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Kathryn Collins

SSW’s Collins to Receive Distinguished Education Award

This fall, the SSW’s Kathryn Collins, PhD, MSW, will be presented the Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award by the Council on Social Work Education. The award will presented at the organization’s 2017 Annual Program Meeting taking place in Dallas this coming October.

Kathryn S. Collins is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and co-principal investigator of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Category II Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Family Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center and principal investigator of Trauma Education Connections Initiative. She is a current CSWE trauma education executive taskforce member and former co-chair and member of the CSWE council/commission on the role and status of women in social work education.

Academic Focus

The focus of her academic career centers on social justice, disparities in access to trauma reflective services, and developing trauma-focused social work interventions to promote safety and stability for vulnerable and oppressed populations such as minority children, women, and families surviving poverty and chronic violence in the inner city. Collins is the co-developer of Trauma Adapted Family Connections (TA-FC), a trauma- informed neglect prevention intervention that is being replicated nationally. Along with her colleagues, she is developing and testing a Community Outreach and Resilience in Schools Program aimed to promote the health and well-being of children and families who have experienced trauma in their communities.


Her commitment to the field is long standing with over 20 years of community-based clinical social work practice with children and families. She has numerous publications and has been the PI or co-PI on state and nationally funded research. Collins has earned an extramural research award in the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities for her research focusing on children from minority communities and their exposure to community violence. Further, she brings her research scholarship, practice, and life experience to the classroom where she has received several teaching awards across three university settings.

Matt Conn Education, People, UMB NewsApril 25, 20170 comments
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Opoid Overdose Training

Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction

There is no question that the opioid crisis in Maryland has reached epidemic proportions. In the first three quarters of 2016, the state reported 1,468 unintentional deaths caused by substance abuse, with a majority of the fatalities attributed to heroin and fentanyl. In the same period, there were approximately 500 deaths reported in Baltimore City alone, an increase from approximately 300 the previous year. With overdose numbers this staggering, individuals working in public health and clinical health care have started to wonder what more can they do to address this problem.

Through the Emerging Leaders program, I met an individual from the School of Nursing who invited me to join the planning committee for the Baltimore Area Health Education Center’s (BAHEC) Interdisciplinary Training on Opioid Overdose. We organized an event called “Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction,” which took place on April 8, 2017. Students, staff, and faculty, representing the Graduate School and the Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), came together to learn about the opioid epidemic in Baltimore City and to discuss their professional and personal roles in reducing opioid overdoses. Attendees also left the training certified to administer naloxone – a lifesaving drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Preparing Students to Save Lives

The day began with an eye-opening presentation from David Richard Fowler, MD, chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland, in which he presented data on the number of overdose deaths. He discussed the implications that this public health crisis is having on his office, noting that the increase in fatalities has caused a huge strain on his office’s human resources.

Next, Miriam Alvarez, the opioid education and naloxone distribution (OEND) outreach program coordinator at Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, provided an inspired naloxone training. She engaged the audience by asking questions about their knowledge of opioids and their ability to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose. She stressed that while opioid misuse was once considered a low income, inner-city problem, it affects individuals from all walks of life, and we should all be prepared to respond in the event that we witness an overdose.

Representing the School of Pharmacy, Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and director of the Behavioral Health Research Team, discussed the pharmacist’s role in preventing opioid overdose. She spoke about Maryland’s naloxone standing order, which allows registered pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription and discussed different measures that pharmacists and pharmacies can take to ensure that they are actively involved in preventing opioid misuse, including an explanation of the risks of prescription opioids with patients and querying the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before filling a prescription. Shaya closed her presentation by mentioning a variety of public health prevention programs on which her team works related to this issue.

Making the Discussion Hit Home

Following the presentations, faculty from the medical, dental, and social work schools presented students with a case study that profiled a young man who began misusing prescription opioids following a sports injury, and subsequently developed a dependency on heroin. Faculty encouraged students to identify areas of health care intervention, which sparked a lively discussion among attendees. The event closed with Mellissa Sager, JD, staff attorney at the School of Law, presenting an overview of the Good Samaritan Law and an update from a Baltimore City Health Department representative, who described the city’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic.

This training proved to be a huge success, with more than 55 students attending the Saturday morning training to take action on this important issue. Considering the interest in this event and the urgency of this public health epidemic, the BAHEC plans to host another training in the fall. Everyone at UMB has a role to play in reducing opioid overdoses, and this event provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to become more empowered to do so.

Marianne Gibson Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 24, 20170 comments
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Active Bystander Training

Nonviolent Active Bystander Intervention Training

Have you ever witnessed someone being bullied or harassed and wanted to intervene? Or did you intervene, and wish it had gone better? Join students, faculty, and staff of UMB and citizens of Baltimore City as we practice nonviolent active bystander intervention in response to harassment and hate speech. This training will particularly highlight strategies to support immigrants facing harassment in our community.

We will practice the following:

  • De-escalating conflict
  • Using our mobile devices to document injustice
  • Offering support to keep bad situations from getting worse

Event Details

Saturday, May 13
Noon to 4 p.m.
UMB Community Engagement Center
870 W. Baltimore St.

Co-sponsored by the USGA and the Anti-Oppression Work Group, a student group at the School of Social Work. Lunch will be provided.

This training is free.


Karen Campion Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, University Life, USGAApril 19, 20170 comments
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School of Social Work All Gifts Count Campaign

The School of Social Work celebrated another successful All Gifts Count Campaign, a month-long giving initiative held in March. At the close of the campaign, the School had raised $15,780 from 200+ donors, surpassing their goals of $15,000 from 150 donors.

Coinciding with National Social Work Month, All Gifts Count jointly celebrates the work and commitment of social work professionals, and helps raise funds to improve UM SSW’s effort and its impact.

Thanks to all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends who supported this campaign!

Lisa Vuolo Bulletin Board, Collaboration, People, UMB News, University AdministrationApril 17, 20170 comments
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SSW’s Carlton Munson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Most Maryland social workers have likely attended a conference or workshop somewhere around the state that Carlton Munson, MSW, PhD, has presented. If you haven’t, you certainly know of his reputation as a man highly regarded in the field of social work. He is the consummate professional who not only looks the part but also lives the part. He has devoted his career to advancing clinical social work practice and supervision and has published more on clinical social work supervision than any other scholar in the history of clinical social work. He pioneered the first code of ethics for clinical supervisors and developed the narrative theory of clinical social work supervision.

Munson is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and director of the Washington Area Supervision Institute at Woodstock Forest Center where he also operates his private practice, focusing on child welfare and child trauma. He was the first graduate of the UMB SSW doctoral program in 1975 and became director of the doctoral program from 1992 to 1999. He was a professor at Shepherd University (and established the BSW program there), Catholic University, University of Houston, and Fordham University in NYC. His teaching areas have been clinical supervision, clinical child welfare, and psychopathology. Munson’s practice and research focus on trauma and loss in children, including international child abduction.

He has a special research interest in the effects of trauma on child development including a focus on receptive and language impairments. Carlton has published seven books and more than 80 journal articles and book chapters, including; Handbook of Clinical Social Work Supervision, The Mental Health Diagnostic Desk Reference, and Social Work Supervision, which have been widely adopted as texts in the U.S. and abroad. He is the founding editor of The Clinical Supervisor Journal. He was the clinician in a precedent-setting Maryland Court of Appeals case that affirmed the right of clinical social workers to perform DSM diagnoses, to testify as experts, and to testify to ultimate issues. The case has had national implications for the practice of clinical social work.

Carlton was born in Baltimore in 1940 when his parents moved there from Hagerstown, Md. so his father, Maurice, could work at Bethlehem Steel building battleships. Carlton and his mother, Katherine, moved back to Western Maryland when his father was drafted to serve in World War II. Carlton and his wife Joan were high school sweethearts and married in 1960. He joined the US Coast Guard and served during the Vietnam War era. He dedicated 12 years to his military service and left as a Lieutenant Commander.

In 1964, Carlton was one of the first juvenile probation officers hired in Maryland. Two years later, Carlton and four other probation officers became known as today’s Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

Munson’s mentors include Verl Lewis, the founding dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland; Ruth Young; Daniel Thursz; Hans Falck; Harris Chaiklin; Ina Nucho; and Stanley Mazer.

Carlton’s awards are numerous and he has been named an NASW Social Work Pioneer. In addition, he received the prestigious NASW Knee/Wittman Award in 2008, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Forensic Social Work in 2016. In 2013, he was appointed to the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Child Custody Decision Making, established by the Maryland General Assembly. He served as chair of the Commission’s Research and Literature Committee. He was one of the few clinical social workers selected to participate in the field trials for the DSM-5.

Carlton Munson has dedicated his professional career to the advancement of the social work profession. He is devoted to NASW. In fact, 2017 marks his 50th year as a member of our organization and serves as the chairperson of our chapter’s Professional Standards Committee.

Matt Conn People, UMB NewsApril 13, 20170 comments
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SSW’s Victorson Named Field Instructor of the Year

The Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has named the School of Social Work’s Lane Victorson as its Field Instructor of the Year.

Lane Victorson, MSW, has been a field instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work since 2005 and is clearly an inspiration to the students he leads. He has been involved in community practice ever since serving in the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros Islands as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1992-1994. Lane currently works with University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Social Work Community Outreach Services (SWCOS) as the director of all community organizing initiatives. This includes coordinating the Neighborhood Fellows Program and serving the role of a Clinical Faculty Field Instructor for 8-10 students. The fellowship places students with organizations and schools working within Baltimore City neighborhoods on a variety of community revitalization and building initiatives. Additionally, Victorson coordinates the UMB Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps USA Fellows Program, which offers competitive fellowships to returning volunteers who attend the UMB School of Social Work.

Victorson is an alumnus of the UMBC Shriver Center Peaceworker Program, another fellows program that drew him from the high plains of Kansas to Baltimore City where he has been a resident for nearly 20 years. Victorson is also an adjunct professor for the UMB SSW teaching courses in macro practice, community organizing, and community economic development.

Matt Conn People, UMB NewsApril 13, 20170 comments
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Julianne Malveaux

Thursz Social Justice Lecture at the SSW

Economics, Race & Justice in the 21st Century: Perspective on Our Nation’s Future

with economist, author, and commentator
Julianne Malveaux, PhD

Thursz Social Justice Lecture
Thursday, April 6
5 p.m.  |  UM SSW Auditorium – Free to Attend
1.5 CEUs available for $20
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD

Julianne Malveaux, PhD, is president emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author, and commentator whose essays have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms., Essence, The Progressive, and many more.

Malveaux has appeared frequently on national network programs, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN, and has lectured at more than 500 colleges and universities on such topics as economics, women’s rights, and public policy. She has also hosted television and radio programs.

A committed activist and civic leader, Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C., and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is also president of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Her latest book is Are We Better Off? Race, Obama, and Public Policy.


Matt Conn EducationMarch 13, 20170 comments
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There Goes My Hero

Join the Bone Marrow Registry

Help save lives and restore hope to blood cancer patients and their families by registering to be a bone marrow donor!

The process is quick and just requires a swab of your cheek. On Friday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center lobby, stop by the Swab Drive to register and learn more.

The event is sponsored by There Goes My Hero and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Contact Rachel Preloh for more information.

Rachel Preloh Bulletin Board, Community Service, People, University LifeMarch 2, 20170 comments
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civil society

Civilly Discussing the Election

Civilly Discussing the Consequences of the Presidential Election with SSW Professors John Belcher and Michael Reisch. Monday, Dec. 12, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in the School of Social Work (SSW) auditorium. Moderated by the SSW’s Wendy Shaia, EdD.

This discussion between Professors Michael Reisch and John Belcher brings together two of our School’s most esteemed faculty to discuss the importance of engaging people with different views. Michael Reisch will present the progressive side and John Belcher will present the moderate conservative side. They also will discuss how to maintain civil discourse in times when opposing views are often intense and prone to be personal.

The discussion is intended to help find successful ways forward in responding to the major change in national leadership that marks the era ahead.

ALL are welcome to attend.

Matt Conn Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 30, 20160 comments
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Party with the Authors of Maryland’s Chesapeake

Party with the Authors of “Maryland’s Chesapeake, How the Bay and its Bounty Shaped a Cuisine” on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Authors are the School of Social Work’s Kathy Patterson and her husband Neal!

Wednesday, Aug. 31
Extended Happy Hour from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
B&O American Brasserie
2 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD

Enjoy select beer for $3, champagne and wine for $4 and specialty cocktails for $5.

Copies of Maryland’s Chesapeake will be available for purchased. Kathy and Neal will be on hand to sign their book.

Matt Conn PeopleAugust 24, 20160 comments
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