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- Mary Ruffolo, Brian Perron and Betsy Voshel's Book Published by SAGE
- Brian Perron's Book, "Key Concepts in Measurement" Published by Oxford University Press
- Larry Gant Cited in Michigan Daily Article, "Paige Pfleger: Tyree Guyton’s ‘Inextinguishable’ Heidelberg Project”
- Joseph Galura Co-Writes Chapter in New Book, "Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest"
- Julie Ribaudo Selected as 2015 SSW Student Union Teacher of the Year
- Understanding Licensure
Michelle Woods demystifies licensure.
- Grandparents in Distress: Supporting Grandparents Who Are Raising their Grandchildren
A significant proportion of grandparents become the primary caretakers for their grandchildren. In the 2000 Census 6 million households were headed by grandparents caring for their grandchildren. In the child welfare system, grandparents are favored as kinship care placements. These grandparents are challenged by the problems of their maltreated grandchildren, by lack of concrete and supportive services for their grandchildren, and by their own health and sometimes mental health problems.
This workshop will describe the current state of grandparent kinship care, discuss the material and psycho-social challenges these parents face, and describe the kinds of problems their grandchildren are likely to have. A model of service delivery that assists grandparents and grandchildren with both their concrete and treatment needs will be described. Case examples will be employed to illustrate the challenges faced by grandparents and their grandchildren and solutions.
- Engaging Fathers in Social Services: Challenges and Strengths
This course will use a case study approach to examine strategies for engaging fathers in a variety of social service settings. Dr. Lee will present an overview of policy efforts to enhance father engagement and present research regarding what we know about fathers' engagement in social service settings, including child welfare and early childhood education such as Head Start. Dr. Lee will then present a summary of qualitative interviews conducted with both fathers and service providers in metro Detroit, focused on understanding unique and innovative strategies for engaging fathers and fathers' strengths and barriers to engagement.
Participants will break into small groups, roughly based on practice area, and will be presented with case studies derived from real-world practice settings. These case studies will present dilemmas to engaging fathers, such as fathers' nonresidential status and other barriers to engagement. Presentation of the case studies will be enhanced via presentation of data obtained from interviews with service providers/ fathers to maximize the practice relevance of the case studies. Small groups will discuss strategies to engage fathers.