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April 2015

Social Work and Policy and Advocacy

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
DiNitto Center for Career Services,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

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Join alumni Clayton Travis, MSSW, Advocacy and Health Policy Coordinator at Texas Pediatric Society as we learn about the opportunities in policy and advocacy within a social work context.  Previously, Clayton served as the Hogg Foundation mental Health Policy Fellow and as a Legislative Aide. This hour is sure to be informative and exciting as we are in the midst of the Texas legislative session.

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Field Instructor Appreciation

April 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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$105

Cultural Competence in Caregiving: Latino Populations

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Key Cultural Considerations in the Delivery of Services to Latino Older Adults by Dr. Lyda Arévalo-Flechas. Register Here.

Specific issues central to Latino caregiving and their cultural explanation will be presented, as well as strategies to provide culturally competent services aimed at supporting the Latino caregiver. The role of cultural literacy as a key component of health literacy will be discussed. Attendees are introduced to significant demographic, socioeconomic, and historical facts contributing to the understanding of who the Hispanics of the United States are and where they come from. Providing services to the largest ethnic minority in the United States can be challenging when Hispanic cultural values, and deeply rooted traditions and customs are not known or understood. An overview of the cultural competence continuum provides a framework for discussion of support services delivery to Hispanic/ Latino families caring for their older adult relatives. Make plans to attend this excellent opportunity for interprofessional education around best practices in work with older adults.

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Lecture & Lunch

April 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

Dr. Sara Goodkind, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, will present “Gender-specific Services for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System.”

RSVP is required for this event, please register here.

When most people think of a “juvenile delinquent,” they picture a boy. However, recent portrayals of girls in the popular media and press suggest that girls’ delinquency, particularly their violence, is on the rise. Many of these media portrayals cite recent statistics demonstrating that girls’ involvement with the juvenile justice system has been increasing. Together, these media representations and justice system statistics convey an image of girls’ behavior as getting worse and suggest the need for interventions targeted toward the increasingly problematic behavior of young women. However, there is mounting evidence that girls are not, in fact, becoming more delinquent. In this presentation, Dr. Goodkind will demonstrate how societal responses to girls’ behavior have changed to account for these trends and then discuss how a system originally designed with boys in mind can best meet the needs of girls. She will consider how we can take gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and age into account when we design and implement programs for girls, both within and outside of the juvenile justice system, and offer suggestions for meeting girls’ needs sooner and in less punitive contexts, so that we do not have increasing numbers of girls involved in juvenile justice.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Healthy Youth Partnership.

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Drug policy in the 21st century

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will speak about federal perspectives and priorities on drug policy in the 21st century, including the importance of intervening early and helping youth and young adults achieve and sustain recovery.

Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans who have been affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Botticelli has served in a variety of leadership roles for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He has also co-authored many peer-reviewed articles that have significantly contributed to the substance abuse field . In 2008, Mr. Botticelli was the first recipient of the annual Ramstad/Kennedy National Award for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Addiction Recovery. In 2012, he was awarded the Service Award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

Born in Upstate New York, Botticelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College and a Master of Education degree from St. Lawrence University. He is also in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, celebrating more than 25 years of sobriety.

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CPDC Meeting

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States
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CAL Capstone Symposium

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

3rd Annual Community and Administrative Leadership (CAL) Capstone Symposium

Join us and support students in the Community and Administrative Leadership (CAL) Concentration as they do Pecha Kucha style presentations of evidence-based macro practice projects completed for the CAL Capstone course. Reception to follow on the School of Social Work foyer.

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Creative Tools in Social Work

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
DiNitto Center for Career Services,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

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Join alumni, Heather Davies, LCSW and learn about the integration of many creative practices into your social work practice.  Heather’s mission “help folks achieve a greater state of wellness and thriving through the skilled use of embodiment practices, creative expression, and soul-based tools.  My areas of specialization include trauma, creative process, high neurological/energetic sensitivity, and LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer) issues”.  Heather will share about creative expression and many “right brain” modalities and their application in Social Work practice.  Please join us for what is sure to be an exciting and enlightening hour!

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Taking action for women’s health and rights

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
School of Nursing, Rm 1.112,
1710 Red River St., Austin, TX United States

THE GEORGE AND DIANA SHARPE PERINATAL LECTURESHIP

Taking Action for Women’s Health and Rights: Lessons Learned from the Global South
Presented by Melissa Smith, M.D.

Senior Lecturer at School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Department of Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin –  Family Medicine Physician at Seton McCarthy Community Health Center

Free admission. Please RSVP here.

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May 2015
$65

Ethically Treating Dual Disorders: Mental Illness/Substance Use

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Replenishing Practitioner Hope – Effectively and Ethically Treating Persons with Dual Disorders: Mental Illnesses and Substance Use by Dr. Deborah Webb. Register Here.

If we take an honest inventory, most practitioners in the related treatment fields of substance use disorders, mental health, and dual disorders will admit having experienced frustration around ethical dilemmas and a sense of ineffectiveness when trying to assist clients with severe mental illnesses and substance use problems. This workshop will help clinicians reframe what we do and why we do it, shoring up our boundaries and replenishing our own hope for the eventual successful dual recovery of even our most challenged clients. Experience a renewed sense of freedom to ethically assist others without taking on the responsibility of working their recovery programs for them. Come prepared to informally share and problem-solve, as a group, baffling dual disorder scenarios from your practice. Lastly, update your language and conceptualization of substance use disorders utilizing the DSM 5 terminology and ideology (APA, 2013).

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