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The UNC School of Social Work is hosting a free event on Sat., April 2, "Breaking Generation Silent: Facing the Needs and Challenges of LGBT Elders." It begins with a viewing of a one-hour documentary film, “Gen Silent.” This documentary highlights the realities that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors are facing: the need to go back into the closet to avoid discrimination from aging providers and bullying from fellow seniors in long-term care settings. A panel discussion will follow to further explore the social, medical and financial needs of LGBT elders.
The UNC School of Social Work is holding several information sessions for prospective master's students. Each event includes an overview of the master of social work (MSW) program, tips on admissions and financial aid, and a presentation by a faculty member.
"We're very excited to welcome potential applicants to our School," said Sharon Thomas, director of recruitment, admissions and financial aid. "The information session is an opportunity to meet some of our faculty, staff and students, and to ask questions about our curriculum, field education program and admissions requirements."
The month of December is supposed to usher in “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many families, the holiday season often heaps on a sizeable helping of stress and frustration. Maintaining a healthy balance of peace and cheer can be especially challenging for stepfamilies, also known as blended families, said Anne Jones, Ph.D., a clinical associate professor at UNC’s School of Social Work.
An interdisciplinary team of UNC researchers, led by School of Social Work Professor Paul Smokowski, Ph.D., has been awarded a nearly $6.5 million federal grant to support a five-year project that includes the creation of a center to provide community support and solutions for preventing and reducing youth violence in