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October 2017
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Disability Awareness: Be Your Own Advocate

October 2 @ 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

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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

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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 @ 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 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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

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