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Offering an MSW with a trauma-informed and human rights perspective and an individualized, interdisciplinary PhD in social welfare.
Offering an MSW with a trauma-informed and human rights perspective and an individualized, interdisciplinary PhD in social welfare.

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An article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about the All-Star Children’s Foundation, which is buying land and starting the construction process on a “campus for caring” where children from disrupted families can go to heal, together with their siblings, and receive the kind of treatment for trauma that will equip them for a better life, reports that an affiliation with the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care in the UB School of Social Work will allow everyone connected with All-Star – from the janitorial staff to the board of directors – to receive training that will give them insight for working with children suffering from the aftershocks of stress. http://ht.ly/hpRp30cVzOy
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An article reports on a new academic paper that found that refugees who depend on government aid when they first arrive in the U.S. within eight years are paying more in taxes than they receive in benefits, and quotes Isok Kim, assistant professor of social work, who has studied Buffalo’s large community of refugees from Burma. “This just adds to a growing recognition that the refugees we have resettled do pay back what they’ve been given and then some,” he said.
http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/16/study-shows-refugees-earning-keep/
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An article in Social Work Today about the upsurge in livestreamed suicides and concerns about the effect on viewers, the unsafe messaging and the risks of contagion interviews Nancy Smyth, dean of the School of Social Work, who said whether at risk for suicide or not, watching a livestreamed suicide could traumatize the viewer. "It might just be one small scene from the video, but it ends up sticking with them," she said. "And if there is anything in that scene — whether it's the room or the person themselves — that makes the viewer feel connected to it, those effects can be even more powerful. We know from trauma research that the more we connect, the stronger the impact." http://ht.ly/TPZL30cVzxP
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Congratulations to Associate Professor Lisa Butler, Dr. Gene Maguin and PhD Candidate Janice Carello on the publication of their article, "Retraumatization mediates the effects of adverse childhood experiences on training-related secondary traumatic stress symptoms," in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. http://ht.ly/WfAG30cVzo7
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Congratulations to PhD Candidate Carol Scott, Associate Professor Laina Bay-Cheng, Research Professor Tom Nochajski and colleagues on the publication of their article, "Time spent online: Latent profile analyses of emerging adults’ social media use," in Computers in Human Behavior. http://ht.ly/8NLl30cVzik
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Louanne Bakk, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is the co-author of the study that explores low rates of breast cancer screening in the older Hispanic population. Learn more at the link. http://ht.ly/ES7l30cVzak
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An article on NYC17, a publication of The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, about postpartum depression and an initiative started by New York City in 2015 to screen all expectant and new mothers for signs of maternal depression interviews Robert Keefe, associate professor of social work, who said new mothers can start to feel overwhelmed, and the treatment process has its own problems. “A lot of services have a fee-based system,” he said. “A lot of them can’t provide transportation to and from appointments. They need to link with other community sources. They say faith-based support like churches help them more. And churches often have people in congregations who help the mothers with transportation to and from appointments.” http://ht.ly/4ijN30cVyWX
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Congratulations to Associate Professor Lisa Butler on being named a Fellow to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). ISSTD maintains an honorary membership category of “Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation” to recognize those members who have made distinguished contributions to the field of dissociation and the Society. http://ht.ly/uqJ230cVyMD
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Supportive housing improves health of formerly homeless people with HIV/AIDS, read more about Assistant Professor Elizabeth Bowen's research. http://ht.ly/zpFN30covP4
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Our next MSW Info Session (online and in-person) is July 12, 2017 from 6-8pm EST. You may register at http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/admissions/msw-information-sessions.html.

The agenda will cover curriculum, field placement requirements, application process and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the ways to develop as competitive an application as possible.
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