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About the Bulletin

The SSW Bulletin is a bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW. The Bulletin is distributed weekly during the summer and monthly during the academic year.

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.

JULY 16, 2012

Monday, July 16
Tuesday, July 17
Wednesday, July 18
Thursday, July 19
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 22
After July 22
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards

 

Annual Conference 2012 - Special Message for students - NEW

July 18 - July 21, 2012

The Annual Conference provides opportunities for students, agency-based supervisors, directors of training, and faculty field advisors to meet in a range of both formal training sessions and informal gatherings. The weekend's activities offer students an important time to prepare for the upcoming internship, to meet supervisors and advisors, and to connect with other students who will be interning in the same agency or city. Field Faculty Advisors travel to Smith from all over the country to meet with you, so please mark you calendars now and save the date. Thank you!

Annual Conference Activities

WED, July 18  
7:00-10:00pm Stoddard Hall
Orientation to the Field, including small group sessions relevant to students' specific internship settings. Required for all 1st year students (A14 and AS13)
THU, July 19  
4:15pm Museum Atrium
Farewell reception for Anthony Hill, Associate Director of Field Work. As you probably know, Anthony has accepted a full-time faculty position at Springfield College and will be leaving SSW on July 21. Please join us in wishing Anthony well and in thanking him for his service to the school.
FRI, July 20  
3:45-4:30pm Seelye Hall (specific classroom assignments will be sent via email)
Student Supervisor Meetings: These meetings are designed to provide students and SCSSW supervisors, or other agency representatives, an opportunity to make initial introductions and to begin planning for the training year ahead.
4:30-5:30pm Chapin Lawn
Annual Conference Reception: Supervisors, Directors of Training, Faculty Field Advisors, and all students
7:30pm Weinstein Auditorium
Day-Garrett Award and Lecture - The Cost of Radical Social Exclusion: Race, Class, and Mass Incarceration. Judith S. Willison, PhD, LICSW
SAT, July 21  
9:00-11:00am Weinstein Auditorium followed by breakouts in Hatfield
Community Practice Project Orientation (required to 1st year students, A14)
10:30am-noon Weinstein Auditorium
Second Year Field Orientation (required for all 2nd year and entering Advanced Standing students)
12:00pm Campus Center
SSW Community Box Lunch
12:30pm Campus Center Carroll Room
SSW Faculty Book Signing. All invited. Visit this page for more information: http://smith.edu/ssw/SLS-handout-web.pdf

 

Monday - JULY 16

Summer Lecture Series - Trans-affirmative care: The evolving role of clinical social workers with transgender, transsexual and gender nonconforming individuals - NEW

Lisette Lahana, LCSW

Monday, July 16, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium
International standards of care and clinical guidelines are moving toward collaborative treatment planning that takes into account each client's unique gender identity and life circumstance. For over sixty years mental health clinicians have been placed in the role of a gatekeeper to needed medical interventions. Increasingly, therapists are shifting from a “one size fits all” approach to one that takes into account a variety of gender presentations and identities, as well as medical interventions outside of the established male/female gender binary. However, when existing systems are slow to change, trans-affirmative therapists are often presented with challenging clinical and ethical questions for which there are no clear answers. Clinical social workers are well suited for this complex work, which may include depth psychotherapy, assessment, case management, advocacy and activism. (read more)

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

School for Social Work Career Fair

Monday, July 16, 4:30-6:30pm, Campus Center, Lower Level
Speak with employers in the social work field about job opportunities and network informally with Smith SSW alums at the 2012 School for Social Work Career Fair. All class years are welcome and encouraged to attend and to bring copies of your resume. Business casual dress suggested. A list of participaing employers is on the Lazarus Center for Career Development website.

Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Tuesday - JULY 17

Film on Poverty and Q&A With Filmmaker Keith Kilty - NEW

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00-9:00pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Dr. Keith Kilty, Ohio State College of Social Work Professor Emeritus, put a human face on poverty in his eye-opening debut documentary, Ain't I A Person with Apologies to Soujourner Truth. Dr. Kilty will present excerpts from his film and discuss its content and the process of making it.

Smith College Dept. Sociology & Media Education Foundation Lecture - NEW

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00pm, McConnell 103
Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies presents "The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources"

Free Yoga for Students

Tuesdays, 8:00am-9:15am, Ainsworth 151 (gym)
The Tuesday morning yoga class will have a focus on grounding postures and breathing practices, and creating mindfulness of the subtle experience of yoga. All levels welcome. Come connect to the earth and get nourished! Class will be lead by Julia Jakubowski. If you have questions email Julia at jjakubo@smith.edu.

Disability Awareness Group

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30, Scales Living Room
Please join us in an effort to support each other and talk about issues regarding ALL forms of disability at Smith College SSW.

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room
Come be a part of the ongoing work of the Anti-racism Task Force. The Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have moved 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. It meets on Tuesdays at lunch (12:30-1:30) in the King Study room.

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room
The Alliance general meeting is open to all members of the Smith SSW community who want a space to build community under the Queer umbrella. Allies are encouraged to join and are always welcome.

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops - For Faculty

Tuesdays, 7:00-9pm, Seelye 101
We had very rich and thoughtful meetings during Term 1 and look forward to seeing you for Term 2. Hye-Kyung Kang and Josh Miller will be co-facilitators.

  • use of self to further issues of diversity and ways of attending to diversity in all classes;
  • how to respond to student-faculty and student-student micro-aggressions around diversity content;
  • similarities and differences in racial identity development for minority and majority group participants;
  • other selected didactic content

This workshop is open to all summer teaching faculty. The adjunct teaching faculty is particularly encouraged to attend.

Tuesdays, Term 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Wednesday - JULY 18

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

Wednesday, July 18, 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. Participant need only attend ONE session.

To register: just add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. The workshop will be held in Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Treatment Planning Course for Gender Nonconforming Clients - NEW

Wednesday, July 18, 5:30-9:30pm, Seelye 106
Clinical Work with Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Gender Nonconforming Clients: A Social Work Perspective with Lisette Lahana, MSW, LCSW
Through this course you will learn about treatment planning for clients who identity as transgender, transsexual, intersex and others with gender identity concerns. We will discuss the complex ethical issues related to patholigizing human diversity and in using clinical diagnoses for this population. Attendees will learn about mental health, medical, legal and social issues relevant to gender transitions as well as to those who are gender nonconforming or questioning. Clinicians will become familiar with how their clinical work can be guided by international standards of care as well as social work theory. Didactic material, case examples, group discussion and video clips will leave students with knowledge that will inform daily clinical practice.

Annual Conference Event - Orientation to Field - NEW (required for all 1st year students)

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00-10:00pm, Stoddard Hall

Thursday - JULY 19

Farewell Reception for Anthony Hill - NEW

Thursday, July 19, 4:15pm, Museum Atrium
Farewell reception for Anthony Hill, Associate Director of Field Work. As you probably know, Anthony has accepted a full-time faculty position at Springfield College and will be leaving SSW on July 21. Please join us in wishing Anthony well and in thanking him for his service to the school.

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room
This meeting is open to all SSW students who wish to help plan events and meetings for/with the Alliance. Bring your ideas (and your lunch)!

Curriculum Committee Open Meeting

Thursdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Living Room
The mission and purpose of the student CC is to "build community among all members of the Smith School for Social Work; to join the members of the SSW community in a positive and effective forum for dialogue, with a focus on proactive and creative responses to identified issues." Its role in the community, therefore, is to serve as an intermediary organization through which the student body can voice its questions, concerns, and thoughts about the curriculum to the faculty. Ideally, it also serves as a mechanism for delivering to students information about curricular changes made year to year and it is a source of information for students interested in how the curriculum is constructed. Curriculum Committee meetings are open to the student body, however, we reserve the right to hold closed portions of meetings to discuss more sensitive and confidential items. 

Friday - JULY 20

Free Yoga for Students

Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Bodman Lounge (chapel)
Friday afternoon yoga classes will be an uplifting and energizing hour of linking movement to breath to create opennes and flexibility in the body. All levels and body shapes/sizes welcome. Please feel free to contact Becky at brothbergsmith.edu with any questions.

Annual Conference Events - NEW

Student Supervisor Meetings

Friday, July 20, 3:45-4:30pm, Seelye Hall

Reception

Friday, July 20, 4:30-5:30pm, Chapin Lawn

Day-Garrett Award and Lecture - The Cost of Radical Social Exclusion: Race, Class, and Mass Incarceration. Judith S. Willison.

Friday, July 20, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium

Saturday - JULY 21

Annual Conference Events - NEW

Community Practice Project Orientation (required for 1st year student, A14)

Saturday, July 21, 9:00-11:00am, Weinstein Auditorium

Second Year Field Orientation (required for all 2nd year and entering Advanced Standing Students)

Saturday, July 21, 10:3am-noon, Weinstein Auditorium

SSW Community Box Lunch

Saturday, July 21, 12:00pm (noon), Campus Center, First Floor

SSW Faculty Book Signing

Saturday, July 21, 12:00-1:30pm, Campus Center Carroll Room

SUNDAY JULY 22

After JULY 22

Job Interview Skills for Social Workers - NEW

Tuesday, July 24, 12:30-1:30, Scales Study Room
Learn and practice interview skills for jobs in the social work field at this informal workshop offered by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. All are welcome, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Writing Clearly and Concisely: A Workshop for Improving Writing Style - NEW

Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 26, 12:30-1:30pm
This two-session workshop will focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective. Included will be discussions of active and passive voice, sexist language, word choice, and other topics. Participants should try to attend BOTH sessions.

To register: just add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. The workshop will be held in Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Thesis Colloquium - Talking to Children About Sexual Assault - NEW

Tueday, July 31, 6:30pm, Seelye 110
All are invited to attend as Karen Taylor presents the findings and implications of her thesis, "'Prevention Starts at Home': Mapping the Discourse Parents who Work in Sexual Assault-Related Fields Create with Their Children about Sexual Assault." Dr. David Burton will serve as moderator.

Experienceing the Dao: Practices of Daoist Meditation and Qigong Practice - NEW

Saturday, August 4, 2:00-4:00pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Dr. Lai Ping Yuen, who practices traditional Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong, will give a talk and present the experience of qigong.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and longevity practices in China originate from Daoism. Daoism promotes meditation and qigong practices, and healthy lifestyle and diet as well as a relaxed and easy-going mental attitude towards the ups and downs in life. The search for balance and harmony is through a deep appreciation of nature and the forces in the universe. Health practices can be translated into the five aspects of:

  • healthy diet in line with the seasons
  • physical exercises through daily qigong practices
  • Daoist meditation in the morning and in the evening
  • healthy lifestyle and diet
  • and harmonious relationships with mankind and the universe.

Systematic review of the literature on qigong and health issues will be shared. By a ten-movement qigong exercise and meditation practice, Dr. Yuen and her team conducted a randomized control clinical trial on qigong and found that this Daoist exercise qigong can significatnly reduce fatigue and pain, and improve sleep and emotional well-being of patients of chronic fatigue syndrome as well as cancer. Both qualitative and quantitative data and physiological outcomes of these studies will be shared. There will be an opportunity to conduct experiential sharing during the presentation.

Take the NASW Licensing Prep Course

Saturday, August 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, Seelye Hall
The Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is offering a one-day licensing test preparation course for students who will soon be taking their LCSW exam. This workshop is an excellent review of material for the exam, and provides a great opportunity to review the types of questions you may encounter on the exam. The fee is $100 for NASW members and $155 for non-members. The licensing exam is the same in all 50 states, so you do not need to live in Massachusetts to benefit from this review.

To register, visit http://naswma.org/cde.cfm?event=364110. Questions, email Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW, at jschrenz@wne.edu.

Administrative Announcements

Add/Drop Process - NEW

Add/drop for Term 2 began Monday, July 2, and runs until Friday, July 20, at 10:30am. Forms can be found outside Lilly 115 and should be submitted to the Office of Academic Support Services by the deadline.

Please Welcome New Faculty Member Peggy O'Neill - NEW

Peggy O'Neill, our newest resident faculty member, has arrived and is on campus for the rest of the summer. We are very excited by all that Peggy will bring to our program. During Term 2 she will not be teaching any classes but is available to meet you, consult with you or a student organization, attend presentations and other activities that both give her a sense of our community and/or where she can make a contribution. Here is what Peggy would like you to know:

"I am delighted to be joining the Smith College School for Social Work resident faculty and look forward to meeting as many students during the summer sessions as possible. I welcome curiosity and inquiry and invite you to reach out to me with questions and your own interests."

Peggy has listed some area that she would like you to be aware of that are of particular interest to her:

  • Building resilience as prevention and preparedness in face of community trauma and disaster
  • Adaptation of evidence based treatment models in the context of a person's life and agency practice - culturally/socially responsible and aware care
  • Tending to care (self & others) in the face of trauma
  • Significance of therapeutic relationships and employment of evidence based practices - both/and rather than either/or
  • Finding the clinical in case management

You can contact Peggy via email at poneill@smith.edu.

Writing Center Appointments - NEW

Please Cancel Writing Center Appointments You Are Unable to Keep
We have been very busy in the Writing Center and have a wait list for writers who would like to find appointments. We ask that you cancel any appointments with us that you are unable to keep.

To cancel, just email us or use the white-out to erase your name on the appointment calendar.

Thank you! -- Debra (dcarney@smith.edu) and Peter (psapira@smith.edu).

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

The Anti-Racism Consultation Committee (ARCC) was formed about one year after the Anti-Racism Task Force, in 1995. Its purpose is to be available to any member of the SSW community for consultation about issues of race, ethnicity, culture and social justice. To learn more about this committee and to see a list of committee members, please visit http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_antiracism_committee.php

Thesis Information

An Invitation to the Thesis Poster Session - NEW

Monday, July 23, 7:00-8:30pm, Scales Living Room
All members of the SSW communitiy are invited and encouraged to attend the Smith College School for Social Work Class of 2012 Thesis Poster session. Come and view students' poster displays on their theis projects.

To the Class of 2014: First Year Thesis Orientation - NEW

Tuesday, July 24, 1:00-1:30pm, King Living Room
Dr. Jean LaTerz, Thesis Coordinator, will moderate the First Year Thesis Orientation. Dr. LaTerz will give an overview of the thesis project and advising process. Time for questions and answers will follow.

To the Class of 2013: Theoretical Thesis Orientation and Colloquium - NEW

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00-8:30pm, Scales Living Room
Student volunteers from the Class of 2012 will present to the second year class their theoretical theses. This will be followed by a discussion of the format and process for Theoretical Theses.

General Notices

LGBT Studies in Video - Please Send Feedback - NEW

From Pam Skinner, Neilson Library:

The library currently has a trial for a new video database that may be of interest to SSW students: LGBT Studies in Video.

This database is produced by the same company that offers Counseling & Psychotherapy in Video. LGBT Studies in Video includes documentaries, interviews, archival footage and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, religious perspectives, global comparative experiences, etc. The trial ends 8/25/12.

Please connect from this page: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/research/subject/trialdatabases.

And note, the eResource Trials Feedback form on that page or via this link: http//www.smith.edu/libraries/forms/trialdb.

We would love to get your feedback as we evaluate this product.

Become a member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) at Student Reduced Rate

You are invited to join the one professional organization that promotes social work as a profession and that advocates for better policies for clients. There is an NASW chapter in each state. The membership fee for students is $48 a year (compare this with regular $190 rate). If you join as a student you will benefit from the student rate for the entire time you are a student. And for the first two years after you graduate, you will pay a hgher, but still reduced fee. Why not join now? Visit https://www.socialworkers.org/online-join/join.aspx.

Please email Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW, at jscrenz@wne.edu.

Group Meditation and Yoga Classes

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Bodman Lounge
We will be offering group meditation in Bodman Lounge in the basement of Helen Hills Hills Chapel at the following times:

MONDAYS 1:00-1:30pm
WEDNESDAYS 7:30-8:00am
THURSDAYS 4:00-4:300pm


Note that this is a new location for these sessions. Beginners as well as experienced meditators are welcome.

Additionally, thanks to two generous fellow Smithies we will be offering twice weekly free yoga classes for the rest of the summer (except during break week).

Tuesdays, 8:15am-9:00am, Ainsworth 151 (in the gym) led by Julia Jakubowski
Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Bodman Lounge in the chapel led by Becky Rothberg.

While the classes are free, yoga mats are not provided, so please bring your own. Please come early so that the classes can start on time without disruption.

The Tuesday morning yoga class will have a focus on grounding postures and breathing practices, and creating mindfulness of the subtle experience of yoga. All levels welcome. Come connect to the earth and get nourished! Class will be lead by Julia Jakubowski. If you have questions email Julia at jjakubo@smith.edu.

Friday afternoon yoga classes will be an uplifting and energizing hour of linking movement to breath to create opennes and flexibility in the body. All levels and body shapes/sizes welcome. Please feel free to contact Becky at brothbergsmith.edu with any questions.

2012 Summer Lecture Series

A reminder that Smith College SSW is offering its lively and informative summer lecture series to area professionals, students, and alumni. All lectures take place in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. Lectures start at 7:30pm and are free and open to the public.

To learn more and to register, visit http://www.smith.edu/ssw/acad_cont_lectures_summer.php.

Lost and Found:

Ongoing Events

Also see the SSW events calendar for all regularly schedule weekly events: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_news_calendar.php

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales Living Room

Council for Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Curriculum Committee Open Meeting

Thursdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Living Room

Disability Awareness Group

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

DSO Weekly Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:30pm, Campus Center 003 (CC003)

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room

Meditation and Holistic Healing Group - Meditation & Yoga

MEDITATION: Mondays, 1:00-1:30pm; Wednesdays, 7:30-8:00am; Thursdays 4:00-4:30, Chapel basement- Bodman Lounge
YOGA: Tuesdays, 8:00-9:15am, Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Chapel basement - Bodman Lounge

Social Welfare Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Lounge, Lower Level

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

Student Org General Meeting

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, King Study