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Faculty members and students present at annual CSWE meeting

UNC School of Social Work faculty members and students participated in the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) annual program meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 3-6. This year’s theme was “Advancing Collaborative Practice Through Social Work Education,” which according to CSWE, was selected “to reflect the importance of collaborative practice across different contexts to the preparation of future social work professionals.”

UNC faculty members and students were among those scheduled to present and included:

  • Denise Dews and Lisa Zerden: “Bridging Interprofessional Education: Two Projects, Eight Disciplines, and One Goal.”
  • Zerden, Meryl Kanfer and Theresa Palmer: “Recruiting, Maintaining, and Sustaining Integrated Behavioral Health Sites in Field Education.”
  • Zerden also presented: “Using Standardized Patients to Train MSW Students for Work on Interprofessional Teams.”
  • Doctoral students Wen Li and Jennifer O’Brien and Matthew Howard: “Characteristics of Internet Gaming Disorder in U.S. Emerging Adults.”
  • O’Brien, Li and doctoral student Tricia McGovern: “Social Support Group for Internet Gaming Disorder in Young Adults.”
  • O’Brien also presented: “Culturally Specific Interventions for Female Survivors of Gender-Based Violence.”
  • Kim Strom-Gottfried and doctoral student Todd Jensen: “Comprehensive Examinations to Measure Social Work Competencies: Construction and Administration.”
  • Jensen also presented: “Diverse Family Structures and Transitions: Implications for Education and Collaborative Practice.”
  • Rebecca Brigham: “Connecting with Field Education: Sharing Best Practices,” and “The 2015 COFE State of Field Education Survey: Findings and Implications.”
  • Brigham and Kevin McNamee, MSW ‘16: “Out in the Field: Ensuring Affirmation for LGBTQI Students.”
  • Ronni Zuckerman and Amy Levine: “Enhancing Partnerships with Field Instructors: Identifying Strategies that Promote Retention.”
  • Jack Richman: “Measuring Faculty Impact in Social Work Programs.”
  • Tonya Vandeinse and Marilyn Ghezzi: “Strategies, Facilitators and Challenges of Implementing Specialty Mental Health Probation.
  • Ghezzi and Vandeinse also presented: “Training and Consulting with Specialty Mental Health Probation Officers: The Role of Social Work.”
  • Latoya Small: “The Culturally Collaborative Process of Developing an International Intervention.

As part of this year’s program, the School hosted a reception on Saturday, Nov. 5, to introduce Dean Gary Bowen to alumni in the Atlanta area. More than 100 alumni, students, faculty, staff and other well-wishers stopped by to welcome the new dean, whose appointment became effective in September.

School professor Iris Carlton-LaNey also participated in a panel discussion on “Why History Matters,” which was hosted by the Social Welfare History Group. The group, which formed in 1956 and focuses on preserving and examining the history of social welfare and social work, typically meets during the CSWE event.