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.
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.
..."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."
"The Power of Restorative Love: Supporting Moms in Prison"
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!
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
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!
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.
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?
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
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."
Perceived Admiration and Transition to Parenthood for Black and White Married Couples
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
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.
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.