JPhD Student Ms. Vannessa Gharbi and Dr. Stephanie Teixeira-Poit have submitted Abstracts that were accepted for their funded Research Project. 

Ms. Gharbi’s and Dr. Teixeira-Poit’s funded research project concluded in January, and we are thrilled to share the news that their submitted abstracts were accepted to: 

(1) North Carolina Sociological Association, titled: Examining Social Determinants to Understand the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities in North & South Carolina to be presented next week, and

(2) Academy Health 2021 Annual Research Meeting in June titled: Policy, Community, and Facility-Level Factors Impacting COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities in North and South Carolina.

They have submitted one manuscript and are currently working on another. 

Congratulations to both Ms. Vannessa Gharbi and Dr. Stephanie Teixeira-Poit for their exceptional work.

JPhD Student Ms. Vannessa Gharbi to present at the Strategies for Achieving Racial Justice in Social Work Education symposium

We are happy to announce that JPhD student Ms. Vannessa Gharbi (pictured) and her colleague, Dr. Tiffany Baffour -Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program at University of Utah College of Social Work, will be presenting their paper at the Strategies for Achieving Racial Justice in Social Work Education symposium: Social Work, White Supremacy, and Racial Justice: Reckoning with Our History, Interrogating our Present, Re-Imagining our Future.

Their paper, entitled “Advancing Culturally Disruptive Pedagogies to Dismantle Anti-Black Racism in the Generalist Social Work Curriculum,” will be presented mid-April 2021 as part of a virtual symposia series hosted by the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

Papers are intended to become part of an edited volume of seminal papers reflecting three foci: Part 1: Our Historical Legacy of Racism and White Supremacy, Part 2: Reflections on Past and Present: Addressing Racism from Within, Part 3: Envisioning an Anti-Racist Future.

Congratulations to Ms. Gharbi and Dr. Baffour!

    

JPhD Student Vannessa Gharbi contributed to New Curricular Guide for Substance Use!

We are delighted to share that Ms. Vannessa Gharbi contributed to the new Curricular Guide for Substance Use! See below for the press release from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is pleased to release the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice, the newest addition to the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series. This specialized guide was created thanks to CSWE’s partnership with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Opioid Response Network, a collaborative effort to provide free training and education that addresses the opioid health crisis.

The guide was developed by a national task force from a variety of schools of social work and chaired by Anthony Estreet, PhD, LCSW-C, of Morgan State University and Rebecca Gomez, PhD, LCSW, of Our Lady of the Lake University. Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI080816 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. CSWE would like to thank the national task force members for their dedication and contributions.

The Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use provides resources that will help prepare social work educators or any other educators/trainers responsible for teaching future professionals to practice in substance use. The guide includes specialized substance use competencies mapped to the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

All the publications in the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series are available for access and download here.

Ms. Vannessa Gharbi & Dr. Stephanie Teixeira Poit receive grant funds for study on COVID-19 and Older Adults!

We are delighted to share the news that Ms. Vannessa Gharbi, a doctoral student in the JPSW, collaborated with Dr. Stephanie Teixeira Poit (a faculty member in the Department of Social Work and Sociology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University) and they received $75,428 in funding for their project, “Predictors of and Strategies to Mitigate COVID-19 Cases and Death Among Older Adults in Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities” from the NC Policy Collaboratory.

The JPhD in Social Work offers unique opportunities for students to be mentored by, and work with, faculty at two universities. As this case shows – in what can be rewarding and timely projects! Congratulations to both Ms. Gharbi and Dr. Teixeira Poit!

Mervin Brandy receives 2020-2021 NASW Foundation Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship!

Mervin Brandy receives 2020-2021 NASW Foundation Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship!

Joint Master of Social Work student Mervin Brandy has received the 2020-2021 NASW Foundation Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to master's degree candidates in social work who demonstrate an interest in or has experience with health/mental health practice and have a commitment to working in African American communities.

The scholarship program is a memorial to Verne LaMarr Lyons, a social worker and NASW national staff member who died in 1989, while waiting for a heart transplant. Lyons committed his life to increasing awareness of pernicious health concerns affecting African Americans such as insufficient prenatal care, infant mortality, AIDS, cirrhosis, and general life expectancy. To read more about the scholarship, please visit the Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship page on the NASW Foundation's website.

Congratulations, Mervin!