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Take the UMB Community Survey on Intimate Partner Violence

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is conducting a brief survey of students, staff, and faculty to better understand the needs of our campus community related to intimate partner violence.

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is a multidisciplinary effort composed of faculty, staff, and students from the schools of social work, law, nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy as well as the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Your answers to this short (about five-minute) survey will directly inform the development of awareness, training, and education programs for the UMB community.

All students, staff, and faculty at UMB, UMMC, and the VA Medical Center are eligible to participate. Your responses are anonymous.

Please visit this link to take the survey.

The study contact and principal investigator is Veronica Nije-Carr,

Lisa Fedina ResearchJanuary 31, 20180 comments
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‘Grand Challenges’ Book Includes Contributors from School of Social Work

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI), spearheaded by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), represents a major endeavor for the field of social work. GCSWI calls for bold innovation and collective action powered by proven and evolving scientific interventions to address critical social issues facing society.

The purpose of GCSWI was modeled after the National Academy of Engineering, which aimed to identify some of the most persistent engineering problems of the day and put the attention, energy, and funding of the entire field to work on them for a decade. The GCSWI does the same for social issues, tackling problems such as homelessness, social isolation, mass incarceration, family violence, and economic inequality.

Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society is a book that will present the foundations of the GCSWI, laying out the start of the initiative and providing summaries of each of 12 Grand Challenges. The 12 main chapters that form the core of the book, one on each of the challenges, are written by the primary research teams that are driving each Grand Challenge project.

The book is edited by University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) Dean Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW; Rowena Fong, EdD; and James Lubben, DSW/Phd, MPH, MSW.  It provides a road map for the Grand Challenges, making a case for social work’s unique position to address each one and offering ideas for directions to take and ways to get involved.

Contributors with ties to SSW include: Sarah Christa Butts, MSW ’08, executive director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative; Christine Callahan, PhD, MSW, research assistant professor with the Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI) at the SSW; and Robin McKinney, MSW ’01, director and co-founder of the Maryland CASH Campaign.

Matt Conn Education, People, ResearchJanuary 22, 20180 comments
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‘Freedom Riders’ Talks Set for Dec. 4-5 at School of Social Work

Paul Breines, retired member of the Boston College history department and a participant in the 1961 Freedom Rides to Jackson, Miss., will speak at the School of Social Work on Dec. 4 and 5, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day, in the school’s auditorium. The talk’s title is “Bigger Than Buses — The Legacy of the Freedom Riders.”

Space is limited, so please arrive early if you wish to attend.

Matt Conn Bulletin Board, University LifeNovember 29, 20170 comments
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School of Social Work’s Harrington Receives GADE Award for Excellence in Mentoring

University of Maryland School of Social Work professor Donna Harrington, PhD, recently was selected as winner of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students. Harrington will receive her award at the annual GADE Reception at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10-14, 2018.

The GADE Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students is given to a faculty member at a GADE member organization who has made extraordinary and sustained contributions to the scholarly development of social work doctoral students. This award recognizes that mentoring is an essential component of doctoral education and that mentoring helps to shape the future direction of social work. Faculty distinguished by this award display a strong commitment to, and effectiveness in, mentoring social work doctoral students.

Award criteria include:

  • Extraordinary, sustained commitment to mentoring of doctoral students.
  • Effectiveness in mentoring doctoral students with a demonstrated record of mentoring success.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an environment supportive of doctoral students.
  • Innovativeness in mentoring.

GADE was established more than 25 years ago to provide a forum for sharing ideas and strategies among doctoral programs in social work and strengthening efforts at enhancing doctoral education. The membership, composed of directors of established social work and social welfare doctoral programs located in accredited universities, has established two new awards for faculty. The Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to the mentoring of doctoral students in social work.

Matt Conn People, UMB NewsNovember 7, 20170 comments
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Russian Revolution Anniversary Offers Lessons on Social Work, Social Justice

In October 1917, the people of Russia overturned the rule of their despots and began to establish a new society. The founding principles of the Russian Revolution were that the economy should be organized to meet everyone’s needs, not to secure profits; democracy should be incorporated in the workplace as well as in the government; cooperation should replace competition as the basis of human relations; and minorities should gain self-determination.

One-hundred years later, there are many important lessons we can learn from the successes and failures of those days that shook the world. Can socialism be built in one country? Is there an alternative to professionalization and its attendant inequality? Is hierarchy the natural order of things? Can we develop a society in which it is “possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman, or critic?”

A series of speakers will be joining the School of Social Work (SSW) over the next several weeks to discuss what we can learn from the Russian Revolution concerning social work and our quest for social justice.

  • On Nov. 6 at noon in the SSW auditorium, Bob Seidel of the Revolutionary Workers Group will offer an introduction to the Russian Revolution, followed by SSW Professor Michael Reisch, PhD, speaking on “Lessons of October for Social Work and Social Welfare.”
  • On Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the SSW auditorium, Professor William Mello, PhD, of the Indiana University School of Social Work, Department of Labor Studies, will reflect on “Lessons from October for Organizing against Oppression in a Diverse and Divided Society.”

Light refreshments will be available outside the auditorium before the events, and the audience will have an opportunity to engage with the speakers. All are welcome to attend — including members of the University and the broader community.

Please send questions via email to Jeff Singer or Adam Schneider. We look forward to being with you for this edifying series.

— Jeff Singer

Jeff Singer Community Service, EducationNovember 1, 20170 comments
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Immigration Protection: Know Your Rights and Bystander Information

The rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program initiated a campuswide effort at UMB to provide resources and support not only for DACA recipients and advocates on our campus, but also for the broader Latinx immigrant community being targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE recently executed a four-day raid in sanctuary cities around the United States. Nearly 500 people were arrested, including 28 in Maryland. In an attempt to counter ICE’s actions, a Know Your Rights and Bystander Information Session was offered Sept. 27.

Katie Miller, a member of CASA de Maryland, talked about recent policy changes and pending legislation. She also provided a brief overview on how to protect yourself and others during immigration raids, followed by a conversation on how to navigate various scenarios involving ICE.

CASA de Maryland asks that if you witness or hear of a raid and think CASA has not been notified, call 301-431-4185 with all names used by the individuals, alien number, and country of origin. The information also can be emailed to and

Information about DACA and related 2017 legislation can be found online here.

Know Your Rights materials in English, Spanish, and Arabic can be found here.

For more information regarding the Sept. 27 session, Katie Miller can be contacted at


Hyoyoung Minna Kim Bulletin BoardOctober 17, 20170 comments
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SSW’s Parkent Is June Employee of Month

When Patricia Parkent, director of sponsored projects at the School of Social Work, was named UMB’s June Employee of the Month by President Jay A. Perman, MD, she was asked to sit at the head of the table for the ceremony.

It’s a well-deserved place of honor, say her colleagues in the School of Social Work, where Parkent began the Office of Research Administration in 2006 with just an administrative assistant for support and now boasts 12 employees with research funding exceeding every school on campus except for the School of Medicine.

“It really could be Employee of the Decade from the School of Social Work’s perspective,” said Dean Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, one of 16 Parkent supporters on hand for the ceremony June 21. “I did a little bit of calculating to figure out just how much you have done in this decade in addition to hiring the complete staff and building an office from scratch. Looks to me like it’s around 1,500 proposals that have gone out for about $500 million from across your desk. So, thank you for doing all that and doing it with such humanity.”

Indeed, the way Parkent goes about her job is as impressive as the results she achieves. When Perman praised her for being “the major piece” in creating the platform “so that these research grants can be properly presented, properly received, properly expedited, properly monitored,” Parkent gently corrected him, saying, “Well, me and my team.”

“The mark of a true leader,” Perman replied. “You know what they taught me a while ago? A leader gives credit, takes blame,” eliciting laughter from those assembled.

After Parkent received her plaque and was told there would be an extra $250 in her next paycheck, supervisor Gene Severance, MS, associate dean for administration, thanked her for her investment in her colleagues.

“Pat continually works hard at developing the capabilities of her staff and has been outspoken in the need for staff development for both exempt and non-exempt employees,” said Severance, who in his nomination also mentioned the late nights and weekends sometimes asked of Parkent. “You have really invested in them and almost all of them have advanced in their professional careers, have taken on more responsibility because of your leadership. That’s what has impressed me the most.”

Later, after the celebration had ended, Parkent said supporting colleagues is a win-win for both sides.

“Well, the more knowledgeable the staff are the better job they can do,” she said. “It’s important to know all of the laws that we need to deal with, and abide by. If you don’t have them memorized that’s OK, but you need to know where to go to look them up. And then be aware that they exist. I think every one of my staff now has had a promotion,” she said, smiling proudly. “The promotions have been well-deserved, and the staff has been able to move forward as the school’s moved forward. They are great people.”

Parkent couldn’t be prouder of the School of Social Work in general, especially the “warm and fuzzy” projects that cross her desk as signatory for the school. “The stories have to touch your heart,” she said. “A few years back I’m reading a Family Connections proposal where they wanted to purchase a dinette set because the family did not have any furniture. They needed somewhere just to eat their meals. Kids were sitting on the floor.

“This touched me so much that I got ahold of the social worker who was on this case and I said I want to do something for this family. We went to a secondhand shop and I bought them a living room set and told the social worker to give this to them for Christmas. I just wanted them to have furniture. Anybody should have furniture. Those are the stories you come in contact with at this school. With the kind of work we do, it’s so rewarding to serve behind the scenes because you see the good that comes out of it. It’s just amazing.”

And Parkent, who came to UMB in 2001, originally working at the School of Medicine, also thinks it’s amazing she is UMB’s June Employee of the Month. She recalled the little handwritten list of six grants and projects that then-associate dean Jennie Bloom, MSW, gave her when she started. At present, Parkent is responsible for the administration of over 200 active grants.

“We’ve come so far and it’s really nice to feel appreciated,” she said. “There are a few things that I feel like I need in my job, and, of course, money keeps you going. But you want to feel like you’re respected and appreciated and I do feel those things, so that makes this award very worthwhile and meaningful to me.”

Visit the website for other Employee of the Month stories.

— Chris Zang

Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 5, 20170 comments
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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, 20171 comment
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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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