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August 2015

Building research bridges: U.S. and Mexico

August 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The 2015-2066 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

Dr. J. Ruben Parra-Cardona
Building Research Bridges: Cultural Adaptation of Prevention Interventions for Communities in the US and Mexico

Room TBA. Please RSVP to jcunniff@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Parra-Cardona will give an overview of his federally funded program of research focused on preventive parenting and cultural adaptation with Latino/a communities. By describing a mixed-methods prevention study, he will illustrate the importance of generating qualitative data to guide programs of research according to salient life experiences of target populations. He will also reflect about the  need to implement rigorous research designs to effectively address critical gaps in knowledge with high relevance for underserved Latino/a populations. Finally, he will present preliminary findings from a pilot intervention study in Monterrey, México, demonstrating the potential impact that cultural adaptation research can have in an international context.

Dr. Parra-Cardona is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Doctoral Specialization in Family Therapy, at Michigan State University. He is also associate director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. He just completed an NIMH-funded prevention study focused on low income Latino/a immigrant families and holds a career development K-award from NIDA to expand his program of research to Latino/a families with adolescents. He collaborates with Mexican professionals in the implementation of community-based programs of research and training of mental health therapists with leading NGOs and research institutes in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua city, Monterrey, and Mexico, D.F.

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September 2015

Military Social Work Conference

September 16 - September 18
Thompson Conference Center,
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin,TXUnited States
Third Annual Military Social Work Conference: “Strengthening Military Families Through Effective Community Practices”

Conference participants will hear from leading clinicians and researchers in the field of mental health and family services to military personnel and veterans. Sessions will focus on clinical skill building with an emphasis on “best practices” and evidence-based treatment techniques in social work. Topics will cover core clinical issues relevant to working with this population. Topics related to effective teaching and training of social work students in military and veteran social work will also be offered. The conference will provide a forum to meet others, exchange ideas, and develop deep support networks of colleagues. Register now!

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LBJ’s legacy on social issues

September 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

A panel discussion with the artistic team of the Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms, which is presenting Power Goes at the Texas Performing Arts Center on September 16-18.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson said, “Power is where power goes.” LBJ certainly hungered for power—and knew how to wield it. He intrinsically recognized that effective governance relies on successful performance, both public and private. Such displays of power established LBJ’s political career and helped push forward transformative legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and the Medicare Bill. In Power Goes, The Seldoms use the figure of LBJ as a lens to view power more broadly and to ask if the robust political muscle that LBJ embodied can even be possible in the United States today.

Please RSVP to vpackheiser@mail.utexas.edu, as seating may be limited.

 

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Kane Smego

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Suite,
2247 Guadalupe
Austin, TX,United States

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) and the School of Social Work are very proud to host spoken word and hip hop artist, Kane Smego. Smego will address the current challenges to social justice in the United States, especially for those who are marginalized in society.

Kane Smego is an internationally touring spoken word and hip hop artist, youth educator, National Poetry Slam Finalist, and co-founder of the youth arts nonprofit Sacrificial Poets. He has performed and realized workshops across the United States and abroad in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. He believes in the power of storytelling as a tool for healing, recording and transmitting history, and building community across lines of difference. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Kane now resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Recovery Capital Conference

September 26 - September 27
Recovery Capital Conference: Celebrating 2 million Texans in recovery

The greater recovery community is uniting to celebrate and build recovery capital amongst ourselves and others. Learn more about the conference and register. Activities are designed by people in recovery for the recovery community, including individuals and families, peer workers and leaders from across organizations and allies and stakeholders from across agencies. Hosted by RecoveryPeople.

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Tailgate

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

Come have fun with us and watch the Longhorns play the Oklahoma State Cowboys!

Get your tickets now for special pricing: adult; $12, student: $10, young adults (12-17): $5, children under 12: free!

Check the Tailgate Facebook page for updates!

 

 

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October 2015

Fairbanks Lecture: Colin Pereira-Webber

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States
When a Parent Dies: A Psychoanalytic Perspective of the Process of Bereavement 
Colin Pereira-Webber, MA
Colin Pereira-Webber, MA, is a clinical social worker and child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst in private practice. He is a  faculty member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Faculty of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and adjunct faculty at the St. Louis Institute for Psychoanalysis.  He has published on the topic of childhood bereavement in a number of books and journals and has presented at clinical conferences nationally and internationally.
The Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge is made possible by the Sue Fairbanks Endowment for Excellence in the Application of Psychoanalytic Knowledge in Social Work. Established in 2007, this permanent endowment is dedicated to educational programs in psychoanalytic knowledge and to promoting excellence in clinical practice.
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De Novo: A play on immigration

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

On the streets of Guatemala City, gang members were young Edgar’s only family. He dreamed of a different future, but to leave the gang was a death sentence. De Novo. Más allá de las fronteras (Beyond borders), a gripping documentary play tells the true story of 14-year-old Edgar Chocoy and his fight to win asylum in the United States.

Houses on the Moon Theater Company presents this riveting play by Jeffrey Solomon, followed by a talkback with actors and immigration advocates.

For information on the use of this play in high school and college curriculum, and to reserve seating for class groups, contact Lindsey Engelman at lengelman@austin.utexas.edu.

Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

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November 2015

Child Welfare Conference

November 9 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thompson Conference Center,
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin,TXUnited States
Competing Voices: Listening, Learning and Uniting for Permanency

Keynote address by Dr. Alfred Perez

Hosted by the Child and Family Research Institute, more information here.

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