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October 2017

Social Work Advocacy

October 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Will Francis, LMSW, Government Relations Director of the NASW of Texas to learn about policy awareness and advocacy at all levels (clinical-macro) and how social work prepares people to engage in policy in a variety of ways.

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Disability Awareness Series: Emily Shryock

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Texas Center for Disability Studies, the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Services for Students with Disabilities present,

Emily Shryock
Status update about accessibility and inclusion at UT Austin for students with disabilities

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Emily Shryock is assistant director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Services for Students with Disabilities. In that role, she develops and coordinates outreach and assessment, and maintains a caseload of students with medical, mobility and visual disabilities.

This event is part of the Disability Awareness Speaker Series, which takes place during the month of October. A total of four speakers will present on different topics related to disability. Light refreshments will be abailable after the event and this series is free to all. The goal of this event is to provide awareness on different topics and their intersection with disability from a social constructivist perspective. The social model of disability is caused by the way society is organized, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference. It looks at ways of removing barriers that restrict life choices for people with disabilities.

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Get Out: Screening and discussion

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Social Work Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, the Color of Us and Solidarity 6.0 for a screening and discussion of

Get Out – a film by Jordan Peele

Open to everyone.

Steve Hicks School of Social Work students can suggest topics for future discussions to the Social Work Committee for Diversity and Inclusion by completing this short survey.

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Fairbanks Lecture: Elizabeth Kita

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

The Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge presents

“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

Faculty mtg

November 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Inaugural Texas Clinical Supervision Conference

November 2 @ 8:00 am - November 3 @ 4:15 pm

Announcing the inaugural Texas Clinical Supervision Conference! Keynote speakers will be Ed Watkins, PhD, and Dorinda Noble, PhD, LCSW. Register here.

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Child Welfare Conference

November 3 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing presents:

Breaking Barriers & Building Resilience: Best Practices for Empowering Youth
5th Annual UT Child Welfare Conference

In the child welfare field, we encounter youth who are disproportionally represented in the system or do not have access to the resources they need due to their status or identity. As a child welfare practitioner, researcher and /or advocate it is essential that we learn more about their experiences and learn the skills needed to guide them to successful outcomes. This is why we are focusing on best practices for empowering ALL youth by breaking barriers and building resilience. please join your colleagues for a day of interactive skills-based workshops, an inspiring keynote and numerous networking opportunities!

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Justice is healing. An indigenous approach to sexual trauma

November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join doctoral candidate Valerie Cloud Clearer Ringland for a public dissertation presentation and performance/dance piece based on dream visions she worked on with support of a local indigenous healer and artist:

Justice is healing. An indigenous approach to sexual trauma


Parking meters in front of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work on San Jacinto Blvd and on Red River St just south of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd are $1/hour. Parking at Trinity Garage at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and Trinity St is $3/hour.

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Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

“Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice” by Allan Hugh Cole Jr., PhD. This is a live webinar, and will become on-demand after November 13. Register here.

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Social Work Licensing Exam Prep Course

November 10 @ 8:30 am - November 11 @ 4:30 pm

Karen Knox, PhD, LCSW and Dorinda Noble, PhD, LCSW are hosting this Social Work Licensing Exam Preparation  course. Register here.

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