Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A course in the School of Social Work asks first-semester freshmen to dig deeper into the complex causes of social problems.


Community service comes naturally to Jumana Dahleh.


In high school, the Boston-area native — now a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison — frequently spent part of her weekends teaching kids ice hockey at the local rink. She served as a tutor and occasionally helped out at a few local farms. And, between her sophomore and junior years of high school, she even traveled to Thailand for three weeks to volunteer at a farm that housed battered women and an orphanage for children with HIV....


Read the full article from the College of Letters & Science

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Photo: Maurice Gattis

Maurice Gattis

Religious affiliation is generally a source of support, fostering resilience during difficult times. But religion doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a refuge for young gay people.


That reputation may change for the better with new findings from researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea.


“The common assumption is that religion is anti-gay,” says Maurice Gattis, a UW–Madison assistant professor of social work. “But we’re having more nuanced conversations now, as things like religious marriage become open to same-sex couples.”


Read the full article from UW News

Monday, November 17, 2014

Interested in pursuing social work certification and licensure in Wisconsin? Marc Herstand, Executive Director of NASW-WI Chapter, explains the alphabet soup of social work credentials, and lays out the process for certification. You can also learn more about certification in Wisconsin and other states on the Professional Social Work Credentials & Continuing Education page.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Men’s voices are in the mix more than ever as America seeks to get domestic violence out of our homes....


Since 2005, the University Health Service has collaborated with the School of Social Work, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services and fraternities to offer a for-credit class each spring called “Greek Men for Violence Prevention."


Read the full story at the Capital Times

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Andy Heitman returned to Madison after eight years as an intelligence officer in the Air Force, one of the first things he did was enroll in the Part-Time Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work.


“My whole goal all along, post-military, was to help vets any which way possible,” says Heitman, now a case manager for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Madison. “I saw social work as the best avenue to help veterans that were hurting.”


Social work is an increasingly popular choice for veterans returning to graduate school. Just under 20 percent of graduate students receiving veterans benefits at UW-Madison are pursuing a master’s degree in social work...

Read the full story at the UW-Madison News

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