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March 2018

MAKE-UP: F18 BSW Field Process Orientation

March 7 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
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Faculty mtg

March 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Social Work at the Dell Medical School/UT Health Austin

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Overview of the innovative specialty health care services being provided at UT Health Austin and the role of social workers within the specialty care.

Becky Morales is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Texas. As part of a partnership between Integral Care and Dell Medical School, she currently serves as Manager of Collaborative Care at Dell Medical School. In her role, she is responsible for building and implementing the collaborative care model of mental health services into specialty health care clinics in order to support the global wellness of patients. Becky has extensive professional practice in both direct service and administrative roles since becoming a social worker in 2003 and has focused her work in the areas of mental health, chronic illness and disability, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse and intimate partner violence. She has a diverse skill set including experience in supervision, program management, grant and contract management, process improvement, quality assurance and in providing individual, group, couples and family counseling services. Becky holds a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Administration and Planning. She was honored with the Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work in 2016. In addition, Becky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Her degree had a primary concentration of Political Science and a secondary concentration of Communication.

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Evaluating job offers, negotiating and salary information – Job Search Series 4

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Jennifer Luna Jackson, Director of the DiNitto Center for Career Services, for a 6-part series of workshops on Mondays from in the DiNitto Center (Room 2.220)  These workshops will allow participants to talk with other job seekers about what is working and not working for you in your job search, the stresses associated with interviewing, the uncertainty in the economy, and any other job search-related concerns you have.  The opportunity to share your experiences, frustrations, challenges and opportunities is the greatest strength of this group.  This is an open and informal group. 

This session will explore how to best meet your own personal and professional needs when you get the job offer. You will learn how to evaluate job offers, salary research, and negotiate salaries.

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Otis Lecture: Environmental justice, racism, and health disparities

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture presents

Sacoby Miguel Wilson, PhD
Environmental Justice, Racism, and Health Disparities: Use of Community-Engaged Research for Capacity-Building, Inpowerment, and Action

Free admission. UT Parking fees apply. 2.5 CEU, fee is $10 payable at the door. RSVP here.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Elena Craft, PhD, senior health scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Catherine Cubbin, PhD, associate dean for research, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • Shannon Jones, MPA, Central Health Board of Managers
  • Jon Olson, MSSW, director of equity and inclusion, Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities

About the lecture: Environmental racism is a pervasive issue that leads to environmental injustice and health disparities. The social work profession is increasingly becoming involved in environmental justice issues as they are intrinsically connected with social justice. In the 2018 Otis Lecture, Sacoby Miguel Wilson will discuss the intersection between race, place, hazards, vulnerability, and disasters. He will also discuss how to use citizen-science approaches to help address environmental justice and health issues, and how to use community-engaged research to “inpower” populations impacted by environmental injustice.

About the speaker: Sacoby Wilson, PhD, is an associate professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Wilson has over 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-based participatory research, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action.

The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture is supported by a permanent endowment established by Dean Otis to inspire further academic attention to current social problems.

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Client mitigation

March 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Telling the whole story of what lead up to one of the most terrible moments of someone’s life can make the difference between a life sentence and death. Come learn how you can combine your social work training and empathetic world-view to help advocate for traumatized and mentally ill individuals facing serious criminal charges. The workshop will discuss the basic concepts of mitigation and life history investigation, sentencing advocate and mitigation specialist careers, how social work degrees are useful in the field, and how to get involved in this vital line of work!

Thea Posel, JD, is a Clinical Instructor and Capital Punishment Center Fellow at the UT Austin School of Law.

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Social Work Licensing Exam Preparation Course

March 23 @ 8:30 am - March 24 @ 4:30 pm

“Social Work Licensing Exam Preparation Course” by Dorinda Noble, PhD, LCSW. Register here.

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Social Work Student Day at the Legislature

March 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Please join your classmates and professors for advocacy, knowledge building, and solidarity with other social work students from around the state.
Registration is required. Register now! The first 120 students to register get in free.

  • Meet at the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in the Texas Union at 9:00am.
  • Agenda will include: panel of speakers, group activity, rally and speak-out at the Capitol steps, and meetings with legislative visits (students are responsible for scheduling their visits ahead of time!)
  • Wear burnt orange!
  • A training in preparation for this event will be held on Friday, March 2nd, 12pm – 1pm at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
  • Deadline to register is March 2nd by 12pm.

Please also consider nominating yourself for the Andrew Marks Award! Details will be included in your registration confirmation email

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Alumni Reunion

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Come join alumni, and current and former faculty and staff at Haymaker Austin, as we gather to reconnect, network, and play games at SWAN Austin’s 3rd Annual Alumni Reunion & Networking Event!

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Panel: Sports and spirituality

March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

More information coming soon!

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