News Articles

FSU Operation Family Caregiver extends into fourth year of service
Monday, November 06, 2017

Since the Florida State University (FSU) College of Social Work began its partnership with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) in 2014, the FSU Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) site has demonstrated an excellent track record for reaching out to and assisting caregivers of military veterans and service members.

Posted Under: Alumni and Friends, CSW General

Workload and Work-Life Balance Challenge Florida’s Children Services Workforce
Monday, November 06, 2017

Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Mike Carroll and others testified before the Florida House’ Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee to report on progress in recruiting, training, and retaining more highly-skilled child protective investigators, which go out into the field to investigate cases ranging from child neglect and abuse to human trafficking. Carroll told lawmakers October 25th that the department is still struggling with the turnover of child protective investigators.

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Why Sharing Social Work Stories is Important: A Student Perspective
Friday, November 03, 2017

Over the summer, the NASW Foundation came up with public service announcement videos to help the general public understand what kinds of services social workers provide.

Posted Under: CSW General

Alumna Kia J. Bentley Reviewer of the Year for Journal of Social Work Education
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

At the 2017 CSWE Annual Program Meeting, many social work scholars were recognized for their contributions to the field, including FSU College of Social Work doctoral program alumna and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work (VCU) Professor Dr. Kia J. Bentley. At the Journal of Social Work Education Reception, Dr.

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Doctoral student Lane Forsman appointed to FSU President Advisory Panel
Monday, October 30, 2017

Social work doctoral student Ruben Lane Forsman is no stranger to service. Forsman served as an intensive outpatient substance abuse counselor in New Orleans, Louisiana and as a member of the Florida Assertive Community Treatment Team in Leon County providing community-based mental and behavioral health services to individuals experiencing severe, persistent mental illness prior to entering the Doctoral Program at the FSU College of Social Work.

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Rosalyn Deckerhoff named first Director of Online Field Education
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

With the growth of online programs, a continuous challenge remains to constantly improve and innovate. A step in that direction for the FSU College of Social Work will include the establishment of a position to oversee field education for online programs. Associate Teaching Professor Rosalyn Deckerhoff will take on this role starting at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester.

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Study: Promising outcomes for trauma-informed treatment for incarcerated women
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dr. Stephen Tripodi has been researching criminal justice issues since he was a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin. He started off as a research assistant involved in evaluating an in-prison restorative justice program for incarcerated men who were within six months of release.

Posted Under: Faculty News, Faculty Spotlight, Research

Critical thinking and civil discourse conference challenges conventional wisdom
Friday, October 13, 2017

In order to create positive change, conventional wisdom often needs to be reconsidered. Are low-carbohydrate diets an effective remedy for obesity? Do patients have a right to self-medicate? Are psychiatric drugs effective over the long term?

The Florida State University College of Social Work will host a daylong conference to explore these questions and more.

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Critical Thinking Conference Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Civil Discourse About Social Problems
Friday, September 29, 2017


In order to create positive change, the conventional wisdom often needs to be reconsidered. The Florida State University College of Social Work is changing the conversation by exploring the application of critical thinking and civil discourse to important social issues, including obesity, prescription drugs, mental health, and diversity.

Posted Under: CSW General, Faculty News

Future scholars meet to examine social justice
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The social work profession has strong historical roots in the concept of social justice—roots that are acknowledged and promoted within our professional associations and educational standards. For me, the concept of social justice has always been an important cornerstone of the work that I do in the field of maternal-child health. Within this field, my work focuses on understanding the who and what that define access to important resources that help promote healthy families and healthy child development.

Posted Under: Alumni and Friends, Alumni Spotlight, CSW General, Research