With research indicating that the early stage symptoms of depression emerge in early adolescents there is a strong need for early intervention, according to Assistant Professor Dr. La Tonya Noël.
“”It is when these symptoms are not addressed at this stage that it progresses to Major Depressive Disorder, which can be a lifelong struggle,” Dr. Noël stressed. “So all the research basically indicates that it’s best to intervene early to prevent this.”
Although in its early stages, the research project aims to addresses depression prevention among adolescents in rural communities, specifically in the rural Florida counties of Madison and Gadsden. The pilot project initially focused on Madison County, adapting a depression prevention curriculum for urban high school-age adolescents to the particular cultural needs of rural middle school-aged adolescents. The initial project was designed to modify the intervention using a “participatory action research” approach, in effect using community-based involvement to develop the curriculum language using the community’s terms, language, and culture. A randomized control trial tested the intervention and the positive findings lead Dr. Noël to expand the project into Gadsden County, also adapting the prevention curriculum to this specific community’s sociocultural needs.
The prevention curriculum is designed to allow older adolescent peers to facilitate the intervention with the middle-school aged participants. This approach is necessitated in part to the lack of availability of mental health resources, professionals, and funding in rural communities.
“So, my proposal basically said, ‘Let’s try to use their natural resources that they have plenty of.’ Training older peers to implement the intervention,” Dr. Noël explained. “What we are arguing, and actually have support for, is that we can train people to be sensitive to certain topics and ideas, and to be able to discuss those ideas in an age appropriate way through activities and discussions.”
Early findings from the pilot project in Madison County have indicated that not only is the prevention curriculum and intervention beneficial to the younger adolescent participants, but that the older peers facilitating the interventions are benefiting as well, learning the same concepts and skills and utilizing those skills in their own lives.
With the project in Gadsden County continuing into 2014, Dr. Noël is optimistic that the research project can continue to expand, already seeking letters of support from the school boards of both Wakulla and Jefferson Counties.
“I really want the curriculum to be public access,” Dr. Noël insists, “to make the curriculum publicly accessible so it can be modified for different counties. I want to leave the curriculum in these counties for them to continue to use it.”
To learn more about this project, contact Dr. La Tonya Noël directly at email@example.com.
Since July 1, 2012, the College of Social Work (CSW) has collaborated with the FSU College of Medicine (COM) and the FAMU College of Pharmacy on a unique program evaluation of the MEDS-AD Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program, implemented by the University of Florida School of Pharmacy (UF SoP) under the auspices of the Florida Association for Health Care Administration (AHCA). This collaboration has enabled CSW researchers to give voice to Medicaid recipients who have received services under the program. MEDS-ADA MTM involves pharmacists at the UF SoP contacting medically complex Medicaid recipients, reviewing their medications, making recommendations for medication changes to their doctors, and following up to determine the recipients’ continued adherence.
In order to determine the effectiveness of the program, the research team contacts MEDS-AD recipients and asks about their satisfaction with the program, specifically how the pharmacists interact with them and how the program affects them. The evaluation is unique in that recipients are asked directly how they would like to improve the MEDS-AD program. Then, the CSW research team provides verbatim responses that are used by Florida Medicaid administrative personnel to enhance the program.
These phone interviews are conducted from the CSW Institute for Social Work Research Call Center, established to provide the privacy and confidentiality needed for interviews involving personal information. The Call Center uses technology to record and “echo” transcribe the individual interviews. The research team then codes the interviews using Atlas/ti qualitative software. Also, the research team uses Microsoft ACCESS to track the interviews and document the status of each potential interviewee. Since the inception of the project, the research team has contacted 176 potential interviewees and completed forty interviews with Medicaid recipients.
Notably, this work is done, primarily, by CSW graduate students who coordinate the research, conduct, transcribe and analyze the data, and develop trouble-shoot the inevitable problems associated with primary data collection. Current student team members are Grace Ambrose, Michael Barnes, Eunyoung Lee, Kelly O’Sullivan and Alison Ryan.
In addition to recipient information, physicians who prescribe and oversee medications for Medicaid patients are instrumental in effective care. Currently, the research team is contacting the primary care physicians involved with MEDS-AD MTM recipients in order to capture the physicians’ perspective on enhancing the program. Physician involvement is crucial, as they are prescribers of medications and their buy-in is required for medication changes suggested by the pharmacists.
These data will be integrated with information on best practices derived by pharmacists at the FAMU College of Pharmacy and quantitative analyses conducted by research team members at the FSU College of Medicine to present a multi-faceted picture of the program with suggestions for enhancement and continuation.
To learn more about the project, contact Dr. Jean Munn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Elizabeth Koalska Piccard, better known as Betty, was a valued faculty member of the College of Social Work from 1965 until 1993, serving for many years as the Undergraduate Program Director. Recently, on August 29, 2013 she died peacefully in her sleep in Tallahassee, a place she called home since 1953.
Betty was born (January 10, 1925) and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and earned her MSW soon afterwards. During World War II, she served as part of the U.S. Navy’s WAVES program (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Immediately following the war, she married Paul Piccard and in 1953 they moved to Tallahassee, Florida. As soon as the youngest of her five children entered school Betty began working for Leon County Mental Health Association and joined the FSU School of Social Work in 1965. She was a vital member of the faculty, positively impacting colleagues, students, and the community alike.
She was also an early member of the League of Women Voters and a lifelong dedicated feminist. Betty taught women’s issues courses for many years, helping students to appreciate the complexity of women’s developmental issues and the effects of sexism on women of all ages. She also wrote Introduction to Social Work: A Primer. She took special interest in teaching undergraduate social work students and even set up the Koalska Scholarship for undergraduate students whose parents did not attend college and demonstrated financial need.
“Betty Piccard was a model of excellence in social work practice and education,” Dean Nick Mazza said about his long-standing friend and colleague. “Her lifelong commitment to advancing the rights of women and girls forms a legacy to what we hold paramount in our College and the profession.”
Although Betty retired in 1993, she remained an active member of the College of Social Work and the FSU community up until her health prevented her participation.
To donate to the Koalska Scholarship or other social work student scholarships, contact Colette Podgorski at email@example.com.
Faculty member Janet Berry retired at the end of this summer to begin a new chapter in her life. On top of being an alumna of the FSU College of Social Work, Janet has been a long-time faculty member at the College, taking on various roles and responsibilities. Included among these roles were the development of the online MSW degree program and the online Leadership in Executive and Administrative Development (LEAD) Certificate Program as well as coordinating and designing the Capstone Assignment for Field Seminars.
“Janet Berry through her quiet but visionary, persistent, and effective leadership has had a profound influence on the College of Social Work and all those we serve,” Dean Nick Mazza said. “Drawing from her years of practice/administrative experience and community involvement, Janet proved to be an outstanding social work educator. Janet’s compassionate commitment to the development of her students, the College of Social Work, FSU, the profession, and the larger community is indeed inspiring!”
She has had a particularly special impact on the students and alumni of the College and this impact can be seen in many ways, including recently at the 2013 Summer Graduation Reception held in Miller Hall. Janet received a special FSU commemorative coin, which is generally presented only to student veterans upon completion of their degree at Florida State. With President Barron’s approval, Janet was presented this coin by student veteran and MSW student A.J. Riall as a token of appreciation for her impact on his time in the MSW program, keeping him on track and encouraging him to complete his degree despite the frustrations he encountered along the way.
Janet agreed to an interview to reflect on her time at the College and what she foresees for herself in the near future.
How long have you been with the College of Social Work? And what were some of the major roles, positions and responsibilities you’ve held?
Janet: I came here in my youth as a student to earn my MSW. After working in both the private sector and for the State, I was invited to be an adjunct. When a permanent position became available in 1985, I applied and was hired as a full-time faculty member. I have been fortunate to be here ever since!.My major roles were as the Director of the Part-Time programs both on campus and off campus, and then developing and implementing that first online MSW program. All of that entailed activities such as attaining accreditation; marketing the new program; recruiting, hiring and training instructors and area coordinators; and, traveling to the off campus sites to meet with the potential and new students.
What was your favorite thing about being a social work instructor?
Janet: As an instructor, it’s working with the students and developing practical and meaningful courses that will assist them in gaining practical skills in the profession..
What do you hope will be the main thing you are remembered for during your time with the College?
Janet: I hope I am remembered for my compassion and my dedication to the profession. I have tried to represent the College and the field of social work well. Certainly from an academic perspective, developing and expanding the off campus and online programs is memorable. We currently have more MSWs enrolled in those programs then we do in the face-to-face program in Tallahassee; and, I think that’s a testimony to those programs.
We applied for a FIPSE (Funds for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education) grant. Many colleagues were skeptical about our chances of receiving this prestious funding. They would make comments like ‘You will never get that grant.’ And I said, ‘Well, don’t apply, and I will. And I’ll get it.’ We did get it! and were awarded close to a half a million dollars. It allowed us to go to rural areas of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Alabama. That’s where we really made an impact. We were able to reach people that would not have otherwise had the opportunity to get an advanced degree without leaving their communities. And now those folks are giving back to their local communities. We have alumni all over this whole country as a result of that endeavor.
You were responsible for pioneering the distance learning program, particularly the online program. Looking back, why was it such an important step for the College?
Janet: The online program demonstrated that FSU and the College are leaders in social work education. It proved that high quality online programs are “doable.” We were the first accredited online MSW degreed program in the country. We did the research and we have the evidence to prove it works. Importantly, it opened the door to students throughout the US to earn online advanced MSW degrees.
What were some of the specific challenges you faced initializing the online program, and how were you able to meet those challenges?
Janet: The first challenge was convincing the faculty that it was viable to do and we had unanimous support to try it, even from people that were not interested in teaching online. They saw the vision and they were willing to step aside, so to speak. That included our current Dean. As a member of the faculty said, ‘I don’t ever want to teach online, but I am supportive of that effort.’ And he actually did teach many years for us off campus.
So that was the first challenge, and then came recruiting students and training online faculty for a curriculum that hadn’t been done before. We needed the University’s approval and CSWE accreditation. We were the first to demonstrate that the standards for online courses are consistent with the standards established for face-to-face programs. All of this was accomplished thanks in large part to the support of the administration, including the president of the university.
How do you hope to see the online program change and grow in the future?
Janet: My vision would be to continue to expand the quality of the MSW degree by utilizing new technologies and also to potentially create an undergraduate program as well.
Any advice for the next generation of social workers?
Janet: I think it’s important for them to continue to be a beacon of hope for those that they work with. They may be the only bright spot and guiding light some folks will have.
What do you plan to do with your time after retirement?
Janet: Well, I’m not planning on retiring. It’s true. I’ve started a successful business involving online training and education. I also hope to continue my affiliation with FSU and the College.
We are most fortunate to have two new assistant professors joining us this fall!
Lisa Schelbe, MSW, Ph.D. joins the College of Social Work faculty as an Assistant Professor, having most recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schelbe earned her MSW at Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Lisa brings a wealth of experience relating to domestic violence and child welfare (particularly youth aging out of the child welfare system).
Jeffrey Lacasse, MSW, Ph.D., a well-respected alum (MSW and Ph.D.) and Lecturer at the FSU College of Social Work returns to us as an Assistant professor after serving as a faculty member at Arizona State University School of Social Work. Dr. Lacasse brings an impressive teaching and scholarly record with continued research interests in mental health, particularly psychotropic medications.
The quality of our faculty is central to the mission of our College committed to being student-centered, engaged in top-notch research “that matters,” and being community-centered. The addition of Jeff and Lisa will bolster our ability to continue to advance as one of the finest academic social work programs in the United States! I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Schelbe and Dr. Lacasse to the College of Social Work family and have no doubt that they will be great assets to our College, University, and all those whom we serve!
Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D
Dean and Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work
Get to Know Dr. Lisa Schelbe
What are your previous experiences in social work, research and education?
Dr. Schelbe: My social work practice experience is varied, although it loosely all connects to the promotion of child well-being and the reduction of family violence. I have worked at various levels ranging from local agencies where I provided direct services to the National Association of Social Workers where I was a field organizer for the state. The various studies I have worked on have all addressed different vulnerable populations of youth and have used different methods. I have taught history of social work and social welfare, and I frequently train and provide guest lectures on qualitative methods.
What drew you to your interests in the field of social work research?
Dr. Schelbe: I became interested in research with youth aging out of the child welfare system after working as a research assistant on a project where we interviewed youth aging out about the process and their decision to leave care. Numerically, the group of youth aging out in the country is small; however, the hardships they face are substantial and costly both to the youth and the communities where they live. As we learn more about youth aging out, we are able to better define policies and refine practices to ensure a smoother transition out of care.
What are your primary research interests in social work?
Dr. Schelbe: My primary research interest is with youth aging out of the child welfare system. These youth are in the process of leaving the system and transitioning to life on their own. Previous research has found these youth to be incredibly vulnerable and the youth often face poor outcomes. The transition period is an opportunity to provide interventions, and I am interested to look at the post-secondary education of youth aging out and how interventions can increase enrollment and retention of youth aging out in post-secondary education programs.
What do you think is the most important contribution of this research to the general public?
Dr. Schelbe: I conducted an ethnography of youth aging out of the child welfare system, which provided an in-depth perspective about how youth negotiate the transition. Intentionally, I work to make the finding accessible so the general public can understand the daily life experiences of youth aging out and policy makers and practioners can use the information to design programs and policies to betters serve youth aging out.
In what ways can you engage students in research?
Dr. Schelbe: As a first year student in an undergraduate program, I was assigned a work study position as a research assistant. I fell in love with research immediately. I am committed to providing opportunities for students to learn about research by working with me on projects where they can learn hands on about all aspects of a research project. Currently, I am working on several projects where students can assist with data analysis and writing.
How do you relate research to education and service?
Dr. Schelbe: I am committed to my research being disseminated to social workers. My goal is for my research to be both accessible and meaningful for practioners. I incorporate my research findings into the classroom when I teach, and regularly have presented to local agencies and policy makers. I volunteer my time to train agency staff who work with vulnerable youth populations and regularly consult on the development of programs for youth aging out.
Get to Know Dr. Jeffrey Lacasse
What are your previous experiences in social work, research and education?
Dr. Lacasse: I received my MSW and Ph.D. from the Florida State University College of Social Work. Prior to beginning my Ph.D. I worked as a psychoeducational facilitator in a prevention program and in a state psychiatric hospital. While pursuing my Ph.D., I taught extensively in the BSW program, and was on faculty as a Visiting Lecturer from 2006-2008, teaching groups and research methods. In 2008, I accepted a tenure-track appointment at Arizona State University (ASU) in Phoenix, Arizona. At ASU I taught Psychopathology to MSW students and a PhD-level Philosophy of Science course. My research agenda has focused on mental health, specifically psychiatric medications, as well as the issue of recovery among those diagnosed with mental disorders. In Spring of 2013, I was thrilled to accept a tenure-track position at the FSU COSW.
What drew you to your interests in the field of social work research?
Dr. Lacasse: While working at the psychiatric hospital, I became fascinated with the use of psychiatric medications. Antipsychotics were the primary treatment modality and a great deal of our interdisciplinary work revolved around their use. A new generation of antipsychotics had just been released and were being promoted as huge improvements over the older drugs – but this narrative was inconsistent with our clinical observations, which raised a lot of questions for me. I started reading scholarly works on biological psychiatry and psychiatric medications. I noticed a clear disconnect between the data contained in such scientific work and what clients and their families were sometimes told in treatment settings. I decided to pursue my Ph.D. to delve further into these issues.
What are your primary research interests in social work?
Dr. Lacasse: I am a mental health researcher, as social workers are the largest group of mental health providers in the United States. My research agenda examines psychiatric diagnosis and treatment within the biomedical industrial complex, focusing primarily on psychiatric medications. Put more simply, I examine the impact that the pharmaceutical industry and related institutions have on how we conceptualize and treat mental health problems. Much of this work has focused on barriers to accurate knowledge dissemination in mental health- for instance, direct-to-consumer advertising of psychiatric medications, which, I have argued, often contain misleading information. I am working on the development and testing of interventions that provide the most accurate data possible, which may aid in good clinical decision-making. Also, Dr. Cynthia Lietz and I just completed a mixed-methods study of individuals formerly diagnosed as severely mentally ill (SMI) who have attained functional recovery.
What do you think is the most important contribution of this research to the general public?
Dr. Lacasse: Neuroanatomist Jonathan Leo and I have published a series of articles, available free to the public, which identify some of the major problems regarding knowledge dissemination. For example, the issue of medical ghostwriting (peer-reviewed research articles covertly authored by pharmaceutical companies) is an important obstacle to good clinical decision making. Having scholarly analysis of these issues in the public domain has the potential for positive impact. Dr. Lietz and I’s recent study of mental health recovery raises the voices of mental health clients, giving insight to what they found helpful in their process of recovery. In the long-term, it is possible that the integration of well-tested data and client perspectives into mental health treatment could result in better outcomes.
In what ways can you engage students in research?
Dr. Lacasse: I routinely involve students in my research, and have worked with students at the BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. level. I engage students in research by finding research roles that they are interested in and will therefore enhance their educational experience. I believe finding the best fit for a student within a research project benefits all concerned. Student research assistants have been essential to much of my research. They have completed literature reviews, entered and coded data, assisted with qualitative interviews, and in a few cases, co-authored manuscripts.
How do you relate research to education and service?
Dr. Lacasse: My research informs my teaching, and vice versa. In the classroom, my research projects and familiarity with the latest data allows me to give students an evidence-based perspective on mental health issues. On the other hand, classroom discussions often generate very interesting ideas for further research. My extramural service is closely linked with my research- I peer-review research articles in my area and serve on the boards of several nonprofits dedicated to improving mental health care.
Dr. Karen Randolph, and coauthor Dr. Laura Myers’s book Basic Statistics in Multivariate Analysis was recently published by Oxford University Press. The book introduces readers to three multivariate analytical methods (i.e., linear regression, analysis of variance and covariance, and path analysis) with a focus on the basic statistics that support these methods. The book is a part of a series entitled Pocket Guides of Social Work Research Methods. The editor of the series is Dr. Tony Tripodi.
Dr. Randolph is an Associate Professor and Agnes Flaherty Stoops Professor in Child Welfare as well as Director of the Doctoral Program at the FSU College of Social Work and Dr. Laura Myers is an Associate Professor and Director of the BSW Program at Florida A&M University.
Interview with Dr. Karen Randolph About Her Book
If you had to sum up your background and experiences that helped you prepare for writing this book?
Dr. Randolph: Through my own process of learning multivariate statistical methods I came to understand how important it is to have a thorough understanding of basic statistics, such as the mean and the variance. These basic statistics provide the foundation for the more complex methods. Also, my experience as an educator in the College’s doctoral program reinforced the importance of having a strong background in basic statistics as a way to reduce student anxiety and intimidation about using more advanced statistical methods in studying problems that are important to social workers.
What is the key point you wish to address in your book?
Dr. Randolph: The focus of this book is to offer opportunities for readers, particularly entry-level doctoral students and early-career social work researchers to strengthen their skills in basic statistics and related statistical procedures so that they are well-prepared to utilize the multivariate analytical methods of linear regression, analysis of variance and covariance, and path analysis..
Are there other books on the topic? And if yes, what is new or different about your book?
Dr. Randolph: There are several books on statistics. What is unique about our book is our emphasis on clarifying the connection between basic statistics and multivariate methods. Another unique feature is that the book is written specifically for doctoral students and early career researchers who may not have a strong statistical background. Finally, we provide examples from the social work research literature that are of interest to social work researchers and practitioners.
The book offers a companion website that provides detailed instructions for conducting each procedure, as well as data sets and worked examples. This gives readers an experiential opportunity to learn these methods. It is available through the publisher Oxford University Press at http://www.oup.com/us/companion.websites/9780199764044/.
What do you hope will be the main take away for someone reading this book?
Dr. Randolph: The process of conducting advanced statistical methods can be less intimating and more doable if one has a thorough understanding of the basics and a recognition that multivariate methods simply build on these basics.
Can you speak about the process of writing the book?
Dr. Randolph: First, I sought consultation from several well-respected social work researchers to develop and flesh out the ideas for the book. I then approached Dr. Myers about being a co-author. She agreed and then we developed and submitted a proposal for the book to Dr. Tripodi, the series editor of Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods. After the proposal was accepted, it was simply a matter of engaging in disciplined writing—setting deadlines, planning writing times, and actually writing, reviewing, and re-writing. I broke the writing process down into small, daily goals and sought to meet these goals. I was fortunate enough to be awarded a one-semester sabbatical by the university during the time I was writing the book so most of the writing was done during my sabbatical.
To reach Dr. Randolph directly, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida State University (FSU) College of Social Work (CSW) collaborated with FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), the FSU Art Education Department, the FSU Athletics Department, and the Tallahassee Housing Authority to host the 2nd annual CSW Arts & Athletics Camp for underserved middle-school aged youth. The Tallahassee Housing Authority recruited children from lower income families to enroll in the summer camp. Campers participated in many different arts and athletic activities throughout the two week session – such as developing “dream catchers” and playing volleyball and soccer with FSU athletes. Participants were also exposed to several different components of higher education by touring FSU’s campus and learning more about the virtues of college.
In an earlier report on the creative writing component of the inaugural arts and athletics summer camp, Mazza (2012) noted that, “the unique aspect of the College of Social Work Arts and Athletics program is the integrated use of sports and the arts in combination with academic support programs and a local housing authority with the purpose of promoting positive youth development” (p.226 ). The early observational findings indicated the R.E.S. (Receptive/Expressive/
In the 2013 summer camp, along with exposing the youth to an institute of higher education, the purpose of the camp was to use arts and athletics to help improve the youth’s self-esteem and confidence. Literature on athletics camps and art camps indicate participation builds group cohesion and ultimately increases participants’ self-esteem and self-confidence. Thus, to evaluate whether this arts and athletics camps has similar effects on its participants, Dean Mazza and Dr. Tripodi used the Self-Esteem Rating Scale for Children – Revised (Chiu, 1987) and the Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale, Second Edition (Piers, Harris, & Herzberg, 2002) as pretest and posttest measures to assess whether the camp helped increase self-esteem and self-confidence. Additionally, structured observational narrative reports were completed by camp counselors and other staff involved with the camp. Data collection for the 2013 Arts and Athletics Summer Camp was completed and analysis is currently underway.
Mazza, N. (2012). Poetry/creative writing for an arts and athletics community outreach program for at-risk youth. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 25, 225-231.
Dr. Nicholas F. Mazza is Dean of the FSU College of Social Work and the Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work. He is the founder and chair of the CSW Arts & Athletics Community Outreach Program for Youth. He is also the founding and continuing editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary publication. Dr. Mazza can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Dr. Stephen Tripodi is an Associate Professor of the FSU College of Social Work with a focus on corrections and the intersection between social work and criminal justice. He is a member of the CSW Arts & Athletics Camp committee. Dr. Tripodi can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida State University College of Social Work is combining its expertise in providing professional social work skills with community resources in a first of a kind initiative using student-developed entrepreneurial business models to aid social services organizations and the Tallahassee community in identifying comprehensive solutions to local homelessness.
Florida State students are an integral part of the initiative by serving as social work interns with various providers of social services to the homeless, while other students and graduates were recruited by the Florida State University Foundation to develop entrepreneurial business models designed to create sustainable employment opportunities for the homeless.
The initiative includes the Renaissance Community Center, a new facility located next to The Shelter for the homeless on Tennessee Street in downtown Tallahassee that provides a multitude of social and other services for homeless individuals at a single location. Rick Kearney, CEO and president of Mainline Information Systems, provided funding for construction of the center. He was also behind the Westgate housing project farther west on Tennessee Street, which will eventually see the creation of more than a dozen affordable housing units for the homeless.
“The vision behind all of this is to produce comprehensive, sustainable, organically developed model solutions to homelessness combining the skills drawn from the academic, private, public and not for profit sectors of Tallahassee that can potentially be replicated throughout the country,” said Tomi Gomory, associate professor in the College of Social Work. “Students are an essential part of the process in terms of helping deliver services to the homeless at the Renaissance Community Center and by developing the entrepreneurial business models that will result in sustainable employment for homeless individuals.”
One of the business models that has already been developed and implemented involves hiring homeless people to install a fence around the Westgate housing project. Aside from earning wages for their labor, the homeless workers are learning practical job skills that could result in sustainable employment beyond this project.
“FSU students and graduates are at the core of this initiative, providing for the social services needs of the homeless and developing business models to assist them from an employment and economic perspective,” said Gus Ray, Senior Director of the Florida State University Foundation. “It is a win-win proposition for all concerned.”
“This is a very practical multi-faceted endeavor involving Florida State University, the FSU Foundation, social services providers, business partners and others,” Gomory said. “I don’t believe this type of comprehensive approach to the homelessness issue is being tried anywhere else.”
View the original article at: http://news.fsu.edu/Top-Stories/New-collaboration-aims-to-reduce-homelessness-in-Tallahassee.
After almost thirty years, I am retiring from the FSU College of Social Work this summer. I’m looking forward to more personal and family time, not to mention time with my dogs, novels, garden, and friends! As I think back over my career at the College of Social Work, I have many great memories of students, staff, faculty, and friends in the community who’ve contributed so much to MY education and to my personal development over the years. In addition to teaching more than three hundred classes and over four thousand students, I’ve also served as Director of Field Instruction, Director of Off-Campus MSW Programs, and Director of the BSW Program.
But none of this would be possible without the instrumental role of one key person – Patricia V. Vance, MSW. “Pat” (as she was better known to most of us) recruited me to come and teach my first class ‘way back in 1984. She was our Associate Dean at the time, and she provided me with a tremendous level of support to learn how to teach that course and many others. Her gentle and thoughtful counsel benefited me greatly, as well as scores of students and other faculty members over the years.
Pat Vance served on the faculty from 1966 to 1986, and she worked unstintingly to promote the profession of social work through her service and teaching. Her intellect and character made her one of the most valuable role models that any student or colleague could have.
A few years ago, a student scholarship fund was established by the Vance children – James, Ellen, and Steve – in memory of their parents. Although Pat and Maurie died some years ago, the Vance Scholarship lives on. And as I myself retire, I would like to honor her memory by asking you to make a contribution to this fund that supports students who are pursuing their social work degrees. I have known personally many of these students who have said that this scholarship enabled them to stay in school and to achieve their goals.
To Contribute to the Patricia V. Vance Scholarship:
Online: Go to https://one.fsu.edu/community/sslpage.aspx?pid=822
1. Enter the amount you would like to donate.
2. Set the Designation drop-down box to “Other” and specify you would like your donation to go to Patricia V. Vance Scholarship- F05293.
Mail: Print this letter and send in the filled out form and donation to:
2010 Levy Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32306
I appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of the College of Social Work and I am proud to have participated in the education of future social workers. I would consider it a personal favor if you can join me in making a contribution to the Maurice and Patricia Vance Social Work Scholarship. Your support of students who are becoming professional social workers will be a meaningful legacy for me and my mentor, Pat Vance.
Kim Maddox, MSW
**Contact Colette Podgorski (email@example.com/(850) 228-8536) with any questions about the Patricia V. Vance Scholarship.
CSW Associate Professor, Dr. Jean Munn has co-authored a chapter for the medical text, Primary Care Geriatrics, along with Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith and Debra Danforth of the FSU COM. The focus of the chapter, interdisciplinary collaboration on medical teams, has led to the development of a course available to students in medicine, nursing, and social work to be offered summer 2013. The course will model an interdisciplinary team format, posing case studies and comprising equal team membership for each discipline.
In addition, Dr. Brummel-Smith, an internationally recognized authority on frailty and recently recognized as an Health and Aging Policy Fellow, has served as a guest speaker for the Gerontological Social Work class taught at the CSW. In November, students from that class will be able to perform real-time assessments in the COM’s state of the art Simulation Center, using standardized patients trained by the COM’s center director. The COM facilities will allow for simultaneous videotaping of 12 assessment interviews, allowing all 30 students to receive a tape of the assessment and providing the opportunity for feedback to individual students.
Furthermore, The FSU CSW, in collaboration with the FSU COM and FAMU College of Pharmacy, has been contracted by Florida Agency on Health Care Administration to evaluate the MEDS-AD Waiver Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Program (Les Beitsch, Associate Dean for Health Affairs, PI). The MTM Program is designed to increase medication adherence and reduce contra-indications and costs for Medicaid eligible and medically complex individuals in the state. The CSW component of the two-year contract involves conducting and qualitatively analyzing in-depth interviews with MEDS-AD MTM participants, primary care physicians, and administrative personnel. This qualitative approach will provide an opportunity for intervention participants to articulate the value of the program as well as make suggestions for improvements. Another contribution of the qualitative component is to understand the underlying processes in agreement to enroll in the project, withdrawal from the program, and refusals to participate. Drs. Amy Ai and Jean Munn of the CSW are co-principle investigators of the qualitative component, which will provide stipend support for four MSW students and one doctoral student each year. Also involved in the qualitative component are co-investigators from FSU COM and FAMU. The total contract award is $893,270 of which the CSW receives $380,000.
For more information on the College of Social Work’s Health and Aging Initiatives contact Dr. Jean Munn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Amy Ai (email@example.com). Learn more about the College of Social Works institutes and centers visit http://csw.fsu.edu/research/research-institutes-initiatives/.