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UNC study: Emotional support crucial to helping military families deal with deployments

Wives of active-duty soldiers are at risk for psychological problems such as depression, loneliness and burnout, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found.

However, spouses are more likely to handle stress well if they are encouraged to build stronger relationships with their friends and communities, and can potentially lower their long-term medical costs if they receive military support services — including mental health care — early, the study concluded.

Faculty member and children's advocate Gary Shaffer dies

ShafferGary L. Shaffer, Ph.D., one of the state’s leading experts on social work practice and a staunch advocate for children who became a recognizable voice against the use of corporal punishment within North Carolina’s public schools, died on Sept. 4. He was 62.

Shaffer, who dedicated more than half of his life to the social work field and to preparing students for social work practice, joined UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in 1986 as director of the field education program. He was later named director of the School’s summer program.

UNC School of Social Work expands its Winston-Salem MSW program

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work is expanding its Winston-Salem Advanced Standing master of social work (MSW) program to offer two areas of concentration: Direct Practice, and Management and Community Practice.

The Advanced Standing program is tailored to meet the needs of the working adult who has a bachelor's degree in social work. In this 20-month program, classes are held on Fridays at the Forsyth County Department of Social Services. Most students complete their field placement requirements in their home community during the work week.

Take the first step toward your MSW: Attend an information session

Open HouseThe UNC School of Social Work is holding several information sessions and an open house this fall for prospective master's students. Each event includes an overview of the master's of social work (MSW) program, tips on admissions and financial aid, and a presentation by a faculty member.

Four receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

Dean Jack Richman and Ella CraigEach year, the UNC School of Social Work presents the Distinguished Alumni Award as a way of honoring those who embody social work values and carry our mission of service into the field.

During the School's commencement ceremony in May, Bobby Boyd, Ella Craig, Michelle Hughes and Constance Renz were honored with awards.