Exploring the Connections Between Substance Use and Suicide

Keynote Presentation: "Busting Stigma and Silos: Creating a Bridge Between Substance Misuse & Suicide Prevention", delivered by Ann Duckless, MA, CPS.

When: Friday, November 21 from 9 am to 3 pm

Where: Springfield College School of Social Work, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA

Register with: Robert Reardon, Tapestry Health, rreardon@tapestryhealth.org

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25th Anniversary Alumni Professional Development Symposium and Reception


Dignity: It's Essential Role in Resolving Conflict

In celebration of National Social Work Month, Donna Hicks, PhD, presented Dignity: It's Essential Role in Resolving Conflict on Tuesday, April 1 at 9 am.


On The Brink: Panel on Problem Gambling, Presence & Impact in Marginalized Communities

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. On Friday, March 28 at 10:30 am, SSW hosted a panel discussion on problem gambling presented by the Gandara Center.


Talking with Dolores: A One Act Play

On Tuesday, March 25 at 5pm, SSW hosted Talking with Dolores: A One Act Play followed by an open discussion about suicide among the elderly.

See photos from the event on Facebook.


Field Supervisor Appreciation Celebration and Professional Development

SSW recently held our annual Field Supervisor Appreciation Celebration and Professional Development day. Two agencies were awarded, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Department of Social Work and Baystate Medical Center, Department of Social Work.

Matthew Haas, LICSW, LADC-I, Teodoro Anderson Diaz, LCSW, LICSW, and Laura Foulkes, LICSW, presented a workshop entitled "Emergent Practice Models and the Affordable Care Act".


Celebrating 25 Years of
Inspiring Social Work Leaders:
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The Springfield College School of Social Work held a workshop, Celebrating 25 Years of Inspiring Social Work Leaders: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fuller Arts Center. The weekend event followed our previous weekday celebration held on September 25, 2013.

The event featured keynote speaker Charles H. Rucks, Esq., Executive Director, Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services. The workshop also featured the following panelists:

Health

Andrew Balder, MD, Physician, Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center

Education

Jessica Nardizzi, Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence

Housing

Deborah Rodriguez, Program Director, New North Citizens' Council, Inc.

Mental Health

Katherine Wilson, President/CEO, Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

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Leadership in Education and Practice in Geriatric Social Work for the Next 25 Years

Professors Ann Winston Roy and John Habif, Co-Directors Area of Emphasis in Gerontology, will host a conference exploring education and practice in gerontology on Friday, November 15, 2013.

The rate of growth of the population of older adults, ages 65 and over, is such that by the year 2025, older adults will be the single largest age group in the United States. It is anticipated that there will be a demand for 40,000 - 60,000 more social workers to meet the demand. The field of Social Work, as well as all other allied health professions, needs to promote interest in Gerontology and develop competent professionals to meet the demand.


Communication Difficulties in Children

Deborah Modé, SLP, will present: Communication Difficulties in Children, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 1 pm.

Deborah Modé is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts as a bilingual speech-language pathologist (SLP) and member of the American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA). She brings over 15 years of experience working with children from infancy through adolescence. She accomplished a Master's of Science degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as completion of certification courses in Behavior Analysis. She is proprietor the Speech & Language Center (SLD Center) in West Springfield which evolved from a desire to meet the needs of people with communication disabilities in addition to provide parent support.


Utilizing Leadership Skills to Strengthen a National School Social Work Presence

Michelle Alvarez, MSW, Ed D, LICSW, will present: Utilizing Leadership Skills to Strengthen a National School Social Work Presence, Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 1 pm.

Dr. Alvarez is a professor of social work at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Associate Editor of Children & Schools, and President of the School Social Work Association of America. Dr. Alvarez is the author of several books and articles on school social work. She was a school social worker in Florida and a school social work supervisor in Indiana. She is dedicated to the field of school social work and the provision of services to all students. She is currently pursuing training in preparation for a senior administrative position at a university through an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship at Southern New Hampshire University.


Racial Health Disparity in Infant Mortality in Springfield

Julie Skogsbergh Pimentel, MA, will present: Racial Health Disparity in Infant Mortality in Springfield, Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 1 pm.

Julie is the Project Coordinator of Project Baby Springfield as well as a member of the state of Massachusetts newly created Safe Sleep Taskforce. She is a PhD student at UMass Amherst in Anthropology, and is doing her dissertation research based on Project Baby and its safe infant sleep efforts focusing on the racial health disparity in the infant mortality rates in Springfield. She is also an adjunct professor at Westfield State University in their Ethnic & Gender Studies department.


Commemorating United Nations Day

Thank you to Dr. Alfred de Zayas, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable Social Order, for presenting Toward a Democratic and Equitable International Order in commemoration of October 24 as United Nations Day.

Hosted by Dr. Joseph Wronka.


Celebrating 25 Years of
Inspiring Social Work Leaders:
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The Springfield College School of Social Work held a workshop, Celebrating 25 Years of Inspiring Social Work Leaders: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, on September 25, 2013.

The event featured keynote speaker Charles H. Rucks, Esq., Executive Director, Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services. The workshop also featured the following panelists:

Health

Andrew Balder, MD, Physician, Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center

Education

Lan Katz, Executive Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence

Housing

Maria Ligus, Chief Operating Officer, New North Citizens' Council, Inc.

Mental Health

Katherine Wilson, President/CEO, Behavioral Health Network, Inc.