Department of Social Work

  • Congratulations 2020 BSW and MSW Graduates!

     

    Please take a moment to watch the video of congratulation and well wishes from the Department of Social Work.

     
     
     
     

    While this is not what we had in mind for Pomp and Circumstance, the faculty and staff of the Department of Social Work wanted to let you know how proud we are of all your accomplishments. We know that completing a degree in a professional program is no small feat. Many of your faculty members wanted to let you just how important you are and how honored they are to have participated in your achievement. Please take a moment to watch the video below of congratulation and well wishes from the Department of Social Work.

    Again we commend you and wish you well!!!

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • All Girls Deserve an Education

    A student project supports Kenyan girls by targeting menstrual health
    Story by Brett Bralley • Photos courtesy of Morgan Rozek

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  • Catch up on your reading with one of these 13 books authored by CAS faculty

    Do you have more time on your hands while social-distancing? Faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences published 13 books in 2019 on subjects ranging from lifestyles and aging to advancements in satellite archaeology.

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  • SSWO Serve at Project Homeless Connect 2020

    On February 29th the Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) members had the opportunity to work with One Roof, located at 1704 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203, on the Project Homeless Connect 2020 as Smiling Face Client Guides.

    Student Social Work Organization membersOn February 29th the Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) members had the opportunity to work with One Roof, located at 1704 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203, on the Project Homeless Connect 2020 as Smiling Face Client Guides. As Smiling Face Client Guides the students were paired with a client for this one-day collaborative event to help navigate them through the many stations set up to assist with the unmet needs of the homeless in our city. This events hosts around 1,000 volunteers and is made possible by several charitable organizations around Birmingham such as, the United Way and Hands On the City of Birmingham.

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  • Self-discovery and addiction recovery lead two UAB students to pursue careers in psychology, lands them a unique fellowship

    Two psychology students have been invited to a unique fellowship highlighting addiction recovery and cultivating leaders on college campuses across the United States.

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  • 6 ways to reduce your risk of assault, abduction

    UAB Criminal Investigations Division Captain Amy Schreiner and Stacy Moak, Ph.D., professor of social work, offer insights into the simplest ways to stay safe while on campus and around Birmingham — from safety whistles to self-defense classes.

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  • Social Work Outstanding Student Awards

    2020 Social Work Outstanding BSW and MSW Award recipients are Reese Joiner and Joseph Abua.

    Photo by Giorgio Trovato on UnsplashEach academic year, one social work student, from each program is named the "Dean's Outstanding Social Work Student."  The social work faculty nominates individuals who have achieved an outstanding grade point average and who has also demonstrated scholarship and contributions through participation in academically-related community activities.

    Robert Reese Joiner, the Outstanding BSW Student for the Department of Social Work, is from Fairhope, AL and expected to graduate with honors with a BSW degree in May of this year. Joiner has excelled in his studies in UAB’s undergraduate Social Work program. He has worked as a Peer Support Specialist at JBS Mental Health Authority and as a College Math Tutor. He has held leadership roles in the Student Health and Wellness Center, as a Student Advisory Board Member and the Social Chair at Beyond Measures A Capella. Joiner’s nominators boast about his aptitude for research.  

    Joseph Abua, the Outstanding MSW Student of the Year, hails from Nigeria. He is anticipated to graduate with his Master’s degree in May of this year. He is currently working with UAB’s Institute for Human Rights and serves as the coordinator of the Cameroon Humanitarian Relief Commission. Joseph spends his spare time volunteering at the UAB Blazer Kitchen, the Fire House Shelter, and several other community programs—all while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.  In his MSW field placement, Joseph works in the Community Assistance, Referral and Education Services (CARES) Department, working with the Birmingham community to decrease dependency on emergency services through education, patient advocacy, community collaboration and policy change. Both instructors and field supervisors have noted the positive impact Joseph has made in the lives of the individuals, families and the communities he serves.

    Norman Eggleston is the founder of UAB’s social work program and the namesake of our final award. Eggleston endured many hardships during his education quest yet persevered to obtain his doctorate.  The Norman Eggleston Award is reserved for a social work student who has overcome significant adversities in their pursuit of their degree.

    The 2020 Norman Eggleston Awardee is Virginia “Ginny” Blair. Ginny has had with many obstacles and stumbling blocks but she exemplifies how obstacles can be overcome and stumbling blocks can become stepping stones. Ginny credits her fortitude to obtain her degree to a social worker who helped turn her life around and to being a living example for her daughter.

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  • Hitchcock uses digital tools to advance social work field

    The new Institute for Healthy Engagement and Resilience with Technology, created by Laurel Hitchcock and a colleague, will help improve best practices in the field.

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  • Hitchcock uses digital tools to advance social work field

    The new Institute for Healthy Engagement and Resilience with Technology, created by Laurel Hitchcock and a colleague, will help improve best practices in the field.

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  • Being aware of your surroundings — five helpful tips to reduce the chances of abduction

    UAB social work professor Stacy Moak provides best practices on avoiding abduction during the holiday season and every day of your life.

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  • $1.13 million grant helps combat opioid crisis, bolster mental health resources

    The goal is to train and add 63 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and social workers to Alabama’s workforce over the course of three years.

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  • Meet the faculty developing service-learning curricula

    During the past year, 11 faculty from varied disciplines developed ideas for service-learning to promote active and ethical citizenship, social responsibility and engagement.

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  • 5 reasons to share your work at the UAB Expo

    Two past Expo presenters explain what students have to gain from UAB’s undergraduate research showcase. Abstract submissions are open now through Nov. 18.

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  • Sept. 12, Charlene Carruthers reads excerpts from her newest book, “Unapologetic”

     Carruthers’ book provides a framework for activists committed to building transformative power, and encourages young people to see themselves as visionaries and leaders.

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  • UAB’s new University Hall fans Blazer spirit with flames, dragon’s tail

    Furnishings in an array of gold and green, an artistic display of Blaze’s flames in metal panels and a colorful terrazzo floor like a dragon’s tail creatively express the spirit of UAB.

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  • For some, there’s no place like home

    On this sprawling urban campus, employees and students need to understand homelessness and learn to interact with homeless individuals in ways that are safe and respectful for both.

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  • 4 honored with Provost's Awards for Faculty Excellence

    Sami Raut, Vinoy Thomas, Stacy Moak, and Dawn Taylor Peterson demonstrated extraordinary commitment to engaging undergraduate students in service learning, undergraduate research, education-abroad experiences and team-learning environments.

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  • Mental Leaps

    UAB experts help Alabamians overcome barriers to mental health care
    Story by Gail Allyn Short • Editorial Contributors: Emily Henagan, Tiffany Westry Womack • Illustrations by Rachel Hendrix

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  • Social Work students, faculty, and partners recognized on Social Work Day

    The UAB Department of Social Work celebrated Social Work Month with students and their families, community partners, and faculty members on March 27, 2019.

    The UAB Department of Social Work celebrated Social Work Month with students and their families, community partners, and faculty members on March 27, 2019, at the Hill Student Center Ballroom.

    Wes Akins, Coordinator of Mental Health/Counseling at UAB 1917 Clinic, was the keynote speaker. We recognized the Social Work Outstanding student, Eggleston Scholarship awardee, SSWO officers, students who went to Kenya, graduating BSW and MSW students, adjunct faculty members, field supervisors, service learning community partners, and students who went to D.C. Fly-in, Alabama Conference of Social Work, and Alabama Arise Legislative Day. Twenty-six students were inducted into Phi Alpha Honors Society.

    Pictures of our awardees can be seen below, and more of them can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences Facebook page.

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  • Director of documentary on Kenyan AIDS orphanage speaks to UAB students

    Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu” to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in a remote Kenyan village who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

    Watch "Our Children - Twana Twitu" on YouTube

    Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu" to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in the remote village of Mwingi in northeastern Kenya who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. When no one else would care for the children due to fear and stigma, the women opened their hearts and held out their hands to take them in. Drawn together in common purpose, they devoted themselves to ending the neglect and misery that are the orphans’ lives, understanding that while poverty can be crippling, it doesn’t have to be. Grigg, along with With My Own 2 Hands Foundation in Laguna Beach, CA, put their story on film. 

    The filmmaker spent the day on campus and gave a class lecture to the Ethnography and Film class taught by Michele Forman. He was on hand for the screening and answered questions from students and community members across a wide range of issues. His talk focused as much on when not to take photos as when to take them. He detailed his philosophy of not taking the camera out of the bag on the first day in a place, and, instead, building a sense of friendship with community members. He also discussed his efforts to provide photos to community members who have never had their photographs taken by bringing a portable printer and taking family photos at no charge for those who want them.

    The documentary has been nominated for a Webby Award. The screening and lecture were hosted by the Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Institute for Human Rights, the Department of Anthropology, the UAB Office of Service Learning, and the Media Studies Program.

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