15, 2015

By Meghan Chua

As we celebrate commencement for many social work students this weekend, we also look ahead to the job opportunities some of our graduates will be starting after they leave campus. As for students who will be returning in fall, some are looking forward to exciting summer plans before the semester begins again.


Wilder Deitz

Social Welfare Student

Conducting social work research in Jordan

Wilder received the UW Sophomore Research Fellowship Award to conduct research in Jordan this summer, at the University of Jordan in Amman as well as Yarmouk University in Irbid. He will examine how the governmental, political and social structures in Jordan help or hinder social workers in effectively meeting the society’s needs. In Jordan, social work as a discipline...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Joe Dooley (center) with two of his faculty colleagues at the Université Angers, historian Christine Bard and social worker, sociologist and psychologist Emmanuel Gratton.

Senior lecturer Joe Dooley recently went to Angers, France, as a visiting professor at the University of Angers in the Department of Psychology, where he taught classes (in French) on client-centered therapy, working with groups and life history inquiry methodology.


He shared some of his research on how LGBT individuals cope...

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will sponsor the 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary LGBT Research Symposium on May 7-8 in Champaign, Illinois. Presentations from UW-Madison faculty and students include:


LGBTQ Victimization and Homophobia in Schools
Variations in school-based victimization and associations with psychological wellbeing across transgender subgroups

Presented by June Paul, doctoral candidate, and Assistant Professor Maurice Gattis


Moving Forward and Creating Change 

The school experiences of transgender and gender noncomonforming youth in Wisconsin

Presented by Assistant Professor Maurice Gattis, Communication Arts Assistant Professor Sara McKinnon, MSW student Lane Hanson, & BSW student Sean Hubbard

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