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  1. M. Antonio G. Alvarez
    Tony Alvarez’s new book, “Adventure Group Psychotherapy an Experiential Approach to Treatment” is Published

    Lecturer Tony Alvarez’s new book, “Adventure Group Psychotherapy an Experiential Approach to Treatment” explores what is necessary for an experiential therapy group to function effectively, and the practical skills needed to inspire success. 

    "This inspiring and essential resource provides powerful tools and techniques for adventure therapy practitioners and students,” said Will White, co-founder, Summit Achievement, and author of “Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy”.


  2. Letha A. Chadiha
    Letha Chadiha Receives the 2020 Career Achievement Award

    Rose C. Gibson Collegiate Professor Emerita of Social Work Letha Chadiha is receiving the 2020 Career Achievement Award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work. This award recognizes a faculty member who is an outstanding leader in social work education and aging with significant achievements including major research and publications, prominence in promoting education in gerontology, and mentoring faculty and students interested in aging.

    • November 5, 2020
    Ayesha Ghazi-Edwin Featured Activist in “i.Detroit”

    ENGAGE Program Manager and Lecturer Ayesha Ghazi-Edwin is one of the 100 Detroit activists featured in "i.Detroit," a mixed media project by British artist Marcus Lyon. She was selected after a 6-month nomination process as an activist who is making a significant difference in Detroit. The project includes a book of portraits, a smartphone app and a 7-inch vinyl record; it also maps the DNA of its subjects to create what Lyon calls a “human atlas” of the city.

    Charles Garvin Named NASW Pioneer

    Professor Emeritus Charles Garvin was recently inducted into the NASW Social Work Pioneers. Pioneers made important contributions to the social work profession, and to social policies through service, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration and legislation.

  5. Trina R. Shanks
    Trina Shanks Named Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work

    Congratulations to Trina Shanks who was named the Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work. Shanks is the director of the School of Social Work Community Engage Program as well as the newly launched Center for Equitable Family & Community Well-Being, which connects the university with community leaders in Detroit and in Washtenaw County. This is the second endowed professorship honoring the School’s former dean and supports a scholar whose teaching and research address the advancement of race relations, diversity and inclusion." Trina Shanks has made significant and influential contributions as a researcher and leader. She is a valued colleague, teacher and mentor," said Dean Lynn Videka.

    • October 1, 2020
  6. Lisa M. Wexler
    Lisa Wexler Receives Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant

    Professor Lisa Wexler has received a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant for her project, Family Safety Net: Developing an Upstream Suicide Prevention Approach to Encourage Safe Firearm Storage in Rural and Remote Alaskan Homes. The study will support, encourage and assess safe firearm storage practices relevant to Alaska Native families. Alaska has suicide rates far above national averages, including a teen suicide rate among Alaska Natives 18 times higher than the rate for other American teens.

  7. Shawna J. Lee
    Parenting in Context Research Lab Found Parents are Overwhelmed

    A new study from Parenting in Context Research Lab found parents are overwhelmed, kids are anxious and economic hardship is common during the pandemic. The pandemic presents parents with new challenges on how best to prepare and support their children for a different school experience. In the early days of the pandemic, nearly 80% of parents were educating their children at home.

  8. Karla  Goldman
    Karla Goldman's Reflects on Hurricane Katrina and Draws Connections to the Pandemic

    Karla Goldman's article "Fifteen Years after Katrina: Lessons for August 2020" reflects on Hurricane Katrina and draws connections to the pandemic. Writes Goldman, "A crisis offers the opportunity to draw upon established strengths and reach forward for new possibilities implicit in working across differences, even as we hold fast to the essential connections and stories that define who we are."

  9. Rogério Meireles Pinto
    Michigan Social Work Awarded CSWE Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education Grant

    Associate Dean for Research and Professor Rogério M. Pinto is the lead on the project “Brazil Theater Exchange: Innovation for Social Work Education,” which was recently awarded a Council on Social Work Education’s Katherine A. Kendall Institute of International Social Work Education grant. Since 2015 the Kendall Institute has awardedgrants that support international social work education projects that help prepare United States students for global citizenship and encourage opportunities for international social work.

    “Brazil Theater Exchange: Innovation for Social Work Education” uses self-referential drama techniques to prepare social workers to overcome service barriers and enhance advocacy by developing and evaluating theater methods for social work education.

  10. Robert Joseph  Taylor
    Robert Joseph Taylor Quoted in Salon and CNN about Older Black Adult COVID Deaths

    Professor Robert Joseph Taylor was quoted in Salon and CNN: "People are talking about the race disparity in COVID deaths, they're talking about the age disparity, but they're not talking about how race and age disparities interact: They're not talking about older Black adults."

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