Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption holds first public hearing at UW-Green Bay

A bipartisan group of state representatives hopes to learn more about the barriers that make child adoption challenging in Wisconsin. The committee’s first public hearing was held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at UW-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay faculty provided feedback.

“Children need their parents. The question is how do we protect a child who may think developmentally that’s my mom even if mom is doing something abusive? They’re not necessarily going to protect themselves, and that becomes our job,” said Joan Groessl, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Social Work program. See more via Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption holds first public hearing at UW-Green Bay, WBAY.

Alumnus Doug Wirth named to the 2019 Pride Power 100 | CSNY

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues efforts to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Doug Wirth ’89 (Social Work) tells Gay City News that preventive health care should be expanded to reach vulnerable populations. Wirth served on Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York state by 2020 and was senior health policy adviser to former New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins. In the 1980s, he ran several homeless shelters in the Midwest. Wirth made The 2019 Pride Power 100 | CSNY recognizing New York’s 100 most powerful members of the LGBTQ community.

Video: UW-Green Bay 2018 Alumni Award recipient, Doug Wirth, shares his Phoenix story

Doug Wirth ’89 (Social Work) entered UW-Green Bay feeling good about who he was, but unsure about who he would become. According to Wirth, a degree from UW-Green Bay prepares you well for the world of work. Wirth is the president and CEO of Amida Care, a Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan in New York City. More on Wirth.

Social Work Symposium

Photos: Celebrating Social Work in 2018-19

Student posters, students, community members and faculty/staff filled the Weidner Center foyer on Friday May 10, 2019 to celebrate Master of Social Work (MSW) capstone projects, induction into the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and completion of the Social Work program for 32 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and 55 MSW students. More than 60 posters were on display illustrating the community issues and Social Work practice models that students have researched and will bring to their agencies when they enter the workforce. Project topics included evidence-based interventions, emerging programming, policy issues impacting inclusivity, funding and access to care.

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Social Work Symposium 2019

– Photos by Daniel Moore, Marketing and University Communications

Spring semester success in Social Work: International collaboration with University of Gothenburg in Sweden

The Social Work Professional Programs and the College of Health, Education & Social Welfare (CHESW) proudly hosted guests from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden’s Social Work Department to explore international student and faculty exchanges between UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg’s International Master’s in Social Work and Human Rights. This effort builds upon the recent sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who spent several months at the University of Gothenburg in 2018.

Helena Johansson, Deputy Head of Social Work, Lena Andersson, International Coordinator and Social Work faculty member, who visited UW-Green Bay from February 23-March 2, 2019, joined several enthusiastic UW-Green Bay campus and community members in a Welcome Reception and Dinner hosted by the Provost’s office in the 1965 Room, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. While in Green Bay, Johansson and Andersson also met with UW-Green Bay administrators, numerous faculty and staff campus wide, local Swedish guests and a host of community providers to explore UW-Green Bay and the broader community. Plans are underway in the Social Work Professional Program in conjunction with the University of Gothenburg, CHESW, the Provost’s Office and the Office of International Education to fully develop the collaboration over the next academic year. Check out the photos.

Social Work students hold informational session on men affected by domestic violence

As part of an Advocacy Project in their undergraduate Social Policy Analysis course, Social Work students will host an advocate from Rainbow House to speak about men who are affected by domestic violence. The informational session will be held Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m., in Wood Hall 117.  All are welcome to attend the event.

Social Work senior class presents ‘ALICE’ results to United Way

Culminating a year-long research project, the Bachelor of Social Work senior class gave a presentation to the United Way on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Christie Theater. Annually, seniors in the Social Work Program take on a collaborative research project with a community partner. This year, the students worked with United Way to learn more about UW-Green Bay students who identify as ALICE, which stands for: asset limited, income constrained, employed. The social work students used a photovoice methodology, which means that research participants took photos to express what it means to them to have limited incomes while also balancing the expectations of being a college student. Brown County United Way intends to replicate the research project on a county-wide scale, and was eager to learn more about both findings and methodology. See more.

Social Work senior class presents year-long research to United Way

Culminating a year-long research project, the Bachelor of Social Work senior class gave a presentation to the United Way on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Christie Theater.

Annually, seniors in the Social Work Program take on a collaborative research project with a community partner. This year, the students worked with United Way to learn more about UW-Green Bay students who identify as ALICE, which stands for: asset limited, income constrained, employed. The social work students used a photovoice methodology, which means that research participants took photos to express what it means to them to have limited incomes while also balancing the expectations of being a college student. Brown County United Way intends to replicate the research project on a county-wide scale, and was eager to learn more about both findings and methodology.

In addition to sharing the results with Brown County United Way staff at the March 14 presentation, students have plans to disseminate their findings at the WI Council on Social Work Education Conference in the Wisconsin Dells, and the UW-System Undergraduate Research Symposium at UW-Green Bay, both in April. The posters will also be on display at the Social Work Symposium, May 10 at the Weidner Center.

Helping Professions Open House is Friday, Feb. 15

On Friday afternoon (Feb. 15, 2019), the University is hosting the Helping Professions Open House, a collaborative program between five helping professions academic programs and admissions. Nursing, Social Work, Education, Psychology and Human Biology will be featured. More than 135 Green Bay Area Public School students and more than 75 prospective students and guests will be on campus to learn about a variety of helping professions majors. Please help welcome these students!