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june 10, 2013

About the Bulletin

The Bulletin offers relevant notices, reminders, and deadlines for School for Social Work students. Students are encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body.

The Bulletin is updated weekly during the summer terms, and monthly throughout the fall and spring.

Next Submission Deadline: June 13th

We would like to invite students to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. Submission deadlines are listed below:

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Please note: The SSW Bulletin will go from monthly to weekly issues starting Monday, June 3rd. The next submission deadline is Thursday, June 6th.

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MONDAY, JUNE 10th

Mixed Methods Research and Social Work:
State-of-the-Art
Brown Clinical Research Institute Lecture
John W. Creswell, Ph.D.
This is a lecture on the basics of mixed methods research for the novice researcher. I begin with examples from social work to illustrate the types of mixed methods studies being conducted. I then discuss the growing popularity of mixed methods research in the social and health sciences and give examples of this popularity. I describe the major characteristics of a mixed methods study and provide an overview of the technological developments in the field to emerge, especially in the last ten years. I then focus on one a core feature of mixed methods research: the types of mixed methods designs, and discuss the three basic designs and three advanced designs. I discuss the major elements of each design, indicate the detailed procedures in conducting the design, and provide diagrams of the procedures in designs using actual mixed methods studies in the health sciences.  To end the presentation I talk about some of the initiatives underway to enhance the use of mixed methods in the social sciences, such as methodological articles in leading disciplinary journals, the development of "best practice" recommendations at NIH, and the conferences and workshops available for the novice mixed methods researcher. In the end, the participant will have a solid introduction to the field of mixed methods research.
John W. Creswell, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to teaching at the University, he has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design and 12 books, many of which focus on types of research designs, comparisons of different qualitative methodologies, and the nature and use of mixed methods research. His books are translated into many languages and used around the world. He held the Clifton Institute Endowed Chair for five years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For the last five years, Dr. Creswell served as a co-director at the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which provided support for scholars incorporating qualitative and mixed methods research into projects for extramural funding. He served as the founding Co-Editor for the Sage journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and as an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan where he assisted investigators in the health sciences and education with research methodology for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation projects. He also served extensively as a consultant in the health services research area for the Veterans Administration. Dr. Creswell was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and in 2008 lectured to faculty at five universities on education and the health sciences. In 2012 he again was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Thailand. In 2011 he served as a co-leader of a national working group developing "best practices" for mixed methods research in the health sciences that has been disseminated to all 23 Institutes and Research Centers for NIH. For 2013, Dr. Creswell will be a Visiting Professor at Harvard's School of Public Health in the spring term, accept an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and conduct mixed methods training at Cambridge University in the UK.

Student Org Executive Committee
Mondays, from 12:30-1:30 pm, Scales Study Room

Students of Color E Board
Mondays, from 5:30-7:30 pm, Scales Study Room

First Year Practice Faculty Dinner
Mondays, from 6-7:15 pm, King Lounge room

Learning Skills for Students with Learning Challenges
Workshop by John Body
Monday, June 10th - 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales House Living Room
Academic and organizational skills workshop for students with learning disabilities, ADD, or mental or chronic health concerns that impact learning.  Anyone facing some learning challenges with or without a diagnosis is welcome!  Get out in front of the work by attending these workshops with a professional learning specialist.

Overcoming Writing Anxiety Workshop
Monday, June 10th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This workshop will present techniques for beginning writing assignments, overcoming writer's block, and dealing with writing anxiety. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307.

Carrel Sign-Up at Neilson Library
Monday, June 10th, Starting at 8:30 a.m.
Carrel sign-up for SSW students will be at the Circulation desk in Neilson Library on Monday, June 10th, starting at 8:30 AM. If you would like to rent a carrel, please remember to bring your OneCard. Carrels can only be reserved in person, and you may only sign up for your own carrel. After the initial sign-up, students who could not attend may ask at the Circulation desk if there are still carrels available to rent. If there are carrels available, the Circulation staff will continue to rent these out to students until there is no longer any availability. If you have any questions, please call the Neilson Library Circulation desk at (413) 585-2910.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11th

Anti-Racism Task Force Meeting
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room
The Anti-Racism Task Force is a community group that is comprised of student, administrative and faculty members. The broad mission of the Task Force is to further the anti-racism mission statement of the School for Social work. The Task Force does this by initiating discussions and projects that heighten awareness of issues of race on campus. This group has been active for many years and has made a range of recommendations to faculty and administration, including curriculum revisions, anti-racism orientation events and changes to organizational structures. This year the group is sponsoring a story project to record narratives from SSW community members about race and racism, as well as campus-wide dialogues about race and racism.  This group is open to any member of the School for Social Work. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the King Study Room. Fred Newdom is faculty co-chair of the Task Force.

Doctoral Student Org (DSO) Meetings
Tuesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Living Room

SSW Licensure Information & Study Group
Tuesday, June 11th, 1:40-3:10 p.m., Seeyle 202

Faculty Wine and Cheese
Tuesday June 11, Wednesday July 17, and Monday July 22, from 5pm-7pm, King Living Room

Gender and Sexuality Alliance General Meeting
Tuesday's, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., Scales Living Room
The Gender and Sexuality Alliance is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, fluid individuals and their allies at the Smith College School for Social Work. We are about building community, learning from ourselves and each other, and creating constructive action and dialogue at Smith. We want to help facilitate more intersectionality between students groups on the Smith SSW campus in hopes of providing an open, accepting and engaging environment for ALL. Please join us for our weekly meetings:
General Meetings are open to all Smith SSW members. Task-force meetings are open to those who want to create and plan campus events.

Radical Social Work in Action!
Tuesday, June 11th at 7 p.m., Seelye 308
Join SWAA for a discussion with three self-identified radical social workers: James Arana, Jillian Graves, and Shannon Sennott. The definition of radical social work we presented to our panelists: "We are people within the Social Work field who are challenging the structure of the system itself, and how we participate in it as social workers.  We question capitalism as a whole and how it affects our practice, as well as the institutional structures that it and our capitalism-driven government have created.  We aim in our practice to develop ways to critique and navigate the power dynamics and hierarchies that these systems create while still providing the services necessary to empower our clients and to alleviate social problems." We hope to ask questions and talk about these themes with our panelists and audience members. SWAA meets every Thursday during lunch in the King Living Room from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Pedagogy and Diversity
Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101
Pedagogy and Diversity is a workshop-style meeting open to all faculty teaching at SSW, where we offer a space for collegial consultation and interactive learning about any issues pertaining to teaching and issues of diversity. Last summer we had a great turn-out and many stimulating conversations; many participants commented on how much they learned from their peers and how helpful it was to have a space to consider how to create an optimal learning environment and to process complex and challenging classroom issues. We plan to build on this during this summer and hope to see you there. Rani Varghese will co-facilitate with Josh Miller for the first term and Ruth Spencer for the second term. Both Rani and Ruth have been adjunct professors at SSW for many years. 10 CEUs will be given to those who attend at least 4/5 sessions per term.

Spirituality and Social Work Group
Tuesday, June 4, 7:30-9 p.m., Dewey Hall Common Room
This group invites students who are interested in any or all of the following categories:

  • The intersections of spirituality and social work practice
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practice
  • Interfaith/multifaith collaboration and dialogue
  • Faith and social justice. 

The goal of the group will be twofold; first, to provide a forum for spiritual support and capacity building for group participants; and second, to be a center for psycho spiritual response to campus issues that arise for social work students during summer academic session.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12th

Student Org General Meetings
Wednesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
June 12th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
Using discussion and exercises, this three-session workshop will review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers.  Participants should try to attend ALL THREE sessions. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Students of Color Council Meetings
Wednesdays, from 5:30-7 p.m., Scales Living Room

SSW Unlearning Racism
Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m., King House Study
The purpose of the Unlearning Racism group, historically attended by white students, is to engage in an anti-racism commitment through personal responsibility. The group provides a supportive environment where we can explore and question our roles in the perpetuation of racism. Among other things, we examine the white privilege from which we have benefitted and try to understand how we can become allies to our colleagues of color. We acknowledge that we are responsible for how we respond to racism in our daily lives, in our work with clients and on the systemic level. We know that our choices and actions make a difference.

SSW Men's Group
Wednesdays, 9 p.m., King House Study
The SSW Men's Group is offered to support all self-identified men at Smith College SSW. It functions as an open and welcoming group.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 13th

Curriculum Committee Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

SWAA Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Living Room

160/161 Faculty Dinner
Thursdays, from 5:30-7 p.m., King Lounge Room

Grief and Bereavement Sessions
Thursday, June 13th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., King house lower level room
We are offering a grief and bereavement support group for students who have suffered major losses of family and friends in the recent past, which will be facilitated by Angela Bardawil. The meetings are confidential. The sessions will be held on Thursday, June 13th, Tuesday, June 25th, Thursday, July 25th, and Tuesday, August 6th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in King house lower level room.

Back by Popular Demand-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for SSW Students!
Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m., Chapel
This is a non-credit offering by the school to promote student wellbeing and self-care. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and negative affect among health and mental health professionals and increase positive affect and self-compassion. The course is for students who would like to explore the potential of MBSR to help them manage stress in their own lives during the busy Smith summer as well as developing a practice that may be able to sustain them in their professional pursuits as a clinical social worker. Please note this is not a course in conducting MBSR with others, but rather a course focused on one's own personal stress management. It will be facilitated by Annemarie Gockel and Martha Reeves, who have both trained in MBSR at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. The course will take place on campus in the Helen Hills Chapel on 8 consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm beginning June 13th and ending August 15th, 2013.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14th

Shabbat Dinner this Friday! 7:30PM
Friday, June 16th at 7:30PM, Location provided upon RSVP
The Jewish Student Alliance invites you/your friends/family to join us for Shabbat Dinner on Friday, June 16th at 7:30PM. The JSA actively embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identities, from religion to culture to ethnicity to not being sure what it means to be Jewish. Everyone, regardless of your Jewish affiliation or not, is invited to come and to bring a vegetarian/dairy potluck item to share. To be inclusive of people with more traditional practices, this event will be electronic (i.e. phone/computer) free.
Location provided upon RSVP to Ariel: aschneider@smith.edu
**If you'd like to attend and did not RSVP in advance, text Ariel on Friday before 6:30PM: 347-644-0831

Black in Latin America
Mexico and Peru: Friday, June 14, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201

SSW PhD Student Get together
Friday, June 14th, 7-11 p.m., Gardiner House Dining Room

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15th

Radical Voice and Movement Workshop by poet Lenelle Moise
Saturday June 15th, from 3-5 p.m. Location TBD.
Come join the Council for Students of Color in a creative poetry and movement workshop led by acclaimed Haitian-American poet, playwright and artist, Lenelle Moise. This workshop is open to the whole student body. Please RSVP to cjhangia@smith.edu

 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 16th

AFTER JUNE 16th

Monday, June 17th
Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
Lydia Rapoport Lecture
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This talk will present an overview of studies conducted in our laboratory on neural changes associated with different forms of meditation. Distinctions among three major forms of meditation practice will be made: Focused Attention; Open Monitoring; and Positive Affect Training. These different forms of meditation have different neural and behavioral effects. Data from studies on long-term meditation practitioners as well as those with shorter durations of training will be highlighted. In addition, some longitudinal studies that track changes over time with meditation practice will be reviewed. In addition to the neural changes that have been observed, this talk will also summarize changes that have been found in peripheral biology that may modulate physical health and illness. The central circuitry of emotion is especially implicated in peripheral biological changes that have consequences for health. The overall conclusion from these studies is that one can transform the mind through meditation and thereby alter the brain and the periphery in ways that may be beneficial for mental and physical health, and for well-being.

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., is William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab and the Lab for Affective Neuroscience, Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Psychology, at UW-Madison since 1984. Dr. Davidson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976. He has published more than 290 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is author (with Sharon Begley) of "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" published by Penguin in 2012. Dr. Davidson received a NIMH Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, and the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. He is Past-President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He was the year 2000 recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association - the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. In 2011, he was given the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences from 2011-2017 and as Chair of the Psychology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2011-2013.

Lydia Rapoport graduated from Hunter College Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen.  She received her master’s degree from SSW in 1944 when she was only 21, one of the youngest graduates in the history of the School.

Lydia’s career in social work included advanced training in child therapy in Chicago and at the Tavistock Clinic in London; post-graduate work in social welfare at the London School of Economics and advanced training in public health at Harvard. She taught at Berkeley for fifteen years and her promotion to full professor with tenure was a singular honor for a woman at the university at that time. When she was taken ill, she was in Israel, a nation to which she was strongly attached and where - at Hebrew University - she had been arranging a cross-cultural project on the role of social workers in introducing family planning in health and welfare service programs. Death took Lydia when she was forty-eight at the prime of her professional life.

Carol Meyer, a professor of social work and a friend of Lydia’s, has said, “Even the casual reader of the writings of Lydia Rapoport will be struck by the fertility of Rapoport’s mind and her uncanny ability to reach out in advance of the field and even of her own knowledge. She was not a prophet and she never represented unanimity. Yet because she was closely attuned to her times, deeply connected with human need and involved in the world, she perceived not only what was, but what might come to be. So many experiences had been packed into her repertoire that she understood and exemplified all the traits required of a social work practitioner, as of any true professional - skill, knowledge with wisdom, and a full commitment to the actual world.”

Her untimely death cut short a brilliant professional career that was dedicated to the advancement of social casework.

Her brother and her many friends established an endowment fund in her memory at Smith to help finance the Lydia Rapoport Distinguished Visiting Professorship. These lectures were made possible by that fund.

Each summer the dean invites a colleague to visit the School as the Lydia Rapoport Distinguished Visiting Professorship based on a particular expertise in clinical research or practice with a range of populations.

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 18th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King House Living Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on resume and cover letter writing for social workers on Tuesday, June 18, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in King House Living Room. No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
Wednesday, June 19th, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
Using discussion and exercises, this three-session workshop will review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers. Participants should try to attend ALL THREE sessions. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

SSW National Liberation Poetry Tour Experience
Thursday, June 20th, 6:30-9 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium
The scope of the work will be to assist participants in being able to examine their feelings/thoughts about racism; consciously participate in their self-liberation from the effects of racism in their lives; discuss issues of racism using a common framework; craft and/or perform/share written/verbal expressions of anti-racism; and elicit personal next steps in the interruption of racism in their lives. There will be a Talkback with the audience after the performance with Anika Nailah and Robin DiAngelo. This event is held in conjuction with other Deanship Celebrations held by the School in honor of Dean Carolyn Jacobs' final summer before her retirement in May 2014. Both Anika Nailah and Robin DiAngelo will have their books for sale ay the at the Grecourt Bookshop. There will be a book signing on Tuesday, June 18th from 12:30 p.m.until 2:00 p.m. at the bookshop.

Anika Nailah's website: https://www.anikanailah.com

SSW - Deanship Celebration Reception
Friday, June 21st, 3-5 p.m., Conference Center Paradise Room 102
The School for Social Work invites all members of the SSW community to a Celebration Reception in honor of Dr. Carolyn Jacobs, Dean and Elizabeth Treuhaft Professor who will be stepping down from her role as dean in May, 2014. Dr. Jacobs has been dean of the School for the past ten years and prior to that Acting Dean for three years and Associate Dean for one year. This reception will provide an opportunity for the SSW Community of faculty, staff and students to come together in celebration of the dean during her final summer with the School.

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ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES

Summer Information Webpage
Get all of the information you need for summer: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/sswinfo13

Planning an Event?
Important news!
There is a *NEW* policy and procedure for requesting event space reservations. You will find the information on the Summer Information page, under "Planning An Event":

Please be sure to read ALL of the information very carefully! Contact Maddy Neely at mneely@smith.edu or x7983 if you have any questions or concerns.

Notice to Students from the Dean of Students Regarding Consultations
Consultations are a process that can be convened by a professor, student or Academic Sequence Chair to help to gain a better understanding of any impediments to a student’s learning and success in the program and to engage in a problem solving process. Consultations are not disciplinary proceedings and are intended to be helpful to students. For more information about Consultations, please consult with the Master’s Program Handbook that is located online at http://www.smith.edu/ssw/for_current.php. This year the SSW Faculty voted to not require mandatory Consultations when students receive either a grade of F or MP, as has been done in the past. Now any student receiving such a grade will receive a letter from the Registrar, notifying them of the possible consequences of future grades of F or MP and letting them know that they can request a Consultation within two weeks of receipt of this letter, with instructions about how to do this. In other words, the onus is now on students to request a Consultation rather than having them as a mandatory consequence of receiving an F or MP.

Dining Questions
Find answers to your questions about dining services on the "Dining FAQs”:  http://smith.edu/ssw/summer_info_dining.php

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THESIS INFORMATION

Thesis Submission Hours for the Week of June 10th
Laurie Wyman's hours for the week of June 10th for thesis submission are as follows: Mon., 6/10, Wed., 6/12, & Fri., 6/14, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Tues., 6/11 & Thurs., 6/13, 8:30 a.m.-Noon. Laurie's office is located in Room 115 (Field Office). Please do not hesitate to contact Laurie at lwyman@smith.edu or at 585-7974 with any questions or concerns. Please refer to the Thesis Guidelines for 2012-13 on MOODLE for directions regarding thesis submission. Thank you.

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GENERAL NOTICES

NASW Flyers Info
Link for Download NASW

Office of Disability Services - Van Update
The Office of Disability Services will be operating van service for students with mobility limitations or health conditions that have difficulty getting back and forth from classes to the dorms for lunch. Call 413-695-0065 to schedule a ride in advance. Same day rides are possible on a first come first served basis.

Carrel Sign-Up at Neilson Library
Monday, June 10th, Starting at 8:30 a.m.
Carrel sign-up for SSW students will be at the Circulation desk in Neilson Library on Monday, June 10th, starting at 8:30 AM. If you would like to rent a carrel, please remember to bring your OneCard. Carrels can only be reserved in person, and you may only sign up for your own carrel. After the initial sign-up, students who could not attend may ask at the Circulation desk if there are still carrels available to rent. If there are carrels available, the Circulation staff will continue to rent these out to students until there is no longer any availability. If you have any questions, please call the Neilson Library Circulation desk at (413) 585-2910.

Message from the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning

Welcome New and Returning School for Social Work Students:

We'd like to ask you to take a few moments to read about the academic support services we can provide you during your summers at Smith. And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Individual Writing Conferences
Throughout the two summer terms, we offer you individual writing conferences. During these half-hour sessions, we work on pre-writing, writing, and editing strategies, and you can set the agenda for our meeting. We serve as an audience for your ideas about your assignments and the written expression of those ideas.

Our goal in these conferences is to address the specific writing issues evident in a particular paper and also the characteristic patterns in your writing that the paper reveals. We always start with the strengths in your writing, and we also discuss the ways you can build on your strengths. Among the writing issues we can deal with are organization, the presentation of evidence, argument, language bias, grammar, and sentence structure.

Ours is not a remedial program, but rather a support for all writers. Our experience has shown us that all writers can benefit from feedback on their writing patterns, no matter what their level of expertise. We also offer more intensive work on writing issues common to speakers and writers of English as a foreign language and people with learning disabilities.

However, we cannot proofread your writing, nor can we provide line-by-line editing. We aim to teach writers to develop these skills for themselves.

To schedule writing conferences during the summer, please come to Seelye 307. Our schedules are posted in the foyer outside the door; just sign your name in any available slot. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about the schedules.

Writing Skills Workshops
Each summer we also offer small-group workshops: Overcoming Writing Anxiety; The Serene Student (A Time Management Workshop); Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics; Writing Clearly and Concisely; and Surviving Your Thesis (for second year students). A schedule of these workshops is available on our Moodle page Writing Resources (you are all enrolled), and we also publicize them in the Weekly Bulletin.

Web Resources
We urge you to visit our Moodle Page Writing Resources for additional materials and information. (You are all enrolled.) The Jacobson Center Website at http://www.smith.edu/jacobsoncenter can also be helpful, particularly "The Writing Process Series."

We look forward to working with you!

Debra Carney Peter Sapira
x 3035 x 3057
dcarney@smith.edu psapira@smith.edu

Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning
Seelye Hall 307

NASW Social Work Licensing Prep Course
The Massachusetts chapter of NASW is again offering a one-day social work licensing test preparation course for students who will soon be taking their LCSW exam. The workshop will be held on Saturday, August 3, 9:00am-4:00pm, Seelye Hall, Room 106. It is an excellent review of materials and questions for the exam. The fee is $100 for NASW members and $155 for non-members. The licensing exam is the same for all 50 states, so you do not need to be a Massachusetts resident to benefit for this review. To register and for more information, visit: http://naswma.org/cde.cfm?event=364110. Questions? Contact Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW, at jschrenz@wne.edu.

Lost & Found Bin Hours
There will be a Lost and Found Bin located in the Lilly's Main Office Supply Closet, Room 101. The hours available to retrieve lost items are from 8:30 am through 4:30 pm.

Public Phone Locations
Smith College SSW Public Phones are located on the first floor of Seelye Hall and on the first floor of College Hall.

Local Summer Camps, Programs, and Day Cares

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EVENTS/SESSIONS

Summer Lecture Series
The Smith College School for Social Work is pleased again to offer its lively and informative summer lecture series to area professionals, students, and alumni. All lectures take place in the Weinstein Auditorium, located in Wright Hall on the Smith College campus. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
To read more, visit: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/acad_cont_lectures_summer.php

Deanship Celebration Events
A number of events have been planned this summer to mark the upcoming retirement of Dean Jacobs. The events are open to all members of the SSW community.

You can find the information on the SSW website: http://smith.edu/ssw/summer_info_dean_events.php

Deans' Conversations The Dean's Conversations will be held 3 times this summer during term 1 on June 28th; and during term 2 on: July 26th; and August 9th.  All deans' conversations will be held from 3:45 until 5:00 p.m. in the Scales Living Room. These deans' conversations are an opportunity for SSW community members to meet with Dean Jacobs and Associate Deans Miller and Rodriguez Martin regarding any community issues of interest.

Learning Skills for Students with Learning Challenges
Workshop by John Body
Monday, June 10th - 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales House Living Room
Academic and organizational skills workshop for students with learning disabilities, ADD, or mental or chronic health concerns that impact learning.  Anyone facing some learning challenges with or without a diagnosis is welcome! Get out in front of the work by attending these workshops with a professional learning specialist.

Radical Social Work in Action!
Tuesday, June 11th at 7 p.m., Seelye 308
Join SWAA for a discussion with three self-identified radical social workers: James Arana, Jillian Graves, and Shannon Sennott. The definition of radical social work we presented to our panelists: "We are people within the Social Work field who are challenging the structure of the system itself, and how we participate in it as social workers. We question capitalism as a whole and how it affects our practice, as well as the institutional structures that it and our capitalism-driven government have created. We aim in our practice to develop ways to critique and navigate the power dynamics and hierarchies that these systems create while still providing the services necessary to empower our clients and to alleviate social problems." We hope to ask questions and talk about these themes with our panelists and audience members. SWAA meets every Thursday during lunch in the King Living Room from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Shabbat Dinner this Friday! 7:30PM
Friday, June 16th at 7:30PM, Location provided upon RSVP
The Jewish Student Alliance invites you/your friends/family to join us for Shabbat Dinner on Friday, June 16th at 7:30PM. The JSA actively embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identities, from religion to culture to ethnicity to not being sure what it means to be Jewish. Everyone, regardless of your Jewish affiliation or not, is invited to come and to bring a vegetarian/dairy potluck item to share. To be inclusive of people with more traditional practices, this event will be electronic (i.e. phone/computer) free.
Location provided upon RSVP to Ariel: aschneider@smith.edu
**If you'd like to attend and did not RSVP in advance, text Ariel on Friday before 6:30PM: 347-644-0831

Counseling Services for SSW Students
This summer, the School will offer limited counseling services for students. The services will be focused on brief counseling on issues affecting educational performance as well as further assessment and referral when needed. Students will be limited to three sessions. For more information, please go to: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/summer_info_counseling-services.php

Grief and Bereavement Sessions
We are offering a grief and bereavement support group for students who have suffered major losses of family and friends in the recent past, which will be facilitated by Angela Bardawil. The meetings are confidential. cleardotThe sessions will be held on Thursday, June 13th, Tuesday, June 25th, Thursday, July 25th, and Tuesday, August 6th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in King house lower level room.

Collaboration between the School for Social Work and the Smith College Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Note from Joshua Miller, Associate Dean and Professor
I am pleased and excited to announce a new resource available to all of our students this summer. Dean Jennifer Walters and Multifaith Fellow Reverend Matilda Cantwell (MSW) have generously offered to provide services to our students to support spiritual well-being, wellness, and building student's resiliency and capacity to succeed as clinical social workers. Both Jennifer and Matilda are available to attend student and student/faculty meetings to discuss ways in which the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) can support the work of campus organizations and foster peer support and campus cohesion. They will also be available for individualized interfaith pastoral care. Matilda will also be offering a group; Spirituality, and Social Work, open to all students, to be offered Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 PM in Dewey Common Room. This group will provide a space to talk about religious diversity, interfaith issues, and the importance of faith and spirituality in social work practice. It will also be a chance for students to focus on self-care and spiritual leadership as a means to participate in the building of strong community, both in the SSW and beyond.

Matilda is a graduate of our program (1996), has worked in many adolescent settings and has experience with a range of programs, including gang involved youth, group homes and pregnant and parenting teens.  She is particularly interested in building strengths and capacities in communities through the use of groups and other forms of collective action. As an ordained minister Matilda sees the importance of human connection, and the significance of transcendent meaning, as core beliefs that connect both the fields in which she works. Her interests include interfaith dialogue, religious pluralism, and the intersections of psychoanalytic theory and spirituality.

Spirituality and Social Work Group
Tuesday, June 11, 7:30-9 p.m., Dewey Hall Common Room
This group invites students who are interested in any or all of the following categories:

  • The intersections of spirituality and social work practice
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practice
  • Interfaith/multifaith collaboration and dialogue
  • Faith and social justice.

The goal of the group will be twofold; first, to provide a forum for spiritual support and capacity building for group participants; and second, to be a center for psycho spiritual response to campus issues that arise for social work students during summer academic session.

  • Tuesday, June 4, 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 11, 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 25, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 6, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

Monday, June 17th and Monday, July 29th, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room
The Anti-Racism Consultation Committee is comprised of elected student representatives, administration and faculty (including Adjunct faculty). The Committee has two functions. One role of the committee is to keep track of and record the School's anti-racism initiatives as well as to proactively plan next steps to further the anti-racism mission statement of the School. Secondly, the committee serves in a consultative capacity to anyone in the SCSSW community who chooses to address an issue related to race. The committee is used as a sounding board and as a problem-solving body. The committee has no formal or disciplinary power yet makes recommendations to the Dean, as appropriate.  Any member of the SSW community may consult with any member of the ARCC. All consultations are confidential.

Current membership:
Joyce Everett, Faculty Representative, 
Irene Rodriguez Martin, Administrative Representative
Kaitlin Smith A14, Second-Year Student Representative
Josh Miller, Associate Dean, Chair
Fred Newdom, Adjunct Faculty Representative
Rani Varghese, Alumni Representative
Andrea Yoshida, A13, Third-summer Student Representative

Promoting Wellness and Reducing Burnout
Art Therapy Supervision for Clinical Social Workers:
An Evidence-Based Experiential Workshop for Professional Self-Care
Wednesday, July 3rd, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Seelye 101

Andy H.Y. Ho
MSocSc, MFT, FT, PhD Candidate
Research Officer, Centre on Behavioral Health;
Honorary Lecturer, Department of Social Work & Social Administration;
The University of Hong Kong.

Care of distressed clients especially those facing trauma, death and bereavement, can be psychologically and spiritually draining. Overwhelmed by such unacknowledged and unresolved emotional distress, clinical social workers often experience compassion fatigue, burnout and cynicism, all of which are detrimental to their helping capacity and professional efficacy. One way to prevent burnout is through supervision that emphasizes awareness of and attention to the emotional responses of clinical work while promoting autonomy, support and meaning-making as compared to traditional forms of supervision that focus predominantly on techniques, knowledge acquisition and case management. Including art making in supervision allows for mindful reflections and insights, whereby the process of creativity widens perspectives, nurtures self-competence and foster self-care. Repeated studies with clinical professionals have proven art-therapy supervision's health-benefitting potentials.

This workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to experience art-therapy supervision that is grounded in empirical research. Through engaging in art making, reflective writing and small group discussions, participants will learn how to apply art into their own clinical work and supervision settings. Relevant research findings on the effectiveness of art therapy supervision in promoting wellness and reducing burnout will also be shared to inform and encourage evidence-based practice and professional training management.

Come join us for a fun night of self-care and art making!

About the Speaker
Mr. Andy H.Y. Ho is a researcher and educator who specializes in public health and mental health, palliative social work, holistic interventions and community empowerment. He is a Fellow in Thanatology of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and serves as reviewer for several international academic journals as well as advisor for a number NGOs and social service agencies. He has also published numerous books, chapters, and articles on hospice palliative care, social policy and governance, global citizenship and social responsibility. Mr. Ho received the Best Cross-Cultural Paper Award from ADEC in 2013, and the Young Investigator Award from the Hong Kong International Cancer Congress in 2010. He is an excellent speaker who has delivered invited lectures, seminars, and professional development workshops around the world. Andy is currently a Visiting Scholar from Hong Kong University who has been auditing some SSW doctoral courses this term.

Acknowledgment
This body of work was developed by the Centre on Behavioral Health of the University of Hong Kong, and funded by the Drs. Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation. This workshop is made possible by the Smith College, School of Social Work.

Black in Latin America
Mexico and Peru: Friday, June 14, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201
Brazil: Friday, June 21, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201
Haiti and DR: Friday, July 26, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201
Cuba: Friday, August 02, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201

Faculty Wine and Cheese
Tuesday June 11, Wednesday July 17, and Monday July 22, from 5pm-7 p.m., King Living Room

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MEETINGS

Also see the SSW events calendar for all regularly schedule weekly events:
http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_news_calendar.php

Weekly Meetings

Student Org Executive Committee
Mondays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Study Room

Students of Color E Board
Mondays, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Scales Study Room

First Year Practice Faculty Dinner
Mondays, from 6-7:15 p.m., King Lounge room

Anti-Racism Task Force
Tuesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Study Room EXCEPT July 23 and July 30 when they will meet in the King Living Room

Doctoral Student Org (DSO) Meetings
Tuesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Living Room

Gender and Sexuality Alliance General Meeting
Tuesday's at 5:45- 6:45PM Scales Living Room

Pedagogy and Diversity
Tuesdays, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101

Student Org General Meetings
Wednesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

Students of Color Council Meetings
Wednesdays, from 5:30-7 p.m., Scales Living Room

SSW Unlearning Racism
Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m., King House Study

SSW Men's Group
Wednesdays, 9 p.m., King House Study

Curriculum Committee Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

Spanish Speaking Clinicians
Thursdays, from 12:30pm to 1:30 p.m., basement of the Student Center

SWAA Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Living Room


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WORKSHOPS

Overcoming Writing Anxiety Workshop
Monday, June 10th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This workshop will present techniques for beginning writing assignments, overcoming writer's block, and dealing with writing anxiety. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

The Serene Student:  A Time Management Workshop
Tuesday, June 11th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This workshop will provide tips on how to manage a lot of coursework in a very short time.  Specifically, we will offer strategies for prioritizing your assignments, reading more efficiently, planning your time, and writing more easily and effectively. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
June 12th, 19th and 26th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
Using discussion and exercises, this three-session workshop will review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers.  Participants should try to attend ALL THREE sessions.To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 18th, from 12:30-1:30 pm, King House Living Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on resume and cover letter writing for social workers on Tuesday, June 18, from 12:30-1:30 pm, in King House Living Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30, King House Living Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on job search and networking techniques for social workers on Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30 pm, in King House Living Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Surviving Your Thesis:  A Strategies Workshop for Second Year Students
Tuesday July 2 or Wednesday July 17, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This workshop will provide second year students with helpful tips for writing their theses.  The format will be an informal discussion of successful strategies as well as a question and answer period.  PARTICIPANTS NEED ONLY ATTEND ONE SESSION. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Writing Clearly and Concisely
Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This two-session workshop will focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective.  Included will be discussion of active and passive voice, sexist language and word choice.  PARTICIPANTS SHOULD TRY TO ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Job Interview Skills for Social Workers
Tuesday, July 23rd, from 12:30-1:30 pm, Scales House Lower Level Meeting Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on job interview skills for social workers on Tuesday, July 23, from 12:30-1:30 pm, in Scales House Lower Level Meeting Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

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Note:
The Bulletin will remain in place as the main vehicle for important reminders from the School. These additional channels will provide opportunities for our community to stay connected and engaged throughout the year.