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School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre

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1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX United States

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October 2016

Medicare and Medicaid 101

October 7 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

GRACE program event that will give useful and timely information to students, field instructors, alums and faculty about these important government programs.

Presented by professors Cossy Hough and Joan Asseff.

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Dean’s Lecture: Paul Sacco

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The 2016-2017 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

 PAUL Sacco, PhD
Affective and Motivational Influences on Alcohol Consumption among Older Adults: Evolving Approaches

A light lunch will be served starting at 11:30 am. CEU fee payable at the door: $5. Please RSVP to sw-rsvp@austin.utexas.edu 

This lecture will focus on stress and coping-related drinking among older adults based on professor Sacco’s research, which uses nationally representative data as well as data collected at a continuing-care retirement community. He will discuss how different methodological approaches, such as experience sampling qualitative interviews, can help clarify our understanding of the role of alcohol-use in coping among older adults. Professor Sacco will reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches as well as implications for social work research and practice.

Paul Sacco, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. His research focuses primarily on behavioral health and addictions with a focus on life course development. He has conducted research on the epidemiology of alcohol use and pathological gambling among older adults with an emphasis on health services use. He is also interested in the application of latent variable modeling approaches to understanding developmental process in behavioral health and exploring heterogeneity in life course development. He combines his behavioral health research with an emerging interest in the training of social work students in evidence-supported behavioral health interventions.

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Fairbanks lecture: Elizabeth Simpson

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge presents

Elizabeth Simpson, LCSW
Fear of Breakdown: Internal Agonies and Urban Life

How do we understand and help our clients when internal reality and primitive agonies are mirrored by the socio-cultural realities of urban “development,” such as the collapse of mental health services, systematic oppression, homelessness and gentrification?  Psychoanalytic and social theories offer us a lens to understand how issues of identity and psychic resilience, are informed by race, trauma, class and culture. If we are able to reflect about the collusion of internal and external fantasies and realities we might be a step closer to providing effective and humane care for our clients.

Please RSVP to ssw-profdev@utlists.utexas.edu

Elizabeth Simpson, LCSW, is analyst and faculty member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP), and associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where she has taught residents for over twenty years. Since 2010, Simpson has been the co-chair and founder of the Coalition for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), an SFCP community outreach project that addresses the needs of early-career front-line social workers. Six years ago, Simpson also developed The Working Together Retreat Project at SFCP to develop leadership and committee membership.

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November 2016

Dean’s Lecture: Culture and DSM-5

November 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The 2016-2017 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice and the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry present

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD, and Neil Aggarwal, MD
Culture and DSM-5

 CEU fee payable at the door: $5 for lecture only, $10 with ensuing workshop “The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview.” Please RSVP to ssw@utlists.utexas.edu.

The specific expressions of mental and emotional disorders in the DSM classification system represent only one of various forms taken by these clinical presentations worldwide and over the historical record. This talk will discuss the theoretical and empirical rationale for incorporating cultural variation into psychiatric nosology, illustrated by inclusions in DSM-5 at the level of criteria, prevalence statements, and syndrome description.  It will also describe the revision in DSM-5 of the construct of “culture-bound syndrome” into “cultural concepts of distress” to clarify the contextual nature of all mental health presentations. Data on ataque de nervios (attack of nerves), a Latin American idiom of distress, will be used to describe how culture-related processes can pattern the phenomenology of emotional and behavioral suffering. The talk will conclude by describing how cultural aspects of mental health presentation can be explored using a new assessment method introduced in DSM-5, the Cultural Formulation Interview.

About the speakers:

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD, MTS, is professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and director of the New York State (NYS) Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program at NYS Psychiatric Institute. His research focuses on developing clinical interventions and novel service-delivery approaches to help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups. He also studies the way culture affects individuals’ experience of mental disorder and their help-seeking expectations, including how to explore this cultural variation during the psychiatric evaluation. He led the development of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview, a standardized method for cultural assessment for use in mental health practice, and is the principal investigator of its international field trial.

Neil Krishan Aggarwal, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research focuses on overcoming barriers in cross-cultural communication to improve patient satisfaction, appointment retention, and medication adherence. Since 2012 he has been an advisor to the Cultural Issues Subgroup for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). He is currently the primary investigator of the first mental health study to examine the effects of clinician cultural competence training on patient outcomes using the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview, funded by the NIMH.

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Dean’s Workshop: The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview

November 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The 2016-2017 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

ROBERTO LEWIS-FERNANDEZ, MD, AND NEIL AGGARWAL, MD
The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI)

Please note that to attend to workshop you are required to attend the preceding lecture, “Culture and the DSM-5.” Please RSVP to ssw@utlists.utexas.edu.

Culture influences every aspect of care in behavioral health practice. Cultural context frames communication from how individuals describe their situation and what they expect from treatment to how practitioners understand and interpret the stories of the people they see. This workshop will introduce participants to the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), an evidence-based tool used to guide practitioners in understanding the worldviews of people seeking services. The presenters will describe the origins of the CFI and how it is used with individuals and families to create a culturally rich mutual understanding of concerns. Data on the CFI’s feasibility, acceptability, and clinical utility from the DSM-5 international field trial will be presented as well as state-of-the-art approaches for training practitioners on the CFI, including video vignettes and behavioral simulations.


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December 2016

Sp17 MSSW Final Field Orientation – Mandatory

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This orientation is mandatory for ALL MSSW Final Field students who will be entering field in Spring 2017.

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