School of Social Work – University of Texas https://socialwork.utexas.edu School of Social Work Fri, 06 May 2016 16:25:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lauderdale and Nonaka receive university-wide teaching awards https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/lauderdale-and-nonaka-receive-university-wide-teaching-awards/ Wed, 04 May 2016 13:32:24 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13507 Professors Michael Lauderdale and Angela Nonaka are recipients of two prestigious, university-wide teaching awards administered by he Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Lauderdale, who is the Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Criminal Justice, is the recipient of The University of Texas at Austin’s 2016-17 William David Blunk Memorial Professorship. This award recognizes... Read more »

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Michael Lauderdale, Ph.D.

Michael Lauderdale, Ph.D.

Professors Michael Lauderdale and Angela Nonaka are recipients of two prestigious, university-wide teaching awards administered by he Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Lauderdale, who is the Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Criminal Justice, is the recipient of The University of Texas at Austin’s 2016-17 William David Blunk Memorial Professorship.

This award recognizes a member of the faculty who has demonstrated an outstanding record both in undergraduate teaching and in concern for undergraduates as demonstrated through advising and general guidance given to students. Such concern for students should have occurred within the context of excellent scholarship and high standards of performance.

“Professor Lauderdale has done so much for the School of Social Work both on campus and in Austin. The Longhorn Leaders program and his long involvement with undergraduate students have earned him great respect as an educator. I am grateful for his leadership,” said social work dean Luis H. Zayas.

Angela Nonaka, Ph.D.

Angela Nonaka, Ph.D.

Nonaka, an assistant professor specializing in sign language and Deaf studies, is one of four recipient of The University of Texas at Austin’s 2016-17 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship.

This fellowship recognizes faculty members who are actively engaged in the instruction of first-year students. Nonaka teaches one of the School of Undergraduate Studies Signature Courses, which introduce first-year students to the university’s academic community, connect them with distinguished faculty members, and help them develop college-level skills in research, writing, speaking, and discussion through an approach that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential and contemporary.

“Professor Nonaka is a leader in sign language and Deaf culture. She’s also an extraordinarily passionate teacher and someone committed to social justice,” Zayas said.

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Hands-on learning on homelessness https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/hands-on-learning-on-homelessness/ Mon, 02 May 2016 19:31:53 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13144 The UT Austin School of Social Work routinely collaborates with local service agencies to develop and implement homelessness-related projects in the Austin area. In addition to research, evaluation, and consulting efforts, faculty at the school have created community-based learning opportunities that help students translate the concepts and theories discussed in class into  practical applications for improving the... Read more »

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The UT Austin School of Social Work routinely collaborates with local service agencies to develop and implement homelessness-related projects in the Austin area.

In addition to research, evaluation, and consulting efforts, faculty at the school have created community-based learning opportunities that help students translate the concepts and theories discussed in class into  practical applications for improving the quality of life in their community. These are some of the community-based learning opportunities at the school:

Cal Steeter

Cal Streeter, Ph.D.

SUPPORTING POINT-IN-TIME COUNT PLANNING

This initiative is in collaboration with Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), which serves at the lead agency for the Austin/Travis County Continuum of Care for the Homeless, an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Professor Calvin Streeter is a member of ECHO’s board of directors and has led several class projects where students collaborate with this organization. Most recently, students enrolled in Dynamics of Organizations and Communities canvassed areas outside ECHO’s normal Point-in-Time (PIT) Count geographic area to determine where there might be homeless camps that ECHO does not yet know about. Students documented the process they used, including how they found locations, and produced maps identifying key areas where homeless people may be found. The purpose of this project was to help ECHO prepare for the 2016 PIT count by providing information that could be used when deciding where to expand its count area to better capture the number of people experiencing homelessness in the county.

RESEARCHING CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES AND DISTRICTS

This initiative is also in collaboration with Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO).

Students enrolled in another of professor Streeter’s Dynamics of Organizations and Communities class worked with ECHO to gather information about each of Austin’s city council districts and the candidates running in each district prior to a recent election. Students mapped Point-In-Time data for Austin/Travis County to the ten city council districts, to help educate candidates about the homeless population living in their district. Students also produced a factsheet with data on Austin/Travis county as a whole and on each of the ten city council districts.

CREATING SOCIAL-JUSTICE-THEMED DOCUMENTARIES
Miguel Ferguson

Miguel Ferguson, Ph.D.

This initiative is in collaboration with Austin’s Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). ARCH provides emergency shelter, case management, housing programs, and other services.

Undergraduate social work students in professor Miguel Ferguson‘s class go on on a field trip to ARCH. Students complete ten hours of community service during the semester; many students complete these hours at ARCH. They are also required to create a short documentary about a social justice issue and, typically, over half of students choose homelessness as their topic. For these documentaries, students commonly interview homeless individuals, service providers, and social work faculty.

By Amanda Aykanian, originally published in the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services blog. The UT Austin School of Social Work is a partner of this entity.

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Barbara Jones named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/barbara-jones-named-to-academy-of-distinguished-teachers/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:40:13 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13473 Professor Barbara Jones has been named to The University of Texas at Austin’s respected Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2016. Jones is assistant dean for health affairs at the School of Social Work and co-director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice. She holds a courtesy appointment with the Center for Women and Gender Studies,... Read more »

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Barbara Jones, PhD

Barbara Jones, PhD

Professor Barbara Jones has been named to The University of Texas at Austin’s respected Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2016.

Jones is assistant dean for health affairs at the School of Social Work and co-director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice. She holds a courtesy appointment with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, is clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at University of Texas Galveston Medical School, collaborating faculty member at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and research consultant at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Jones’ research focuses on improving care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families. She teaches courses across the curriculum on topics such as grief and loss, social work in health care, psychosocial oncology and interprofessional education (IPE).

Established in February 1995, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers was one of the first associations of its kind in the nation. Comprising of approximately five percent of the tenured faculty in the university, the Academy provides leadership in improving the quality and depth of the undergraduate experience. Members of the Academy advise the president and provost on matters related to the university’s instructional mission; participate in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching effectiveness; and serve as mentors to new faculty.

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May 21 and 22: Commencement celebrations https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/2016-commencement-celebrations/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:34:52 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13457 Commencement celebrations will start Friday, May 22, with the traditional annual graduation barbecue on the front lawn of the School of Social Work. Degree candidates, their guests, faculty, staff, and friends of the school are invited to come. The barbecue is co-sponsored by the Social Work Alumni Network (SWAN). Graduation BBQ Friday, May 20, 2016 4:30 to 6:30... Read more »

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Commencement celebrations will start Friday, May 22, with the traditional annual graduation barbecue on the front lawn of the School of Social Work. Degree candidates, their guests, faculty, staff, and friends of the school are invited to come. The barbecue is co-sponsored by the Social Work Alumni Network (SWAN).

Graduation BBQ
Friday, May 20, 2016
4:30 to 6:30 pm
School of Social Work, Front Lawn
RSVP and buy your tickets here
(Graduates and children under 12 eat for free!)

 

The School of Social Work 2016 commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 21, at Bass Concert Hall. Elizabeth Donates, BSW ’16, and Shana Rubinstein, MSSW’16, will be class speakers for the ceremony.

Commencement ceremony
Saturday, May 21
3:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall

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May 3: CAL Capstone Symposium https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/may-3-cal-capstone-symposium/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:54:34 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13439 The post May 3: CAL Capstone Symposium appeared first on School of Social Work - University of Texas.

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April 30: Veteran Spouse Network Launch https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/april-30-veteran-spouse-network-launch/ Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:51:44 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13424 The post April 30: Veteran Spouse Network Launch appeared first on School of Social Work - University of Texas.

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Allen and Smith on smart decarceration https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/allen-and-smith-on-smart-decarceration/ Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:27:59 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13358 Assistant professor Terrence Allen and undergraduate student Reginald Smith co-wrote this opinion piece about smart decarceration for the Austin America-Statesman. “Every year in the United State, more than 9 million men and women are released from jail or prison, meaning that each week, nearly 175,000 will return to the community. Many of these men and women... Read more »

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Terrence Allen, PhD

Terrence Allen, PhD

Assistant professor Terrence Allen and undergraduate student Reginald Smith co-wrote this opinion piece about smart decarceration for the Austin America-Statesman.

“Every year in the United State, more than 9 million men and women are released from jail or prison, meaning that each week, nearly 175,000 will return to the community. Many of these men and women will never regain their full citizenship even though they have fully paid their debt to society. They will not be able to vote, receive student loans or be able to secure public housing,” Allen and Smith write.

The authors argue for a restorative approach based on assessment and intensive case management that would help former inmates come back to their communities and work, pay taxes, and become more civic-minded.

“The resources committed to building costly prisons could be better spent on safe, effective community-based diversion programs,” the authors write. They offer the example of Goodwill of Central Texas, which has recently developed a pilot program designed to address the long-term needs of individuals involved with the criminal justice system.

Read the full article here.

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Master’s students write about East Austin gentrification https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/graduate-students-on-east-austin-gentrification/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:54:17 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13427 Master’s students LaDawnya Hooks, Gilbert Lopez Jr., and Mya Randle authored this opinion piece on gentrification in East Austin for for the Austin American-Statesman. The three students are taking professor Michele Rountree‘s course, Social Policy Analysis and Social Problems, and live in East Austin or work with East Austin residents. The students describe a recent decline in crime... Read more »

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Master’s students LaDawnya Hooks, Gilbert Lopez Jr., and Mya Randle authored this opinion piece on gentrification in East Austin for for the Austin American-Statesman.

The three students are taking professor Michele Rountree‘s course, Social Policy Analysis and Social Problems, and live in East Austin or work with East Austin residents.

The students describe a recent decline in crime rates in central East Austin, specially near the intersection of 12th and Chicon streets.

While most attribute the decline to the Austin Police Department’s Drug Market Intervention Program —  a progressive crime intervention that targeted heavy drug dealers and violent offenders and gave a second chance to nonviolent offenders — the students argue that active gentrification also played a role.

“Instead of providing intentional and tangible support for a population in crisis, the original residents — the majority of them African American — have been driven far from the city center into the suburbs due to increased housing prices and property taxes,” they write.

The students conclude by suggesting that “rehabilitation, as opposed to gentrification, is necessary in these struggling neighborhoods. An approach that benefits longterm residents is much preferred over one that simply forces them elsewhere.”

Read the article in the Austin American-Statesman.

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April 26: CAL Capstone Symposium https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/april-26-cal-capstone-symposium/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:45:41 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13435 The post April 26: CAL Capstone Symposium appeared first on School of Social Work - University of Texas.

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Espinosa on justice-involved youth with mental health needs https://socialwork.utexas.edu/news/espinosa-on-justice-involved-youth-with-mental-health-needs/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:17:20 +0000 https://socialwork.utexas.edu/?p=13306 Erin Espinosa, research associate at the School of Social Work’s Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, recently wrote in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange about new alternatives for justice-involved youth with mental health needs. Espinosa states that in 2004 the U.S. House of Representatives found that “two-thirds of juvenile detention facilities across the country reported holding... Read more »

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Erin Espinosa, PhD

Erin Espinosa, PhD

Erin Espinosa, research associate at the School of Social Work’s Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, recently wrote in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange about new alternatives for justice-involved youth with mental health needs.

Espinosa states that in 2004 the U.S. House of Representatives found that “two-thirds of juvenile detention facilities across the country reported holding youth in detention not because of the seriousness of their offenses but because they were awaiting mental health care.”

Across the country, states are starting to look at alternatives and diversion models for these youths. Among these alternatives, Esinosa describes the Front-End Diversion Initiative (FEDI), “a preadjudicatory model that focuses on the use of specialized juvenile probation officers (SJPOs) — essentially probation officers who also take on the role of a case manager.”

Preliminary data on the results of this initiative, Espinosa writes, “suggest that by rethinking the model of traditional probation, youth were significantly less likely to be adjudicated and more likely to receive needed mental health supports.”

Read the full article.

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