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About the Bulletin

The SSW Bulletin is a monthly bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW.

Students are welcome and encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. See posting rules.

Need more updates? The Bulletin will now be updated on Thursdays as well. Deadline for Thursday's issue will be Wednesday night, 10:00pm.

JULY 18, 2011

Monday, July 18
Tuesday, July 19
Wednesday, July 20
Thursday, July 21
Friday, July 22
Saturday, July 23
Sunday, July 24
After July 24
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards



Summer Lecture Series - Learning from Bertha Reynolds:  "Social Living" and the Possibilities and Perils of Living a Radical Social Practice
Ann Withorn, Ph.D.; Discussant: Fred Newdom, M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Monday, July 18, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium

In 2011, radical academics like Frances Fox Piven and William Ayers are attacked by the conservative media. During the 1950s academic and social radicals were not just named in the uncivil discourse of the day, they were investigated as "communists" or "fellow travelers" and pushed out of public life. Bertha Capen Reynolds was one of the most notable social workers who chose retirement as the union, school and profession she had served came under fire. As a woman who understood the possibilities and perils of living as a radical social activist, her response to the McCarthy Era was to use her family home in Stoughton, Massachusetts as a base for writing even more forthrightly about her politics and the obligation for what she called "social living."

In this talk and the associated discussion, participants will learn more about the life and struggles of Bertha Capen Reynolds. We will explore her vision for radical practice in social work and social work education. We will ask how Reynolds' goal to be more than a policy expert remains relevant. Finally we will consider options for radical social practice today and identify forces working against such work. Read more.

Tuesday - JULY 19

Job Interview Skills for Social Workers

Tuesday, July 19, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room

All students are welcome to this final workshop in the Career Development Office's workshop series for SSW students. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Wednesday - JULY 20

Writing Workshop - Surviving Your Thesis: A Strategies Workshop for Second Year Students

Wednesdays, July 6 and 20, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307

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.

Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Colloquium - Clinical Use of Music with Levin Schwartz

Wednesday, July 20, 7:00-8:30pm, Neilson Browsing Room

An interactive presentation on the clinical use of music as an adjunct to evidence based practice for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The presentation will include analysis of research on the physiology, psychology & sociology of both music and PTSD and a description of the behavioral and experiential approaches of music used in the treatment of PTSD.

The Clinical is Political: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, July 20, 7:30pm, Seelye 101

Join SWAA and representatives from the social policy sequence for snacks and dialogue focused on bridging the false dichotomy between social work and social action. Guest panelists are Kelcie Cooke, Megan Harding, and Rani Varghese.

Thursday - JULY 21


Friday - JULY 22

Annual Conference Lecture - Individual and Collective Wellness: What Happened to Our Shared Vision of Mental Health?

Friday, July 22, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy goals are often stated in terms of symptom relief and behavior change. This narrow focus reflects the interests of insurance and pharmaceutical corporations, which profit from defining wellness as the absence of observable symptoms and problematic behaviors. Read more.

Saturday - JULY 23


Sunday - JULY 24

After juLY 24

SSW Career Fair 2011

Monday, July 25, 4:30-6:30pm, Campus Center Lower Level

At the third annual SSW Career Fair students will have the opportunity to speak with employers about job openings and network informally with SSW alums. Bring resumes and wear business casual, please. Further details about this event, including a list of employers attending, are on the Career Development Office website under Social Work Resources. All SSW students are welcome!

Poster Session

Monday, July 25, 7:00pm, Cutter House Foyer

All are invited to attend the Smith College School for Social Work Class of 2010 Thesis Poster Session. Come and view students' poster displays of their thesis project. See and hear about students' cutting-edge, current research on a variety of social work related issues. Students who will be displaying their posters include: Leslie Bosworth, Sarah Keyes, Kate Kyros, Charlotte Parker, Ashley Petit, and Kathryn Thomas.

Class of 2013 - Thesis Orientation Meeting

Tuesday, July 26, 1:00-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room

Dr. Jean LaTerz, thesis coordinator, will give an overview of the thesis project and advising process. There will be time for questions and answers after the overview.

Class of 2012 - Theoretical Thesis Orientation & Colloquium

Tuesday, July 26, 7:00-8:30pm, Cutter Head Resident Suite

Tiffany Romer will present her theoretical thesis entitled, Seeing the Light in Psychotherapy: Exploring Transformational Change through Object Relations, Self Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the format and process for theoretical theses.

Class of 2011 - A Few Requests from Laurie Wyman

If you have not handed in your pink dissemination plan form to Laurie, send or take it to her in Lilly 281.

For those who have completed their dissemination and have the required sign-offs, please forward the blue "Dissemination Confirmation" form or other appropriate documentation to Laurie. Remember that the Dissemination of Knowledge deadline is Friday, August 5.

Laurie will be on vacation July 18-22. Please email Jean LaTerz with any thesis- or dissemination-related questions or concerns during that time. If you are planning on handing in any documentation during July 18-22, please ask our receptionists in Lilly to put in Laura Wyman's mailbox.


Sunday, August 14, 6:00pm, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

The baccalaureate ceremony is a time to come together to connect and remember what we each bring as individuals and who were are as a class.

We need you or a group of you to participate! In the past people have read poems, spiritual prayers and used mediums like dance, yoga, capoeira, meditation and music - anything and all that is open and affirming.

If you would like to participate in the baccalaureate please contact Tiffany Adams by Wednesday, August 3.

As a gift to the class we will be creating a book of quotes, poems and inspirations in relationship to any part of being a social worker. Please email submissions to Leah Krieger by Wednesday, August 3.

We hope everyone can participate in some way in the event and/or in the creation of the book; it can be something short and simple, or something elaborate. The more involvement, the more meaningful it will be.

Administrative Announcements

Term 2 Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow

Victoria R. Winbush, MSSA, LICSW, MPH, Ph.D., is a graduate of the SSW doctoral program. Vikki recently served as the interim executive director of Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Several years prior she served as the executive director of the Multicultural Training Institute, also in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an adjunct instructor, faculty field advisor and research advisor at SSW. Vikki has been an adjunct instructor for Cleveland State University's Diversity Management Program and for the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University. Vikki's clinical and research interests are focused on parents' role in securing mental health treatment services for their distressed adolescents. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Barnard College, her master's in social work from MSASS, and her master's in public health from the University of Michigan.

Office hours and location:

Monday 3:30 - 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:00 noon
Pierce 107  

Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Dialogues

Wednesdays, July 27, August 3 and August 10, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 110

Victoria Winbush, Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow, will be conducting cross-racial, cross cultural dialogues.

Each two-hour interactive session will use dialogue as a framework for building conceptual and affective understanding of the dynamics of cross-racial and cross-cultural interactions. Individual reflections, one-on-one interactions along with small and large group discussions will be used to create an environment for learning, exploring and skill building.

There will be three evenings of dialogues, one for each M.S.W. class year:

Class of 2013: July 27
Class of 2012: August 3
Class of 2011: August 10

Grab 'n' Go Hours

Please note that the Grab 'n' Go station is open ONLY during the following times:

Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 10:00am and 11:00am - 1:30pm

Please do not try to open the unit on your own when it is locked as food is not stored in there. Thank you for your consideration.

Dean's Conversation Date Changes in July

Please not that there will be no Dean's Conversation on July 8, 15, and 22. The next Dean's Conversation will be held on Friday, July 29.

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

The anti-racism consultation commmittee members are available to anyone who would like to have a discussion or dialogue about any concerns of a racialized nature on campus. Committee members can be contacted directly and they are: student reps - Maggie Matthew (A12) and Madeline Nussbaum (A11); council rep: Andrea Yoshida (A13); administrative staff: Idene Martin and Tonya Dixon; alumnae rep: Rani Varghese; faculty reps: Fred Newdom and Joyce Everett; and chair: Dennis Miehls.

Health Insurance Enroll or Waiver

For all students going into Field: Letters have been placed in your student mailboxes explaining how to sign up or waive out of the school's health insurance plan for the period of September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012. All students entering field placement in September must complete either the waiver or the enrollment process online through the Gallagher Koster website before August 1, 2011, even if you completed this process in the spring. If you do not waive out of the insurance plan on the website, your student account will be billed $3,102 for the school's health insurance plan. You may direct questions to Michele Bala.

From Campus Police: Safety Tips & Emergency Contact Numbers

Remember: do not walk alone at night, especially in dark, vacant areas and avoid shortcuts through woods, alleys, etc. Help others walk safely by teaming up with another community member when walking at night. If you must walk alone, walk directly to your destination on well-lighted paths. Look alert and be aware of your surroundings. Let a friend know where you are headed and when you plan to return.

For community members and guests who are staying in our campus houses: remember to always leave your room doors and windows locked. Don't let strangers into your room - meet visitors and delivery people at the main door (they can phone you from the entrance by using the access phones located outside of each house). Never prop open dooors outside residence houses or other buildings. Do not leave your keys or your OneCard unattended in public places or in the pockets of an article of clothing (e.g. sweater, jacket) that you are not wearing.

If you are involved in (or become aware of) an accident or health emergency of any kind, call Campus Police.

  Campus Phone Off-campus phone
Emergency Ext. 800 413-585-2499
Campus Police Office Ext. 2490 413-585-2490


Please program the emergency and business line numbers for Campus Police into your cellphone.

Please remember that the Campus Police are available 24-hours a day to assist you with any emergencies or problems that you may encounter while at Smith College.

Counseling and Therapy Databases on Trial this Summer

Two databases of potential interest to social work students and faculty are currently on trial:

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

Counseling and Therapy in Video

The trials run through August 7, 2011. You may connect to these databases from this page:

We welcome your feedback; please use the feedback form on the Trial Databases page (see link above) or via this link:


Thesis Information

Thesis Proposal Award - New!

The Thesis Proposal Award will be given to one or two students to support thesis research related to the aging gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer population. Current students may submit a copy of their thesis proposal along with a cover letter stating the intent to apply by the school's thesis proposal deadline date of October 28, 2011. Send a copy of the thesis proposal and cover letter to Dean Carolyn Jacobs, 207 Lilly Hall, School for Social Work, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.

Please include the name of your thesis advisor in the cover letter. In order for your thesis proposal to be included in the selection process it must first pass the approval process completed by your thesis advisor (and the HSR committee if required). The Thesis Proposal Award(s) will be granted on or before February 3, 2012.

General Notices

Research Assistant Needed

From Yoosun Park: I am looking for a research assistant for the next academic year to help me with a research project. The position will begin in mid-August at the end of the summer term 2011 and will conclude at the end of May, 2012. Work will be approximately 5 hours per week. Duties will be varied and will range from photocopying to conducting literature and archival research to producing literature reviews. If interested, please email me a CV and a letter detailing any relevant experience.

Ongoing Events

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Dewey Common Room

Come be a part of the commitment to our Anti-Racism Mission. The Anti-Racism Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have along with our anti-racism commitment. The Task Force has been a very collaborative effort and a place where all constituents of the school have had a chance to work together.

Faculty liaison: Fred Newdom

Council for Students of Color Member Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room

Join us for our general meeting providing a space to be yourself for all students of color (both masters and doctoral levels). We are a support and advocacy group that wants to know how students of color are doing on campus. Feel free to bring your dinner and your kids. See you there!

Dean's Conversations

Fridays, 3:45-5:15pm, Cutter Living Room

The dean's conversation is an opportunity for any member of the SSW community to explore contemplative practices, as well as to bring forth issues and ideas of importance to our community.

Please note that there will be no Dean's Conversation on the following dates: July 8, 15, and 22.

Jewish Student Alliance (JSA) Weekly Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:45-1:30pm, Ziskind Living Room

Are you Jew-curious? come have lunch with the good folks of Jewish Students Alliance (JSA) and join in our continued curiosity and exploration of Judaism!

JSA embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identity, including those with a strong religious background, those for whom being Jewish is important culturally, those with little knowledge about being Jewish, and those students who wish to connect with an aspect of Judaism. The group's format is a weekly informal discussion on a topic related to being Jewish, and time set aside for planning events including speakers and community-building activities.

LGBTQQIF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room

The Alliance is a welcoming space for the LGBTQ community and our allies at Smith SSW. All are welcome to join in as we build community, learn from one another and ourselves, and foster constructive action and dialogue. Feel free to bring your dinner!

Pedagogy and Diversity Seminars

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Norma Akamatsu and Joshua Miller

The Pedagogy and Diversity Seminar seeks to support all faculty teaching at SSW by creating a space where professor can discuss how issues of diversity, social identity and social oppression influence their teaching, the classroom environment, student interactions, and the overall campus culture and climate. Pedagogy and diversity is a major vehicle for furthering the SSW's anti-racism mission statement by deepening the capacity of faculty to explore and develop their awareness and skills to manage the inclusion of this content while also processing issues that arise in the classroom. The seminar will include a mixture of discussion, problem solving, presentations, and exercises that will be developed by participants and the facilitators. The minutes of each pedagogy and diversity session are posted on Moodle and distributed to all SSW faculty for information and resource sharing, comment and dialogue. All who are teaching at SSW are welcome.

CEUS are available for this seminar. Faculty attending four of the five sessions will receive 10 CEUs at the end of the summer (upon completing an evaluation). We are happy to offer this at no cost to our wonderful adjunct faculty.

SWAA - Social Welfare Action Alliance

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter-Ziskind

"The real choice before us as social workers is whether we are to be passive or active." - Bertha Capen Reynolds

Come be active with the SCSSW chapter of SWAA! Weekly meetings held in Cutter-Ziskind on Wednesdays at lunch.

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:50pm, Ziskind Parlor

The foundational principles of the group are an emotional space, mutual support and accountability around issues of race and racism. This group is open to the entire student body and has historically been a space for white students to unpack, share, and reflect on privilege and embedded internal racism.