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April 9, 2021  |  You are invited to the Cynthia Park, LCSW-C Memorial Child Welfare Lecture and Memorial Celebration of Cynthia’s Life.

April 7, 2021  |  Speakers at the 2021 University of Maryland School of Social Work Homecoming Event.

April 1, 2021  |  Evolution of Social Work Research: Amplifying the Scientific Impact and Voices of Social Workers

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March 25, 2021  |  One of our School's earliest graduates, earning her MSW in 1968, Camille was a long-time adjunct faculty member at the SSW.

March 18, 2021  |  The UM SSW Alumni Association, together with Dean Judy Postmus, are proud to acknowledge its graduates who have demonstrated exemplary service to the field of social work

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March 17, 2021  |  A discussion among leaders with lived experience about systemic efforts to address youth homelessness.

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March 15, 2021  |  UMB has named Cherita Adams, MBA, MS, Assistant Dean for Administration & Strategic Initiatives at the SSW, as its 2021 winner of its UMBrella Champion of the Year Award.

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March 15, 2021  |  Sara Sanders, who earned her PhD degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2002, has been name Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa.

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March 15, 2021  |  Three UMSSW faculty members, Geoff Greif, PhD, Michael Woolley, PhD, and Victoria Stubbs, MSW co-authored the Op-Ed, "Royal racism"

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March 1, 2021  |  The Training Institutes are back, and we are LIVE!

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February 17, 2021  |  UMSSW’s Homecoming! Celebrating 60 years of UMSSW: Facing our Past / Transforming our Future Friday, March 5th from 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

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February 12, 2021  |  Sonali Nijhawan, a 2010 MSW graduate of the SSW, has been appointed by President Joe Biden as Director of AmeriCorps State and National.

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January 29, 2021  |  The School of Social Work is a Ceasefire site. As a Ceasefire site, we ask the School of Social Work community to do three things this week!

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January 28, 2021  |  UMSSW’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation is proud to announce the launch of the new website for the Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity.

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January 20, 2021  |  Crystal Hardy-Flowers, social worker and child care provider in Sandtown-Winchester, dies of COVID-19 complications

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January 19, 2021  |  School of Social Work MSW graduate Ambassador Wendy Sherman has been nominated by the Biden Administration to serve as Deputy Secretary of State.

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January 12, 2021  |  Jenny Afkinich, PhD, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award.

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December 10, 2020  |  The Healing Youth Alliance was created through a partnership between the Black Mental Health Alliance, the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization.

December 8, 2020  |  We are excited to announce the launch of a FREE monthly Training Institutes LIVE! virtual series. Each month, choose two from four virtual 90-minute workshops focused on integrating services and impro

December 8, 2020  |  How does a program focused primarily on aiding children and families in West Baltimore conduct its human services work during a pandemic, when in-person interactions are no longer the norm?

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November 5, 2020  |  It is our hope that this short video will help you get to know our new dean, her vision, and plans for the School as we all come together to make Baltimore and the world around us a better place.

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November 4, 2020  |  Please visit the Showcase website to support Baltimore City Black Entrepreneurs!

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October 29, 2020  |  Children's Bureau Provides Funding for Establishing a National Quality Improvement Center to Improve Well-being of Families with Children in Foster Care

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October 27, 2020  |  Applications are now being accepted for tenure track faculty positions at the assistant, associate, or full professor level at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW).

October 20, 2020  |  Voting Information

October 15, 2020  |  The 26 Best Universities Fighting Human Trafficking is a list of the best universities located in the U.S. that are studying and fighting human trafficking.

October 15, 2020  |  Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, is the author of an article in the Harvard Business Review that explores how Employee Assistance Programs can help companies address racism at work.

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October 15, 2020  |  Kate Wasserman appointed to the Maryland State Department of Education’s Inclusion Leadership Team.

September 11, 2020  |  The “Critical Convo” events look to create dialogue and facilitate conversations on critical topics relating to social work education, research and the role of the profession in the community and...

August 31, 2020  |  This series of three events will explore if, how, and why elections matter. If they matter to what purpose? How can elections be used to effect change? What are some of the differences between work...

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July 14, 2020  |  Graham's project will focus on learning more about intimate partner violence-related deaths among young people ages 0–25 years in the United States.

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July 1, 2020  |  Postmus Begins as Next Dean of the SSW

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June 11, 2020  |  UMSSW’s Homecoming Goes Virtual! Social Work in the Workplace: Turning the Tables on Critical Conversations Monday, June 22 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

June 5, 2020  |  We salute and support our alumni on the frontlines: Dolly Huffman Clayton, MSW ‘00, Allison Deitz, LMSW, MSW '18, Amy Greensfelder, MSW '17, Robin McKinney, MSW '01, Sara Johnson, MSW '02, Kendra Van-

June 2, 2020  |  I am profoundly and deeply pained by the murders of our African American brothers and sisters. The police shootings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Tony McDade...

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May 12, 2020  |  Celebrating the Class of 2020

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April 28, 2020  |  On July 1, School of Social Work will have a new dean, Judy L. Postmus. Dr. Postmus is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Rutgers University School of Social Work.

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April 21, 2020  |  The Institute’s series designed to support providers of children’s services.

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April 16, 2020  |  Dean Richard Barth took to the web to deliver his final State of the School Address.

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March 10, 2020  |  Stay Informed on the Coronavirus' Impact on UMB and SSW

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March 9, 2020  |  POSTPONED: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation 15th anniversary event and Daniel Thursz Lecture will be held Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 4 p.m.

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February 13, 2020  |  Given the challenges of symptom management during hospice care, patients require responsive opioid prescribing.

February 6, 2020  |  EVENT POSTPONED: Celebrating 40 Years of EAP: Employee Assistance Education and Research

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January 16, 2020  |  The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare welcomes 19 new Fellows for the Class of 2020, including the School of Social Work Professor Geoff Greif, PhD.

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January 8, 2020  |  Corey Shdaimah, LL.M., PhD, has been installed as the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor for Socia

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November 25, 2019  |  Join us December 2 for a compelling presentation titled "Who Are We As Americans? Confronting Hard Truths and Healing for the Future."

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November 25, 2019  |  In 2013, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD, accompanied former Gov. Martin O’Malley on a trip to Israel. It was Perman’s first trip to the Middle Eastern country.

November 15, 2019  |  Join 2,000 colleagues in Orlando!

November 7, 2019  |  The BHWISE Lifespan Fellowship will recruit and train 30 advanced-year MSW students, BHWISE-IOWA will train 11 social work students alongside 4 psychiatric nurse practitioner students and...

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September 20, 2019  |  The University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) welcomes Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, MSW, as the school’s first Alison Richman Professor for Children and Families.

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September 13, 2019  |  A committee has been established to help in the search for a new Dean at the UMSSW.

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August 23, 2019  |  I am proud to have been part of the many accomplishments we have achieved together during these years.

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August 13, 2019  |  Research Assistant Professor Brook Kearley is the lead author of this new, important research

August 13, 2019  |  SSW to Train Social Workers, Psych Nurse Practitioners, and Addiction Psychiatrists to Address the Opioid Crisis in High-need Areas

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August 12, 2019  |  #WhatCouldBe: Bolder Systems & Brighter Futures for Children, Youth, Young Adults & their Families

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July 20, 2019  |  I write to share with you that Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, dean of the School of Social Work (SSW), has decided to step down by the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

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July 19, 2019  |  Visit our Baltimore campus to learn about our MSW program!

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May 14, 2019  |  The University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) launches a new field seminar experience for students beginning their MSW course work this fall.

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May 2, 2019  |  President’s Fellows Propose Steps to Curb Gun Violence

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April 15, 2019  |  “One. … Two. … Three. … Let’s paint!” exclaimed Tammatha Woodhouse, the principal of Renaissance Academy High School.

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April 12, 2019  |  Former Sen. Barbara Mikulski, MSW ’65, shared her passion for the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), and advice for new social workers starting out in their careers.

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April 11, 2019  |  The etiquette dinner table gathering invites students from Renaissance Academy High School and the University of Maryland to include good tables manners on their path to success.

April 1, 2019  |  The members of the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium are pleased to announce the 22nd Annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium.

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April 1, 2019  |  One woman grew up in Brazil eyeing the stars and a career in astronomy.

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March 15, 2019  |  The University of Maryland School of Social Work is ranked 17th out of 262 programs surveyed.

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March 11, 2019  |  A diverse and world-class collection of mentors, leaders and educators bring a broad array of experiences and knowledge to the School of Social Work. We are pleased and proud to welcome them all!

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March 8, 2019  |  Watch the Homecoming Livestream Panel Discussion

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February 12, 2019  |  KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Vickie Walters, LCSW, MSW, ’88 Addressing Addiction: Innovations in Substance Use Services

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February 12, 2019  |  Join Everyman Theatre in partnership with University of Maryland School of Social Work for an examination of key themes and questions posed by Everything is Wonderful by Chelsea Marcantel.

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January 23, 2019  |  "As You Are" New LGBTQ Initiative from Biden Foundation and SSW Institute for Innovation & Implementation

January 18, 2019  |  The Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative and The Healthy Teen Network have teamed up to create Human Trafficking Awareness Resources.

December 17, 2018  |  The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) has honored the University of Maryland, Baltimore, (UMB) as a recipient of the 2018 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award.

December 6, 2018  |  The School of Social Work has been recognized for its commitment to diversity by INSIGHT Into Diversity.

December 6, 2018  |  Congratulations to the first cohort of participants who completed the first Financial Social Work Certificate Program at UMSSW!

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November 30, 2018  |  Barbara Mikulski, MSW ’65, was a social worker before launching her legendary and pioneering 45-year political career, but she doesn’t consider it a former job.

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November 26, 2018  |  During a series of panel discussions on how best to address the opioid crisis, one factor has arisen repeatedly. It is stigma.

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October 31, 2018  |  Soon after dozens of people had come together at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) for a panel discussion on the opioid crisis, they heard Maryland’s grim statistics for 2017.

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October 19, 2018  |  FSWI Founder Woodside Honored by UMB

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October 18, 2018  |  “Taking Care of Maryland” was the theme of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s 23rd annual Founders Week Gala.

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October 15, 2018  |  A group of faculty members at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) who have expertise in multiple aspects of addiction research, education, and services took their knowledge into Columbia, Md.

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October 9, 2018  |  SWCOS' Social Work in the Library program part of a story on Enoch Pratt Free Libraries.

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October 8, 2018  |  Positive Schools Center (PSC) of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, an initiative funded by a multi-year grant from Open Society Institute, recently created a series of training videos

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October 3, 2018  |  “We are so proud to be launching another year of the successful Social Worker in the Library program,”

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September 14, 2018  |  UMB’s Promise Heights Initiative Receives $30M Grant from U.S. Dept. of Ed.

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September 4, 2018  |  Applications for 2019 Academic year Now Open!

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August 27, 2018  |  Strengthening Society through Stronger Parenting

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August 3, 2018  |  What was once a dull corner of concrete outside of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School on West Preston Street is now brightened by pink and purple petunias.

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August 2, 2018  |  Beloved former faculty member Len Press passed away in late July.

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August 1, 2018  |  Take advantage of our wide variety of course offerings!

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June 18, 2018  |  Immigration Issues Statement from Dean Barth

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June 14, 2018  |  Hey there! I’m Emma and I’m one of the UMB School of Social Work (SSW) students participating in the independent study in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil.

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June 6, 2018  |  Suicide does not discriminate. Just ask Clint Malarchuk, former National Hockey League goaltender, who struggled not only with suicide but also depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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May 30, 2018  |  Please join NASW for a Congressional Briefing that will highlight the many ways that social workers are involved in responding to the opioid crisis.

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April 30, 2018  |  The panel members described the university’s efforts to bring science to a field in which evidence-based practices are often lacking.

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April 2, 2018  |  Professor and former Associate Dean for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Education Donna Harrington as passed away.

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March 29, 2018  |  Spring 2018 Daniel Thursz Lecture on Social Justice Celebrates 25 Years of SWCOS!

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March 2, 2018  |  March is Social Work Month and our annual fundraising effort, All Gifts Count!

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February 21, 2018  |  Four Sites Designated for UM School of Social Work Institute Grant Assisting Children and Youth who Identify as LGBTQ2S in Foster Care

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February 14, 2018  |  The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) has named Iris Carlton-LaNey the 2018 Social Worker of the Year.

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February 1, 2018  |  Intro to Harm Reduction and Diverting Drug Users to Treatment with Baltimore City’s LEAD Program