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April 2018

Kristin Neff: The power of self-compassion

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 2017-2018 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

Kristin Neff, PhD
The power of self-compassion

Free admission. Fee for 1.0 CEU: $5 payable at the door. A light lunch will be served after the lecture. Please RSVP: sw-rsvp@austin.utexas.edu

Research suggests that self-compassion is a powerful source of coping and resilience. In times of struggle, self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same care and concern we would normally show to a good friend. It involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable challenges of life with greater ease. This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be strongly associated with psychological well being. A brief self-compassion practice that can be used in daily life will be taught.

About the speaker: Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Educational Psychology. Neff is internationally recognized as a pioneering researcher into the psychological health benefits of self-compassion, a concept borrowed from Buddhist psychology that entails self-kindness, feelings of interconnectedness, and mindfulness. Neff has developed a scale to measure the construct, has conducted numerous studies on the topic, and is now focusing on applications of self-compassion — teaching people how to relate to themselves with greater kindness.

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Latinx Students & Scholars Network: Is a PhD for me?

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Did you know that only 5.9% of PhDs are granted to Latinos? The Latinx Latinx Students & Scholars Network invites you to

Is a PhD for me? (or only special people)
A panel discussion followed by Q& A

Panelists include Steve Hicks School of Social Work Latinx faculty, current and recent doctoral students, and associate dean for doctoral education.

Lunch served. Questions? Contact professor Esther Calzada, esther.calzada@austin.utexas.edu

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Inner child work in addictions recovery

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Inner Child Work in Addictions Recovery: Art and Body Oriented Approaches” by Susan Bates, LCDC, SEP. Register here.

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Coffee Talk: Suicide and substance use

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Youth Substance Misuse & Addiction Pop-Up Institute presents:

Christopher Brownson, PhD, and Lauren Gulbas, PhD
Suicide and Substance Use

Join us for an interactive conversation that will help shape a key recommendation for the pop-up institute to include to begin to transform the landscape of youth substance misuse and addiction.

L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL), 2109 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78712, USA

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BEADS Workshop

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The BEADS Program (Building Excellence in Autism and Disability Scholars presents:

Sandra B.  Vanegas, PhD

Addressing the needs of transition-age youth with disabilities

Ann Williams Outlaw, MA, and James Williams, Ed.D.

Employment in adults with autism

Light refreshments will be served. $5 CEU fee payable onsite. To RSVP and find out more: contact professor Sandy Magaña at smagana@austin.utexas.edu

About the speakers

  • Sandra B. Vanegas is a developmental psychologist and research associate in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab directed by professor Sandy Magaña. Vanegas has co-developed a parent education and social communication intervention program that targets families of children at risk for developmental delays who reside in low-resource households. Additional research is examining language and executive functioning in children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disabilities who have monolingual or bilingual language experience. The central aim of her research is to develop culturally informed educational and clinical practices that will ameliorate disparities affecting children and families from underserved communities.
  • Ann Williams Outlaw is a technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research.
  • James Williams, Ed.D., is the chief operating officer and vocational expert at Bloom Consulting in Austin. TX. He is also a certified rehabilitation counselor, advanced certified autism specialist, and an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Special Education from Sam Houston State University, his Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. He is also a certified special education teacher with experience in public and private education and social services. Williams has provided services to individuals with disabilities, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders, across the lifespan for the past twelve years.

 

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May 2018

Coffee Talk: Drug and alcohol policies impacting youth

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Youth Substance Misuse & Addiction Pop-Up Institute presents:

diana dinitto, PhD
Drug and alcohol policies impacting youth

Join us for an interactive conversation that will help shape a key recommendation for the pop-up institute to include to begin to transform the landscape of youth substance misuse and addiction.

L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL), 2109 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78712, USA

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The social worker as entrepreneur

May 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“The Social Worker as Entrepreneur” by Lana Norwood, MSSW. Register here.

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Faculty mtg

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Field Education Review and Retreat

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Coffee Talk: Recovery coaches as key players

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Youth Substance Misuse & Addiction Pop-Up Institute presents:

Mary cook, MSSW
recovery coaches as key players

Join us for an interactive conversation that will help shape a key recommendation for the pop-up institute to include to begin to transform the landscape of youth substance misuse and addiction.

L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL), 2109 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78712, USA

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