35 BSW students and 143 MSW students graduated from the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work on May 23
The UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services was well-represented at the May conference, Leading the New Normal: Clinical Education at the Forefront of Change
The School of Social Work is one of only 10 social work programs selected by CSWE to participate in Social Work HEALS: Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars
UST NEWSROOM article about Dr. Ande Nesmith’s three-year research study on youth transitioning out of foster care and her collaboration with a total of 7 social work students during the life of the project
Media-based Adoption Recruitment Allows Children to Present Themselves and their Dreams to Potential Forever Families
Stay up-to-date on the 2014-15 MSWSA Student Justice Initiative
..."when [Ruth] looks at her case manager a slight smile forms on her face and she utters three simple, yet powerful words. "I am thankful."
"Promoting Quality Parent-Child Visits: The Power of Relational Connections between Foster and Birth Parents"
Prof. Catherine Marrs Fuchsel and her research assistant, MSW student Leigh Hartenberg, took part in the National Health and Domestic Violence Conference in Washington D.C. March 19-21
"The Power of Restorative Love: Supporting Moms in Prison"
In celebration of Social Work month, Junior and Senior social work majors showcased their field education experiences for the St. Kate's and St. Thomas Communities
Director of MSW Field Education, Lisa Richardson, and recent graduates, Serena Vruno and Brady Voigt, are highlighted in the March NASW News feature, "Field education graduates to new levels." Great article about the power of social work's signature pedagogy, field education!
Film and Discussion Highlight Difficulties & Controversies of the US Immigration System
Congratulations Lauren and Katharine!
Annual event provides guidance and advice about the professional licensure process following MSW graduation
Prof. Vang a topic expert on appropriation bill to establish a working group to gather data about gender-based violence in the Asian Pacific Minnesota community
Comfort Dondo, BSW 2015, puts policy into practice and testifies at State Legislature in support of Family Assets for Independence in MN
Lauren Bienkowski of the American Refugee Committee shared her journey in international social work and humanitarian aid
This front-page Star Tribune article highlights the work of the Mental Health Workforce Summit workgroup, which Dean Barbara Shank and Director of MSW Field Education, Lisa Richardson, sat on during the past year representing the MN Private College Council
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlighted by Carondelet Village IPE Project
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlighted in inaugural Policy in Practice Forum focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlights the IPC
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlighted in Field Practice Institute's Annual Summits
Professor Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, PhD, LICSW, LCSW, had two journal articles accepted for publication in November - congratulations!
Ande's article, "Factors Influencing the Regularity of Parental Visits with Children in Foster Care," can be viewed and downloaded on the Springer Press website.
In it, she describes the “Intergenerational Retreat,” a two day event that brought Hmong men and women together to discuss gender issues within the family system and in the community to learn to be more intentional about addressing intergenerational conflict.
Erica was a leader in the coalition to pass legislation to support pregnant women and new mothers in Minnesota prisons and jails that went into effect July 1. Congratulations!
On November 29, 2014 eighteen Beta members and international students collectively packaged 8, 634 pounds of food for Second Harvest Heartland food bank along with other volunteers.
Grant will fund "Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work.”
Carl White is completing his master's of social work and has a job as a health unit coordinator at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary's Campus. Read about his journey since 2009, when he was consumed by chronic pain from two accidents, and how far he's come since being referred to Mayo's Pain Rehabilitation Center.
View Kasim's talk, "A Time for Justice in Education -- the Ballot or the Student," on YouTube
Dr. Peterson's "Effectiveness of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy" is currently the "most read" article in Research on Social Work Practice
As Richelle Amundson ’14 M.S.W. began to explore topics for her clinical research project, a requirement of her final year in the Master of Social Work program, she recalled her volunteer experience at the Center for Victims of Torture, which included working with many women who had experienced rape. This problem prompted Amundson to ask: Can spirituality help people build those relationships needed to heal?
Nine SSW faculty members participated in the CSWE - Annual Program Meeting (APM) Oct. 23-26 in Tampa as presenters, session leaders and honorees. Dean Barbara Shank provided leadership throughout the conference in her role as CSWE Board Chair.
The Mentor Recognition Program will honor mentors at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM) in Tampa on October 25
The changing status and growth of social work education worldwide: Process, findings and implications of the IASSW 2010 census
Vang, P.D. (2014). Hmong and Acculturation (pp. 115-136). In Jack Merton (Ed.) Acculturation: Psychology, Processes and Global Perspectives. NY: Nova Publishers.
Vang, P.D., & Her, P. (2014). Teenage marriage among Hmong American women. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 24, 138-155.s
Social Services Management and Chemical Dependency: Addiction & Recovery, will be offered at St. Kate's and St. Thomas this fall
Rachel's MSW Clinical Research Paper formed the basis of her new book, "Unnatural," which will be launched later this month
Cohort 1 of our Doctorate in Social Work program completes its first on-campus residency
Cheryl has been a school social worker in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 14 years. Her award will be presented at the Minnesota SSW conference on November 3rd in St. Paul.
MSW alumna, Margaret Kelly, is an ordained Lutheran pastor. Her vision of "radical hospitality" has come to life as a "church on wheels that drives to where people are, offering free food and prayer to the poor, homeless and near-homeless."
Christy McCoy, President of the Minnesota School Social Workers Association, provided Summit's keynote address, focused on implications for micro, mezzo, and macro social work practice.
The 7/13/14 edition of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine features a list of "Minnesota's Hottest Graduate-Level Careers." Five of the top ten are high-growth areas of clinical social work practice!
Perceived Admiration and Transition to Parenthood for Black and White Married Couples
At the NASW-MN annual conference June 5 & 6, both student awards went to St. Kate’s – St. Thomas School of Social Work students and Professor Jessica Toft was elected as the new Vice-President of NASW-MN.
Dr. Sarah Ferguson and Nora Smyth, BSW '14, presented at the 24th Annual NASW-MN State Conference in June
BSW and MSW 2014 award recipients
Three BSW Field Students help Minnesota "Ketchup to the Cost-of-Living"
As reported in the Spring Perspectives Newsletter
Melissa Dobbs, BSW'14, will open a new Community Center in fall of 2014, just one year after the opening of the Kenyon Youth Center in October 2013.
In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the country's accredited social work programs, placing the St. Kate's - St. Thomas program in the top 25%
Read Fatai's Welcome Address in its entirety
Dean Barbara Shank gave the Graduate Commencement Address at St. Kate's on May 23, 2014
Using Technology in Peer Role-Play Assignments to Enhance Competency in Clinical Dyadic Treatment: A Pilot Study
Press release announcing 2014 launch of St. Kate's - St. Thomas Doctorate in Social Work: Education as Practice
Sondra Payne Elizondo, a Benson, Minn., native, is University of St. Thomas Humanitarian of the Year for her contributions to the betterment of the spiritual and material welfare of the less fortunate. She is co-founder and director of VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures), a nonprofit volunteer program which offers pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary college students the chance to work with local doctors in underserved areas of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
Dr. Felicia Sy received three grants this semester, two with current BSW students
Dr. Kathareine Hill Promoted to Associate Professor and elected to ACOSA Board
Katharine Hill and Emily Scharpen, BSW student, have been awarded a Community-Based Research Grant through UST Undergraduate Research Office.
The Beta Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honors Society was focused squarely on our theme of Economic Justice this semester
Dr. Carol Kuechler and Sarah Breyette, MSW '14, presented their research at the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) Annual Mental Health Conference in Duluth, MN.
Student/faculty research presented at the St. Kate’s Scholar’s Circle April 26, 2014
School of Social Work alumni panel highlights trends and opportunities in the social work profession
During spring break 2014, 28 students from St. Catherine University participated in a Papal Audience with Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square as part of the “Catholic Rome Pilgrimage with Sister Andrea"
Catholic sisters were always a bit of a mystery for Helen Garcia, BSW student. She passed them in the hallways at St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) in St. Paul, but never had a personal conversation — until this month.
Now Garcia and new friend Sister Vicky Larson are pioneers in a national movement to make the public more aware of the work of America’s Catholic sisters — and in the process, encourage young women to consider the calling.
St. Kate’s is the national hub for an initiative to let the world know about nuns’ contributions. Thanks to a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, St. Kate’s has launched a project that will pair sisters and students across the country, record nuns’ oral histories and build school curriculum. It also has built a website called SisterStory.org that will be a national repository of oral histories and other materials to demystify nuns and highlight their many contributions.
Professors Katharine Hill and Ande Nesmith presented with BSW students, Katie Christophersen and Shannon Koester, at the Minnesota Social Services Association 121st Annual Training Conference.
UST Law Professor, Nekima Levy-Pounds, addressed the sixth annual Justice Lecture on March 18
Annual workshop in collaboration with St. Kate's Henrietta Schmoll School of Health promotes dialogue and understanding
Catherine Marrs Fuchsel and Leigh Bartholomew, MSW student, co-presented a paper at the 26th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference
Comparison of the lives of Hmong women