Welcome to the FAU School of Social Work Website. Our motto is, "Empowering People: One Student, One Client, One Community at a Time." We hope this website will answer many of your questions about our programs, mission and goals, news and events, and job postings. We also invite you to email, call, or drop in to meet with us personally. To help you get started, please click on the heading below that relates best to your situation:
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May 03, 2013
MSW Graduates In The News
MSW Graduates Josh Mavica and Ester Arelus are mentioned in the Sun Sentinel article below.
April 24, 2013
FAU Social Work Alum wins advocacy awards
Former FAU Alum, Brandy Macaluso, from the School of Social Work won the “Statewide Crime Victim Advocate of the Year” award from Attorney General Pam Bondi, as well as the “Palm Beach County Crime Victim Advocate of the Year” award during the National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2013. For more details on the ceremony please visit the article link below or view the picture here.
April 22, 2013
Sexual Abuse Documentary
An FAU student in the Bachelor of Social Work program is featured in a documentary entitled, Intimate Crimes: The Inside Story of Child Sexual Abuse. We commend Barbara Alcena on her courage to share her story and her commitment to sexual abuse prevention. The video provides viewers with an understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse, as well as offering suggestions for identifying, preventing, and responding to abuse situations. You may view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv0VH22_LnI.
April 19, 2013
College Awards Banquet
On April 19th, the College for Design and Social Inquiry held its annual awards banquet. Social Work faculty member Dr. Allan Barsky was nominated “Creative Scholar of the Year”, Phoenix Adams won the “Adjunct Faculty of the Year” award, and BSW student Christina Escobar won an Honors Convocation Scholarship. Click here to see a picture of Phoenix with his award.
April 3, 2013
Alpha Kappa Psi Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon
On April 3rd, Social Work faculty were invited to the FAU Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Faculty/staff appreciation luncheon. Please click here to see pictures from that event.
April 4-7, 2013
Finley Compassionate Care Conference
The School of Social Work co-sponsored a special event on April 5th-7th along with the College of Arts and Letters/Peace Studies Program, College of Medicine, and the College of Nursing.
Dr. James Finley, a Merton Scholar gave a conference on Compassionate Care: The Spiritual Dimensions of Healing, Trauma, and Suffering.
March 25, 2013
SOWSA Social Work Career Fair
On March 25th, the School of Social Work Student Organization SOWSA hosted a career fair in the rotunda at the Social Science building. Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives of many different agencies throughout the local community regarding job opportunities.
March 15 & 29, 2013
Field Instructor Training Seminar
On March 15th and 29th, the School of Social Work held a training seminar for new field instructors to get them acquainted with our new competencies and practice behaviors.
We are planning a refresher course on 4/12 for those who have completed the training before.
March 1, 2013
2nd Annual Heart of Social Work Event
On March 1st, the School of Social Work hosted its 2nd annual Heart of Social Work event at the FAU Stadium. More than 100 community members, faculty, and alumni were in attendance. President Saunders welcomed the guests. We honored Joseph Bensmihen as Outstanding Community Member, Kokie Dinnan as Outstanding Alumna and Pam Brown as Outstanding Field Instructor. The winners of our Social Work Essay Contest, BSW student D’atra Franklin and MSW student John Blasi III read their essays. The event was generously sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital, The Volen Center, Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service and Schmidt Family Foundation.
February 9, 2013
Dan Baker Lecture – "Happiness: Making Your Heartbeats Count"
On February 9th, The School of Social Work along with the Peace Studies Program welcomed guest speaker Dr. Dan Baker, author of “What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better.”
He gave a lecture to enthusiastic students, faculty and guests. On February 8th, Phyllis and Harvey Sandler hosted an intimate event for Dr. Baker along with a select number of guests including President Saunders. Click here for pictures.
Announcement: Visiting Scholar, Dr. Chung-Song Kim
Title of Book: DSM-IV-TR: Case Studies of Mental Disorder
The Florida Atlantic University School of Social Work welcomes visiting scholar Dr. Chung-Song Kim from South Korea. Dr. Kim, who is a Professor in Kyonggi University, Suwon, Korea, is in residence now at the School of Social Work during his sabbatical year to focus on his research in mental health.
Currently, Dr. Kim is collecting materials to revise and update his book DSM-IV: Case Studies of Mental Disorder (2001). In the upcoming edition, entitled DSM-IV-TR: Case Studies, he will add treatments and management for patients with mental disorders, integrating social work perspectives in each chapter. The book is scheduled to be completed by August, 2013. While visiting at FAU, Dr. Kim looks forward to new life experiences as he advances his research and teaching skills.
International Social Work in the United Kingdom Elective
Dr. Michele Hawkins and Dr. Arlene Kaplan are excited to announce that the School of Social Work will once again be offering during Summer Term 2 the elective International Social Work in the United Kingdom which is an undergraduate or graduate elective. The course can be taken from 1 to 3 credits depending on what each student needs. This class is open to all majors.
The travel to London will be from 5/16/2013 through 5/25/2013 and will encompass visiting child welfare agencies and actually being able to shadow social workers in the field, as well as visits to museums, Parliament, homeless shelters and other social service agencies. There will be one class and a pre-departure orientation prior to the international travel.
Program fees to cover the educational costs (excluding tuition) are $1198. The first program fee deposit of $600 is due by 1/15/2013 and the final program fee deposit of $598 is due by 2/15/2013. Students are also responsible for additional costs including air, food, local London transportation, hotel, tuition and personal sightseeing.
We will be offering information sessions at the following times to provide more information:
- Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 11:00 AM – Boca Campus, SO 3015
- Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 4:00 PM – Boca Campus, SO 3018
NASW-FL Awards Committee Nominations
NASW Florida is now accepting nominations for Social Worker of the Year, Student Social Worker of the Year, and Social Work Educator of the Years – for more information on how to nominate someone, please click Here.
Save The Date
On APRIL 8-9-10, 2013, students and faculty from the School of Social Work will be participating in NASW’S "LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY DAY" (LEAD) AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING in Tallahassee (formerly known as Lobby Day). Look for opportunities to get involved. Registration and training will begin in the early part of the spring semester. For now SAVE THE DATE! And remember field hours are given for those students who go on the trip. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Presidential Scholarship for Social Work
Through generous donations this year, the School of Social work has been able to fund $20,000 in presidential scholarships for our students. This amounts to 20 scholarships of $1000 each for the 2012/2013 fiscal year. These scholarships are based on financial need.
At this time all of the Presidential Scholarships designated for Social Work students have been awarded.
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