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February 2017

Perspectives on the Justice System

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A panel discussion followed by Q&A. Please contact Valerie.gaimon@utexas.edu for more information.

Featured speakers:

  • Judge Darlene Byrne, 126th district, presides over Travis County CPS and Juvenile Justice cases. She is the president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and a founding member of the Travis County Family Drug Treatment Court.
  • Sharon Berger, DFPS Conservatorship Program director, has been a social worker with the Texas Department of Family Protective Services for over 18 years as a substance abuse specialist, caseworker, supervisor and developmental disability specialist.
  • Stephanie Frogge, victim’s advocate, has over thirty years’ experience in trauma response, victim services administration, victim assistance and activism. She is a trained mediator and restorative justice practitioner, including facilitating victim offender dialogues in crimes of violence.
  • Randy Langford, criminal defense attorney, has been practicing criminal law in Travis County for eight years and facilitating restorative dialogues for 13 years. He supported the Drug Marketplace Intervention Program in Austin and worked to bring restorative justice in the Travis County criminal justice system.
  • Joan Peterson, asst. district attorney on CPS and civil court dockets, has been with the Travis County DA’s office since 2001. Her office represents the Department in CPS cases.
  • Greg Trottie, CASA of Travis County supervisor, is a teen advocacy specialist who has been supervising CASA volunteers representing children on CPS cases since 2013. He previously supervised CASA volunteers for seven years in Illinois.


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School Social Workers Conference

February 22 @ 8:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm

The Texas School Social Workers Conference has been developed to provide school-based service providers a wide array of effective techniques and programs to enhance their work in schools as they meet the challenges found in today’s school settings. Conference participants will gain new strategies and tools to empower children, parents and school personnel. More information and registration.


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GRACE event: Group work with older adults

February 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The GRACE program presents:

Anette Juba, LCSW

Group work with older adults

St. David’s Foundation Offices, 1303 San Antonio St, Austin, TX.

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March 2017

Somatic Work in Addiction Treatment

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

“Application of Somatic Work: An Essential Component to Treating Addiction” by Brenda Lee Gauthier. Register here.

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Dementia-capable social worker

March 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The GRACE program presents:

Alyssa Aguirre, LCSW

The Dementia-Capable Social Worker

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Bioethical Dilemmas

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Sex, Drugs, Money, Death, and Political Power: A Review of Bioethical Dilemmas in the Public Eye” by Mitch Sudolsky. Register here.

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Résumé Workshop

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Final field? Job searching? Applying for scholarships?Join Jennifer Luna Jackson, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, as she provides tips on designing your résumé.

This workshop is mandatory for those wishing to have a one-on- one resume review (whether you attend in person or the online Prezi version with a quiz).

Register on Steer! https://socialwork.utexas.edu/dccs/steer-your-career/ 

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Social work and the political landscape (free webinar)

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
How should social work education respond to the changing political landscape?
A free webinar from the CSWE Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice

Register now to secure your space.

As the new presidential administration takes office, many social workers question the extent to which it will reflect the profession’s values of equality and social and economic justice. Students, too, may be wondering who the administration’s policies will impact their work with clients and communities. Speakers in this webinar panel will explore these questions and offer ways to help students feel empowered to apply their skills to intervene on behalf of and with their clients.

SpeakersYolanda Padilla, Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Child Welfare at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, and director of CSWE Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice; Kaetlyn Cordingley, CSWE Government Relations Staff; John L. Jackson, Jr., dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Richard Perry University Professor, University of Pennsylvania.

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Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn: Ghosts in the nursery

March 28 @ 11:30 am

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration presents

Tina Adkins, PhD
Ghosts in the Nursery

“In every nursery, there are ghosts.  They are the visitors from the unremembered past of the parents, the uninvited guests at the christening.” Adkins will discuss the seminal paper by social worker Selma Fraiberg, who applied a psychoanalytic approach to impaired mother-infant relationships.

A light lunch will be served. Free CEUs provided. Register here (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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Otis lecture with Wendy Davis

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture presents

Wendy Davis

Embracing Feminism: The Case for Civic Engagement

More information about the event and how to register here.


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