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September 2016

Tailgate

September 10 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States
Come have fun with us and watch the Longhorns play UT El Paso!

Live music, yard games, tacos, beer & wine, gelato.

Festivities start at 3:00 p.m. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.

Get your tickets now for special pricing: Regular admission, $12; Student/faculty/staff, $10 (day-of tickets are $15 at the door, cash or check only)

Check the School of Social Work Tailgate Facebook page for updates.

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Faculty mtg

September 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Dean’s Lecture: Teri Browne

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The 2016-2017 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

TERI Browne, PhD
Social Work and Kidney Disease: Improving Outcomes and Parity

Light lunch will be served starting at 11:30 am. CEU fee payable at the door: $5. Please RSVP to sw-rsvp@austin.utexas.edu 

Dialysis and kidney transplant centers are the only Medicare-mandated practice settings that require a master’s level social worker on every interdisciplinary team. Accordingly, nephrology social workers play a critical role in helping patients address psychosocial barriers to treatment outcomes and parity. Browne will present her scholarship in this area and discuss her work as a social work researcher in the areas of kidney transplant disparity. She will describe her innovative theoretical approach that includes attention to patients’ social networks as critical factors in transplant parity, and present social work practice suggestions for improving such parity.

Teri Browne, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. She earned her master of social work at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her PhD at the University of Chicago. Browne worked as a medical social worker for 13 years and is an internationally recognized expert on nephrology social work and psychosocial barriers to chronic disease outcomes. Browne is the editor of the Handbook of Social Work (1st & 2nd editions, Mandarin & Korean translations) and co-directs the interprofessional education committee for health sciences at the University of South Carolina.

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October 2016

Faculty mtg

October 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Dean’s lecture: Paul Sacco

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The 2016-2017 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

 PAUL Sacco, PhD
Affective and Motivational Influences on Alcohol Consumption among Older Adults: Evolving Approaches

A light lunch will be served starting at 11:30 am. CEU fee payable at the door: $5. Please RSVP to sw-rsvp@austin.utexas.edu 

This lecture will focus on stress and coping-related drinking among older adults based on professor Sacco’s research, which uses nationally representative data as well as data collected at a continuing-care retirement community. He will discuss how different methodological approaches, such as experience sampling qualitative interviews, can help clarify our understanding of the role of alcohol-use in coping among older adults. Professor Sacco will reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches as well as implications for social work research and practice.

Paul Sacco, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. His research focuses primarily on behavioral health and addictions with a focus on life course development. He has conducted research on the epidemiology of alcohol use and pathological gambling among older adults with an emphasis on health services use. He is also interested in the application of latent variable modeling approaches to understanding developmental process in behavioral health and exploring heterogeneity in life course development. He combines his behavioral health research with an emerging interest in the training of social work students in evidence-supported behavioral health interventions.

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The Texas Social

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Texas Union Ballroom,
2247 Guadalupe
Austin,TX78712United States

A fun evening to celebrate our donors, scholarship recipients, School of Social Work community, and our growing collaboration with healthcare education in Texas.

6:00 p.m. Silent auction and live music by the Band in Black (a Johnny Cash cover band)
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Texas chic attire encouraged 

Get your tickets hereTable sponsorships available. For more information contact cstephens@austin.utexas.edu or call 512-475-6840

 All proceeds support the Dean’s Endowed Scholarship Fund

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Fairbanks lecture: Elizabeth Simpson

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge presents

Elizabeth Simpson, LCSW
Fear of Breakdown: Internal Agonies and Urban Life

How do we understand and help our clients when internal reality and primitive agonies are mirrored by the socio-cultural realities of urban “development,” such as the collapse of mental health services, systematic oppression, homelessness and gentrification?  Psychoanalytic and social theories offer us a lens to understand how issues of identity and psychic resilience, are informed by race, trauma, class and culture. If we are able to reflect about the collusion of internal and external fantasies and realities we might be a step closer to providing effective and humane care for our clients.

Please RSVP to ssw-profdev@utlists.utexas.edu

Elizabeth Simpson, LCSW, is analyst and faculty member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP), and associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where she has taught residents for over twenty years. Since 2010, Simpson has been the co-chair and founder of the Coalition for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), an SFCP community outreach project that addresses the needs of early-career front-line social workers. Six years ago, Simpson also developed The Working Together Retreat Project at SFCP to develop leadership and committee membership.

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November 2016

Faculty mtg

November 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Child Welfare Conference

November 16 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thompson Conference Center,
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin,TXUnited States

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Dean’s Lecture: Culture and DSM-5

November 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

The 2016-2017 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice and the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry present

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD, and Neil Aggarwal, MD
Culture and DSM-5

 CEU fee payable at the door: $5 for lecture only, $10 with ensuing workshop “The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview.” Please RSVP to ssw@utlists.utexas.edu.

The specific expressions of mental and emotional disorders in the DSM classification system represent only one of various forms taken by these clinical presentations worldwide and over the historical record. This talk will discuss the theoretical and empirical rationale for incorporating cultural variation into psychiatric nosology, illustrated by inclusions in DSM-5 at the level of criteria, prevalence statements, and syndrome description.  It will also describe the revision in DSM-5 of the construct of “culture-bound syndrome” into “cultural concepts of distress” to clarify the contextual nature of all mental health presentations. Data on ataque de nervios (attack of nerves), a Latin American idiom of distress, will be used to describe how culture-related processes can pattern the phenomenology of emotional and behavioral suffering. The talk will conclude by describing how cultural aspects of mental health presentation can be explored using a new assessment method introduced in DSM-5, the Cultural Formulation Interview.

About the speakers:

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD, MTS, is professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and director of the New York State (NYS) Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program at NYS Psychiatric Institute. His research focuses on developing clinical interventions and novel service-delivery approaches to help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups. He also studies the way culture affects individuals’ experience of mental disorder and their help-seeking expectations, including how to explore this cultural variation during the psychiatric evaluation. He led the development of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview, a standardized method for cultural assessment for use in mental health practice, and is the principal investigator of its international field trial.

Neil Krishan Aggarwal, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research focuses on overcoming barriers in cross-cultural communication to improve patient satisfaction, appointment retention, and medication adherence. Since 2012 he has been an advisor to the Cultural Issues Subgroup for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). He is currently the primary investigator of the first mental health study to examine the effects of clinician cultural competence training on patient outcomes using the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview, funded by the NIMH.

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