MSW Alumnus Raymond Uno to Receive University’s Highest Honor

The University of Utah Board of Trustees announced March 16th that Barbara Tanner and Raymond Sonji Uno will receive honorary doctorate degrees at the 2018 commencement ceremony, Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The award is the highest honor given by the University. “These two individuals are incredible…
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Continuing Work as an Older Adult

By Janelle Brown, MSW Student & 2017 George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Neighbors Helping Neighbors Scholar, University of Utah College of Social Work   After a long and exhausting day at work, knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel can be what gets you through the day. I’m talking about…
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A Conversation with Dean Martell Teasley

Q.  Your path to social work was rather atypical. Will you share your story? A.  I had no ambition about going to college. I was from a blue-collar family, and I planned to get a 9 to 5 job. It was the 1970s, I had just finished high school and I was working in the…
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Exploring Health and Mental Health of Refugees and Immigrants: A Call to Action

On Friday, January 26th, the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration (CRMRI) at the University of Utah will host the first in a series of symposia aimed at addressing integration gaps for Salt Lake area residents with refugee or immigrant backgrounds.  In response to community requests, this discussion will focus specifically on access…
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Pathologizing Porn: The Role of Social Work

By Brian Droubay, MSW, PhD Student, with Rob Butters, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center, University of Utah College of Social Work   Pornography. It’s a polarizing topic that has received increased scrutiny in the digital age. Notably, last year, Utah became the first U.S. state to pass a resolution1…
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Interprofessional Teams: What They Are and Why They Matter in Social Work Practice

“Interprofessional teams.”  If you’ve not yet heard the phrase mentioned during workplace meetings or classroom discussions, chances are that you will soon.  So, what’s the story behind the helping professions’ latest buzzword?  What exactly does it mean? Interprofessional healthcare teams draw on providers from a broad range of health professions.  From doctors to dentists, physical…
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How Six Decades of Friendship Became a Scholarship to Span Generations of Students

The two 15-year-olds stand on the grounds of their new school staring at the camera, anxious as they contemplate what awaits them at Culver Military Academy.  It is their first day at the college prep school in Indiana. They have just donned their uniforms and have yet to learn how to properly stand at attention….
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The Firefighter’s Mind Shield

“Firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than to die on the job,” said Rich Landward, an assistant professor/lecturer in the College of Social Work. “We heavily invest in protective equipment to keep them physically safe – special masks, boots, jackets, pants.  So why don’t we spend any money to protect their minds?”  More…
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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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