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  1. LGBTQIA+ Youth in Foster Care: Recognizing, Responding and Managing Emotional Pain

    October 14, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for youth between the ages of 13-24. According to the National Council on Behavioral Health, youth that identify as LGBTQIA+ are 300% more at risk for attempting suicide and have identified rejection and negative reactions from family and social supports as precepitating factors to causing distress. Suicide and self harm have been identified as the solutions to address mental, emotional, and social distresses that don't have a perceived solution. Youth engaged in child welfare programs have an increased rate of exposure to trauma and increased risk to engage in behaviors that are harmful. This course will provide an overview of the prevalence of mental health concerns of LGBTQIA+ youth, introduce emotional pain as a concept to consider as a need to manage in treatment and methods to deliver services in accordance to ethical standards and obligations.

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

  2. Undoing Racism Workshop Meeting

    October 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month from 12-2pm (with some exceptions). All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event to all those who RSVP.

    RSVP »

  3. Centennial Lecture Series | Intervention Research in Mental Health, Session 1: Intervention Innovations for Depression and Suicide

    October 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    As part of the Michigan Social Work Centennial, we are delighted to feature cutting edge, contemporary innovations in social work practice that are being created by Michigan faculty members. This series will consist of three sessions showcasing mental health intervention research happening at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

    Featuring innovative research from SSW faculty, the session provides examples of community-engaged research and multilevel interventions to address and reduce suicide and depression in diverse communities. The strategies shared range from community-level, universal prevention to indicated, individual psychotherapy. The research targets rural and urban populations, and responds to specific conditions of young Black men, Alaska Native communities, rural Michigan communities, and adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The interactive panel discussion will explore the diversity and promise of current SSW research.

    View the Recorded Event Panelists
    Lisa Wexler – Macro-Level Strategies to Prevent Suicide: Learning from Remote Alaska Native Communities How to Build on Community Strengths to Reduce Risk & Increase Protection
    Daphne Watkins – Physical Distance, Social Connection: Reducing Depression Among Young Black Men With The YBMen Project.
    Addie Weaver – Engaging with community and leveraging technology to increase access to depression treatment in rural Michigan: Pilot findings of Raising Our Spirits Together, an entertaining, technology-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy tailored for rural adults and delivery by clergy.
    Lindsay Bornheimer – Adapting a Cognitive-Behavioral Suicide Prevention Treatment for Adults with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders using Community-Based Participatory Research Methods
    Joseph Himle – Discussant
  4. Field Educational Agreement: Assignments selected & saved by 5:00pm

    October 14, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Students should select and save an Assignment for each competency.  You will not be submitting the Ed Agreement to your field instructor at this time, that will happen at the end of the term.

  5.  Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions Speaker Series: Terri Friedline Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions Speaker Series: Terri Friedline

    October 15, 2021 - 12:00pm

    How did racism and sexism become embedded in our understanding of physics and the cosmos? What does the fight over the Affordable Care Act—better known as Obamacare—reveal about our country’s politics? What would it take for the U.S. to adopt a universal child allowance?

    The annual Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions speaker series will explore these issues and many others. Featured speakers include Associate Professor of Social Work Terri Friedline, author of “Banking on a Revolution: Why Financial Technology Won’t Save a Broken System," Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a trailblazing theoretical cosmologist who also explores the relationship between how we understand science and broader societal justice; HuffPost Senior National Correspondent Jonathan Cohn, who covers politics and health care policy; and H. Luke Shaefer, the director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan and a contributor to significant research on the potential of a universal child allowance to drastically reduce child poverty in the U.S.

    The eight-week fall speaker series is hosted by Poverty Solutions at U-M, a university wide presidential initiative that aims to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty through action-based research, in partnership with various university departments.

    Watch Livestream Here 10/15/21 12PM

  6. SSW Meeting - Promotion and Tenure Committee

    October 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Visit the SSW meeting calendar for full schedule information.

  7. Fall Study Break (10/18 & 10/19)

    October 18, 2021

  8. Trans Visibility Passport Day Trans Visibility Passport Day

    October 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    The School of Social Work Office of Global Activities and U-M Spectrum Center are collaborating to host Trans Visibility Passport Day. During this event, the Washtenaw County Clerk's office will assist students and community members to apply for, renew, or make changes to their passport in the form of a name change* or updated gender marker.** Although this event is hosted specifically for folks needing a gender marker or name change, individuals not requiring these services but still in need of a new or renewed passport are welcome to attend.

    *Please note that one must have already gone through the legal name change process and must be able to provide the original court documentation regarding the name change.

    Register here »

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

    October 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Visit the SSW meeting calendar for full schedule information.

  10. Atlanta University Center 2021 Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair Atlanta University Center 2021 Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair

    October 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

    An admissions counselor will meet virtually with students attending Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College to share information about the University of Michigan School of Social Work's MSW program. Topics covered will include: Online Program, On-Campus Program, Curriculum Options, Application Process, Financial Aid, and more.

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