Tuesday, August 09, 2016

There's no denying the special bond between humans and animals. In this radio show from August 8, 2016, host Kathleen Dunn and her guests Abbie Steinback, Social Services Director at WisCARES, Philip Tedeschi of University of Denver, and Christine Kim, social worker at The Animal Museum, look into the many ways that animals and people influence each other's lives, particularly those who are physically and emotionally vulnerable.


Listen to the Kathleen Dunn show

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Eun Ha NamkungThe Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation has named University of Wisconsin-Madison doctoral student Eun Ha Namkung one of five fellows of the national Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) program.


Social Work HEALS is a project designed to provide the next generation of social workers with the tools needed to effectively accomplish necessary structural changes, increase awareness of salient issues in healthcare, and address systemic racism within our nation’s social institutions.


HEALS offers support for practice and policy research through doctoral fellowships, which are administered by the NASW Foundation. The grant allotted to Namkung includes a stipend of roughly $15,000 and is one of five similar fellowships being awarded to doctoral students who demonstrate commitment and whose dissertation research is relevant to the field. These grants are highly competitive...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A series of events focusing on the human-animal bond on August 8, 2016 will benefit WisCARES, an outreach and training partnership forged by the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


A lecture and workshop will be presented by Philip Tedeschi, MSSW, LCSW, Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the Graduate School of Social Work at The University of Denver. An art exhibit exploring the human-animal bond will also be open to the public.


WisCARES provides basic veterinary medical care, housing support and advocacy, and other support services to Dane County pet owners who are currently experiencing or are at risk of homelessness....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

In fiscal year 2015, parents owed over $115 billion worth of child support debt in total. The majority of the debt is owed by low-income parents with grim employment prospects and low levels of education, many of whom also have criminal records. Research from Professor Maria Cancian, Yiyoon Chung, Ph.D. '11, and University of Texas-Austin collaborator Carolyn J. Heinrich studied how child support debt balances affect payment patterns of fathers.


Read the article in the Pacific Standard



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sandy Hook, Ferguson, Baltimore, Orlando, Baton Rouge, and Dallas are among the far too many places where violence has recently wreaked its devastating effects. The senseless killings that took place during Black Lives Matter demonstrations, an elementary school, a gay bar during Pride Month, and targeted police officers, challenge us as a culture, as a society, and as social workers to bear witness to injustice and to strive to work harder to improve and change the circumstances that led these awful events to take place.


Black lives do matter; gay people should have places in communities; elementary students should feel safe when they attend school, and a 4-year-old should not have to witness a killing in the seat in front of her. These recent events have touched places in our hearts for which there are no words - there are almost no adjectives or nouns left to describe our shock and outrage for what has happened. All we know is that people in this country have experienced death in a manner that no one should have to experience.


After each incident, we can become overwhelmed by sorrow, anger, and noise from the news and social media. The noise often obfuscates the heart of the matter...

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