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November 2015

Faculty Mtg

November 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Documentary: A place at the table

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX United States

Please join us for a showing of A place at the Table, an award winning and powerful documentary about food insecurity and hunger in the United States.

50 Million Americans—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

Canned foods and other healthy nonperishable food items will be collected and donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. For more information contact Vicki Packheiser at vpackheiser@mail.utexas.edu or Chris Burnett at burnett@austin.utexas.edu

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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, TX United 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, TX United 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. More information here.

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

 Participation is limited to the first 200 registrants!

 Register here

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Brand YOU: Branding Workshop

November 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Discover how you bring value and put your future in your own hands with Angela Loeb, Career Consultant from InSync Resource.

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Lunch and Learn with United Way

November 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Come have lunch with United Way of Greater Austin! Those in attendance will be Amy Price, MSIS, the Directory of Community Information, Suzanne Heritage, MSSW, Health Programs Manager, Shay Mooney, MSSW, Community Information Coordinator, and Peter Kretzschmar, MPH, Vice President of Community Integration. Take this opportunity to chat with those in the field!

*Lunch is provided

Register on STEER https://socialwork.utexas.edu/dccs/steer-your-career/

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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, TX United 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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Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Stacy Bruce, Executive Director of the Austin’s Children Shelter, as she discusses her professional experience with child welfare and juvenile justice.

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Grieving Children and Adolescents

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Grieving Children and Adolescents: Developing Assessment Skills and Clinical Tools” by Erin Spalding, LCSW. Register here.

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Field Education Committee Mtg

November 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX United States
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