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January 2017

Social media brown bag

January 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Come and join our own Suzanne Potts and UT Austin social media coordinator Nick Persac to learn how to use Twitter and Facebook to share what you are doing, engage in advocacy and online social work learning, and help your work stay relevant.
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$550

Art of Clinical Supervision

January 30, 2017 @ 8:30 am - February 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

“The Art of Clinical Supervision: A Relational-Cultural Model Board-Approved Supervision Certification Program for Licensed Clinicians” by Tammy Linseisen, ACSW, LCSW. Register Here. *COURSE FILLS QUICKLY*

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February 2017
$65

Mindfulness in Addiction Treatment

February 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Mindfulness: Application in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)” by Chelsea Fielder-Jenks and Neathery Thurmond. Register here.

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Show up for social work: In-person advocacy training

February 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Get ready for Social Work Advocacy Day on March 6th by learning how to prepare for in-person visits with legislative staff. Will Francis, government relations director at NASW Texas, will teach us how to be more effective advocates during a visit to the capitol. 
 
Please RSVP here.

 

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Perspectives on the Justice System

February 21, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 24, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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
$65

Somatic Work in Addiction Treatment

March 3, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The GRACE program presents:

Alyssa Aguirre, LCSW

The Dementia-Capable Social Worker

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$110

Bioethical Dilemmas

March 8, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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Being a Latinx social worker

March 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Back by popular demand!

Join Sarah Shaney,  CIS Program Manager, in a conversational workshop about the beauties and struggles of being a Latinx Social Worker in today’s academic, professional and social climate. This workshop has been extended in length so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

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

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DCCS Forum Series: Social work careers in aging and healthcare

March 31, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This semester the DiNitto Center for Career Services is holding career forums focused on different areas of social work careers. All students are invited to attend and they may come to one or all of the sessions in each forum. Each forum will consist of three one-hour presenters with a common theme.  


With the growing number of elderly Adults in Austin, it is crucial for social workers to have an understanding of the importance of careers in the aging community. In conjunction with the GRACE program, this forum was designed to highlight a few of the careers in the aging and healthcare field. This forum will focus on variety of different organizations that focus on caring for older adults whether it be in a long term care facility, memory care facility or community based services.

Head to Steer to register! https://socialwork.utexas.edu/dccs/steer-your-career/ and check back soon to see which presenters will be attending!

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April 2017

CANCELLED – Bruce Perry: The impact of trauma on the developing child

April 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Bruce Perry, MD, PhD
The impact of trauma and neglect on the developing child

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconveniences. 

The development of a young child is profoundly influenced by experience. Experiences, good and bad, shape the organization of the brain. Chaos, threat, and abnormal patterns of emotional, social, cognitive and physical interactions with young children lead to an array of brain-related problems. This presentation will review clinical work and research that can help us better understand developmental trauma, neglect, and the relational problems that arise from neglect and threat. The presentation will also suggest new directions for clinical practice, program development and policy.

About the speaker: Bruce D. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and of Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

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Gerontology Symposium

April 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Grace Program presents

Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D.

Neurobiological Issues in Older Adults: Ethical Considerations and Neuroprotective Interventions.

Register here.

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DCCS Forum Series: Professional Development and self care

April 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This semester the DiNitto Center for Career Services is holding career forums focused on different areas of social work careers. All students are invited to attend and they may come to one or all of the sessions in each forum. Each forum will consist of three one-hour presenters with a common theme.  


As professional social workers, it is important to stay in touch with licensure requirements as well as new and effective research. Once licensed the ins and outs of supervision can be daunting; it is important to be able to understand the process as well as how to go about in a way that makes the most of your license. In addition to keeping up with licensure and research keeping up with oneself is crucial self care that can be affected by external and internal factors. Stress management and its important to Social Workers will be discussed as well as how to recognize certain signs of stress. In addition to self care, as students at one time or another, debt can be a common stressor that social workers deal with. Debt management and FAFSA issues will be just a few of the topics covered in the final hour of this forum.

Head to Steer to register! https://socialwork.utexas.edu/dccs/steer-your-career/ and check to see which presenters will be attending!

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DCCS Forum Series: Careers in health care

April 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This semester the DiNitto Center for Career Services is holding career forums focused on different areas of social work careers. All students are invited to attend and they may come to one or all of the sessions in each forum. Each forum will consist of three one-hour presenters with a common theme.


With Texas being in the top five states for employing healthcare social workers, this forum will focus on three unique health care related social work jobs. Services in this field can range from case management, to psychosocial support and can be in a multitude of different settings such as general medical and surgical hospitals or insurance carriers.

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DCCS Forum Series: Clinical social work careers

April 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This semester the DiNitto Center for Career Services is holding career forums focused on different areas of social work careers. All students are invited to attend and they may come to one or all of the sessions in each forum. Each forum will consist of three one-hour presenters with a common theme.


Without vulnerability, social work would not be possible and it is crucial to be informed about how to work with the most vulnerable and how to recognize, prevent and treat trauma. Trauma informed care has begun to spread across Austin and this forum will explore its different dynamics and pieces. Additionally this panel will also focus on different areas related to clinical social work , such as community based services and youth advocacy.

Head over to Steer to register! https://socialwork.utexas.edu/dccs/steer-your-career/

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Social justice issues in the Texas Legislature

April 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Student Social Justice Action Committee presents:

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly:
A Conversation Cafe about social justice issues in the Texas Legislature
  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm: Free Pizza
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Conversation Cafe Round 1
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Conversation Cafe Round 2

School of Social Work, room TBD

Join Student Social Justice Action Committee to connect and converse with fellow students.  We will take a deeper dive into some of the social justice issues the Texas Legislature is tackling this session: immigration/sanctuary cities, LGBTQIA rights, women’s health, religious freedom, and mental health parity.  With the Conversation Cafe structure, we’ll talk about social work’s responsibility in approaching these issues, drawing on the wisdom of those in attendance.  No previous experience with Conversation Cafe is necessary, and all viewpoints are welcome.

Learn more and RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/192438021259221/

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DCCS Forum Series: Careers in alternative therapies

April 20, 2017 @ 2:00 am - 5:00 pm

This semester the DiNitto Center for Career Services is holding career forums focused on different areas of social work careers. All students are invited to attend and they may come to one or all of the sessions in each forum. Each forum will consist of three one-hour presenters with a common theme.


Back after popular demand!  With a growing number of alternative therapies in social work today this forum will focus on a few alternative therapies such as yoga, poetry and music. Yoga has grown in popularity and has been used in conjunction with mindfulness and meditation interventions.  Music and poetry as alternative therapies have increased in usage and can be used in a variety of settings and cases. Come and hear the way these alternative therapies are present in a variety of positions fields and organizations.

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Marriage enrichment for military and veteran couples

April 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The School of Social Work is pleased to host the full-day workshop:

Marriage & Relationship Enrichment for military and veteran couples

This workshop will be led by a veteran couple in a safe, friendly environment. It will help to develop stronger bonds with “couple links,” respectfully cultivate trust and heal trust woulds, learn how to know and fulfill your partner’s needs, develop resilience for changes and crisis, and enrich romance and vitality.

Register online or call 682-730-1818

Presented by Marriage Management and supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

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Free

Spring Career Fair 2017

April 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join us for the Spring Career Fair for 2017. Last year over 30 organizations came to present career opportunities for our Social Work students and alumni. This year we are hoping for an even larger group. This is a great opportunity to find out about job openings and network, do not miss it! We have reserved space for on-the-spot interviews at request. We encourage students to come dressed professionally with an updated copy of their resume.

Spring Career Fair 2017

Monday, April 24th from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Student Activity Center Ballroom

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Contact the DiNitto Center for Career Services for more info:

512.232.7362

dccs@austin.utexas.edu

Sponsored by:

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Maternal Mental Health Conference

April 27, 2017 - April 29, 2017

This inaugural conference will offer a multi-disciplinary learning opportunity for professionals who provide services to women and their families during pregnancy and after childbirth. The conference seeks to enhance learning and communications among mental health and community-based providers, birthing professionals, nurses and physicians. This event will include learning and self-care opportunities for parents and interested community members.

Full information here.

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May 2017

APP Capstone Symposium

May 2, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us to support students in the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration as they do Pecha Kucha style presentations of evidence-based macro practice projects completed for the APP Capstone course. Reception to follow in the School of Social Work foyer.

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Poster session: Doctoral student projects

May 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

First-year doctoral students will be presenting the projects they developed for their Research and Data Analysis classes. Co-hosted by professors Kirk von Sternberg, Catherine Cubbin, Yuri Jang, and Yessenia Castro.

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$110

Ethics & Career Management

May 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Follow Your Bliss: Using a Holistic and Ethical Approach to Social Work Career Management” by Jennifer Luna Jackson. Register here.

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Graduation BBQ

May 19, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Commencement celebrations will start Friday, May 19, with a barbecue on the front lawn of the School of Social Work. Degree candidates, their guests, faculty, staff, and friends of the school are invited to come. The barbecue is co-hosted by the school and the Social Work Alumni Network (SWAN).

RSVP and buy your tickets here

Graduates and children under 12: Free
Regular Tickets: $15
Faculty/Staff: $10

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Commencement

May 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for the School of Social Work commencement ceremony at Bass Concert Hall. Speakers are Anthony Orion Nunez (BSW ’17) and Maya Angelica Williams (MSSW ’17), chosen by their peers.

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June 2017

Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn: From childhood to adult attachment

June 20, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration presents

TINA ADKINS, PHD
from childhood to adult attachment

This session will explore the basics of attachment through a psychoanalytic lens.  We will focus on the impact of child attachment on adult attachment, including how it influences adult romantic relationships.

A light lunch will be served. Free CEUs provided. Registration opens May 22 (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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$60

6th Annual Leben Play Therapy Symposium

June 23, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

“The Art of the Relationship in Play Therapy: Exploring Deeper Issues” by Garry Landreth. Register here.

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Symposium: The state of the veteran family

June 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Please join us to hear from policymakers, researchers and members of the veteran community, as they discuss current issues faced by veteran families in Texas. Representative Roland Gutierrez, Chair of the Texas House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will deliver the symposium’s keynote, which will focus on how legislation and policy affects veterans and their families statewide. You will also hear from professionals in the field as they discuss veteran family employment, higher education, mental health, marital health and child wellness.

Learn more and register here.

Free lunch will be offered for those who register. There will be an opportunitty to receive up to 5 CEU credits.

This event is organized by the Veteran Spouse Network, a project at the UT Austin School of Social Work.

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Mindfulness, Somatic-Awareness and Yoga in Therapy

June 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Back after popular demand!  Come and join Anna Lisa Conlin, a therapist from Sol Community Counseling & Metta Yoga Therapy in an experiential workshop! With a growing number of alternative therapies in social work today, this workshop will focus on how mindfulness, somatic awareness and yoga can be incorporated into therapy.

For questions or concerns contact DCCS@austin.utexas.edu or 512-232-7362

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July 2017
$110

Ethics in Addiction Recovery

July 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Ethical Decision-Making in Addiction Recovery Services” by Jack Nowicki, LCSW. Register here.

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$270

Directive Play Therapy Series Part 1 of 3

July 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Directive Group Play Therapy for Children Diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, and High Functioning ASD” Part 1 of 3 by Norma Leben, LCSW, ACSW, RPT-S, CPT-PROF. Register here.

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Résumé Workshop

July 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Final field? Job searching? Applying for scholarships?

Join the DiNitto Center as they provide tips on designing your résumé.
Bring a printed copy of your résumé for an on-site review (no laptops please)

This workshop is mandatory for those wishing to have a one-on- one resume review.
For questions please contact DCCS at 512-232-7362 DCCS@austin.utexas.edu

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August 2017
$270

Directive Play Therapy Series Part 3 of 3

August 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Directive Group Play Therapy for Children Diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, and High Functioning ASD” Part 3 of 3 by Norma Leben, LCSW, ACSW, RPT-S, CPT-PROF. Register here.

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Welcome to new graduate students

August 23, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Gone to Texas – Cancelled

August 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our community, the university-wide Gone To Texas program has been cancelled.

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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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Free

Mitigation Matters: Using Your Social Work Degree to Tell Your Client’s Story

September 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Telling the whole story of what lead up to one of the most terrible moment 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.

Monday, September 11th, 1 PM

Room: 2.130 SSW

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Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn: Mentalization and reflective parenting

September 19, 2017 @ 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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CPS in Texas – Panel and Q&A

September 19, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join us for
CPS in Texas – A Panel presentation followed by Q&A
 
Panelists:
  • Sharon Berger: Former substance abuse specialist, program director for conservatorship in Travis County. Sharon Berger is the CVS (conservatorship safety visit) program director for Travis County CPS as well as the developmental disability specialist, and is an ex-officio member of the Travis County CPS Board.
  • Elizabeth Byrd: Former residential treatment center manager, former CPS caseworker, former placement specialist, clinical hospital social worker. Elizabeth Byrd currently serves the Emergency Department, women’s center, and NICU providing support, psychological assessments, community referrals, psychosocial evaluations, and clinical input into patients’ overall care and well being.
  • Tymothy Belseth: Former foster youth, former youth specialist at CPS, research coordinator at Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. Tymothy Belseth was in foster care in Texas as a teenager, then worked for CPS as a youth specialist and advocated for changing treatment of foster youth from inside CPS. Now he advocates from the outside, through working with the legislature and being the research coordinator of a new study entitled The Texas Youth Permanency Study.
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Bruce Perry: Impact of trauma on the developing child

September 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Impact of Trauma and Neglect on the Developing Child
Bruce Perry, MD, PhD.

Email ssw-pd@austin.utexas.edu for information on how to register and claim your ticket.

The development of a young child is profoundly influenced by experience. Experiences, good and bad, shape the organization of the brain. Chaos, threat, and abnormal patterns of emotional, social, cognitive and physical interactions with young children lead to an array of brain-related problems. This presentation will review clinical work and research that can help us better understand developmental trauma, neglect, and the relational problems that arise from neglect and threat. The presentation will also suggest new directions for clinical practice, program development and policy.

Bruce D. Perry is the senior fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and of Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

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Discussion: Current events and race

September 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the Social Work Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, the Color of US and Solidarity 6.0 for a facilitated discussion about current events and race. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come.

To suggest topics for future discussions, please fill this short survey.

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October 2017
Free

Disability Awareness: Be Your Own Advocate

October 2, 2017 @ 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

Be Your Own Advocate
Sean Pevsner, Co-founder Whitburn & Pevsner, PLLC UT Law Alumni

RSVP here

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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Crowdfunding for social work

October 4, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Philanthropy Education Program (P.E.P.) presents

Crowdfunding for social work

How can social work students and faculty use crowdfunding to raise money for research and projects? What does it take to have a successful crowdfunding campaign? Hear from Kellie Sullivan, manager of UT Austin’s own crowdfunding site, HornRaiser, and from Mandi Ford, a successful crowdfunder from the Department of Computer Science.

Healthy lunch provided with RSVP to Rose Lewis at roselewis@utexas.edu by Monday, October 2nd. Please include any dietary restrictions.

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GRACE event: Medicaid and Medicare 101

October 6, 2017 @ 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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Free

Disability Awareness Series: Tracie Harrison

October 9, 2017 @ 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,

Tracie C. Harrison, Ph.D.
The self-management of disability among Mexican-Americans

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Tracie Harrison is associate professor in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the intersection between age related change and impairment and its effect on social role performance and health outcomes. She is also examining the impact of the nursing home environment and quality on developmental outcomes of residents. She has received funding from multiple agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the John A Hartford Foundation, and the Texas Health & Human Services Commission. Currently, Harrison is the director of the Center for Excellence in Long Term Care. This center provides educational expertise in geriatric care to the state’s nursing and health professionals without cost to the user based on the latest expert findings from researchers throughout the Nation.

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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The NFL protests, social justice and social work

October 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, and Center for Sports Communication and Media present

The NFL Protests, social justice and social work – A panel discussion with

Moderator: Emmett L. Gill, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. 

This event is free and open to the public. Watch it on Facebook Live: Facebook.com/UTSocialWork

 

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Panel: Perspectives on the criminal justice system

October 10, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Join these panelists in a discussion of perspectives on the criminal justice system:

  • Michael Crumrine, Austin Police Department. Crumrine is a detective with the Austin Police Department with over 28 years of law enforcement experience. He is currently assigned to the Homicide Unit. Before that, he worked on adult sex crimes. He is also a founding member and current president of the Austin Police Department Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association.
  • Randy Langford, The Langford Firm, PLLC. Langford has been practicing law for nine years, and has 14 years of experience with restorative justice, including as a consultant for the Drug Marketplace Intervention Program. After trying to do restorative justice within the Travis County criminal justice system, Randy redirected his practice to addressing conflict within and between business organizations.
  • Allison Wetzel. Wetzel recently retired as an assistant district attorney at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. Before that she worked for thirteen years in the child abuse division. During her career she successfully prosecuted numerous high-profile cases, including the Norwood Trial in 2016.
  • Maggy McGiffert, IDVSA. McGiffert has worked for over 25 years on survivor-centered policy and systems change, program development, awareness materials and evaluation with the Texas Council on Family Violence, CASA of Travis County and Denton County Friends of the Family. She was director of SafePlace’s transitional housing, and currently works for the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
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$65

Healing Trauma in Children and Teens

October 13, 2017 @ 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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Desmond Patton: Social media and gang violence prevention

October 13, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 2017-2018 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

Desmond Uton Patton, PHD
Innovating gang violence prevention with qualitative analysis and natural  language processing tools

RSVP to sw-rsvp@austin.utexas.edu

Firearm violence continues to be a serious public health problem in the United States. Recent research indicates that firearm violence is exacerbated by social media usage and the formation of the “digital street.” Violence prevention and intervention strategies, however, exclude social media as a risk factor, and there are few tools available to community-based organizations for early detection of social media content that may be threatening. Professor Patton will address this critical gap, present preliminary findings from his research on this subject, and dicuss implications for reducing firearm violence.

About the speaker: Desmond Upton Patton, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Data Science Institute. His research utilizes qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine how and why youth and gang violence, trauma, grief and identity are expressed on social media and the real-world impact they have on wellbeing for low-income youth of color. His current research examines how gang-involved youth conceptualize threats on social media and the extent to which social media shapes and facilitates youth and gang violence. He is partnering with the Data Science Institute at Columbia to develop an online tool for detecting aggression in social media posts.

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Free

Disability Awareness Series: Adria Battaglia

October 16, 2017 @ 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,

Adria Battaglia, Ph.D.
Designing Inclusive and Accessible Learning Environments: Empowering Students through UDL

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Adria Battaglia is curriculum and instructional designer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Innovation Center, which as the mission of catalyzing transformative learning experiences in partnership with instructors and academic units.

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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Free

Social Work Advocacy

October 19, 2017 @ 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.

Register on Steer.

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Free

Disability Awareness Series: Emily Shryock

October 23, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge presents

ELIZABETH Kita, PhD, LCSW
“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

Inaugural Texas Clinical Supervision Conference

November 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 3, 2017 @ 4:45 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, 2017 @ 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!

Registration and details here.

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Justice is healing. An indigenous approach to sexual trauma

November 5, 2017 @ 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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Black Policy Symposium III: A Discussion on Black Political Power

November 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, and the Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis for

Black Policy Symposium III: A discussion on black political power

Community organizations fair and refreshments to follow the discussion.

The Struggle for Black Dignity in the Age of Trump
Peniel E. Joseph, PhD, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Joseph’s career has focused on what he describes as “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights, and has authored the award-winning books Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His most recent book, Stokely: A Life, has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power” and led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Can The Revolution Be Digitized?: Exploring Black Political Power in Digital Spaces
Briana Barner, PhD student, Moody College of Communication.  Barner is a proud native of the Southside of Chicago, and made her way to Texas from North Carolina, where she attended Bennett College, a women’s historically Black college. Barner is also a graduate of the UT Austin’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, where she wrote her award-winning master’s thesis on the power of the #BlackGirlMagic hashtag. She  currently serves as facilitator for INSPIRE, a women’s leadership program for undergraduates, housed in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include digital and Black feminism, new media, social media as a tool for social justice and activism, podcasts hosted by people who hold marginalized identities, and the representation of marginalized people, specifically Black girls and women, in popular culture and media.

Political Protest: Criminalizing Activism in the NFL
Emmett Gill, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Gill’s scholarship focuses on the intersection between social work and athletics and scandals in college sports. Before coming to UT Austin, he was at North Carolina Central University, the U.S. Military Academy Center for Enhanced Performance (where he supervised men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes academic, social and athletic performance enhancement) and Rutgers University (as an assistant professor and faculty mentor for women’s basketball). While at NCCU, Gill developed the Student-Athletes Wellness Center; a collaboration between the MSW program and athletics. He is on the executive committee of the National Alliance of Social Workers in Sports, which promotes individual and community well-being through partnerships between the profession of social work and the field of athletics.

Digital Literacy: The New Institutional Racism Barrier
Juanita Budd is the executive director of Austin Free-Net and is responsible for the strategic vision of direct delivery of programs and services. She drives forward the organization’s mission to eradicate the digital divide. A sub-recipient of a 9.3Million federal grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunity (BTOP) grant program awarded by Department of Commerce under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, to create, enhance and improve public computer centers in Austin. Since her tenure, she has collaborated with over 30 organizations to educate and improve broadband adoption and digital literacy programs.

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Opioid overdose response training

November 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

In the midst of the opioid public health emergency, social work students and professionals need to know how to recognize and respond to overdoses. Please join Operation Naloxone for

Free Opioid Overdose Training Response

Presented by Lucas Hill, Pharm.D.

 

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Combating social isolation in older adults

November 10, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The GRACE program presents:

Stephanie Glass, LMSW, of Family eldercare
“Combating social isolation in older adults through telephone-based programs”

CEUs available

Please RSVP to kayla.richards@utexas.edu

 

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Latinx Students and Scholars Network

November 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s Latinx Students and Scholars Network invites all students with a personal or professional interest in Latinx issues to join us for a brown bag lunch hour of conversation, networking and mentorship.

Questions? Contact esther.calzada@austin.utexas.edu

 

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$110

Exploring the Path to Organizational Success

November 14, 2017 @ 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

The Opiate Epidemic: Prevention and Treatment

December 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“The Opiate Epidemic: Prevention and Treatment” by Reid Minot, RN, CNS. Register here.

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Poster Session – Dynamics of Organizations and Communities

December 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come to the third floor hallway to see class project posters from students in professor Cal Streeter’s course Dynamics of Organizations and Communities. Students have complete community-based projects with nine different community partners.

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Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn: Defense mechanisms explained

December 6, 2017 @ 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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Workshop: Screening of Autism Spectrum Disorders

December 8, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The BEADS program’s 2017-2018 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Developmental Disabilities Workshop Series presents:

Screening and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Culturally Diverse Communities

 

Light refreshments will be served

Questions? Want to RSVP? Contact professor Sandy Magaña, smagana@austin.utexas.edu

 

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Commencement

December 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us for the Steve Hicks School of Social Work commencement ceremony at the LBJ Auditorium on Saturday, December 9.

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Poster session: Exploring social justice movements

December 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm

Please join the SW 325: Foundations of Social Justice class on the second floor hallway to learn about the history of 16 social justice movements. Students spent an entire semester studying the historical context, mobilization strategies, and
the impact of these movements. They are excited to share implications of our research for current and future social change efforts.

  • Poster 1: American Indian Power Movement and Activism, Grant Calzoncit & Ashley Tamayo
  • Poster 2: Antifa, Zoe Zoeller & Jacque Chan
  • Poster 3: Black Lives Matter, Ajla Hadzalic & Adrienne Walk
  • Poster 4: Black Power Movement, Sarah Jones & Yudith Morales
  • Poster 5: Chicano Movement, Kitty Mappus & Priscilla Lugo
  • Poster 6: Civil Rights Movement, Africa Ibarra & Eduardo Pelliccia
  • Poster 7: Cooperative Movement, Daniel Suh & Kris Marshall
  • Poster 8: Disability Rights Movement, Dany Treviño & Libby Vaughn
  • Poster 9: Environmental Movement, Austin McKee & Brenda Perez
  • Poster 10: LGBT Rights Movement, Jimmy Ding & Dany Ochoa
  • Poster 11: Movimiento al Socialismo/Movement for Socialism, Avi Trent Poster 12: Prison Abolition Movement, Joe Forrer & Quana Smith
  • Poster 13: Sanctuary Movement, Megan Perin & Brooke Bernard
  • Poster 14: Settlement Movement, Sam Schade & Hannah Lewis
  • Poster 15: United Farm Workers, Adriana Aguirre-Hernandez & Sylvia Feghali
  • Poster 16: Women’s Liberation Movement, Alyssa Garza & Jacob Branson
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January 2018

Decision case training for trainers in the field of sexual violence

January 8 - January 10

Join the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) for its CORSA Project’s Decision Case Train the Trainer: A New Technique for Trainers in the Field of Sexual Violence.

This three-day, FREE Train-the-Trainer Conference held at UT Austin will introduce and build instructional skills in the decision case study method. This method promotes dialogue and deep learning using case studies developed from dilemmas faced by Texas professionals in law enforcement, prosecution, and advocacy.

IDVSA will train a multi-disciplinary cohort of trainers from around the state from the fields of law enforcement, prosecution and advocacy with expertise in sexual assault cases to become trainers on this new methodology. IDVSA is currently recruiting individuals who can train system responders in their area of the state as part of their current position or regular work. Please contact Maggy McGiffert for more information at marymcgiffert@austin.utexas.edu

Each trainer will receive access to the six decision cases that IDVSA has compiled as well as the complementary training resources and curricula / facilitation guides. The training will involve learning about this innovative model and practicing facilitation skills with a national leader on this methodology, Dr. Terry Wolfer, from the University of South Carolina.

This project is supported by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division (Contract No. UTA14-001266). The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Texas Office of the Governor.

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The Art of Clinical Supervision

January 22 @ 8:30 am - January 24 @ 5:30 pm

“The Art of Clinical Supervision: A Relational/Cultural Model: Board-Approved Certification for LCSWs” by Tammy Linseisen, LCSW, ACSW.

This course is full, but call (512) 471-2886 or email ssw-pd@austin.utexas.edu to be placed on the waiting list.

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February 2018

GRACE event: LGBTQ community and aging

February 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The GRACE program presents

Lisa Daly, MA and Cheryl Young, LCSW
The LGBTQ Community and Aging Concerns

CEUs available. To RSVP or for more information contact Kayla Richards, kayla.richards@utexas.edu

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Mimi V. Chapman: A visual intervention to counter bias in healthcare

February 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 2017-2018 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

Mimi V. Chapman, MSW, PhD
Yo veo salud: A visual intervention to counter bias among health care professionals

RSVP to sw-rsvp@austin.utexas.edu

“Implicit biases” may shape health care providers’ behaviors thereby affecting care for patients of color. Implicit bias is a problem for many marginalized groups in the United States as well as for new immigrants from many countries. Yo Veo Salud uses patient-generated and professionally created images to engage health care providers in conversations about ethnicity and migration. This intervention has been successfully piloted using both implicit measures and explicit self-report measures.

About the speaker: Mimi V. Chapman, MSW, PhD, is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Her work focuses on migration and immigrant experience and bias among “high intensity professionals.” With the Envisioning Health team she develops and tests visual and arts-based interventions such as Yo Veo Salud to create more welcoming environments for new immigrants. These interventions are delivered to public schools, pediatric, internal, and psychiatric medical providers.

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Evidence-based practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The BEADS Program (Building Excellence in Autism and Disability Scholars Program) presents

Implementing evidence-based practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders in cultural diverse communities

$5 CEU fee onsite. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP or find out more, contact professor Sandy Magaña, smagana@austin.utexas.edu

 

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Care Don’t Share – Support group for ADHD students

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pressured to give away your ADHD meds?

Care don’t Share
Support group (and pizza) for ADHD students on prescription medications

50% of UT Students with ADHD Medication get pressured to give theirs away…

  • Illegal use of prescription stimulant medications is growing- with legal and health consequences
  • Questions about “Study Drugs”? Worried about what happens if you give one away?
  • FREE PIZZA AND DISCUSSION
  • GUEST SPEAKER: DR. LORI HOLLERAN STEIKER
  • RSVP: williamwatkins@utexas.edu
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27th Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference

February 21 - February 23

Register here for the 27th Annual Texas School Social Work Conference!

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Free

Intimate Partner Violence

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Margaret Bassett, LPC-S, is the deputy director and director of Expert Witness Program at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at The University of Texas at Austin. She provides consultation and training on the use of expert witnesses in cases involving interpersonal crimes. She has worked in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 30 years in a variety of settings, most recently in the criminal justice system working with victims of intimate partner violence felony crimes. She testifies as an expert witness in criminal and civil court cases and is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas in Austin. She received her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and is a licensed professional counselor. She served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Her professional interests include: violence against women; intimate partner violence; sexual assault; trauma; safety planning and risk assessment.

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Free

BSW Résumé Workshop

February 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

These workshops are tailored for undergraduate students and required for those entering the BSW social work major.

Join Jennifer Luna Jackson, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, and Katherine Corley, Graduate Writer Coordinator, as they provide tips on designing your résumé. Bring a printed copy of your résumé for an on-site review (no laptops please)

This workshop is mandatory for those wishing to have a one-on-one resume review. Register on Steer!

For questions please contact DCCS at 512-232-7362 DCCS@austin.utexas.edu

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Résumé Workshop

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until February 28, 2018

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until February 28, 2018

Final field? Job searching? Applying for scholarships?

Join the DiNitto Center as they provide tips on designing your résumé. Bring a printed copy of your résumé for an on-site review (no laptops please)

This workshop is mandatory for those wishing to have a one-on- one resume review. Registration on Steer is encouraged, find the link here.

For questions please contact DCCS at 512-232-7362 DCCS@austin.utexas.edu

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March 2018

Panel: Latinx social work in Austin

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Latinx Students and Scholars Network at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work invites BSW, MSSW, and PhD students to a panel discussion with Latinx social work practitioners and faculty regarding their experiences working working with the greater Austin Latinx community.

Lunch will be provided. Questions? Contact esther.calzada@austin.utexas.edu

Panelists:

  • Tony Nunez, BSW. Social worker with Austin’s homeless population.
  • Deliana Garcia, MA. Director of international projects & emerging issues, Migrant Clinicians Network
  • Maria Hernandez, MA. Founder & executive director, VELA
  • Becky Morales, LCSW. Manager, Collaborative Care at Dell Medical School

 

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Sports social work

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Sport Social Work” by Emmett Gill, MSW, PhD. Register here.

Sport social work has existed since Jane Addams used athletics to help acculturate immigrants into U.S. communities, but only in the last decade has it emerged as one of the most exciting new areas of social work practice. This workshop will introduce participants to current practices in sport social work. Sport social workers now practice in professional sports leagues and at top intercollegiate athletics programs. The presentation will describe models of sport social work, sport social work advocacy and community building, and ways to pursue careers in sport social work. Consideration of characteristics of student athletes and their vulnerabilities, as well as youth vs. college and professional sports issues, will be addressed via case studies and discussion.

 

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GRACE event: Tele-delivered counseling for home-bound seniors

March 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The GRACE program presents

Namkee Choi, PhD, and clinical team
Improving Access to Depression Treatment for Low-income Homebound Seniors Through Tele-delivered Counseling

CEUs available. To RSVP or for more information contact Kayla Richards, kayla.richards@utexas.edu

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Résumé Workshop

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

Final field? Job searching? Applying for scholarships?

Join the DiNitto Center as they provide tips on designing your résumé.
Bring a printed copy of your résumé for an on-site review (no laptops please)

This workshop is mandatory for those wishing to have a one-on- one resume review.

Registration on Steer is encouraged, find the link here.


For questions please contact DCCS at 512-232-7362 DCCS@austin.utexas.edu

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Grants workshop

March 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interested in learning more about grant proposals and helping your current or future organization get funded? Join the Philanthropy Education Program (PEP) and Development Office for this event.

Grant Workshop
with a panel of local local professionals with many years of experience of writing and reviewing grants

Panelists include:

  • Andrew Levack, MPH, senior program officer for healthy aging, St. David’s Foundation
  • Sean Redmond, assistant director, Foundation Relations at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mary Rychlik, MSSW, continuum of care manager, Texas Homeless Network

Lunch included – RSVP requested: roselewis@utexas.edu

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Free

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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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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Free

Tackling Test Anxiety

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

Do you find yourself becoming so anxious before or during a test that it affects your performance? Would you like to learn some techniques to reduce your stress in testing situations? Come join us for this interactive workshop. 

We will learn to:
– Defuse stress
– Strengthen your attention
– Transform self-defeating thoughts and emotions

Laura Dannenmaier, LCSW, (pronouns: she/her) is a Counselor in the Counselors in Academic Residence (CARE) Program. She provides clinical services two days a week in the Steve Hicks Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Please RSVP at: https://tinyurl.com/TTAworkshop
Questions? Contact Laura Dannenmaier at (512) 471-8148

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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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April 2018
Free

Social work careers in children’s advocacy centers

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

With over 70 children’s advocacy centers throughout the state of Texas, and hundreds more throughout the country, there are numerous opportunities for new and experienced social workers to start an exciting career. CACs support and coordinate the multi-disciplinary teams that investigate child abuse cases, such as law enforcement, CPS, and prosecutors. In addition, CACs offer comprehensive victim advocacy and support as well as trauma-focused mental health treatment. Various positions exist within CACs, such as forensic interviewers, family advocates, mental health providers, prevention specialists, development specialist, and leadership opportunities.

Lindsey Jordan, LMSW, is a Program Administrator for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX), where she oversees the curriculum for the CACTX Family Advocate Training Program and provides training and program support to local children’s advocacy centers (CACs) in the areas of family advocacy, mental health, medical evaluations, and volunteer programs. Lindsey has presented at state and national conferences and has contributed training curricula and other written materials for various agencies such as the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, SAFE Alliance, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Victim Services Division. Prior to joining CACTX, she worked as a school-based social worker, providing crisis counseling and other social services to children in grades K-12 and their families. Lindsey has also worked as a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker and has interned with the Victim Services Division of the Austin Police Department. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and a Master’s degree in Social Work, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

Register for the event on Steeryourcareer here

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Gerontology Resources Symposium

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This full-day symposium includes two half-day workshops: “Challenges and Opportunities in Health Policy and Aging” by Robyn Golden, MA, LCSW and “Ethics in Health Policy: Ethical Policy Processes and Using Technology with Older Adults” by Allan E. Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD.

Register here.

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Touchdowns & testimonies: The role of spirituality in sports (panel)

April 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In recent years, sports has extended beyond the playing field and into the center of several social issues, from social justice to spirituality. In the context of sports, spirituality comes in many different forms whether it is the Christian athlete who uses football as a platform to project his faith or an equestrian athlete who explains how believing in something higher helped to overcome injury. We oftentimes see representations of faith tattooed on the bodies of male and female athletes or we hear the winners profess “this would not have been possible without God.” Nonetheless, how we view spirituality in sports is as unpredictable as the games themselves because of how we view athletes who use the court as a pulpit when spectators just wants to be entertained. This  panel  will explore the intersection between sports and spirituality.

Co-sponsored by the Sports and Social Work Network. RSVP here. Watch it on Facebook Live: /UTSocialWork

Panelists

  • Allan Cole, senior associate for academic affairs and director of undergraduate programs, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • Kevin Washington, director of player development, Texas Football
  • Josh Sawyer, Texas Baseball
  • Ed Newton, lead pastor, Community Bible Church (San Antonio)
  • Benita Pollard-Collins, Texas Women’s Basketball ‘90-94
  • Moderator: Emmett Gill, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
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Trauma in the Americas: Social work approaches to research (student panel)

April 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Please join Latin American Studies/Social Work Master’s degree candidates as they discuss key findings and practice implications from their thesis research.

Trauma in the Americas: Social work approaches to research

Panelists: Moravia de la O, Ana Hernández, and Lynn Panepinto
Discussant: Professor Lauren Gulbas

Breakfast tacos will be provide. Please RSVP here.

Moravia de la O is a third year dual master’s degree student in Latin American studies and social work. Her research looks at the social and emotional impacts of disappearance on the lives of activist mothers — mothers involved in grassroots organizing to find their disappeared children — and the manifestations of resilience within collectives led by these women in contemporary Mexico. Moravia has worked on a number of human rights issues in the Americas including domestic and sexual violence, immigrant rights, and the Drug War in Mexico.

Ana Hernández is a third year dual master’s degree student in social work and Latin American studies. Her social work and research experiences have primarily centered on Latinx immigrants in the Central Texas area and nearby immigrant detention centers. Ana’s thesis, “Becoming Undocumented and Unafraid,” explores how the construction of illegality in the United States impacts undocumented youth on their journey toward activism and advocacy.

Lynn Panepinto is a third year dual master’s degree student in social work and Latin American studies. Her academic and professional experience has focused on providing support and advocacy for children and families who have experienced trauma, particularly related to sexual violence. Her thesis research is based on data that she collected about intervention services for child sexual abuse in Lima, Peru, and it explores the implications for child protection work in cross-cultural settings.

Lauren Gulbas, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. As a cultural and medical anthropologist, Gulbas has a long-standing interest in understanding how social change in local contexts shapes cultural meanings and experiences of distress. Her research contributes to theoretical paradigms that explore the complex linkages between macro-level processes, such as culture change, and individual experiences of distress, including depression and attempted suicide.

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Fostering hope and possibilities. Working with youth and families coping with trauma

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Fostering Hope and Possibilities: Fundamentals of Solution-Focused Practice When Working With Youth and Families Coping with Trauma” by Anne Bodmer Lutz, BSN, MD.

Register here.

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Save a life: Naloxone training

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us in the Utopia Theatre for an overdose prevention & response training from experts at the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative.

Please RSVP here. Questions? Contact joseph.sanchez@recoveryatx.org

*** No Free Parking*** Paid parking available in Manor Garage or Trinity Garage on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

This training is sponsored by the Youth Substance Misuse & Addiction Pop-Up Institute.

 

 

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