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Gary Bowen is the recipient of the School of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC-Greensboro. Bowen, who earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies in 1981, is a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at the UNC-Chapel Hill where he co-directed the development of the Ph.D. program in social work. He is a past-president of the National Council on Family Relations. Among many other areas of expertise, Bowen has extensive experience working with all branches of the military services and has visited installations worldwide during the past 30 years consulting with military policymakers, researchers, and practitioners across a range of mental health and social service issues.

Chris Egan is clinical program coordinator of the School of Social Work’s Developmental Disabilities Training Institute. DDTI has an agreement with CQL to conduct training of Personal Outcome Measures – Egan is involved conducting training of their measures, is certified to conduct assessments using the measures, and is recognized by CQL as a mentor trainer of the assessment process and to develop other trainers. Last fall, he was recognized during their conference for 15 years of continuous certification, the longest ongoing certification in or out of their organization. They also filmed several trainers discussing a “stand-out” moment or experience pertaining to the outcomes. Egan is featured in a video discussing the positive impact you can have on clients by treating them with dignity and respect, and listening to and learning about the person at the center of your work. Watch video

Jodi Flick is presenting “Caring for Families After a Suicide” to psychiatry residents at the medical school in Winston-Salem this month. She will also be the keynote speaker for the self-injury conference in Charlotte, speaking on “Understanding the Risk and Protective Factors in Youth Suicide.” She will also be presenting breakout sessions at the conference on “Caring for Families and Communities After a Suicide.”

Mark Fraser gave a presentation on designing and developing practice manuals, on February 5, 2013, at the Nordic Conference on Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice, in Linkoping, Sweden. He also gave this presentation at the National Board of Health and Social Welfare in Stockholm. In addition, he gave a presentation on social work doctoral education at the Swedish National Research Council in Stockholm.

Mary Beth Hernandez was an invited speaker at the Davidson College Women’s Leadership Conference on Feb. 22. Her presentation was entitled, “Can Women Really Have It All: Work and Family Balance in the 21st Century.”

Kathy Johnson, of the Family and Children’s Resource Program, was given the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award by the Governor, for her more than 35 years of service to the state of North Carolina.

Rebecca Macy was selected to receive a 2013 Office of the Provost Award for Engaged Research. This award recognizes UNC faculty, units and organizations for engaged scholarship, and her research regarding family violence exemplifies that concept. The honor includes a cash award, a framed certificate and recognition at the Carolina Center for Public Service’s annual Public Service Awards Ceremony and Showcase.

Jack Richman and Mark Testa were each presented a Champion for Children Award from the Children’s Home Society, in Washington, D.C. They were honored in recognition of their leadership and support in development of the Wicked Problems of Child Welfare Institute to shape and improve policy, practice and research.


An article by Deborah Barrett is featured in the Spring 2013 edition of Pain Pathways magazine. Entitled, “What is Paintracking?”, the 6-page spread is spotlighted on the cover. Pain Pathways, the first and only magazine on chronic pain, offers in-depth information on new treatments, integrative therapies and current research, and aims to connect and inspire people with personal and professional experience with pain.

Emerita faculty member Dee Gamble has an article in the Journal of Social Work Education, 48.4 Special Issue 2012, entitled “Well-Being in a Globalized World: Does Social Work Know How to Make it Happen?” The journal is published by the Council on Social Work Education.

Kim Strom-Gottfried has a new commentary in Ethics Newsline, “The Ethics of Exits.” Ethics Newsline is published by the Institute for Global Ethics.

Upcoming AHEC Presentations

March 21 – Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review 2013 Conference. Break out session – Ethical Practice in the Electronic Age – Tina Souders;  March 22 – The Parenting Spectrum: The Challenges and Gifts of Raising a Child with Autism – Sherry Mergner; Southern Regional AHEC

March 27 – Geriatric Mental Health – Tanya Richmond, North West AHEC

April 8 – The Ethics of Responding to Clients and Crime – Kim Strom-Gottfried, Greensboro AHEC

April 16 – The Real Dope on Drug Abuse – Marty Weems, Southern Regional AHEC

April 25 – LCSW Clinical Exam Preparation – Tanya Richmond, Charlotte AHEC

April 26 – Adult Services Conference – breakout session – What a Relief: Approaching Chronic Pain with What Works – Deborah Barrett, Eastern AHEC

April 26 – Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression – Betsy Bledsoe-Mansori, Greensboro AHEC