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​(Updated 4/117/17)

Dr. Sondra J. Fogel, along with Dr. Roslyn Bertram co-edited a special section on evidenced based practice in systems of care in Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services (2017), vol 98, Issue 1. 

The National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services was launched in 2013. The School of Social Work at USF is a partner school with this Center. As such, the School is promoting activities that build on the Center’s mission to engage students in solving this pressing social issue. Please see the link to the blog post below that describes the collaborative work of some of our graduating Masters students with Engineering students to create an app for those who are homeless. This collaboration was so successful that plans are being made to offer more opportunities for social work students to meet with other student “problem solvers” to help eradicate this situation.

(Updated 4/11/17)

Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, LCSW, was invited and will become a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative (JSWEL).  JSWEL, published by Taylor & Francis, is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for research and conceptual articles that explore issues crucial to individuals with serious, life-threatening, and life-limiting illness and their families across the lifespan. JSWEL, addresses Social Work topics pertaining to inter-professional practice and research; practice and policy innovations; practice evaluation; end-of-life communication and decision making; pain management and palliative care; grief and bereavement; ethical issues; sudden traumatic death; secondary trauma and compassion fatigue among professional caregivers. She will serve as peer-reviewer for manuscript submissions, contribute editorial articles and in an advisory role for the continued success of the journal. Dr. Carrion also serves on the editorial boards of Health and Social Work and the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

USF BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Initiatives Dedicated to Gaining Equality) Healthcare Clinic Social Work Faculty Advisor Dr. Chris Simmons along with current social work students Joheisly Espinal, Gillian Penn, Meredith Phipps, and Marylyam Melgar presented a poster at this year’s Society of Student-Run Free Clinics annual conference in Anaheim, California.  They presented on the benefits of the service-learning connection between a social work undergraduate course and the training students experienced by volunteering at the USF BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic.  The service-learning aspect of this course provided students with an authentic connection of theory to practice and increased their understanding and insight by participating on a multidisciplinary team with students from medicine, public health, physical therapy and pharmacy.  

Drs. Carrion and Joshi developed the new School of Social Work, Spain Socio-Cultural Context of People’s Health as an Education Abroad Course, which will be held Summer of 2017.

Nedjat-Haiem, F.H., Carrion, I.V. O'Connell, M., Thompson, B. Mishra, S.I., Gonzalez, K. Quintana, A. (2017). Implementing an Advance Care Planning Intervention in Community-Settings with Older Latinos: A Feasibility Study" Journal of Palliative Medicine

Lori Rogovin, MSW, ACSW, was elected Vice President and Teri Simpson, LCSW, was re-elected to Secretary of the Florida Field Education Consortium

Penne Williams, LCSW, served as Chair of the NASW-Heartland Unit Social Work Month Celebration.  

Alicia Stinson-Mendoza, PhD, LCSW, was named the NASW-Tampa Bay Unit Educator of the Year.

Larry Cooper, LCSW, was named NASW-Tampa Bay Unit Social Worker of the Year.  

(Updated 12/6/16)

Alison Salloum, Ph.D, LCSW, Associate Professor and Interim Director, University of South Florida, School of Social Work presented her research on stepped care for children after trauma at the II International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology on Children and Adolescents, Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Alison Salloum presentation titled: Toward an adaptive Intervention for Children after Trauma was part of a symposium on Addressing special challenges in treating child traumatic stress: improving child, family and provider outcomes.

Carrion, I.V. & Nedjat-Haiem,F.R. (2016, October) Coping among older cancer survivors: Bridging Individual, Familial and Cultural Perspectives. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 18th International Psycho Oncology Society Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
Carrion, I.V. & Nedjat-Haiem, F.R., Estrada Franco, Lucia. (2016, October) Cancer Treatment Decisions among Latinos: A Qualitative Study Examining Influences and Choices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 18th International Psycho Oncology Society Congress, Dublin, Ireland.

Carrion, I.V. (2016, November) Improving our Cultural Competence: Preparing for the Future. Invited Speaker at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Intensives, Hollywood, FL.
Carrion, I.V. (2016, November) As the World Turns: Bereavement Care for Diverse Populations. Invited Speaker at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Intensives, Hollywood, FL.

Carrion, I.V. & Nedjat-Haiem, F.R. (2016, November) The Role of Race, Ethnicity and Class in Qualitative Research with Older Latinos with Cancer. Paper accepted at The Gerontological Society of America's 69rd Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 

Nedjat-Haiem, F.R., & Carrion, I.V. (2016, November) Recruitment Barriers: Implementing an Advance Directive Intervention with Older Latinos. Poster accepted at The Gerontological Society of America's 69rd Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

(Updated 10/17/16)

Congratulations to Natali Gutierrez, USF MSW student, for being a recipient of the CSWE Minority Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The CSWE Minority Fellowship is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The fellowship provides training and financial and professional development supports. It aims to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and transition-age youths.

 (Updated 9/15/16)

Dr. Iraida V. Carrion has been nationally selected as an invited speaker by The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States to present two presentations at the INTENSIVES Mastering What is Next in Patient and Family Care on October 31-November 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Dr. Carrion’s presentations are titled, Improving Cultural Competence: Preparing for the Future and As the World Turns: Bereavement Care for Diverse Populations.

Dr. Sondra Fogel with Dr. Heather Larkin, from the University of Albany, co-edited a special issue of Families in Society on Ending Homelessness-A Grand Challenge for Transforming Practice & Policy, [volume 97(3)]. The content includes articles on children, and youth, adults and families and practice notes. In addition, each article offers specific guidance on how this research applies to practice, policy, and to students.  This is the first special issue to address one of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work.