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  1. SSW Meeting - Faculty

    December 1, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Visit the SSW meeting calendar for full schedule information.

  2. For Prospective Students - Connect Virtually with a Current MSW Student! For Prospective Students - Connect Virtually with a Current MSW Student!

    December 1, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    What's the program really like? Where is your field placement? What do social work students do for fun? Join an MSW student as well as other prospective MSW students for a live webchat about the School of Social Work.  Our MSW students are excited to answer any questions that you have and share their feedback about the program. 

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  3.  Social Work Anti-Racist Design Challenge Social Work Anti-Racist Design Challenge

    December 2, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    The Social Work Anti-Racist Design Challenge is a school-wide initiative giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people and the room to take on the world’s most pressing problems. This challenge follows Innovation in Action's model for socially engaged design. This semester, Michigan Social Work students have used design-thinking processes to create and refine innovative ideas about anti-racism in our school, our community and the world. Join us online to see what they've been working on.

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  4. Curtis Center Health Equity Seminar featuring Dr. Tanya L. Sharpe Curtis Center Health Equity Seminar featuring Dr. Tanya L. Sharpe

    December 2, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Dr. Sharpe is a community-based researcher who is passionately committed to the development of innovative approaches and sustainable opportunities allowing Black communities to thrive in the face of homicide violence. Her research examines sociocultural factors that influence the coping strategies of Black family members and friends of homicide victims. She has developed culturally appropriate interventions and best practices designed to assist African-American survivors of homicide victims in the management of their grief and bereavement. Her comprehensive Model of Coping for African-American Survivors of Homicide Victims (MCAASHV) (Sharpe, 2015) has informed the development of a psychosocial educational intervention (Sharpe, Iwamoto, Massey & Michalopoulos, 2018), and a tool of measurement designed to assess the needs and coping strategies of African-American survivors of homicide victims.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Sharpe and her work.

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  5. Winter 2022 Online Admitted Student Information Session

    December 2, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    This online session is for students who have been admitted for the Winter 2022 Online MSW program. Students will learn more about the MSW curriculum, field placement process, tuition & financial aid information, student services, and more! Attendees are encouraged to send in questions during the session.

    The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. Be sure to RSVP for the session to attend live or receive a copy of the recording.

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  6. Relationship-Focused Play Therapy

    December 3, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    This virtual training will focus on relationship-focused play therapy with children and their caregivers. We will review the primacy of play in children's overall development as well as the developmental stages of play in order to provide a framework for understanding our observations of children's play and help inform our assessments of areas of strength and challenge. We will consider how critical it is to be mindful of how our own personal experiences of play color our observations, as well as how gender and racial biases can distort how we see the play of children, particularly black children.

    We will review the tenets of non-directive play therapy, how play therapy impacts the brain, and how to integrate our understanding of attachment, neuroscience, and play therapy within the context of relationships.

    Registration for this course is closed. Visit the CE Course Catalog for more offerings.

  7. SSW Meeting - Promotion and Tenure Committee

    December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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  8. Effective Strategies for Father Engagement

    December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    This is a highly interactive in-service training for social service providers that will use breakout rooms and discussion with fatherhood experts to illustrate effective strategies to increase father engagement in social service settings, especially focused on maternal child health, home visitation, and early childhood education settings. Participants will be expected to have their cameras on during this virtual Zoom training.

    In this webinar, Dr. Shawna J. Lee will describe the importance of working with fathers and engaging them in community based practice settings. We will discuss how to engage fathers within community based settings such as Healthy Start home visitation programs. Shon Hart will discuss barriers to father engagement. Shawna Lee, Shon Hart, and two fatherhood community health workers (Terrance Blanchard and Derek Miller) will lead breakout room discussions about effective strategies to engage fathers.

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    Learning Objectives

    Describe the importance of father involvement.

    Describe the benefits of father involvement in their children's lives.

    Describe the Healthy Start father engagement home visitation program intervention components.

    Identify barriers to father involvement.

    Identify barriers to engaging fathers in community based practice settings.

    Identify effective strategies for engaging fathers in home visitation.


    12:00 - 12:30pm | An introduction to the importance of father involvement

    12:30 - 1:00pm | Barriers to effective father engagement

    1:00 - 1:30pm | Strategies to engage fathers in home visitation and other social service practice settings

    1:30 - 2:00pm | Problem solving and discussion for strategies to engage fathers in community-based practice settings

    CE Approval Statement

    The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/15/2020-5/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 synchronous online continuing education contact hours.

    Please see the CE Policies page for more information about continuing education.

  9. SSW Meeting - Executive Committee

    December 6, 2021 - 12:15pm to 2:15pm

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  10. SSW Meeting - Lecturer Advisory and Review Committee (LARC)

    December 7, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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