JANUARY 2011 - Happy New Year!

Office of the Dean Office of Academic Support Services
Field Department Thesis Information
Financial Aid Office Student Announcements

Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean would like to stress that students are welcome and encouraged to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. (As with the summer version of the Bulletin, notices of a personal nature will not be accepted - this includes notices regarding housing, employment, non-SSW events, rides, or personal items for sale.)

Deadlines and Issue Dates

January 4 December 21
February 1 January 27
March 1 February 24
April 5 March 31
April 19 April 14
May 3 April 28

Post-M.S.W. Fellowship in Clinical Social Work at UC Berkeley

The University Health Services at the University of California, Berkeley has announced their post-M.S.W. Fellowship for 2011-12. They are seeking 2 qualified applicants for this joint Fellowship in the Counseling and Psychological Services and Social Services units.

The Post-M.S.W. fellowship program is committed to providing a comprehensive training experience to support and facilitate the fellow's growth and development as a professional social worker. This program includes intensive supervision, didactic training seminars, mentorship, and a broad range of clinical, consultation and outreach experience.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have completed a Master's degree in Social Work prior to August 1, 2011 from an accredited training institution. Two years or more of supervised social work experience including direct clinical counseling experience is required.

APPOINTMENTS: The fellowshop is full time for 12 months beginning late August 2011. The stipend for the internship is $26,500. Medical insurance, vacation, sick leave, and professional development time are provided. Applications are due February 22, 2011.

Please see the University Health Service website for more details: http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/home/joinourteam/cps/mswintern/letter.shtml



Upcoming Deadlines for Field and Other Departments

JAN 10 Monthly Narrative & Statistical Report due to FFA All 1st and 2nd year MSW students; all AS students
JAN 12 - MAR 16 HBSW 332, Child Development, 10 sessions AS students
JAN 14 Agency Assessment Report due to FFA 1st year MSW students
JAN 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed - (at Smith and agencies; no field internship)  
JAN 20 Community Practice Project Monthly Progress Report due to CPPA 1st year MSW students
JAN 28 Thesis Chapter Deadline to RA - at least one substantive (not introductory) chapter 2nd year MSW students; AS students
FEB 1 - MAR 16 Financial Aid Award decisions sent out; signed and completed paperwork due back to Financial Aid Office within 15 days of receipt of Financial Aid award notification All 1st and 2nd year students


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Special Scheduling Needs - 2nd Summer Students - NEW

We understand that childcare, commuting, and part-time work can add stress to your very full academic schedule. If you have special circumstances that you would like us to consider while scheduling your required courses (the registration for which takes place prior to BannerWeb elective registration), please submit your request to the Office of Academic Support Services (sswoas@smith.edu or fax, 413/585-7994).  Such requests must arrive at OAS by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in order to be considered.

Waiving 330 - Second Summer Students - NEW

Students interested in waiving course 330, Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in its Social Context, and taking 333, Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence, should consult the website and meet the February 18 deadline. If you have questions after reading the information on the website, please contact sswoas@smith.edu.

Registration Information for 2nd and 3rd Summer Students - NEW

Check your mail for a postcard announcing BannerWeb registration in March. Complete information will soon be available on the SSW website and February SSW Bulletin.

331 - Comparative Psychodynamic Theories, Advanced Section - NEW

Any student who wishes to be in an advanced section of 331, Comparative Psychodynamic Theories for Clinical Social Work Practice, must take and pass an exam that consists of reading a case provided by the instructor and analyzing it according to drive, ego and object.

The deadline for indicating your interest in taking the exam is January 14, 2011. If a critical mass of students expresses interest, the exam will be mailed to those students on January 18. The exam must be returned to the registrar by January 28.

If there are enough eligible students to constitute a section, those who pass the exam will be notified. Placement in this section will have potential impact on your ability to schedule other courses.


Reminder about Mailings and Timelines from Financial Aid Office

Student bills are sent out monthly with the exception of May and August. (In May students are in transit and getting ready to come to SSW. In August, students are relocating to their field sites and addresses are being updated during this time.)

On the horizon...


  You should have received a financial aid packet by now. If you have not, please contact the Financial Aid Office immediately.




Interim Thesis Deadlines for the Class of 2011

January 28, 2011 is the deadline for the submission of the HSR application. Data collection should ideally be completed by the end of March. These interim deadlines were added in the spirit of keeping the work moving forward.




Educational Strategies Study Followup Survey & Gift Certificate Draw - NEW

Please remember to return your followup survey for the Educational Strategies Study by January 15, 2011 to be included in the draw for three $75 Amazon Gift Certificates. Your responses provide us with essential information on how effective or ineffective our teaching strategies are in preparing you to make the transition to the field. Thank you to all who have participated! We appreciate your feedback.