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  1. Executive Leadership Skills in Human Service Organizations »

    May 25, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course focuses on the characteristics and competencies of the executive leader. After introductions and a brief overview on elements of leadership as conceptualized by different authors, we will look at a number of assays which will help the individual student compile her or his own profile. These assays will include "temperament" assessments such as the Myers-Briggs and the Emotional Intelligence Assay, on the characteristics side, and managerial assessments and Executive profile mapping from the competency sets. The interaction between characteristic sets and competency sets will be discussed. We will also explore the social psychology and sociology of leadership-in-action, Various readings from the Harvard Business Review, including one from Manfred Kets De Vries, an organizational thinker and trained psychoanalyst will be explored. The assignment will be to develop a personal learning/development plan.

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  2. Memorial Day Holiday »

    May 30, 2016

  3. Positivity Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting Positivity Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting »

    May 31, 2016 - 12:00pm

    Are you interested in getting involved in the SSW?

    Do you enjoy talking about the culture, climate, and narratives of the spaces you find yourself in?

    Do you appreciate strengths-based projects, initiatives, and environments?

    Do you wish to create intentional learning spaces?

    Are you interested in strengthening community within the SSW?

    Join the special interest group at the U-M SSW! This open group was formed in response to students, faculty, and staff voicing vibrant ideas for making the SSW a more strengths-based, resilient, compassionate, and connected space. A place where we focus on deficits AND strengths; challenging realities AND hope; ideas AND action.

    Our work involves:

    Installing and launching a communal SSW Library (coming soon | expected Spring/Summer 2016!)

    Designing, selecting, and hosting relaxation, meditation, and/or mindfulness classes (coming soon | expected Fall 2016!)

    Drafting a proposal to begin a Positivity Ambassador Program

    Generating and proposing ideas to decision-makers for more creative use of common spaces within the SSW

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    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP so that we have an accurate count.

    RSVP required

    This SIG is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Services, the Office of the Associate Dean for Educational Programs, and the Leadership in Community Benefit Organizations program.

  4. Alumni Leaders Talk with Executive Coach, Surry Scheerer »

    June 1, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Have lunch and hear from our alumna, Surry Scheerer about her path to leadership. 

    Surry began her career as a clinical social worker in private practice. She has since pivoted and extended her scope as a consultant and Coach Leader through the Ross School of Business Executive MBA Program. 

    Surry will share how she has utilized and leveraged her Clinical Social Work experiences and skills in her leadership roles today!

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  5. Field Educational Agreement Due for Review  »

    June 1, 2016 - 5:00pm

    Field Educational Agreement due for review to the Office of Field Instruction. 

  6. Spirituality Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice »

    June 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini course will explore contemporary issues in spirituality and social work focused on what it means to competently integrate spirituality into one's social work practice. In adopting a holistic perspective to guide practice, spirituality will be viewed as a dimension in the bio-psycho-social assessment and treatment planning process. This course will explore the rationale and need to integrate assessment and interventions related to spirituality in social work in a manner that supports culturally competent practice. It will examine how spirituality is rooted in the history of social work practice as well as exploring how to best define, integrate, and use spiritual assessment and interventions in addressing presenting client issues in clinical setting today. The relationship between spirituality and issues of race, gender and social class as well as spirituality across the life cycle will be addressed. Spiritual assessment related to specialized areas such as trauma, addiction/recovery and chronic illness will be described. Specific methods and interventions will be highlighted and applied to practice. Relevant readings, discussion, case presentations, and experiential exercises will be used to deepen one's competence and comfort level with spirituality in social work practice.

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  7. International Exchange Student Welcome Reception »

    June 2, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    The Office of Global Activities and the Office of Student Services is hosting a reception to welcome our six international exchange students to the University of Michigan community!  These students come to us from the University of Melbourne and the University of Hong Kong, and will be completing field placements with Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, Community Action Network, Peace Neighborhood Center and Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor during the Spring/Summer term. Please join us in welcoming them to the School of Social Work!  

    Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP.

  8. Social Work Practice in Rural Settings »

    June 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini course will examine practice theory and techniques relevant to social work in a rural setting. There are many definitions of what might be considered a rural community. For the purposes of this course, we will define communities as rural that have a population size of 2,500 to 20,000 with no major metropolitan area within hour of the community. Rural communities are often plagued with similar problems as vast metropolitan areas such as high poverty rates, inadequate housing, and inadequate access to health care. However, the scarcity of resources and professionals including medical providers, socioeconomic underdevelopment, and physical distance from services and lack of public transportation are frequently identified as compounding factors of living in a rural community. The impact of differences in the key diversity dimensions such as ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity and gender expression) marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation will be examined, within the context of practicing in a rural community. This course will also emphasize issues of ethical practice as defined by the social worker code of ethics within a rural community.

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  9. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    June 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This introductory course will examine the principles of Infant Mental Health intervention with families of infants and young children. Using attachment theory as a foundation, we will examine best practices in supporting early developing relationships between infants and young children and their caregivers. Special attention will be given to understanding the processes through which practitioners can promote infant well-being and expand parenting capacity to nurture and protect their children.

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  10. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Older Adults »

    June 9, 2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

    This course will address how depression & anxiety in late life compromise the quality of life in older adults. The students will be assisted to deepen their understanding of the thought process of those with depression and anxiety. They will learn how MBCT could help improve the disorder and see MBCT as a viable non-pharmacology intervention.

    The scientific evidence in the effectiveness of mindfulness interventions for mental health issues, and specifically MBCT for prevention of relapse of depression and anxiety will be discussed. The step-by step components of 8 sessions of MBCT wil be discussed and students will have opportunities to practice the skills. They will learn the differences in approaches between MBCT and CBT. Adaptation made to accommodate working with older population will be discussed in detail. The results of pre-post outcome data and qualitative evaluation of the MBCT groups the instructor led with local older adults will be shared. The roles that a MBCT therapist plays and the training needed will be discussed.

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