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Members of the Area of Emphasis in Military Practice Scholars hosted the Mobile Vets Unit to the University of St. Thomas in fall of 2014

Dr. Kari Fletcher, Coordinator, Area of Emphasis in Military Practice

From Exemplars, a publication of the Grants and Research Office.

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2015 Field Practice Institute Summit on Emerging Issues in Social Work: Trafficking

Sharon Rolenc, St. Catherine University

On August 4, the SSW Field Practice Institute held their fourth annual Summit on Emerging Issues in Social Work Practice. The event tackled "Trafficking in Minnesota" and highlighted the perspectives of survivors, practitioners, organizations, policy makers, and law enforcement.

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Cohorts 1 and 2 of the St. Kate's - St. Thomas DSW program during 2015 summer residency at the University of St. Thomas

Members of cohorts 1 & 2 of the St. Kate's - St. Thomas DSW program wrap up their two-week residency at St. Thomas
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Marcus Kuboy, MSW '15, Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholar, was named NASW-MN MSW student of the year. With Prof. Carol Kuechler and Prof. Kari Fletcher

2 Student Awards, Multiple Presentations and the New NASW-MN President-Elect!
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Barbara Shank, Dean and Professor, St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work

Congratulations to Dean Barbara Shank on her re-election as Chair of the CSWE Board of Directors for a second term (2016-2019)!
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The St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW Class of 2015

35 BSW students and 142 MSW students graduated from the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work on May 23
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Directors of the UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

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
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CSWE announces recipients of Social Work HEALS

CSWE press release

St. Kate's - St. Thomas is proud to be the only private school selected to participate in the HEALS program, which will be used to educate and train social workers to improve delivery of health care in the United States.

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Social work student and nurse work collaboratively in a hospital setting

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
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DSW students and faculty participate in first social work distance education conference in Indiana

Carol Kuechler, PhD, DSW program director
DSW students and faculty participate in first Social Work Distance Education Conference
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Prof. Ande Nesmith with student researchers on Transitions project

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

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DSW student Will Wong, co-producer of Wednesday's Child

Will Wong, MSW, DSW class of 2017
Media-based Adoption Recruitment Allows Children to Present Themselves and their Dreams to Potential Forever Families
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SJI student leaders at the Justice 4 All Rally, April 16, 2015

Stay up-to-date on the 2014-15 MSWSA Student Justice Initiative
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..."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."

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Prof. Ande Nesmith publishes with three student/alums in Child and Family Social Work

"Promoting Quality Parent-Child Visits: The Power of Relational Connections between Foster and Birth Parents"
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Prof. Catherine Marrs Fuchsel and her Research Assistant, MSW student Leigh Hartenberg

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
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BSW Field Education Poster Session 2015

Cindy Lorah
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
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NASW news article about Field Education

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!

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AEIR Scholars screen video, Documented

Abby Voigt
Film and Discussion Highlight Difficulties & Controversies of the US Immigration System
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Professor Katharine Hill

Congratulations Lauren and Katharine!
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Alumni share their experiences "navigating the system" from MSW graduation to clinical licensure

Andrea E. Grey and Nicole Dahl
Annual event provides guidance and advice about the professional licensure process following MSW graduation
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Professor Pa Der Vang testifies at Senate State and Local Government committee

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
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BSW student, Comfort Dondo, testifies at the MN legislature on behalf of FAIM

Comfort Dondo, BSW 2015, puts policy into practice and testifies at State Legislature in support of Family Assets for Independence in MN
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Lauren Bienkowski of the American Refugee Committee

Natalya Paulsen, MSW student, AEIR Scholar
Lauren Bienkowski of the American Refugee Committee shared her journey in international social work and humanitarian aid
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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

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Faculty and students participating in the IPE at Carondelet Village

Rebecca Mariscal, Class of 2015
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlighted by Carondelet Village IPE Project
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Policy in Practice Forum: The Accountable Care Act and its Effects on Clinical Social Work Practice

Katharine Hill
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlighted in inaugural Policy in Practice Forum focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
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Directors of the UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

Rebecca Mariscal, Class of ’15
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlights the IPC
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2014 Field Practice Institute Summit panelists

Katie Johnson, MSW student and Field Practice Institute research assistant
Newsletter spotlight on interprofessional collaboration highlighted in Field Practice Institute's Annual Summits
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Catherine Marrs Fuchsel

Professor Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, PhD, LICSW, LCSW, had two journal articles accepted for publication in November - congratulations!
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Ande Nesmith, PhD

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.

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Professor Pa Der Vang

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.


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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!

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Beta Epsilon partnered with international students to work with Second Harvest Heartland

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.
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Grant will fund "Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work.”
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MSW Student Carl White featured in Mayo stories

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.

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Picture of MSW alumnus, Kasim Abdur Razzaq, giving UST TEDx Talk in September, 2014

View Kasim's talk, "A Time for Justice in Education -- the Ballot or the Student," on YouTube
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Dr. Peterson's "Effectiveness of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy" is currently the "most read" article in Research on Social Work Practice
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Picture of open hands

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?

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Prof. Mike Chovanec presented a poster at CSWE-APM in Tampa, October 2014

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.
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Dr. Felicia Sy

The Mentor Recognition Program will honor mentors at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM) in Tampa on October 25
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The changing status and growth of social work education worldwide: Process, findings and implications of the IASSW 2010 census

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Vang, P.D. (2014). Hmong and Acculturation (pp. 115-136). In Jack Merton (Ed.) Acculturation: Psychology, Processes and Global Perspectives. NY: Nova Publishers.

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Vang, P.D., & Her, P. (2014). Teenage marriage among Hmong American women. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 24, 138-155.s

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Undergraduate Minors

Cindy Lorah
Social Services Management and Chemical Dependency: Addiction & Recovery, will be offered at St. Kate's and St. Thomas this fall
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Rachel Murr's book cover, Unnatural

Rachel's MSW Clinical Research Paper formed the basis of her new book, "Unnatural," which will be launched later this month
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Image of Doctorate in Social Work Cohort 1

Cohort 1 of our Doctorate in Social Work program completes its first on-campus residency
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Field Instructor, Cheryl Leavitt, named 2014 Minnesota School Social Worker of the Year

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.

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MSW alumna, Margaret Kelly, creates a food truck church

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."

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2014 Field Practice Institute Summit panelists

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.
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List of Minnesota's "Hottest" Graduate-level Careers, 2014

Cindy Lorah
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!
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Perceived Admiration and Transition to Parenthood for Black and White Married Couples

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NASW-MN VP, Jessica Toft

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.
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NASW research presentation. Sarah Ferguson and Nora Smyth.

‌Dr. Sarah Ferguson and Nora Smyth, BSW '14, presented at the 24th Annual NASW-MN State Conference in June
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2014 Student Award Ceremony. Alicia Moder receiving award from Brian Bruess

BSW and MSW 2014 award recipients
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Rebecca Mariscal, class of ‘15
Three BSW Field Students help Minnesota "Ketchup to the Cost-of-Living"
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SSW Faculty 2013

As reported in the Spring Perspectives Newsletter
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Melissa Dobbs, BSW '14, opens Kenyon Youth Center and Community Center

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.
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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%
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Fatai Popoola, MSW '14, gave the Welcome Address at the St. Kate's 2014 graduate commencement ceremony

Fatai Popoola
Read Fatai's Welcome Address in its entirety
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Dean Barbara Shank gives address at 2014 St. Kate's Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Dean Barbara Shank gave the Graduate Commencement Address at St. Kate's on May 23, 2014

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Using Technology in Peer Role-Play Assignments to Enhance Competency in Clinical Dyadic Treatment: A Pilot Study

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Doctorate in Social Work: Education as Practice

Press release announcing 2014 launch of St. Kate's - St. Thomas Doctorate in Social Work: Education as Practice
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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.

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Dr. Felicia Sy received three grants this semester, two with current BSW students
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UST campus

Dr. Kathareine Hill Promoted to Associate Professor and elected to ACOSA Board
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Katharine Hill and Emily Scharpen, BSW student, have been awarded a Community-Based Research Grant through UST Undergraduate Research Office.
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Rebecca Mariscal, class of ‘15, Nora Smyth, BSW '14, and Caitlyn Wright, BSW '14
The Beta Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honors Society was focused squarely on our theme of Economic Justice this semester
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Dr. Carol Kuechler and MSW student, Sarah Breyette, at MACMH 4/2014

‌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.
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Student/faculty research presented at the St. Kate’s Scholar’s Circle April 26, 2014
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Careers in Social Work 2014 slide

Cindy Lorah
School of Social Work alumni panel highlights trends and opportunities in the social work profession
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Alicia Moder, BSW Student, with St. Kate's papal visit in Rome

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"
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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.

 

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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.
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Nekima Levy-Pounds gives 2014 Justice Lecture, "Economic Justice for All"

Rebecca Mariscal, class of ‘15
UST Law Professor, Nekima Levy-Pounds, addressed the sixth annual Justice Lecture on March 18
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Interprofessional Education Workshop 2014

Cindy Lorah
Annual workshop in collaboration with St. Kate's Henrietta Schmoll School of Health promotes dialogue and understanding
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EQRC Conference. Professor Marrs-Fuchsel and Leigh Bartholomew

Catherine Marrs Fuchsel and Leigh Bartholomew, MSW student, co-presented a paper at the 26th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference
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BSW student, Miranda Yang, shares her J-term experience in Laos

Comparison of the lives of Hmong women
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