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drinking-study

Is Your Drinking Getting out of Control?

A clinical trial is being conducted on an investigational medication for the treatment of heavy drinking. This study is open to men and women ages 18 and older and of European ancestry. Participation is confidential and you will be compensated for your time and effort. Transportation can be provided.

University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Neurobehavioral Center
667-214-2111
5900 Waterloo Rd.
Columbia, MD

  
Olga KolesnikBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Education, People, ResearchApril 27, 20170 comments
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ABAE Awards Ceremony

A Bridge to Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony

You’re invited to A Bridge to Academic Excellence‘s Award Ceremony!

Please join us as we honor the hard work our tutors put in this year, as well as the tremendous efforts of our students!

Food will be provided!

RSVP NOW

ABAE Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 6  |  10 a.m.  |  Pharmacy Hall, 20 N. Pine St.

  
Jonathan Tran ABAE, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAApril 27, 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.

Commitment

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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Friends of the National Library of Medicine

Friends of National Library of Medicine Annual Conference

Working with the National Library of Medicine and Research!America, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine will be holding its annual conference: “Consequential and Reproducible Clinical Research: Charting the Course for Continuous Improvement.”

The conference will discuss prevention of nonrepeatable research and inconsequential studies, highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results, and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies.

The constructive and practical messages should benefit producers as well as users of clinical research discoveries. It features a variety of speakers including the School of Pharmacy’s Peter Doshi, PhD. The conference will take place June 14 to 17.

REGISTER NOW

  
Ryan Harris Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, University AdministrationApril 24, 20170 comments
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New and Improved Process for eUMB Access Requests

CITS is very excited to announce our new, streamlined process for requesting access to eUMB Financials, HRMS, RAVEN, and eForms.

For years, users requesting access to these systems needed to send their completed access request forms to the IT Help Desk. The Help Desk team would then submit the form into our ImageNow document management system for approval and processing by the appropriate eUMB team. These extra steps could add hours to the process.

The middle step has been removed, allowing users to submit the request directly into ImageNow and bypassing the Help Desk!

Each system – Financials, HRMS, RAVEN, and eForms – has its own request form, and each form must be sent to the appropriate eUMB team:

These addresses are printed on their respective forms. Access requests will no longer be accepted via fax beginning June 1.

If you have any questions, please email help@umaryland.edu.

  
Stephen Giermek Bulletin Board, People, Technology, University AdministrationApril 21, 20170 comments
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Ear-buds

Seasonal Safety

As we transition from winter to spring, we often become relaxed in our environment and forget some of our regular safety habits. A key factor to personal safety is staying aware of your surroundings and avoiding dangerous people and places. You can increase your safety by doing simple things:

  • Look confident
  • Stay alert
  • Focus on your surroundings
  • Put your phone and headphones away
  • Day and night, walk with a friend or colleague when possible
  • Keep your belongings close to you and never leave your property unattended
  • Use UMB’s safety options listed below

Notably, employing cell phone safety while walking around campus is a good habit to develop or rethink.

It probably comes as no surprise that wearing headphones has the potential to prohibit us from hearing things going on around us, but Dr. Lichenstein, professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center and his colleagues noted “two likely phenomena associated with [cell phone related] injuries and deaths: distraction and sensory deprivation.” Research has actually shown that using headphones poses the threat of increasing our chance of being involved in an accident because we miss auditory cues that we would otherwise hear. We could also become more of a crime target because we are disengaged from our surroundings. And most obviously, criminals see that we have a cell phone available for taking.

GARAGE OPTIONS

Permitted parkers can park in any garage before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and all day on the weekends. Student specific information is available as well as information for Faulty/Staff.

WALKING AND VAN ESCORTS

UMB provides walking and van escorts.

  
Dana Rampolla Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, University Administration, University LifeApril 21, 20170 comments
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Assistance

UMB Employee Assistance Program

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Know the services available to you at UMB!

Do you need a sympathetic professional to talk to and consult with? Are you having trouble at home, work, or with life’s changes? The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here for you.

The EAP is an excellent resource for supervisors for team-building, conflict resolution, and employee support.

Experienced counselors can offer support and structure to help individuals and groups talk about issues.

This service is completely confidential and free for UMB employees.

Feel free to call us at 667-214-1555 to schedule an appointment.

  
Carol McKissick Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 19, 20170 comments
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Women in Bio Pop Up Meeting

Women in Bio Baltimore Pop Up Meeting

Don’t miss the Women in Bio Baltimore May pop-up meeting. The meetings are free! Network and develop possible collaborations, while learning how to develop your career. May’s speaker will be Christy Wyskiel, advisor to the president of Johns Hopkins University.

May Meeting

“Revitalizing East Baltimore Through Entrepreneurs in Science: Update on Impact of FastFoward & JHU Ventures on Baltimore Neighborhoods”
Johns Hopkins
1812 Ashland Bldg., Ground Level
May 11, 2017,  8 to 9:30 a.m.

  
Karen Underwood Collaboration, Education, People, ResearchApril 19, 20170 comments
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Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with URecFit and CulinArt at the SMC Campus Center!

We’re all caretakers of the Earth. Learn how to empower others as well as yourself to make a positive impact on the planet.

Become more environmentally friendly by joining URecFit and CulinArt on Thursday, April 20, at noon in the lobby of the SMC Campus Center.

Take Action on Earth Day!

  • Bring in three plastic grocery bags and receive a recycled grocery tote
  • Bring in three water bottles and receive a recycled 25 oz. water bottle
  • Participate in the 5K walk/run and receive a mini herb garden
  • Learn about and sign up for the Green Office Program
  • Enjoy some edible dirt
  
Julia Wightman Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Administration, University Life, USGAApril 17, 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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Professional-Development-Day

Employee Professional Development Day

UMB’s Office of Humand Resource Services and the Staff Senate present

Empowering Excellence – Employee Professional Development Day

Join us for our second annual Employee Professional Development Day dedicated to providing learning and networking opportunities for UMB staff.

Featuring a key note address by:

Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN
Chief Nurse Executive, University of Maryland Medical System,
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
University of Maryland Medical Center
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms A & B

Topics

  1. Taking charge of your career
  2. Unplug to destress
  3. Are you retirement ready?
  4. Dealing with difficult people
  5. How to influence your boss

Schedule

  • Continental breakfast served at 9 a.m., followed by keynote session at 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch served at noon
  • Choose up to three breakout sessions – once you are registered, you will receive more information on each breakout session
  • Space is limited, please register as early as possible

REGISTER NOW

Do you have questions? Email hrtraining@umaryland.edu.

  
Riham Keryakos People, University LifeApril 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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