When the opportunity came up to send faculty to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Fellowship Training at the Boston University School of Social Work for a special Social Work Faculty Immersion Training (SWIFT) Program, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Lacasse and Associate Teaching Professor
Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Born on a busy farm in Ohio with his parents and 7 siblings, Ted Studebaker would grow up amidst a culture centered around strong work ethic and the values of family and church participation. In this environment, there was never a shortage of hard work, raising and caring for the family’s various livestock and crops.
John Alderson was born in Pana, Illinois in 1926 where his father served as a doctor and one-time mayor. He had an early love for the outdoors, sports and music. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany before attending the University of Illinois for his Master's degree in social work. He worked for several years in Evanston public schools in Illinois as a school social worker until moving in 1956 to Tallahassee to join the faculty of the FSU School of Social Work.
Over the years, I’ve become increasingly dismayed by the cost of textbooks and just how much of that burden is shouldered by students. Last year, I received an email from FSU Libraries recruiting faculty to participate in a grant opportunity for something called “alternative textbooks.” With the encouragement and support of FSU College of Social Work Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Craig Stanley, I decided to apply. All I knew was that the purpose was to create more affordable alternatives to standard textbooks.
Starting in July 2018, FSU College of Social Work faculty member Carol Campbell Edwards will begin her two-year term as president of the National Association for Social Workers Florida (NASW-FL) chapter. Currently, as President-Elect, Carol will spend 12 months working in close collaboration with the President.
This past July, I attended and presented at the 35th International Congress on Law and Mental Health. Leading experts from around the world in psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology, law and other helping professions, convened from July 9-14th at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic to share their ideas about today’s most pressing issues at the intersection of mental health and law.