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Faculty briefs

Kathleen Rounds and doctoral student Christina Horsford attended a Sept. 25 White House briefing for social workers entitled, “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.” Several senior White House officials participated in four panels addressing the importance of social workers as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act moves into a new phase October 1, when the health insurance exchanges are open for business. Led by Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) President Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, about 160 social workers were welcomed into the historic Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building for this briefing.

Bebe Smith spoke on “Critical time intervention in N.C.” at Durham VA Medical Center’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center’s fall conference. The event was held at Duke University on Oct. 8 in celebration of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Sheryl Zimmerman is featured in an interview on the website, on “The role of family and staff in long-term care.”


Sarah Bledsoe-Mansori, doctoral student Candace Killian, and alumna Traci Wike (Ph.D. ’11) co-authored an article with colleagues published in early release online by Social Work Research, “Agency-university partnerships for evidence-based practice: A national survey of schools of social work.”

Joanne Caye has an article published on, “Supporting kids through the healing process after a disaster.”

Dennis Orthner and Steve Day co-authored an article with colleagues in the Oct. 2103 issue of the journal Family Relations, “Integrating life skills into relationship and marriage education: The essential life skills for military families program.”

Lisa Zerden, Josh Hinson and alumna Arianna Taboada (MSW/MPH ’12) co-authored an article in the journal Advances in Social Work, Vol 14, No 1 (2013); Special Issue: The Impact of Socio-Economic, Cultural, Political, and International Factors on Latinos/Latinas in the U.S.; entitled,  “Carolina del Norte and the New South: Social work practice with new Latino immigrant communities.”

Upcoming AHEC presentations

Oct. 25 – The 9th Annual Eastern Region Developmental Disabilities Services Conference. Break-out session entitled: Caregiver-Provider Partnerships: Working Collaboratively with Families of Children Who Have Special Needs, with Sherry Mergner and Barbara Leach.
Oct. 28 – Emotional Abuse of Children – Joanne Caye
Nov. 7 – The 29th Annual Substance Abuse Services State of the Art Conference – Break Out Sessions on Ethical Practice in Supervision and Professional Ethics and Social Networks  – Kim Strom-Gottfried

Oct. 15 – Client Violence – Keeping Yourself and Others Safe – Jodi Flick

Oct. 16 – Working with SPMI Adults – Marilyn Ghezzi

Nov. 6 – Ethical Action in Challenging Times – Kim Strom-Gottfried

More information on these and other events.