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june 24, 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 27th

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:

Submission Deadline
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MONDAY, JUNE 24th

Summer Lecture Series
All lectures take place in the Weinstein Auditorium, located in Wright Hall on the Smith College Campus. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Anti-Racism Work in Clinical Practice
Anti-racism Lecture

Moderator: Michael Funk, Ph.D.; Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW; Arden O'Donnell, M.P.H, M.S.W, LICSW; and Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, Ph.D., LCSW
REQUIRED FOR ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS!
This panel brings together a group of Smith College School for Social Work graduates to discuss how they put antiracism work into action in a clinical context. Panelists include: Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW; Arden O'Donnell, LICSW; and Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, LCSW. We are also pleased to welcome Michael Funk, Ph.D. back as a facilitator for this panel. 

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

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Mondays, from 12:40-1:25 p.m., Laura Scales House Living Room.
The Disability Awareness Group is both a support and action group. We desire to be an inclusive group welcoming allies and people with ALL forms of disability. Our weekly meetings are a place for people to get emotional support around the challenges of navigating Smith with a disability. In our meetings we also spend time talking about issues of accommodation on the physical plane and in the classroom, in addition to discussing disability inclusive curricular reform, and methods for raising consciousness about disability on campus.

Meditation Sessions
Mondays, from 12:40-1:10 p.m. and 5:45-6:15 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

SSW Student Exercise with Sascha
Monday, June 24, from 3:30-5 p.m., Ainsworth 304
Contact Sascha for details at 510-384-7279 or satkinsloria@smith.edu.

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

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25th

Free Yoga Classes
Tuesdays, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Studio 151, Scott gym
Free yoga class open to the SSW community.

Anti-Racism Task Force Meeting
Tuesdays, from 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.

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m, King House Living Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on job search and networking techniques for social workers on Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30 pm, in King House Living Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Doctoral Student Org (DSO) Meetings
Tuesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Lilly Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Meditation Sessions
Tuesdays, from 1-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

SSW Licensure Information & Study Group
Tuesday, June 25th, 1:40-3:10 p.m., Seeyle 202

Gender and Sexuality Alliance General Meeting
Tuesdays, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., Scales Living Room
The Gender and Sexuality Alliance is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, fluid individuals and their allies at the Smith College School for Social Work. We are about building community, learning from ourselves and each other, and creating constructive action and dialogue at Smith. We want to help facilitate more intersectionality between students groups on the Smith SSW campus in hopes of providing an open, accepting and engaging environment for ALL. Please join us for our weekly meetings:
General Meetings are open to all Smith SSW members. Task-force meetings are open to those who want to create and plan campus events.

Grief and Bereavement Sessions
Tuesday, June 25th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., King house lower level room.
We are offering a grief and bereavement support group for students who have suffered major losses of family and friends in the recent past, which will be facilitated by Angela Bardawil. The meetings are confidential.

Pedagogy and Diversity
Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101
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. 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. 10 CEUs will be given to those who attend at least 4/5 sessions per term.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th

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

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
Wednesday, June 26th, 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!

Post Resident Graduate Student Working Group
Wednesday, June 26th, from 2-3:30 p.m., Location TBD
The purpose of this event is to provide post residency SSW students a working space to obtain support, obtain additional skills and resources to complete their thesis by May 2014 and graduate on August 2014. This first meeting will further discuss the purpose of the group, expectation and needs, and share skills building events in progress, Q&A. Please bring your planner, in order to finalize weekly or biweekly meetings through the summer. For further information: Please contact Penelope Williams at pwilliam@smith.edu.

SSW Student Exercise with Sascha
Wednesday, June 26th, from 3:30-5 p.m., Ainsworth 304
Contact Sascha for details at 510-384-7279 or satkinsloria@smith.edu.

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
The purpose of the Unlearning Racism group, historically attended by white students, is to engage in an anti-racism commitment through personal responsibility. The group provides a supportive environment where we can explore and question our roles in the perpetuation of racism. Among other things, we examine the white privilege from which we have benefitted and try to understand how we can become allies to our colleagues of color. We acknowledge that we are responsible for how we respond to racism in our daily lives, in our work with clients and on the systemic level. We know that our choices and actions make a difference.

Spirituality and Social Work Group
Tuesday, June 25th, 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.

SSW Men's Group
Wednesdays, 9 p.m., King House Study
The SSW Men's Group is offered to support all self-identified men at Smith College SSW. It functions as an open and welcoming group.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27th

Curriculum Committee Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

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

Student Health Insurance Information Meeting 
Thursday, June 27th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room
Health Insurance Plan information session with a representative of Gallagher Koster.

Meditation Sessions
Thursdays, from 1-1:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

Free Yoga Classes
Thursdays, from 4-5 p.m., Studio 151 at the Scott gym.
Free yoga class open to the SSW community.

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

Gender & Sexuality Alliance Task Force Meetings
Thursday's from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28th

SSW SGA and CC Electoral Nominations
Student Tabling
Through Thursday, June 27th, 2013, 2 p.m.
The purpose of this event is for SSW Students to begin the electoral nomination process for Student Government and Curriculum Committee position starting 2013 second term through 2014 first term.

Deans' Conversations
Friday, June 28th, from 3:45 until 5:00 p.m., Scales Living Room.
The deans' conversations are an opportunity for SSW community members to meet with Dean Jacobs and Associate Deans Miller and Rodriguez Martin regarding any community issues of interest.

JSA invite: "New York's acclaimed hipster Klezmer rock band."
JSA cordially invites you to join us for a klezmer concert at the Yiddish Book Center. "This is not your father's klezmer band. Unless, of course, your father was Sid Vicious." Sunday. July 21. 4 PM To purchase tickets as a group with JSA, please email tshostac@Smith.edu so we can coordinate. Please respond by June 24th. About the band: The New Yorker calls Golem "Stellar! A wild edgy approach with a reverence for Old World tradition." The Washington Post says "Golem produces the sort of music you'd expect if the shtetl were filled with punks instead of peasants." Listen:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w28silx1rC8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqyXw8lhG0Y. We encourage you to purchase tickets with us=10% off! $30 for full price tickets. If the cost of the ticket is prohibitive for you, please talk to us and we will see if we can do anything to assist.

SSW PhD Student Get together
Friday, June 28th, 7-11 p.m., Gardiner House Dining Room

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SATURDAY, JUNE 29th

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SUNDAY, JUNE 30th

AFTER JUNE 30th

Summer Lecture Series
Monday, July 1
A Clinically Meaningful Understanding of People with Disabilities and the Impact of Ableism

Andrea Neumann-Mascis, Ph.D.
In this lecture we will review the evolution of disability as an identity, a community and a field of study. We will examine the impact of disability and ableism from a sociopolitical perspective and a psychodynamic perspective and we will identify the ways in which disability and the impact of ableism can shape clinical themes. Finally, we will develop a dimensional framework for providing informed and meaningful care to this diverse community of people.
Andrea Neumann-Mascis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with areas of specialty that include gender variance, trauma and physical and psychiatric disability.

SSW SGA and CC Electoral Nominations
Student Tabling
Through Thursday, June 27th, 2013, 2 p.m.
The purpose of this event is for SSW Students to begin the electoral nomination process for Student Government and Curriculum Committee position starting 2013 second term through 2014 first term.

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Monday, June 24th, 12:40-1:25 p.m., Laura Scales House Living Room

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m, King House Living Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on job search and networking techniques for social workers on Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30 pm, in King House Living Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
Wednesday, June 26th, 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!

Promoting Wellness and Reducing Burnout
Art Therapy Supervision for Clinical Social Workers: An Evidence-Based Experiential Workshop for Professional Self-Care
Wednesday, July 3rd, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Seelye 101

Andy H.Y. Ho - MSocSc, MFT, FT, PhD Candidate
Research Officer, Centre on Behavioral Health;
Honorary Lecturer, Department of Social Work & Social Administration; The University of Hong Kong.

Care of distressed clients especially those facing trauma, death and bereavement, can be psychologically and spiritually draining. Overwhelmed by such unacknowledged and unresolved emotional distress, clinical social workers often experience compassion fatigue, burnout and cynicism, all of which are detrimental to their helping capacity and professional efficacy. One way to prevent burnout is through supervision that emphasizes awareness of and attention to the emotional responses of clinical work while promoting autonomy, support and meaning-making as compared to traditional forms of supervision that focus predominantly on techniques, knowledge acquisition and case management. Including art making in supervision allows for mindful reflections and insights, whereby the process of creativity widens perspectives, nurtures self-competence and foster self-care. Repeated studies with clinical professionals have proven art-therapy supervision's health-benefitting potentials.

This workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to experience art-therapy supervision that is grounded in empirical research. Through engaging in art making, reflective writing and small group discussions, participants will learn how to apply art into their own clinical work and supervision settings. Relevant research findings on the effectiveness of art therapy supervision in promoting wellness and reducing burnout will also be shared to inform and encourage evidence-based practice and professional training management.

Come join us for a fun night of self-care and art making!

About the Speaker
Mr. Andy H.Y. Ho is a researcher and educator who specializes in public health and mental health, palliative social work, holistic interventions and community empowerment. He is a Fellow in Thanatology of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and serves as reviewer for several international academic journals as well as advisor for a number NGOs and social service agencies. He has also published numerous books, chapters, and articles on hospice palliative care, social policy and governance, global citizenship and social responsibility. Mr. Ho received the Best Cross-Cultural Paper Award from ADEC in 2013, and the Young Investigator Award from the Hong Kong International Cancer Congress in 2010. He has delivered invited lectures, seminars, and professional development workshops around the world. Andy is currently a Visiting Scholar from Hong Kong University who has been auditing some SSW doctoral courses this term.

Acknowledgment
This body of work was developed by the Centre on Behavioral Health of the University of Hong Kong, and funded by the Drs. Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation. This workshop is made possible by the Smith College, School of Social Work.

Deans' Conversations 
Deans' Conversations will be held one more time during term 1 on June 28th; and during term 2 on: July 26th; and August 9th. All deans' conversations will be held from 3:45 until 5:00 pm in the Scales Living Room.

The deans' conversations are an opportunity for SSW community members to meet with Dean Jacobs and Associate Deans Miller and Rodriguez Martin regarding any community issues of interest.

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ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES

Summer Information Webpage
Get all of the information you need for summer: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/sswinfo13

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 mneely@smith.edu or x7983 if you have any questions or concerns.

Course Evaluations
All Students: Mandatory BannerWeb course evaluations begin Friday, June 28th, at 8:00 a.m., and end on Friday, July 5th, at 11:00 p.m. Please note the M.S.W. Handbook regulations at 200.7C - Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations: “Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement. Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in the following:  a) grade/transcript hold; b) registration hold; and c) diploma hold.” These regulations apply to both master’s and doctoral students. Thanks for your cooperation: your feedback is important!

Commencement Information
Second-year field: By now, all faculty and potential August graduates should have received an email with information about ordering regalia for Commencement. The deadline is Friday, July 5th, 2013, so please contact Valerie Abrahamsen at vabraham@smith.edu immediately if you did not receive the email. (Students would have received the email at their Smith Mail addresses.)

Do you have questions about students loans? Tuition payments? Financial Aid?
Student Financial Services has office hours from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri and 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wed.  Our knowledgeable front office staff will be happy to help you. They can also schedule an appointment (in person or via the phone) with a Director either at your request or if they believe your questions/concerns require more in-depth time and attention than they are able to provide. If you would like to see a Director, our drop-in hours are Tues and Fri 10:00 a.m.-noon and Wed 2-4 p.m.  Or as mentioned above, you are also able to pre-schedule a half-hour appointment with a Director.  We ask that you call our office if you would like to schedule an appointment as appointment slots vary and can be filled quickly. We are located in 106 College Hall.  Our office phone number is 585-2530 and our email address is sswfa@smith.edu.  

All Students: Changes To Student Health Insurance Plan
PLEASE NOTE the following changes related to the Health Insurance plan for the academic year coverage period: In order to ensure compliance with Massachusetts’ mandate on health insurance coverage for all full-time students (G.L. c.15A, 18) all SSW students will now be automatically enrolled and billed for the health insurance plan effective June 24, 2013. Those who have separate coverage must provide the School with the name and address of their insurance company, policy number and a copy of the policy for verification; the website to provide this information and waive will be open on 7/1/13 and will close on 8/4/13. Those who wish to be enrolled in the SSW Health Insurance Plan will not be required to do anything else. Further information will be sent to you via email and distributed into your student mailboxes.

All students will see the health insurance charge on their June bill. If you waive the plan, the fee will be reversed. While the on-line decision process to accept or waive the insurance opens on 7/1/13 and must be submitted by 8/4/13, we highly recommend that you complete the form by 7/22/13 in order to avoid late fees if waiving, and/or receive your insurance card in a timely manner if enrolling.

In addition, there will be a Health Insurance Plan information session held with a representative of Gallagher Koster on Thursday, June 27th, in the Scales Living room.

Student Health Insurance Information Meeting 
There will be a Health Insurance Plan information session held with a representative of Gallagher Koster on Thursday, June 27th, in the Scales Living room, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE the following changes related to the Health Insurance plan for the academic year coverage period: In order to ensure compliance with Massachusetts' mandate on health insurance coverage for all full-time students (G.L. c.15A, 18) all SSW students will now be automatically enrolled and billed for the health insurance plan effective June 24, 2013.  Those who have separate coverage must provide the School with the name and address of their insurance company, policy number and a copy of the policy for verification; the website to provide this information and waive will be open on 7/1/13 and will close on 8/4/13. Those who wish to be enrolled in the SSW Health Insurance Plan will not be required to do anything else. Further information will be sent to you via email.

Important Notice: The Campus Post Office is Moving!
The Campus Center mail room is temporarily moving.
We ask all students to pick up any packages you may have at the Campus Center mail room and to stay current with package pick-up.  The Campus Center mail room will stay open through Thursday, June 27, 2013. Please return your mail box key to the student mail room by Thursday, June 27, 2013.On Friday, June 28, 2013 the Campus Center mail room will temporarily move to 126 West St.  To accommodate students, the staff at the 126 West St. mail room will email you when you get mail and/or packages; mail and/or packages should be picked up at 126 West St.  Mail room hours during the renovation will be 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Orientation Presentations Now Online!
Lectures presented by Dr. Joan Berzoff, Carolyn du Bois and Fred Newdom are now online and can be found at www.smith.edu/ssw/sswinfo13

Dining Questions
Find answers to your questions about dining services on the "Dining FAQs”:  http://smith.edu/ssw/summer_info_dining.php

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THESIS INFORMATION

Thesis Submission Information For The Week Of June 28th
Laurie Wyman's hours for the week of June 28th (Thesis Deadline Week) for thesis submission are as follows:
Mon., 6/24, 8:30-11:00 am & 1:00-4:00 pm
Tues., 6/25 & Thurs., 6/27, 8:30-11:00 am & 12:30-4:00 pm Wed., 6/26, 8:30 am-1:00 pm & 2:00-4:00 pm
Fri., 6/28 (Thesis Deadline Day), 8:30 am-Noon.

Important Reminders and Information To All Thesis Students
Laurie Wyman's office is located in Room 115 (Field Office). Please do not hesitate to contact Laurie at lwyman@smith.edu or at 585-7974 with any questions or concerns. At this time, you may pick up the Colloquium Instructions, Poster Session Information, the Electronic Access Permission form, along with the Dissemination Confirmation form. Please refer to the Thesis Guidelines (including the appendices) for 2012-13 on MOODLE for directions regarding thesis submission. Students who may be interested in fulfilling their dissemination requirement by presenting in a Research Methods Class should also contact Laurie Wyman.  She will provide individual instructor information & class schedules.

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GENERAL NOTICES

NASW Information
Link for Download NASW

Office of Disability Services - Van Update
The Office of Disability Services will be operating van service for students with mobility limitations or health conditions that have difficulty getting back and forth from classes to the dorms for lunch. Call 413-695-0065 to schedule a ride in advance. Same day rides are possible on a first come first served basis.

Carrel Sign-Up at Neilson Library
Carrel sign-up for SSW students is at the Circulation desk in Neilson Library. If you would like to rent a carrel, please remember to bring your OneCard. Carrels can only be reserved in person, and you may only sign up for your own carrel. After the initial sign-up, students who could not attend may ask at the Circulation desk if there are still carrels available to rent. If there are carrels available, the Circulation staff will continue to rent these out to students until there is no longer any availability. If you have any questions, please call the Neilson Library Circulation desk at (413) 585-2910.

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

The Writing Center Requests:  PLEASE Cancel Appointments You Cannot Keep
Description: Dear SSW Writers --
If you need to cancel your individual appointments with either of us (Debra Carney or Peter Sapira), please email or phone us to let us know. (Or, stop by Seelye 307 and white-out your name on the appointment calendars.)  This will open up appointment times for other writers.  Thank you!

Story Project Community Blog
The Smith SSW Story Project community blog is open for submissions.  The Story Project blog is a space where all SSW students, faculty, and staff are invited to share stories of their various sociocultural identities, with particular emphasis on honoring narratives of race and racism.  Stories can be submitted anonymously, and you are welcome to share your story through narrative, poetry, or video.

To participate, and to read others’ stories, visit: http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/sswstoryproject.
Log in with username: sswstories/password: storyproject

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

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.

Local Summer Camps, Programs, and Day Cares

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EVENTS/SESSIONS

Summer Lecture Series
The Smith College School for Social Work is pleased again to offer its lively and informative summer lecture series to area professionals, students, and alumni. All lectures take place in the Weinstein Auditorium, located in Wright Hall on the Smith College campus. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
To read more, visit: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/acad_cont_lectures_summer.php

Deanship Celebration Event
There will be one more event in July as part of the Deanship Celebration Events. You can find the information on the SSW website: http://smith.edu/ssw/summer_info_dean_events.php

Deans' Conversations The Dean's Conversations will be held on June 28th; and during term 2 on: July 26th; and August 9th.  All deans' conversations will be held from 3:45 until 5:00 p.m. in the Scales Living Room. These deans' conversations are an opportunity for SSW community members to meet with Dean Jacobs and Associate Deans Miller and Rodriguez Martin regarding any community issues of interest.

Free Yoga Classes
Free yoga class open to the SSW community. Classes will be held Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5 p.m. in Studio 151 at the Scott gym.

Meditation Sessions
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group! Sits will be held weekly on:

  • Mondays, from 12:40-1:10 p.m.
  • Mondays, from 5:45-6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, from 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, from 1-1:30 p.m.

Counseling Services for SSW Students
This summer, the School will offer limited counseling services for students. The services will be focused on brief counseling on issues affecting educational performance as well as further assessment and referral when needed. Students will be limited to three sessions. For more information, please go to: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/summer_info_counseling-services.php

Grief and Bereavement Sessions
We are offering a grief and bereavement support group for students who have suffered major losses of family and friends in the recent past, which will be facilitated by Angela Bardawil. The meetings are confidential. cleardotThe sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, Thursday, July 25th, and Tuesday, August 6th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in King house lower level room.

Spirituality and Social Work Group
Tuesday, June 25th, from 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.

  • Tuesday, June 25, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 6, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee
The Anti-Racism Consultation Committee is comprised of elected student representatives, administration and faculty (including Adjunct faculty). The Committee has two functions. One role of the committee is to keep track of and record the School's anti-racism initiatives as well as to proactively plan next steps to further the anti-racism mission statement of the School. Secondly, the committee serves in a consultative capacity to anyone in the SCSSW community who chooses to address an issue related to race. The committee is used as a sounding board and as a problem-solving body. The committee has no formal or disciplinary power yet makes recommendations to the Dean, as appropriate.  Any member of the SSW community may consult with any member of the ARCC. All consultations are confidential.

Current membership:
Joyce Everett, Faculty Representative, 
Irene Rodriguez Martin, Administrative Representative
Kaitlin Smith A14, Second-Year Student Representative
Josh Miller, Associate Dean, Chair
Fred Newdom, Adjunct Faculty Representative
Rani Varghese, Alumni Representative
Andrea Yoshida, A13, Third-summer Student Representative

Promoting Wellness and Reducing Burnout
Art Therapy Supervision for Clinical Social Workers: An Evidence-Based Experiential Workshop for Professional Self-Care
Wednesday, July 3rd, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Seelye 101

Andy H.Y. Ho
MSocSc, MFT, FT, PhD Candidate
Research Officer, Centre on Behavioral Health;
Honorary Lecturer, Department of Social Work & Social Administration;
The University of Hong Kong.

Care of distressed clients especially those facing trauma, death and bereavement, can be psychologically and spiritually draining. Overwhelmed by such unacknowledged and unresolved emotional distress, clinical social workers often experience compassion fatigue, burnout and cynicism, all of which are detrimental to their helping capacity and professional efficacy. One way to prevent burnout is through supervision that emphasizes awareness of and attention to the emotional responses of clinical work while promoting autonomy, support and meaning-making as compared to traditional forms of supervision that focus predominantly on techniques, knowledge acquisition and case management. Including art making in supervision allows for mindful reflections and insights, whereby the process of creativity widens perspectives, nurtures self-competence and foster self-care. Repeated studies with clinical professionals have proven art-therapy supervision's health-benefitting potentials.

This workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to experience art-therapy supervision that is grounded in empirical research. Through engaging in art making, reflective writing and small group discussions, participants will learn how to apply art into their own clinical work and supervision settings. Relevant research findings on the effectiveness of art therapy supervision in promoting wellness and reducing burnout will also be shared to inform and encourage evidence-based practice and professional training management.

Come join us for a fun night of self-care and art making!

About the Speaker
Mr. Andy H.Y. Ho is a researcher and educator who specializes in public health and mental health, palliative social work, holistic interventions and community empowerment. He is a Fellow in Thanatology of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and serves as reviewer for several international academic journals as well as advisor for a number NGOs and social service agencies. He has also published numerous books, chapters, and articles on hospice palliative care, social policy and governance, global citizenship and social responsibility. Mr. Ho received the Best Cross-Cultural Paper Award from ADEC in 2013, and the Young Investigator Award from the Hong Kong International Cancer Congress in 2010. He has delivered invited lectures, seminars, and professional development workshops around the world. Andy is currently a Visiting Scholar from Hong Kong University who has been auditing some SSW doctoral courses this term.

Acknowledgment
This body of work was developed by the Centre on Behavioral Health of the University of Hong Kong, and funded by the Drs. Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation. This workshop is made possible by the Smith College, School of Social Work.

Faculty Wine and Cheese
Wednesday July 17th, and Monday July 22nd, from 5pm-7 p.m., King Living Room

Black in Latin America
Haiti and DR: Friday, July 26th, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201
Cuba: Friday, August 2nd, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 201

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MEETINGS

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

Weekly Meetings

Student Org Executive Committee
Mondays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Study Room

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Mondays, June 24th, from 12:40-1:25 p.m., Laura Scales House Living Room

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

Anti-Racism Task Force
Tuesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Study Room EXCEPT July 23rd and July 30th when they will meet in the King Living Room

Doctoral Student Org (DSO) Meetings
Tuesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Lilly Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Gender and Sexuality Alliance General Meeting
Tuesdays, from 5:45- 6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room

Pedagogy and Diversity
Tuesdays, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Curriculum Committee Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

Spanish Speaking Clinicians
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., basement of the Student Center

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

Gender & Sexuality Alliance Task Force Meetings
Thursday's from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room

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WORKSHOPS

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers
Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m, King House Living Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on job search and networking techniques for social workers on Tuesday, June 25th, from 12:30-1:30 pm, in King House Living Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review Workshop
Wednesday, June 26th, 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!

Post Resident Graduate Student Working Group
Wednesdays, starting June 26th through Wednesday, August 14th, from 2-3:30 p.m., Location TBD.
The purpose of this event is to provide post residency SSW students a working space to obtain support, obtain additional skills and resources to complete their thesis by May 2014 and graduate on August 2014. This first meeting will further discuss the purpose of the group, expectation and needs, and share skills building events in progress, Q&A. Please bring your planner, in order to finalize weekly or biweekly meetings through the summer. For further information: Please contact Penelope Williams at pwilliam@smith.edu

Surviving Your Thesis:  A Strategies Workshop for Second Year Students
Tuesday July 2nd or Wednesday July 17th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
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. 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!

Writing Clearly and Concisely
Tuesday, July 23rd and Thursday, July 25th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This two-session workshop will focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective.  Included will be discussion of active and passive voice, sexist language and word choice. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD TRY TO ATTEND BOTH 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!

Job Interview Skills for Social Workers
Tuesday, July 23rd, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales House Lower Level Meeting Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on job interview skills for social workers on Tuesday, July 23, from 12:30-1:30 pm, in Scales House Lower Level Meeting Room.  No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

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Note:
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.