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School of Social Work commencement cancelled

Due to the expected winter weather, the School of Social Work's hooding ceremony that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 has been cancelled.





UNC study suggests financial burden deepening for families with disabled children

Findings from a new study indicate that the prolonged recession is deepening the financial burden for some of the country’s most vulnerable families.

The study, by social work researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., shows more than a quarter of low-income families with disabled children are spending more than 3 percent of their total household incomes to pay for the children’s health-care needs.

Scholarship established in memory of slain alumnus Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle

Charles Keith Springle was a “kind and gentle person, just the kind of person you want in a social worker,” and he was well prepared to assist soldiers who were mentally scarred by combat. 

Dr. Springle, who received a master’s degree in social work from UNC in 1984, was shot and killed at a military clinic in Baghdad on May 11, 2009 by a soldier who was receiving psychological counseling at the clinic.

Child welfare expert Mark Testa joins the UNC School of Social Work as distinguished professor

A nationally recognized child welfare expert and the architect of innovative reforms in the fields of child protection and foster care is bringing his research and professional leadership expertise to the Tar Heel state.

Mark Testa, Ph.D., a professor and director of the Children and Family Research Center at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will join UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in January as the first Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor.

$1 million UNC project to connect military families with resources for children with developmental disabilities

Military families struggling to find services for their children with developmental disabilities will soon have a new network of support.

UNC’s School of Social Work and the Family Support Network at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities are developing a project that aims to connect military families more directly to state and local resources, activities and services using a “one-stop” model. The federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities of the Administration on Children and Families is funding the $1 million project.