What teens can teach us about treating self-harm

By Michael Riquino, LCSW, PhD Candidate & Adjunct Instructor, University of Utah College of Social Work   The number of referrals I get for elementary school students engaging in self-harm has increased every year—but most of the people I’ve treated for self-harm are junior high and high school students struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma…..
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Elder Abuse & Responsibility to Report

Approximately one in 10 older Americans experience some form of elder abuse.  In 2016, Utah’s Adult Protective Services Programs investigated more than 7,200 cases, and suspicion of elder abuse is being reported at higher rates every year.  “Like other types of interpersonal violence, experts believe that elder abuse is being underreported,” says Dr. Troy Andersen,…
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Serving Individuals and a Nation

This article was originally published in the Fall 2012 issue of Social Work Matters.   “The only thing I knew I wanted to do growing up was be a soldier,” said 2010 MSW alumna Kristl Bray.  She enlisted in the Army on her 18th birthday and appreciated the stability and structure it provided while she…
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Hope Squads: Communities of Support

By Stephanie Dawson Pack, MEd, PR/Marketing Assistant, University of Utah College of Social Work   The Intermountain West has significantly higher suicide rates than the rest of the nation.  Utah’s rates are higher still.  For 11-17 year olds, suicides are the number one cause of death, with Utah’s teen suicide rate easily in the top…
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“He might still be here”

By Stephanie Dawson Pack, MEd, PR/Marketing Assistant, University of Utah College of Social Work   Garrett remembers the overwhelming sense of confusion that engulfed his family when his brother took his life.  “I understand what it’s like to be on the outside looking in, seeing someone you care about going through this.” Years later, Garrett…
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Pocket Squares & Selflessness: This is What Recovery Looks Like

By Stephanie Dawson Pack, MEd, PR/Marketing Assistant, University of Utah College of Social Work   It’s 2:00 on a weekday afternoon.  I’m sitting across from a man dressed to the hilt—suit, tie, polished loafers, pocket square.  His look could easily fit in any practiced corporate setting I’ve been to.  Stereotypes say we should be there…
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The Party Goes On: The College Experience in Recovery

By Stephanie Dawson Pack, MEd, PR/Marketing Assistant, University of Utah College of Social Work   At some point, many people who misuse alcohol or drugs are hit with the forceful impact of compulsive use, unware of when and how they passed that invisible line between ”recreational use” and ”addiction.”  Research shows that approximately 40 to…
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Welcome to National Prevention Week!

National Prevention Week is an annual event aimed to increase awareness of mental health and substance use disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): “National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May—near the start of summer, an important time for school, communities, and prevention professionals…
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MSW Program Jumps in Latest Rankings

U.S News & World Report recently released their latest rankings of “Best Graduate Schools.” The Master of Social Work Program at the University of Utah came in at #38, rising 15 spots from the last ranking in 2016. “When you look at the numbers – our students’ licensure pass rates, our research dollars, faculty publications…
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Macro Social Work Students Share Their Policy Opinions

Throughout Spring Semester, Master of Social Work (MSW) students in the Social Justice/Macro Social Work II classes at the University of Utah developed policy portfolios, which included policy briefs, op-eds, and letters to the editor.  A number of the opinions by these students were published in Utah newspapers the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret…
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