March 2016
25th Annual Daniel S. Sanders Peace and Social Justice Lecture
APRIL 13, 2016 AT 7:00 P.M.

Everyday throughout the world social workers make significant contributions to social justice, human rights and peace. This lecture will look at practice examples from countries with highly established welfare systems, countries without access to state social protection, and countries where the welfare systems are in collapse.
The lecture will examine the benefits and flaws of social protection (social security) systems from a social work community development perspective. Also, how social work can play a significant role in advancing sustainable social models that provide solutions to many of the contemporary global problems.
This event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Truell is Secretary-General of the International Federation of Social Workers. IFSW comprises 110 country-level members and holds consultative status with the United Nations. As the global body representing practitioners, IFSW facilitates international policy and action that advances the profession's unity and voice. 
Truell was born in Northern Ireland, grew up in New Zealand, lives in Germany and works from Switzerland. Having travelled extensively visiting front line social work practice settings, professional associations and government leaders, he has supported the development of social work in many countries. He holds an Honorary Professorship at Durham University and regularly writes in the Guardian, social work journals and other public media on the positive social and economic returns for investing in social work services.
Spring CEU Seminar

Friday, April 22, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL
$25 for the whole day (including lunch) or $10 for the morning and $5 for each afternoon session.
Join the School of Social Work for a full-day CEU seminar and earn up to 6.0 CEU credits. The morning session offers 3.0 CEU credits while each afternoon session offers 1.5.
9:00am-12:00pm"Social Work and Integrated Care: A Multidisciplinary Look at Healthcare in Our Community" (3.0 CEU)
Sponsored by Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) and the School of Social Work Alumni Association

This course will explore Integrated Care as an evidence-based practice, will look at a successful and nationally recognized model of Integrated Care and will discuss practical aspects of implementing Integrated Care in local and regional healthcare systems. The course will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Speaker: Amanda Brooks, LCSW, CADC, Behavioral Health Manager at PCC Community Wellness Center, Chicago
Panelists: Benjamin Gersh, MD, Carle Psychiatry and Psychology, Urbana
Sheila Ferguson, LCSW, CEO at Community Elements, Urbana
Vern Reinert, MS, LCPC, Manager at Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health, Springfield
Amber Olson, MA, LCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant Supervisor at Memorial Behavioral Health, Springfield
12:00pm-1:00pmLunch Break (boxed lunches available)

1:00pm-2:30pm"Social Workers' Shifting Roles Moving Forward: The Case for Training Students on Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)" (1.5 CEU)

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) models are short, portable interventions that have been used to successfully intervene with individuals' substance use in opportunistic settings like primary care or emergency room settings. The three goals of this presentation are to 1) describe the major components of the SBIRT model, 2) review the evidence-base for SBIRT, and 3), discuss initiatives at the UI School of Social Work to train students and field placement supervisors on the SBIRT model.  

Speaker: Douglas Smith, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2:30pm-4:00pm"Windows of Opportunity for Professionals Treating Eating Disorders" (1.5 CEU)

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. This presentation will help to understand eating disorders; their etiology, signs, symptoms and medical risks, will explore the therapist's role in providing collaborative care and will discuss ways to motivate change and support recovery. 

Speaker: Jenny H. Conviser, Psy.D., CEDS, CC-AASP, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Feingberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

To register for the Spring CEU Seminar, please click here.
Social Work HEALS program offers training in health care delivery
Students with bachelor's and master's degrees in social work attended the Social Work HEALS Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., in November.

Nearly 50 BSW and MSW students from across the country gathered for educational sessions on health care, leadership and advocacy activities on Capitol Hill as part of the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (Social Work HEALS) Student Policy Summit, which was hosted at NASW's national office in November.
NASW and the Council on Social Work Education are partnering to implement the Social Work HEALS program, which aims to educate and train social workers from the BSW to postdoctoral levels to strengthen the delivery of health care services in the U.S. 
A key part of the summit was training the students to meet with their representatives on Capitol Hill and to advocate for legislation important to the social work profession and its clients. As part of the training, HEALS students heard from Senate staff and lobbyists about best practices in advocating for issues important to social work in Congress. 
Read the full story.
PhD student competing to win prestigious SPR cup

Team members left to right: Jordan Davis, Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, Tyler Hatchel, and Ashleigh Jones; Lisa De La Rue not pictured  

Current PhD student, Jordan Davis and the rest of his research team, have qualified for the 11th annual Sloboda and Bukoski Society for Prevention Research Cup. Only six squads qualified nationwide and the winners will be announced at the SPR annual conference in San Francisco this summer. The team came together through the work they've done in the lab of Gutgsell Professor Dorothy Espelage, an international expert in bullying, youth aggression, and teen dating violence. Read the full story on the SPR Cup competition here.
Graduate School of Library and Information Science Lecture on April 4

Join the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) for a lecture titled, "Community Engaged Researchers as Warriors/Advocates: Yay or Nay?" presented by Julie Hersbeger on April 4, 2016 at 4pm. During this lecture, Julie will talk about her work in the field, investigating the homeless and their information needs. Learn how her research can inform your work with the homeless population in Champaign-Urbana. Her research focuses on persons experiencing homelessness and their information environments while improving their access to information. 
The Library and Information Science building is on the corner of Daniel and 5th street in Champaign and the lecture will be held in room 126. There is metered parking around the building. 
BSW interns help agencies through budget crisis

Currently there are 51 BSW interns placed in 29 agencies throughout Champaign County. The Spring 2016 semester has proven to be a very interesting and challenging time to be in an internship.  The lack of a state budget has put numerous agencies in a struggle to survive.  Students have gotten to witness the heart and creativity of agencies working to serve the community.  Without the state funding there are many agencies that are having to reduce services, cut programs, run short staffed, and unfortunately close. 
Some agencies, however, have been able to turn to their interns for assistance with finding funds to pay the bills in order to keep serving clients.  Erin Sturm, Assistant Director of Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services (RACES) shared, "We have felt the impact of the state budget impasse, with the possibility of having to shut our doors without receiving the state funding owed.  The interns have helped develop content for the online crowd-funding campaign, reached out to university and community groups about donations, and have attended other fundraisers as a face of the agency.  Due to all of these efforts and the hard work of the interns at RACES, we are able to remain open for months longer than originally anticipated.  The interns at RACES have been an invaluable asset that was greatly needed during this budget crisis."

Grace Mitchell, Executive Director of Family Advocacy Center went on to add, "Just like many other small, non-profit agencies, we are struggling to keep our doors open here at Family Advocacy in Champaign County. Although these difficult times are less than desirable, the budget crisis has given our interns a glimpse into how macro level policies affect direct practice social work. Each and every one of our interns have been instrumental in seeking out additional funding sources, whether that be through fundraisers, grants, or donations."
The Field Education Office is proud that interns are able to not only find learning opportunities at their agencies during this difficult time, but also, to overcome the obstacles presented and help the agencies where they are placed survive and even thrive.  By helping keep services available to those that need them, this in turn, strengthens our communities, and ultimately, all of us.
New and improved opportunity for SOCW 501 students 

Dr. Tara Powell's SOCW 501 class focuses on group work methods in contemporary social work practice. Last semester MSW students observed groups from different agencies; however, this semester the Community Learning Lab matched MSW students with agencies in the community, giving them an opportunity to lead or co-facilitate the groups with their clients, parents, or students. Some of these agencies and their projects include: 
  • International Prep Academy- students will work during lunchtime with 3rd - 5th graders in "lunch groups". These are groups of students who would benefit from some more attention and one-on-one time with adults. The IPA students will eat lunch with the 501 student(s) and then have a discussion/play a game.
  • Prairie Land Conflict Mediation Center- students are welcome to run a group with a focus on the process of forgiveness and the multiple emotions generated by the breakup of a marriage or significant relationship.
  • Clark-Lindsey- students are welcome to lead a family/friend/caregiver support group that will be open to any family member, friend, or resident that is interested.
  • Lincoln's Challenge- students are to lead group discussions with 16-18 year olds who have dropped out of high school and are voluntarily attending this boarding school. Typical group topics could include anger, stress and conflict resolution.
  • The Circle of Friends Adult Day Center- students lead a group that allows clients to share their personal history or story in a supportive group setting.
  • Don Moyer Boys and Girls Clubstudents lead a positive, supportive group with children.
Clients are gaining skills in forgiveness, social justice, empathy, discussion, integrity and competence. The agencies are learning how to accommodate their groups efficiently as well, while students obtain hands-on experience in group facilitating. The Community Learning Lab is proud to match classrooms with agencies to receive amazing results. We hope to encourage many others to give back to the community! Check out a short video on the CLL and see how it benefits everyone! 
Community Learning Lab- University of Illinois
Community Learning Lab- University of Illinois
Position Announcement
The School of Social Work is currently hiring for an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. For more details, view the position announcement here.

25th Annual Daniel S. Sanders Lecture
Spring CEU Seminar
Social Work HEALS program training
PhD Student Competing for SPR Cup
GSLIS Lecture
BSW Interns and Budget Crisis
CLL Current Projects
Position Announcement

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