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October 2015

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. More information here.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Lindsey Engelman at lengelman@austin.utexas.edu.RSVP and receive event updates on Facebook at De Novo.

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Expert witness training for immigration cases

October 22 - October 23
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

Dean Luis Zayas and the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) Expert Witness Team are pleased to invite you to register for the workshop Building Capacity for Expert Witness in Immigration Cases.

This 2-day workshop will focus on preparing mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and counselors to increase their capacity in the role of expert witness for immigration cases. The training will have a specific focus on immigrants who have experienced intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault and are part of mixed status families. Knowledge of any or all of the following is required: children and trauma, intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault. Spanish proficiency is encouraged, but not required.

This training workshop is provided at no cost to participants, however we are requesting that participants commit to working pro bono with a pro bono attorney on at least one case in the future. Social work and LPC CEUs are pending and will be available for $20. Additional information will be provided prior to the training.

This training will have limited seating and participants will be selected based on expertise, area of service, and history as an expert witness. To request registration, please complete this online form no later than COB October 1, 2015. The Expert Witness Team will send out confirmation emails the week of October 5th.

If you are interested in attending the training, but may not qualify as an expert witness, please consider volunteering as an alternative. Register here as a volunteer.

Questions? Reach out to the Expert Witness Team at ImmigrationExpertWitness2015@gmail.com.

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GRACE event: Alzheimer’s Disease

October 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
School of Social Work, Rm, 2.132,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The GRACE program presents

John Bertelson, MD
Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A Neurologist’s Perspective

Dr. Bertelson is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A graduate of Rice University, Dr. Bertelson attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He completed his Neurology Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and his Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Most recently, he completed his Fellowship in Neuroimaging at Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst, NY. A former instructor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Bertelson is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Bertelson has broad experience in the management of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions. Dr. Bertelson is a co-founder of the Austin Cognitive Medicine Society and a member of the American Society of Neuroimaging, the Texas Medical Association and the American Academy of Neurology. He has been with Seton Brain & Spine Institute since 2008.

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November 2015

Dean’s Lecture Series: Sarah Gehlert

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The 2015-2016 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice and the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice present,

Transdisciplinary Science: Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities

Light lunch will be served starting at 11:30am. Please RSVP to Susannah Plocher, splocher@utexas.edu

Health disparities for common conditions have increased over time. In this presentation, Dr. Gehlert will propose a multi-level model to address disparities and argue that a transdisciplinary approach holds the greatest promise for capturing the complexity of these conditions. She will discuss the implications of proposed changes in health care such as the precision medicine initiative for health disparities, and end with recommendations for social work.

Sarah Gehlert is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School and in the Department of Surgery of the School of Medicine. She is a scholar in Washington University’s Institute of Public Health and serves on its Faculty Advisory Committee. Dr. Gehlert is the Co-Program Leader of the Prevention and Control Program of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Co-Director of the Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer (TREC), and Training Program Director of the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD). Gehlert’s publications focus on social influences on health, especially the health of vulnerable populations. Currently, she is working on the influences of neighborhood and community violence and unsafe housing on psychosocial functioning among African-American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, with an eye toward how these factors “get under the skin” to affect gene expression and tumorigenesis. She has a special interest in the biology of women’s behavior.


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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

Thanks to a generous donation for a Dean’s Lectureship, the School of Social Work’s Child and Family Research Institute offers a free continuing education opportunity for professionals, students, advocates and researchers interested in child welfare. The purpose of this year’s lectureship is to provide child welfare practitioners, advocates, and researchers opportunities to learn skills to address the needs of children in the child welfare in Texas.

The event, CEUs and parking are free but registration is required.

 Participation is limited to the first 200 registrants!

 Register here (registration opens Monday, October 5)

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Medicaid and Medicare 101

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

GRACE program event that will give useful and timely information to students, field instructors, alums and faculty about these important government programs.

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December 2015

Dean’s Lecture Series: Paula Braveman

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The 2015-2016 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents


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Paula Braveman is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). For more than 25 years, Dr. Braveman has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health, and has worked to bring attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has focused on measuring, documenting, understanding, and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in maternal and infant health. During the 1990s she collaborated with World Health Organization staff in Geneva to develop a global initiative on equity in health and health care. She has been the Research Director for a national commission on the social determinants of health in the U.S. supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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