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Coercion Conference looks at the use of force in helping professions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coercive practices and treatments in social services are common but seldom subjects of critical public discussion. Florida State University is changing the conversation by taking a look at the pros and cons of coercive approaches in the helping professions and institutions relevant to students, academics, local and state government, private agency professionals, clinicians and interested citizens. The daylong conference of international experts, “Coercion and the Helping Professions,” is a collaboration among the […]

A Study of the National Prevention Toolkit on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence (OIDV): Examining Training Effects

The International Association of Chiefs of Police acknowledges that officers commit domestic violence at rates similar to the general population, and that prevention efforts are essential. However, more needs to be done to train officers on this topic. In this study by researchers at Florida State University and the University of Michigan, officers completed FSU’s free web-based training, the National Prevention Toolkit on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence (hereafter, “Toolkit”) funded by the Verizon Foundation: Surveys completed anonymously contained […]

FSU College of Social Work celebrates distinguished alumni, student scholars


Florida State University College of Social Work’s best and brightest gathered Thursday, Sept. 29 for an evening celebrating five distinguished graduates for their significant accomplishments and contributions to the field of social work. Sixty-five social work scholarship recipients also were honored for their academic achievement. “This event is especially important because it gathers the College of Social Work family to celebrate two kinds of excellence,” said Jim Clark, dean of the FSU College of Social […]

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