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  1. Memorial Day Holiday »

    May 25, 2015

  2. Educational Agreement Due »

    May 28, 2015 (all day)

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

    For this due date, the student must complete and submit their Identifying Information (Tab 1) and their Assignments (Tab 2). The Field Instructor must review and approve Tabs 1 and 2. 

    The Educational Agreement must be fully approved by the Field Instructor before it is ready for your Field Liaison's approval. Therefore OFI suggests submitting the form to your Field Instructor one week prior to the deadline. This gives the Field Instructor time to review and approve your work before the deadline.

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  3. Family Psychoeducation Intervention in Work with Adults, Adolescents, Children and Their Families/Extended Support Networks »

    May 29, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will focus on developing the group work skills necessary to implement evidence-based family psychoeducation interventions in work with adults, adolescents, children and their families. Special emphasis will be given to the family psychoeducation approach using multiple family groups in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. This course will examine the theoretical and empirical foundations for family psychoeducation, as well as, the practice of multifamily group treatment in schizophrenia, bi-polar illness, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and with children and adolescents with serious mental illnesses.

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  4. Social Justice and Social Service Institutions: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Michael R. Sosin - RSVP by 5/22 »

    May 29, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Michael Sosin (MSW'73, PhD Social Work and Sociology'77) passed away in November 2014. An event will be held at The University of Chicago - School of Social Service Administration to commemorate his life:

    Social Justice and Social Service Institutions: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Michael R. Sosin

    To share your thoughts, memories, or photos for inclusion in Michael’s tribute book, please contact Tanya Hines ( by 5/20/2015. The book will be on display at the tribute ceremony and will then be given to Sybil Sosin.

    Please RSVP for the Michael Sosin event

    The School of Social Service Administration has also established The Michael Sosin Fund for Students to provide emergency funds for SSA students in need. If you would like to give a donation, the giving card is available.


  5. Social Work and Sport »

    June 5, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    A growing body of research documents the positive health and mental health benefits of participating in organized sports. While much of the current research is focused on youth participation in sports, there is also evidence of how participation in sports can benefit people across the age range and from different ethic and socioeconomic groups. This 2 day mini-course will discuss how social work values, concepts, and interventions on both the micro and macro levels can enhance sport activities. Specific strategies such as, strength-based coaching, teambuilding, conflict resolution, family collaboration, diversity training, community engagement, advocacy, and policy development will be discussed. Model interdisciplinary programs that serve at-risk youth, older adults, and other special populations will be highlighted. Through discussion and group projects, students will apply social work competencies including, assessment, engagement, intervention, research, and evaluation to this emerging practice area.

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  6. Social Work Practice in Rural Settings »

    June 5, 2015 - 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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  7. Understanding Licensure  »

    June 8, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Michelle Woods, from the Career Services Office, will discuss social work licensure and exam preparation.  If you plan to attend, rsvp to

  8. Understanding Licensure (repeat) »

    June 9, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Michelle Woods, from the Career Services Office, will discuss social work licensure and exam preparation. RSVP to if you plan to attend.

  9. Civil Rights Mini-Course »

    June 10, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will focus on strategies to protect and promote civil rights, as part of equality and social justice movements in society.  

    Students will examine the anti-bias domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action, in relation to rights relevant to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or other groups of their choice, with attention to the roles of social workers in civil rights.

    A highly diverse group of activist scholars and reflective practitioners will participate in the instructional process.

    The course will launch the Youth Civil Rights Academy to prepare the next generation of civil rights leaders and change agents, in partnership with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Michigan Board of Education and Southern Poverty Law Center. Students can take the course on a pass-fail or letter grade option.

  10. HIV/AIDS: Evidence Based Programs, Policies and Services »

    June 10, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course will acquaint students with the basic and advanced facts about AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), sensitize students to the multitude of public health, social policy and social service delivery issues that AIDS presents, and provide US and global perspectives to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Students will be sensitized to the special challenges AIDS presents for social work practice. Students will be presented with an approach to evidence based practice, and will review the state of HIV related evidence based prevention practice from national and global perspectives.

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