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March 2017

Being a Latinx social worker

March 29 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Grace Program presents

Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D.

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

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DCCS Forum Series: Professional Development and self care

April 10 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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