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Registration open for summer Satir Clinical Training Program

The UNC School of Social Work is offering a week-long intensive clinical training program in the Satir Growth Model this summer.

The Satir method is based on the teachings of the late Virginia Satir, a social worker and “pioneer of family therapy.” It proposes a family communication paradigm, which was developed in the 1960s, and focuses on self-awareness and the discovery of inner strengths to help individuals, couples, and families better cope with stress and change and ways to create more positive relationships with others.

Richman leads School of Social Work into 95th year

He didn’t know for sure what he wanted to do with a degree in anthropology, but as a college student, Jack Richman knew that he wanted to be helpful.

Not really knowing what kind of work that meant, he left the door open for anything by heading into social work.

“There are a lot of ways you can go about being in the helping profession, but social work allows you to not have to choose,” he said.

After decades of working with struggling and vulnerable populations though research and counseling, Richman has continued to use his helping touch to bring the University of North Carolina School of Social Work to the forefront of the field — as dean.

Dean Smith remembered for social advocacy

To the nation and especially to North Carolina, Dean Smith was one of the most successful and admired college basketball coaches of all time. To UNC’s School of Social Work, Smith was an advocate for human rights and a generous supporter who helped educate others about the value of the social work profession.

“Dean often spoke very passionately about the need to support social work because he said social workers were the ones doing the important work in society,” said Associate Dean for AdvancementMary Beth Hernandez.

Clark wins prestigious national research achievement award

Assistant Professor Trenette T. Clark, Ph.D., is the winner of the 2015 Society for Social Work and Research Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award. In conferring the award, the Society recognizes that her accomplishments reflect innovative scholarship, a rigorous approach to social work research, and work that exhibits an emerging influence in the field and her contribution to advance the profession is noteworthy.