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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Relegating Refugees to Waiting

By Caren J. Frost, PhD, MPH, Director of the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration, University of Utah College of Social Work   On Friday, January 27, President Trump issued an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  At first read, this executive order is troubling…
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UCJC to play key role as county moves to reduce homelessness and criminal behavior

This morning Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the launch of two new Pay for Success initiatives to address two long-running challenges: persistent homelessness and adults with repeat stays in jail.  The programs—operated by local nonprofits The Road Home and First Step House—will be independently evaluated by the Utah Criminal Justice Center at the…
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Independence in Older Adults

By Beth Adair, Master of Social Work Student, 2016-2017 George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Neighbors Helping Neighbors Scholar   For the past seven months, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with older adults through the University of Utah College of Social Work’s Neighbor’s Helping Neighbors (NHN) program. This experience has provided…
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Remembering Gene Wilder

By Troy Andersen, PhD, LCSW, Director of the W.D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging, University of Utah College of Social Work   One of the most memorable scenes from the 1974 classic “Young Frankenstein” was when Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) sent Igor (Marty Feldman) in search of a brain for his greatest scientific experiment: creating life….
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