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It's Time to Apply


Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are now being accepted. Learn more about our MSW and PhD programs at the links provided.  If you are looking for information on the BSW program available at UMBC, please click here.


Deadlines to apply for the MSW program can be found here. 

It's Time for Field Applications


Planning on doing a field placement in Fall 2015?  Then now is the time to be submitting your field application.  More information can be found on the field education web site.


Graduating in May 2015?  Be sure to complete your application for diploma.  It can be submitted online via SURFS.

Save the Date for These Upcoming Events


The Spring 2015 Daniel Thursz Social Justice Lecture will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 5:00  p.m. in the School of Social Work Auditorium.  Heather McGhee, President of Demos, will speak on the relationships between political, economic, and racial inequality.  (MATT: EXACT TITLE TBD).  Ms. McGhee is an influential voice in the media and frequent contributor to MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She is the co-author of a chapter on retirement insecurity in the book Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and its Poisonous Consequences (New Press, 2005).


UM SSW Homecoming, March 6, 2015.  Details and speakers are still being arranged.

New Centers Announced at the SSW


The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative, led by the Center for Adoption Support and Education, will support adoptive children and families through an online curriculum for mental health professionals, the development of a national training system, and will provide clinical case consultation system with fidelity monitoring.  The School's Institute for Innovation and Implementation will led this effort at the School.


The Center for Positive School Climate and Supportive Discipline will be led by the School's Social Work Community Outreach Service.  This multi-year project will partner with administrators and staff in all 24 Maryland school districts to help improve school climate and help reduce out-of-school suspensions and expulsions of students of color and students with disabilities.

Faculty & Staff News


‌On December 8, 2014, Associate Professor Lisa Berlin made an invited presentation to the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research, University of Maryland, College Park. The presentation addressed Community-based trials with supplemental parenting supports to prevent “toxic stress.”


Postdoctoral Fellow Karen Kolivoski (with Addie Weaver, University of Michigan and Monique Constance-Huggins, Winthrop University) published "Critical Race Theory: Opportunities for Application in Social Work Practice and Policy" in Families in Society.


Assistant Professor Sarah Dababnah and co-author Susan Parish (Brandeis University) had their article, "Incredible Years Program Tailored to Parents of Preschoolers With Autism Pilot Results," published in Research on Social Work Practice.

Giving Makes A Difference


It is almost the end of another year and if you are looking at the tax advantages of a year-end gift to the School of Social Work, we encourage you to drop a quick note to Associate Dean for Dvelopment David Flinchbaugh.  He and his staff can work with to help maximize your gift through scholarships, specific programs, or areas of greatest need.


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