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August 2017

Gone to Texas

August 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Held each year at The University of Texas at Austin the evening before classes begin, Gone to Texas kicks off the academic year with a brilliant showcase of the university’s spirit and traditions, showing new students firsthand what it means to be a Longhorn. Think of it as a citizenship ceremony for Longhorn Nation.

Gone to Texas begins with activities in each college or school and concludes with a university-wide celebration on the Main Mall, in front of the Tower.

New social work students will convene at the School of Social Work for an informal program with refreshments and an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff. Questions? Contact Ramón R. Gómez, 512-471-9819

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September 2017

Service Learning Fair

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The DiNitto Center for Career Services invites you to meet with a variety of organizations to find out more about their available service learning opportunities at the Service Learning Fair.  The fair will be open to any UT Social Work student interested in finding out about service learning placements and volunteer opportunities.

Register for the event on Steeryourcareer here.

 

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Social Work Tailgate

September 9 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Come have fun with us and watch the Longhorns play San Jose State!

Music, games, and refreshments.

Buy your tickets now!

Check the School of Social Work Tailgate Facebook page for updates.

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Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn: Mentalization and reflective parenting

September 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration presents

TINA ADKINS, PHD
mentalization and reflective parenting

Mentalization develops within the context of a secure attachment relationship and is the skill of being able to see yourself from the outside and others from the inside.  This session will examine this ability in more detail, including how it relates to healthy parenting and positive child outcomes.

A light lunch will be served. Free CEUs provided. Registration opens August 21 (session limited to 30 people).

The Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn sessions seek to introduce psychoanalytic concepts to community practitioners, researchers, social work students, social workers and those in all helping professions. These sessions are sponsored by the Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration, a program at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing.

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October 2017

GRACE event: Medicaid and Medicare 101

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Refresh your knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare! Professors Cossy Hough and Joan Asseff will be covering eligibility, mental health, prescriptions, benefits, medical care, long-term care, and future changes.  Given the current political climate and the needs of our many clients, this is a great opportunity to learn more about these federal programs.

This is the first GRACE Program event of the year, and is open to the community, students, faculty, staff, and social workers in the field. CEUs will be available. Please contact Kayla Richards for more information – kayla.richards@utexas.edu. Professor Sarah Swords, GRACE Program Coordinator, is also available at saswords@mail.utexas.edu.

 

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$65

Healing Trauma in Children and Teens

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seanna Crosbie, LCSW

“Healing Trauma in Children and Teens: Utilizing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” 

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is the most research supported evidence-based treatment for trauma in children and adolescents. This workshop will cover the specifics of TF-CBT including skill building, psychoeducation, affect regulation, coping, as well as the development of the trauma narrative with the client. Conjoint parent/child sessions will be discussed as a means to process the trauma and develop safety planning. Finally, this workshop will explore TF-CBT as a flexible protocol through creative opportunities for the use of play, art and other aspects of child-centered therapy. No experience with TF-CBT is needed to attend

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Fairbanks Lecture: Elizabeth Kita

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge presents

ELIZABETH Kita, PhD
“Everyone hates me now, but where were they when I needed them?”: A psychoanalytic look at trauma, violence, and mass incarceration.

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In the United States, the problem of crime has been framed as the problem of the criminal, but as social workers we know that crime and violence are the consequences of the complex interaction between persons and their environments, as well as the choices of our collective society as to who and how to punish. Mass incarceration has been thoroughly explored as a racial, social and economic project. Viewed through a psychoanalytic lens, another dimension becomes visible:  the ways in which the dehumanization and criminalization of certain members of society forces them to function as repositories for the unbearable aspects of our otherwise shared humanity. In this presentation, the relationship between trauma, violence and mass incarceration will be explored from a psychoanalytic perspective. Using the concept of projective identification, we can consider the ways in which abandoning people to traumatogenic conditions and criminalizing their responses to them enables the logic of mass incarceration by taking a problem in the environment — one that implicates the collective — and relocating it to inside the individual — a person to be punished. The implications for social work practice, policy and for social justice will also be discussed.

Elizabeth Kita received her PhD in clinical social work from Smith College’s School of Social Work in 2012, after many years of clinical practice in a variety of settings: with children and families in their homes, a community outpatient clinic, a state prison, the department of parole, a psychodynamic psychotherapy clinic, and in private practice. She discovered psychodynamic theory along the way, and found it to be the most humanizing lens through which to understand people and their problems. In addition to practicing as a clinical social worker, Kita is a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and provides clinical supervision to licensed and unlicensed clinicians. She also coordinates a peer-driven support program for formerly incarcerated “lifers.”

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November 2017
$65

Clinical Ecotherapy

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Clinical Ecotherapy” by Amy Sugeno, LCSW, Certified Ecotherapist. Register here.

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$110

Exploring the Path to Organizational Success

November 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Exploring the Path to Organizational Success: Aligning Passion, Planning and Performance” by Lynda Baker, M. Ed. Register here.

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December 2017

Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn: Defense mechanisms explained

December 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration presents

TINA ADKINS, PHD
Defense mechanisms explained

We’ve all heard of “denial”…and it’s definitely not a river in Egypt!  In this session, we will dive deeply into these dark waters, hopefully shining a light on how a number of common defenses both protect and harm their owners.

A light lunch will be served. Free CEUs provided. Registration opens November 6 (session limited to 30 people).

The Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn sessions seek to introduce psychoanalytic concepts to community practitioners, researchers, social work students, social workers and those in all helping professions. These sessions are sponsored by the Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration, a program at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing.

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