College of Social Work’s Erin Worwood Receives University Staff Excellence Award

The College of Social Work is very proud to share that Erin Worwood, associate director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center (UCJC), was selected for a 2017 University of Utah Staff Excellence Award.  She is one of only eight University employees to receive this special recognition of her outstanding contributions to the institution and those…
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MSW Research Class Explores Grand Challenges of Social Work

By Jaehee Yi, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Utah College of Social Work, with Brandy King, MSW Student   Social work is a field known for covering a wide range of topics and allowing for numerous different job opportunities upon earning an MSW. According to the NASW Code of Ethics, “The primary mission of the…
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Linguistic Power: What the Executive Orders Tell Us about Views of Immigrants

By Lauren Brocious, Linguistics Student, Volunteer Research Assistant with the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration   Power. At the core of so much of our human struggling is power, the desire to have it and the ability to wield it over others. Power has as many forms as there are people seeking…
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Joan of Arc & Transgender Military Service

By Charles Hoy-Ellis, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor, University of Utah College of Social Work   Transgender people have served honorably and bravely in militaries for as long as there have been militaries. Consider Joan of Arc. We know nothing about her gender identity or sexual orientation, however the historical record overwhelmingly shows she wore armor…
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Mind-body Therapies Immediately Reduce Unmanageable Pain in Hospital Patients, New Study Finds

Mindfulness training and hypnotic suggestion significantly reduced acute pain experienced by hospital patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. After participating in a single, 15-minute session of one of these mind-body therapies, patients reported an immediate decrease in pain levels similar to what one might expect from an…
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This is Why I March

By Sarah Anderson, Master of Social Work Student, 2016-2017 ITSW Experiential Scholar   I march because I want my voice and the voices of others to be heard. It is my first amendment right of freedom of speech. I march because my voice is loud and I can be heard. I am not silenced by…
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U launches new Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health

Center aims to be leading hub in Intermountain West for mindfulness research The University of Utah has launched a new center dedicated to providing a transformative influence on healthcare by unifying research on mindfulness and other integrative behavioral health interventions. Eric Garland, associate dean for research at the U’s College of Social Work, will serve…
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“Objects of Resilience”

Message from the Director By Annie Isabel Fukushima, PhD, Director of the Initiative for Transformative Social Work, University of Utah College of Social Work   “Objects of Resilience” is a project by the Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) at the University of Utah College of Social Work. The exhibit went on display on April…
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ITSW Social Justice Small Grants Program: Spring 2017 Awardee Announcement

The Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Social Justice Small Grants Program recipients. The Social Justice Small Grants Program is intended to fund social justice projects by students, staff and faculty affiliated with the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. ITSW seeks to develop and…
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Wor(L)ds Surrounding Religion

By Sarah Anderson, Master of Social Work Student, 2016-2017 ITSW Experiential Scholar   “Everyone has a unique story to tell about religion. I know how easy it is to prescribe a certain set of ideals and values onto your understanding somebody else’s religion when really our job as social workers, our job as human beings,…
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