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February 2016

Interprofessional education: Dr. Alan Dow

February 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Blanton Museum of Art,
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin,TX78701United States

UT Inter-Professional Education presents:

Dr. Alan Dow, M.D., M.H.S.A.
Improving Care of Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions Using Interprofessional Teamwork

Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A. is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, VCU Health System and the surrounding community.

Parking for the event is available for a fee in Trinity Garage at the corner of MLK and Trinity. If you need accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Sarah McElvain at smcelvain@nursing.utexas.edu or (512) 471-8637 no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

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Dean’s Lecture Series: Thalia González

February 15 @ 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 Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue present

Thalia Gonzalez, JD
Restorative Justice at the Crossroads: From Practice to Policy to Systemic Reform

Light lunch will be served starting at 11:30am. Please RSVP to sw-rsvp@austin.utexas.edu 

Restorative justice in the United States is at a crossroads; it is no longer simply viewed as a grassroots practice, but instead as a policy solution in such areas as school discipline, youth justice, child welfare, violence, policing, racial disparities, mass incarceration, and recidivism.  In this lecture, Professor González will discuss the growth of the restorative justice movement, its shifting focus, and how restorative justice is currently being used across the United States in a diverse range of systems.  She will also highlight the tensions between aspirational and practical understandings of restorative justice, as well as the versatility of restorative approaches to address some of the most pressing contemporary issues.

Thalia González is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Politics Department at Occidental College. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA School of Law.  Since 2008, Professor González has examined issues of school discipline and racial disproportionality, with a focus on the implementation of alternative models of discipline and ending the school-to-prison pipeline.  Her work in Denver Public Schools has been nationally recognized and utilized by school districts, county safety councils, community-based organizations, academic institutions, think tanks, bar associations, and scholars.  She regularly​ provides ​ programmatic assessments and advises​ policymakers at the local, county, and state levels. Similarly, based on her research on the Indian Child Welfare Act and status offenders, Professor González has been invited to review state court policy guidelines and rulemakings, and participate in community roundtables.


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Children of Immigration Conference

February 25 - February 26
Undocumented, Unaccompanied, and Citizen: Charting Research Directions for Children of Immigration

Children of immigration constitute an extremely vulnerable population. Without access to education, healthcare, and social services, these children are likely to suffer prolonged childhood adversities, locking them into the lowest socio-economic class, even if legal immigration status is achieved.

In effort to address this reality, the conference Undocumented, Unaccompanied, and Citizen: Charting Research Directions for Children of Immigration will set a national research agenda in behavioral and social sciences focusing on undocumented children, unaccompanied alien children entering from Mexico and Central America, and the U.S.-born offspring of undocumented immigrants in mixed status families who are known as citizen-children. The conference, which is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will gather scholars from multiple disciplines to discuss current knowledge of the development, health, mental health, and psychological and social experiences of this population, and identify knowledge gaps, as well as methodological and ethical challenges in conducting research with these children and their families.

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March 2016

GRACE event: Elder issues mediation

March 4 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
School of Social Work, Rm 1.214,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TX78712United States

The GRACE program and the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice present:

Bruce Kravitz

Elder issues mediation: Bringing peace to fighting families


Bruce Kravitz is founder and certified mediator at ElderPeace Partners, a mediation practice dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and business to resolve conflicts related to the care, wellbeing, and property of an elder by providing professional and creative mediation and facilitation services.

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April 2016

Otis Lecture: King Davis

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture presents

King Davis, PhD
New Directions: Bringing Policy Change in the Post-Obama Era

We pride ourselves about living in the land of opportunity, but exclusion has been at the core of American public policy from Lincoln to Obama. In this lecture, Dr. Davis will discuss how race, gender, age, religion and region determine control of resources, participation in policy-making, and definition of policy directions. He will also discuss how long-term structural exclusion results in reduced chances for quality of life and increased mortality for specific groups within the population, and will offer suggestions about what research universities and faculty can do to bring about change in the post-Obama era. The program will conclude with a panel discussion reflecting local and regional policy issues and impact.

To register please RSVP ssw-profdev@utlists.utexas.edu ($5 CEU payable onsite)

King Davis, Ph.D.is a professor of research in the School of Information and professor emeritus in African and African Diaspora Studies at the The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his professional career spanning three decades, Dr. Davis has made exceptional contributions in the field of mental health with a focus on public mental health policy, the provision of culturally competent mental health services, health care for the mentally ill and disparities in rates of illness and services for people of color. .From 2000 – 2014, Dr. Davis held the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. He also served as the Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation (2003-2008). In April 2015, Dr. Davis received $763,000 from the Mellon Foundation to study privacy of mental health records from the first mental institution in the US developed (1866) exclusively for people of African descent.

The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture is supported by a permanent endowment established by Dr. Otis to inspire further academic attention to current social problems.


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Steer Toward Texas

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit day for admitted MSSW students.

Questions? Contact Ramón Gómez at ramon-gomez@austin.utexas.edu

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May 2016


May 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall,
2350 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin,TX78712United States
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