Macro practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations, and is one of the key distinctions between social work and the other helping professions. Are you interested in a career in macro social work?
If so, we invite you to the Parlor of Thompson Home on Dec. 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to discuss opportunities with faculty and WSU alumni employed in macro practice. Alumni will share helpful hints for the job search and describe how they have created their own social work identity in the workplace. Faculty will discuss what to expect after graduation and job positions that are a good fit with macro practice.
Light refreshments will be provided. We hope you can stop by for a few minutes or longer to connect with us and get answers to your questions about future job prospects in macro social work.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at 313-577-4409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Human Services is Michigan’s public assistance, child and family welfare agency. It directs the operations of public assistance and service programs through a network of more than 100 county offices around the state.
If you are pursuing a career in social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, criminal justice, or another human services area, DHS is an ideal place to look!
On Dec. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m., DHS will be in Room 1163 of Old Main to discuss careers opportunities. Alumni and current students in a human services-related bachelor’s or master’s degree program are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at 313‐577‐4409 or email@example.com. For parking fees and information, see http://parking.wayne.edu/visitorguest.php.
The Wayne State School of Social Work produces world-class M.S.W. practitioners united in their pursuit of economic and social justice for individuals, families and communities. But while master’s level practitioners share this vision of an equitable society, the approach they take to achieve it varies and is informed to a significant extent by their specialization – or “concentration” – in the M.S.W. program.
To prepare students to make this choice, the School of Social Work is hosting a Concentration/Curriculum Day on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202. The event will be useful for senior B.S.W. students who have applied to or been admitted to the M.S.W. program; first-year full-time or second-year part-time M.S.W. students preparing for the advanced year curriculum; and prospective M.S.W. students.
Faculty and students will be on hand to describe the M.S.W.’s two concentrations:
Innovation in Community, Policy and Leadership (I-CPL): This concentration contextualizes student learning into three platforms of practice related to 1.) developing and sustaining effective communities, 2.) developing and sustaining effective policies, and 3.) developing and sustaining effective organizations through leadership. Two of these platforms – leadership and community building/development – will be discussed at the Concentration/Curriculum Day.
Interpersonal Practice: This concentration offers students a particular theoretical orientation and clinical method from among three theory “tracks”: 1.) Cognitive-Behavioral, 2.) Family Systems, and 3.) Psychodynamic.
Get the information you need to make this important career decision! Join us on Jan. 11 – and bring your questions!
For further information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at (313) 577-4409.
“You’ve got to spend money to make money.”
“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”
These idioms capture a well-established truth: people frequently must make a material investment or sacrifice something of value in order to achieve their goals.
But what if that investment or sacrifice is more than they can make? For many mothers grappling with domestic abuse, poverty, lack of education or unemployment, the unyielding demands of supporting a family leave nothing left to spend or sacrifice for a brighter future. Should they be trapped forever in their circumstances because they lack the small inputs that can yield great outputs?
Soroptimist International of the Americas doesn’t think so, which is why it created the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards program to give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Each year, Soroptimist clubs in 19 countries and territories provide cash awards to help women pay costs associated with higher education, including books, childcare and transportation. Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, can demonstrate financial need, and are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training or undergraduate degree program.
The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards program begins with the local Soroptimist clubs, which award varying amounts to selected recipients. These local recipients become eligible to win the $5,000 award offered by each of the Soroptimist’s 28 geographic regions. These 28 recipients then become eligible to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards.
Among the success stories of the program are women like Peggy, who went from minimum-wage employee to a college graduate and professional speaker; Marina, who used to support her children with cash prizes from running marathons and now has a degree in physical education; and Guadalupe, who left a violent marriage in a foreign country, obtained a Ph.D., and now helps other abused women.
Applications, which include a personal statement and demonstration of financial need, are due by Dec. 1. Recipients will be notified between January and June. The application process begins here.
On the eve of the 26th Annual Edith Harris Endowed Memorial Lecture, “Trauma, Justice and Heroes,” the School of Social Work wants to share a quote from Fred Rogers, the beloved television personality who delighted generations of children by reminding them that they were special and worthwhile.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable,” Rogers once reflected. “When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”
Every day, social workers are called upon to have that “important talk” by clients who trust that we will listen, reserve judgment, and help them heal. To empower social workers in this important task, the School of Social Work is devoting this year’s Edith Harris lecture, “Trauma, Justice and Heroes,” to the important topic of trauma.
We encourage you to join us on Nov. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Arts Auditorium on Wayne State’s campus. The free lecture will be presented by Steven Marans, M.S.W., Ph.D., who is Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Familiarity with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is critical for social workers helping clients obtain access to mental and physical health services – even if it means knowing what hasn’t changed under the 2010 law. To help demystify this ponderous piece of legislation, the School of Social Work’s Leadership Learning Community on Nov. 7 invited Kathryn Smolinski, director of Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer and an adjunct assistant professor for Wayne State University Law School, to Thompson Home to provide an overview of the ACA’s major components.
Under the ACA, Smolinksi noted, insurers can no longer require health histories before pricing their plans or deny new policy holders treatment for pre-existing conditions – a huge victory for people with chronic health conditions. Men and woman are now covered at the same rate (meaning women will no longer pay higher rates as a consequence of labor and delivery costs) and all insurance policies purchased under the individual mandate must contain 10 essential services. These are: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder substances, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.
Smolinksi also explained Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level, meaning that those living at or near poverty (about $30,000 per year for a family of four) can receive health care. The expansion, effective April 1, will also eliminate the asset test, meaning that poor individuals will not need to deplete their savings before becoming eligible for coverage.
What should social workers keep in mind as the ACA rolls out? First off, clients eligible for Medicare and veterans’ health benefits should continue to consult those respective programs. Second, clients receiving Medicare are vulnerable to scams. Predators may call them, citing changes under the ACA and asking for personal information, Medicare numbers and bank account information. As Smolinksi noted, Medicare clients do not need a new card and no one from Medicare will be contacting them.
Finally, “the marketplaces” or “exchanges” – interchangeable names for places to buy health insurance online – can be complicated, but there is help. The federal government has spent millions of dollars to train, support, and certify patient “navigators” who partner with local medical systems to help people figure out how the ACA marketplaces work. Wayne State M.S.W. student Gwendolyn Crawford, who has completed the Navigation Training, said she’s so eager to see people access care she starts conversations about the ACA with strangers on the bus!
As social workers we enjoy the special trust of our clients and can help them understand and enjoy their rights. With the ACA, essential mental and physical health services are now among these rights, so let’s each do our part to learn about this law and spread the word!
Far too many of our children face the impact of trauma in their lives. Many of us have felt the effects of violence ourselves or know someone personally or professionally who is grappling with the devastating reality of a traumatic experience.
We are fortunate to be bringing to our campus a renowned expert on childhood trauma to help us understand the developmental disturbances that occur in children exposed to violence and the promising interventions that can aid emotional healing and recovery.
The 26th Annual Edith Harris Endowed Memorial Lecture; Trauma, Justice and Heroes will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 , from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Arts Auditorium on Wayne State’s campus. The lecture will be presented by Steven Marans, M.S.W., Ph.D. who is a Harris Professor in the Child Study Center, Director, National Center for Children Exposed to Violence/Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center, Director, Trauma Service and Professor of Psychiatry.
The lecture is FREE and open to the public. We encourage you to join us for this important lecture. For further details, see: http://socialwork.wayne.edu/2013_flyer.pdf
Hope to see you on the 14th.
When was the last time you attended a Wayne State Football game?
Can’t remember? Never!!!
Well…. here’s your chance to support our team, connect or reconnect to the School of Social Work, honor our armed forces and help those in need. AND… have FUN with friends and family,
Tailgate Party@ 10 a.m. Wayne State Warrior Football Hosts Grand Valley
Salute to the Armed Forces-Noon, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Sponsored by the Wayne State University Alumni Association, Office of Military and Veteran’s
Academic Excellence and the School of Social Work
Enjoy FREE refreshments. Meet Dean Waites, faculty, staff, Board of Visitor members, students and alumni. Learn about research and social work practice with veteran and military populations. Bring a canned food item for the Wayne State School of Social Work Student Organization canned food drive collection to benefit the Michigan Veteran’s Foundation.
Receive a discounted game ticket ($5.00) by bringing a new or gently used children’s coat. The coats will be collected at the main entrance gates and later distributed to Government and Community Affairs for further distribution.
Parking is complimentary in Lot 50 – Students get in free with a valid one card. Adult tickets are $8, children 6-12 are $3, 5 and under are free. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at 313-577-4409.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020. It is a great time to consider a career in social work with ample and varied career opportunities.
Come learn more about our programs and career opportunities at our Open House on Sept. 21, 2013 from 9 to 3 p.m. in State Hall on the Wayne State University’s Campus in Midtown Detroit.
The Fall Open House will be a great opportunity to chat with current students, meet faculty and advisors, explore our programs and gain valuable insight into the social work profession.
We have a full agenda which includes B.S.W., *M.S.W. and Ph.D. informational meetings, mock lectures, specialized sessions, Q&A and tours. FOOD and FUN included! Representatives from the Wayne State University‘s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Career Services, and Office of Housing and Residential Life will be available.
RSVP Now and enter for a chance to win Free School Apparel!
*Application Fee Waivers available for those who attend!
Explorations in Development 2013 “Reducing infant mortality: Emerging trends in prevention and developmentally informed care.”
This very important conference will be held on September 19-20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Michigan First Credit Union Conference Room, 2700 Evergreen Rd. Lathrup Village, MI 48076. Space is still available to attend with registration for students only $25 (per day). For further information including registration and payment see: http://specialevents.wayne.edu/explorations-2013.
The conference is hosted by the Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program and the Infant Mental Health Program of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI) for Child & Family Development at Wayne State University. The School of Social Work is one of the co-sponsors. Mickey Sperlich is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Wayne State University, working on a dual-title in Social Work and Infant Mental Health and will be a featured presenter at the conference.
Her presentation is entitled, The Influence of Trauma on Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Postpartum Period. Mickey is an experienced midwife and researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on childbearing and postpartum outcomes. She is co-author of Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, and a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse; the Survivor Moms’ Companion.
Child and Family Development is a key area for social work practice and research. School of Social Work Assistant Professors Carolyn Dayton and Stella Resko engage in important research in this area. Ann Carrellas, Tina Dykehouse and Mickey Sperlich are trainees at MPSI who have a serious interest in child and family development and are pursuing doctoral degrees in social work. Beverly Weathington is a graduate of our M.S.W. program and is a staff member of the Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program at MPSI. As recently quoted in MPSI’s biannual report, Ms. Weathington sums it up well when she stated, “Parents want their children to be safe, to have a better life than they did, to feel loved and nurtured.”