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june 3, 2013

About the Bulletin

The Bulletin offers relevant notices, reminders, and deadlines for School for Social Work students. Students are encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body.

The Bulletin is updated weekly during the summer terms, and monthly throughout the fall and spring.

Next Submission Deadline: June 6th

We would like to invite students to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. Submission deadlines are listed below:

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Please note: The SSW Bulletin will go from monthly to weekly issues starting Monday, June 3rd. The next submission deadline is Thursday, June 6th.



Relational Psychoanalytic Practice: Subjectivity and Self-Disclosure
Relational psychoanalysis opened the doors to exploring the analyst's subjectivity, both in terms of the patient's perceptions of this subjectivity and the actual subjectivity. The liberation of subjectivity from the earlier classical position threw open the door to exploring countertransference in a completely different way. No longer the dreaded faux pas of treatment, countertransference/transference dynamics gave way to ideas about intersubjectivity, co-created structures and enactments. Suddenly the questions being asked of the analyst were where and how to use the self. With this paradigm shift in terms of the nature of the analytic relationship and the use of self, the role of self-disclosure became a heated topic of contention. This lecture will explore the analyst's subjectivity in relation to self disclosure. Has the pendulum swung to a point where self disclosures are not only permissible but valorized? How does the analyst find the right balance between an open, authentic experience which depends on the use of their subjectivity and a careful, thoughtful approach that does to thrust the analyst's self unnecessarily onto center stage?
Melanie Suchet, Ph.D., is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a contributing editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She is a faculty member at the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies and in private practice in Manhattan. She is the originator and co-editor of Relational Psychoanalysis: Volume 3 dedicated to bringing to the fore newer ideas, especially political and social issues and introducing newer literary forms of writing. She is particularly interested in issues of otherness: sexuality, gender, race, class, and culture.

Student Org Executive Committee
Mondays, from 12:30-1:30 pm, Scales Study Room

Students of Color E Board
Mondays, from 5:30-7:30 pm, Scales Study Room

First Year Practice Faculty Dinner
Mondays, from 6-7:15 pm, King Lounge room

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Anti-Racism Task Force Meeting
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room
The Anti-Racism Task Force is a community group that is comprised of student, administrative and faculty members. The broad mission of the Task Force is to further the anti-racism mission statement of the School for Social work. The Task Force does this by initiating discussions and projects that heighten awareness of issues of race on campus. This group has been active for many years and has made a range of recommendations to faculty and administration, including curriculum revisions, anti-racism orientation events and changes to organizational structures. This year the group is sponsoring a story project to record narratives from SSW community members about race and racism, as well as campus-wide dialogues about race and racism.  This group is open to any member of the School for Social Work. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the King Study Room. Fred Newdom is faculty co-chair of the Task Force.

DSO Meetings
Tuesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Living Room

SSW Licensure Information & Study Group
Tuesday, June 4, 1:40–3:10 p.m., Seeyle 202

Pedagogy and Diversity
Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101
Rani Varghese will co-facilitate with Josh Miller for the first term and Ruth Spencer for the second term.  Both Rani and Ruth have been adjunct professors at SSW for many years.  Pedagogy and Diversity is a workshop-style meeting open to all faculty teaching at SSW, where we offer a space for collegial consultation and interactive learning about any issues pertaining to teaching and issues of diversity.  Last summer we had a great turn-out and many stimulating conversations; many participants commented on how much they learned from their peers and how helpful it was to have a space to consider how to create an optimal learning environment and to process complex and challenging classroom issues.   We plan to build on this during this summer and hope to see you there. 10 CEUs will be given to those who attend at least 4/5 sessions per term.

Spirituality and Social Work Group
Tuesday, June 4, 7:30-9 p.m., Dewey Hall Common Room
This group invites students who are interested in any or all of the following categories:

  • The intersections of spirituality and social work practice
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practice
  • Interfaith/multifaith collaboration and dialogue
  • Faith and social justice. 

The goal of the group will be twofold; first, to provide a forum for spiritual support and capacity building for group participants; and second, to be a center for psycho spiritual response to campus issues that arise for social work students during summer academic session.

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Student Org General Meetings
Wednesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

Students of Color Council Meetings
Wednesdays, from 5:30-7 p.m., Scales Living Room

SSW Unlearning Racism
Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m., King House Study

SSW Men’s Group
Wednesdays, 9 p.m., King House Study

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Curriculum Committee Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 pm, Scales Living Room

SWAA Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30, King Living Room

160/161 Faculty Dinner 
Thursdays, from 5:30-7 pm, King Lounge Room

Faculty Wine and Cheese
Thursday June 6, Tuesday June 11, Wednesday July 17, and Monday July 22, from 5pm-7pm, King Living Room


Orientation for Students Associated with the Military
Thursday, June 6th, 5:30-7 p.m., Scales Living Room
Each year the School for Social Work offers a special orientation for students who are veterans, actively serving in the military or reserves or have some other significant connection with the military.  The purpose of the orientation is to help students to get to know one another, to share information and resources, and to help students to succeed while at the School for Social Work.  This summer the orientation will be co-facilitated by Professor Kathryn Basham and Associate Dean Joshua Miller and will be held on Thursday, June 6th from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Scales Living Room.

Back by Popular Demand-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for SSW Students!
Orientation Meeting for all those interested in participating will be held Thursday June 6th, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Chapel
This is a non-credit offering by the school to promote student wellbeing and self-care. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and negative affect among health and mental health professionals and increase positive affect and self-compassion. The course is for students who would like to explore the potential of MBSR to help them manage stress in their own lives during the busy Smith summer as well as developing a practice that may be able to sustain them in their professional pursuits as a clinical social worker. Please note this is not a course in conducting MBSR with others, but rather a course focused on one’s own personal stress management. It will be facilitated by Annemarie Gockel and Martha Reeves, who have both trained in MBSR at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness.  The course will take place on campus in the Helen Hills Chapel on 8 consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm beginning June 13th and ending August  15th, 2013. An orientation meeting for all those interested in participating will be held Thursday June 6th, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Chapel. Enrollment is limited and students must be able to attend all 8 sessions of the course to participate.

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Learning Skills for Students with Learning Challenges
Workshop by John Body
Friday, June 7th - 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales House Living Room
Academic and organizational skills workshop for students with learning disabilities, ADD, or mental or chronic health concerns that impact learning.  Anyone facing some learning challenges with or without a diagnosis is welcome!  Get out in front of the work by attending these workshops with a professional learning specialist.

SSW PhD Student Get together
Friday, June 7, 7–11 p.m., Gardiner House Dining Room

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Summer Lecture Series
Monday, June 10
Mixed Methods Research and Social Work: State-of-the-Art
Brown Clinical Research Institute Lecture
John W. Creswell, Ph.D.

Learning Skills for Students with Learning Challenges
Workshop by John Body
Monday, June 10th - 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales House Living Room
Academic and organizational skills workshop for students with learning disabilities, ADD, or mental or chronic health concerns that impact learning.  Anyone facing some learning challenges with or without a diagnosis is welcome!  Get out in front of the work by attending these workshops with a professional learning specialist.

Overcoming Writing Anxiety Workshop
Monday, June 10th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This workshop will present techniques for beginning writing assignments, overcoming writer's block, and dealing with writing anxiety. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307.

The Serene Student:  A Time Management Workshop
Tuesday, June 11th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This workshop will provide tips on how to manage a lot of coursework in a very short time.  Specifically, we will offer strategies for prioritizing your assignments, reading more efficiently, planning your time, and writing more easily and effectively. To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
June 12th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
Using discussion and exercises, this three-session workshop will review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers.  Participants should try to attend ALL THREE sessions.To register for the workshop, just add you name to the sign up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

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Summer Information Webpage
Get all of the information you need for summer here!

Important - Notice of Office Locations Changes
To better accommodate student needs, a number of shifts have taken place in the location of some of the SSW administrative offices.  The Office of Academic Support Services has moved to Lilly 110; Housing is now located in room 218 (second floor); and Laurie Wyman (thesis support) can now be found in room 115 (first floor).

Planning an Event?
Important news!
There is a *NEW* policy and procedure for requesting event space reservations. You will find the information on the Summer Information page, under "Planning An Event":

Please be sure to read ALL of the information very carefully! Contact Maddy Neely at or x7983 if you have any questions or concerns.

Notice to Students from the Dean of Students Regarding Consultations
Consultations are a process that can be convened by a professor, student or Academic Sequence Chair to help to gain a better understanding of any impediments to a student’s learning and success in the program and to engage in a problem solving process. Consultations are not disciplinary proceedings and are intended to be helpful to students.  For more information about Consultations, please consult with the Master’s Program Handbook that is located online at This year the SSW Faculty voted to not require mandatory Consultations when students receive either a grade of F or MP, as has been done in the past.  Now any student receiving such a grade will receive a letter from the Registrar, notifying them of the possible consequences of future grades of F or MP and letting them know that they can request a Consultation within two weeks of receipt of this letter, with instructions about how to do this.  In other words, the onus is now on students to request a Consultation rather than having them as a mandatory consequence of receiving an F or MP.

Dining Questions
Find answers to your questions about dining services on the "Dining FAQs”:

Northampton Police Exercises
Northampton Police will be participating in training exercises at the campus garage on Wednesday, June 5. While these exercises should have no impact on parking in the garage we will see police in gear rappelling off of the garage and into the skate park.

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A Big Welcome Back to All of You
From Laurie Wyman-Admin. Asst./Research Sequence:
For any thesis related questions/concerns and or to arrange for a submission time, please don't hesitate to contact me at or by phone at (413) 585-7974.  I am now located on the first floor in Room 115 (the Field Office). Next week you will be receiving an e-mail from Dr. Joanne Corbin, Research Sequence Chair regarding thesis completion requirements, presentation plans and research advisor evaluations. Please read it carefully as it contains time sensitive information. Thank you.

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NASW Flyers Info
Link for Download NASW

Power Outages
The campus will experience short term power outages between 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5th. Facilities Management will be testing the new emergency generation system, which will prevent a widespread outage such as we experienced last year. Other test times of 5 – 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5th and Friday, June 7th should not affect your events. However, the afternoon of Wednesday, June 5th is necessary to test the system with full A/C load, and this date will impact the fewest number of students and guests.

Plan Now for Banner Server Downtime June 7th-9th
From ITS: Please note that all Banner servers will be shut down at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6th, in preparation for a move to a new location. Full service will be restored by 8 a.m. on Monday, June 10. The following systems and services will be unavailable during the downtime: Smith Portal, Campus Directory, Course Catalog, Banner, BannerWeb, eBill, ePay, Nolij document management, Cognos, BAR reporting, Maps/Intellicheck, R25/25Live, and the Smith data warehouse.

Razing of 66 Green Street
On May 28th, a contractor began work to take down 66 Green Street. The building is located in an area that has been identified for long-term expansion by the college. After it is taken down, the area is slated to become green space, creating a landscaped corridor between center campus and Ford Hall. To facilitate contractor access, the parking area adjacent to Ford Hall, which is entered from Arnold Avenue, will be through June 7th.

Message from the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning

Welcome New and Returning School for Social Work Students:

We’d like to ask you to take a few moments to read about the academic support services we can provide you during your summers at Smith.  And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Individual Writing Conferences
Throughout the two summer terms, we offer you individual writing conferences.  During these half-hour sessions, we work on pre-writing, writing, and editing strategies, and you can set the agenda for our meeting.  We serve as an audience for your ideas about your assignments and the written expression of those ideas.

Our goal in these conferences is to address the specific writing issues evident in a particular paper and also the characteristic patterns in your writing that the paper reveals.  We always start with the strengths in your writing, and we also discuss the ways you can build on your strengths.  Among the writing issues we can deal with are organization, the presentation of evidence, argument, language bias, grammar, and sentence structure.

Ours is not a remedial program, but rather a support for all writers.  Our experience has shown us that all writers can benefit from feedback on their writing patterns, no matter what their level of expertise.  We also offer more intensive work on writing issues common to speakers and writers of English as a foreign language and people with learning disabilities.

However, we cannot proofread your writing, nor can we provide line-by-line editing.  We aim to teach writers to develop these skills for themselves. 

To schedule writing conferences during the summer, please come to Seelye 307.  Our schedules are posted in the foyer outside the door; just sign your name in any available slot.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions about the schedules.

Writing Skills Workshops
Each summer we also offer small-group workshops: Overcoming Writing Anxiety; The Serene Student (A Time Management Workshop); Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics; Writing Clearly and Concisely; and Surviving Your Thesis (for second year students).  A schedule of these workshops is available on our Moodle page Writing Resources (you are all enrolled), and we also publicize them in the Weekly Bulletin.

Web Resources
We urge you to visit our Moodle Page Writing Resources for additional materials and information.  (You are all enrolled.)  The Jacobson Center Website at can also be helpful, particularly “The Writing Process Series.”

We look forward to working with you!

Debra Carney Peter Sapira
x 3035 x 3057

Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning
Seelye Hall 307

My Massage is Back!
Already stressed by the pending summer assignments?  Invest in yourself - get a massage! Mike Suchenicz is returning for his fourth year at Smith providing deep tissue massage for members of the SSW community at a discount rate ($30/hour). Mike will be available for appointments Thursday-Friday (11:30 - 5:30) and Saturday - Sunday (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).  (Depending on the need, he may be available on Wednesdays). To reserve time with Mike, call him at 413-323-4574.

NASW Social Work Licensing Prep Course
The Massachusetts chapter of NASW is again offering a one-day social work licensing test preparation course for students who will soon be taking their LCSW exam. The workshop will be held on Saturday, August 3, 9:00am-4:00pm, Seelye Hall, Room 106. It is an excellent review of materials and questions for the exam. The fee is $100 for NASW members and $155 for non-members. The licensing exam is the same for all 50 states, so you do not need to be a Massachusetts resident to benefit for this review.  To register and for more information, visit: Questions? Contact Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW, at

Lost & Found Bin Hours
There will be a Lost and Found Bin located in the Lilly's Main Office Supple Closet, Room 101. The hours available to retrieve lost items are from 8:30 am through 4:30 pm.

Public Phone Locations
Smith College SSW Public Phones are located on the first floor of Seelye Hall and on the first floor of College Hall.

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The Bulletin will remain in place as the main vehicle for important reminders from the School. These additional channels will provide opportunities for our community to stay connected and engaged throughout the year.