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june 17, 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 20th

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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MONDAY, JUNE 17th

Summer Lecture Series
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.
Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
Lydia Rapoport Lecture
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.

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

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Monday, June 17th, from 12:40-1:25 p.m., Laura Scales House Living Room

Meditation Sessions
Mondays, from 12:40-1:10 p.m. and 5:45-6:15 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

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

Carrel Sign-Up at Neilson Library
Carrel sign-up for SSW students will be at the Circulation desk in Neilson Library. 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 18th

Free Yoga Classes
Tuesdays, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Studio 151, Scott gym
Free yoga class open to the SSW community.

Anti-Racism Task Force Meeting
Tuesdays, from 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 - Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
Tuesday, June 18th, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Franklin King House Living Room

Jewish Student Alliance Lunch-time Support Group
Tuesday, June 18, from 12:40 - 1:30 p.m., Scales Basement Room
The JSA invites you to discuss your experiences of being Jewish at Smith: do you have questions, experiences or thoughts you would like to share, or any challenges you would like some support around? This will be a safe space to share your thoughts with other Jewish students and we may have a couple of supportive faculty at this meeting as well.

Meditation Sessions
Tuesdays, from 1-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

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

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.

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.

Building an Alliance: Racial Identities in Supervision
Tuesday, June 18th, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye Hall 110
This workshop focuses on how racial identity theory can be used to understand, anticipate, and solve problems that may arise due to the different ways in which a supervisor and a supervisee understand and perceive race and racism. Participants can expect to critically understand previous experiences with race and racism but also be equipped with the tools necessary to actively enhance any supervisory relationship in the context of race. The workshop facilitator will be Christian Cho, Assistant Director of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground at Boston University.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19th

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

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
June 19th, 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 20th

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

SSW Smith Speaks
Thursday, June 20th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Seelye Lawn, King/Scales House Courtyard

Meditation Sessions
Thursdays, from 1-1:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

Free Yoga Classes
Thursdays, from 4-5 p.m., Studio 151 at the Scott gym.
Free yoga class open to the SSW community.

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

Gender & Sexuality Alliance Task Force Meetings
Thursday's from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room

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 at the at the Grecourt Bookshop. There will be a book signing at the bookshop on Tuesday, June 18th from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21st

SSW SGA and CC Electoral Nominations
Student Tabling
Friday, June 21, 12 p.m. through Thursday, June 27, 2013, 2 p.m.
The purpose of this event is for SSW Students to begin the electoral nomination process for Student Government and Curriculum Committee position starting 2013 second term through 2014 first term.

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.

Black in Latin America
Brazil: Friday, June 21st, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201

SSW PhD Student Get together
Friday, June 21st, 7-11 p.m., Gardiner House Dining Room

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd

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SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd

AFTER JUNE 23rd

Summer Lecture Series
Monday, June 24th
Required for all first year students.
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.

Anti-Racism Work in Clinical Practice
Anti-racism Lecture

Moderator: Michael Funk, Ph.D.; Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW; Arden O'Donnell, M.P.H, M.S.W, LICSW; and Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, Ph.D., LCSW
This panel brings together a group of Smith College School for Social Work graduates to discuss how they put antiracism work into action in a clinical context. Panelists include: Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW; Arden O'Donnell, LICSW; and Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, LCSW. We are also pleased to welcome Michael Funk, Ph.D. back as a facilitator for this panel. 
Michael Funk, Ph.D. Michael Funk, Ph.D., currently serves as Director, of the New York University College of Arts and Science's Academic Achievement Program. He received his doctorate in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Social Justice Education program. His dissertation, Making Something of It, explores The Untold Stories of Promising Black Males at a Predominately White Institution of Higher Education. Michael is proud to celebrate his fifth year as a member of the 334 (Racism in the U.S.) & 533 (Institutional Racism) teaching team. This summer he is sharing the role as the Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow.
Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, an artist, a social justice activist and a priest within the traditional Yoruba culture and religion. He works part-time at a child and family community mental health clinic addressing issues of complex trauma and problematic sexual behaviors and has recently started a private practice, Healing and Liberation Counseling.
Arden O'Donnell, M.P.H, M.S.W, LICSW currently works as a Palliative care social worker at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  Arden plays an active role in the supervision and education of student interns at BWH, sits on the Ethics committee and the Social Work advisory board.  She has her Master's in International Public Health and spent years in Southern Africa running programs and providing psychosocial support orphans and vulnerable children. Arden founded and still runs a small non-profit based in Zimbabwe that provides educational and psychosocial support to orphans.  Arden was a foster parent for three years and adopted a sibling group while attempting to get her blue slip! Arden graduated from Smith in 2008.
Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, Ph.D., LCSW holds an MSW from New York University School of social Work and a Doctorate from Smith College School for Social Work. She has been a full time faculty member at SCSU since 2007. Dr. Rodriguez-Keyes has been practicing clinical social work since 1992. Dr. Rodriguez-Keyes teaching responsibilities have been primarily in the undergraduate program and included practice courses, human behavior in the social environment and Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI). She has maintained a clinical appointment at the Yale Child Study center where she conducts clinical supervision and leads two supervision seminars. Dr. Rodriguez-Keyes research interest includes bicultural experience of Latinas, clinical supervision, teaching with technology and synchronous learning. Dr. Rodriguez-Keyes is on the editorial board of Journal of Family Social Work.

SSW SGA and CC Electoral Nominations
Student Tabling
Friday, June 21, 12 p.m. through Thursday, June 27, 2013, 2 p.m.
The purpose of this event is for SSW Students to begin the electoral nomination process for Student Government and Curriculum Committee position starting 2013 second term through 2014 first term.

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Monday, June 24th, 12:40-1:25 p.m., Laura Scales House Living Room

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 25th, 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 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.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
June 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!

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 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.

Deans' Conversations 
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.

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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.

Course Evaluations
All Students: Mandatory BannerWeb course evaluations begin Friday, June 28, at 8:00 a.m., and end on Friday, July 5, at 11:00 p.m. Please note the M.S.W. Handbook regulations at 200.7C - Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations: “Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement. Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in the following:  a) grade/transcript hold; b) registration hold; and c) diploma hold.” These regulations apply to both master’s and doctoral students. Thanks for your cooperation: your feedback is important!

Commencement Information
Second-year field: By now, all faculty and potential August graduates should have received an email with information about ordering regalia for Commencement. The deadline is Friday, July 5, 2013, so please contact Valerie Abrahamsen at vabraham@smith.edu immediately if you did not receive the email. (Students would have received the email at their Smith Mail addresses.)

Do you have questions about students loans? Tuition payments? Financial Aid?
Student Financial Services has office hours from 8:30am- 4pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri and 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wed.  Our knowledgeable front office staff will be happy to help you.   They can also schedule an appointment (in person or via the phone) with a Director either at your request or if they believe your questions/concerns require more in-depth time and attention than they are able to provide.
If you would like to see a Director, our drop-in hours are Tues and Fri 10:00 a.m.-noon and Wed 2-4 p.m.  Or as mentioned above, you are also able to pre-schedule a half-hour appointment with a Director.  We ask that you call our office if you would like to schedule an appointment as appointment slots vary and can be filled quickly. We are located in 106 College Hall.  Our office phone number is 585-2530 and our email address is sswfa@smith.edu.  

All Students: Changes To Student Health Insurance Plan
PLEASE NOTE the following changes related to the Health Insurance plan for the academic year coverage period: In order to ensure compliance with Massachusetts’ mandate on health insurance coverage for all full-time students (G.L. c.15A, § 18) all SSW students will now be automatically enrolled and billed for the health insurance plan effective June 24, 2013.  Those who have separate coverage must provide the School with the name and address of their insurance company, policy number and a copy of the policy for verification; the website to provide this information and waive will be open on 7/1/13 and will close on 8/4/13. Those who wish to be enrolled in the SSW Health Insurance Plan will not be required to do anything else. Further information will be sent to you via email and distributed into your student mailboxes.

In addition, there will be a Health Insurance Plan information session held with a representative of Gallagher Koster on Thursday, June 27th, in the Scales Living room.

Important Notice: The Campus Post Office is Moving!
The Campus Center mail room is temporarily moving.
We ask all students to pick up any packages you may have at the Campus Center mail room and to stay current with package pick-up.  The Campus Center mail room will stay open through Thursday, June 27, 2013. Please return your mail box key to the student mail room by Thursday, June 27, 2013.On Friday, June 28, 2013 the Campus Center mail room will temporarily move to 126 West St.  To accommodate students, the staff at the 126 West St. mail room will email you when you get mail and/or packages; mail and/or packages should be picked up at 126 West St.  Mail room hours during the renovation will be 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Orientations Presentations Now Online!
Lectures presented by Dr. Joan Berzoff, Carolyn du Bois and Fred Newdom are now online and can be found at www.smith.edu/ssw/sswinfo13

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 Information For The Week Of June 17th
Thesis Submission Hours for the Week of June 17th
Laurie Wyman’s hours for the week of June 17th for thesis submission are as follows: Mon., 6/17, Wed., 6/19, 2:00-4:00 p.m. & Fri., 6/21, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Tues., 6/18 & Thurs., 6/20, 8:30 a.m.-Noon, Mon., 6/24, 8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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 (including the appendices) for 2012-13 on MOODLE for directions regarding thesis submission.

Upcoming Thesis Dissemination Meeting
Please plan to attend the Dissemination Requirement Meeting, in the Franklin King House Living Room on Wednesday, June 19th from 1-1:30 p.m.  Time sensitive information will be given out at that time.

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GENERAL NOTICES

NASW Information
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
Carrel sign-up for SSW students will be at the Circulation desk in Neilson Library. 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.

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 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

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 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.

Jewish Student Alliance Lunch-time Support Group
Tuesday, June 18, from 12:40 - 1:30 p.m., Scales Basement Room
The JSA invites you to discuss your experiences of being Jewish at Smith: do you have questions, experiences or thoughts you would like to share, or any challenges you would like some support around? This will be a safe space to share your thoughts with other Jewish students and we may have a couple of supportive faculty at this meeting as well.

Free Yoga Classes
Free yoga class open to the SSW community. Classes will be held Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5 p.m. in Studio 151 at the Scott gym.

Meditation Sessions
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group! Sits will be held weekly on:

  • Mondays, from 12:40-1:10 p.m.
  • Mondays, from 5:45-6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, from 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, from 1-1:30 p.m.

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.

Spirituality and Social Work Group
Tuesday, June 25th, 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 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
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 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
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
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

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Monday, June 24th, 12:40-1:25 p.m., Laura Scales House Living 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

Gender & Sexuality Alliance Task Force Meetings
Thursday's from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room

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WORKSHOPS

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 pm, in King House Living Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Building an Alliance: Racial Identities in Supervision
Tuesday, June 18th, 7-9 p.m., Seelye Hall 110
This workshop focuses on how racial identity theory can be used to understand, anticipate, and solve problems that may arise due to the different ways in which a supervisor and a supervisee understand and perceive race and racism. Participants can expect to critically understand previous experiences with race and racism but also be equipped with the tools necessary to actively enhance any supervisory relationship in the context of race. The workshop facilitator will be Christian Cho, Assistant Director of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground at Boston University.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
June 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!

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 25th, 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 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.