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Three Sisters Share the Goal of Helping Others
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Growing up with a parent working in the social services can often instill an interest in helping others, but the Beecher family have a special familial dedication to the service of others. With a mother serving on the civilian side for the US military with Family Advocacy and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), the family grew up in Okinawa, Japan with exceptional interest and understanding of social issues.

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CFC Center Receives SAMHSA Grant to Create Substance Use Disorder Curriculum 
Thursday, April 23, 2020

A team from Florida State University’s College of Social Work has received a $200,000 grant to develop a new evidence-based curriculum related to substance use disorders. 

The FSU Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center) based at the Florida State University College of Social Work received a 2020 Expansion of Practitioner Education grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

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Doctoral Candidate and Instructor Wins Teaching Award
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Lauren H.K. Stanley, a social work doctoral student and instructor, felt humbled when she got the notice that two of her students nominated her for an FSU teaching award. “She was a fantastic professor. She really made the subject understandable and fun to learn. I learned a lot and enjoyed being in the class,” they wrote in their nomination.

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Nourish to Flourish Project: Self-Care and Recognition for Social Workers
Monday, April 20, 2020

The FSU Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children teamed up with the FSU College of Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter to launch the Nourish to Flourish Project. This project was created to provide recognition, appreciation, and support to the social work profession.

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Social Work Researcher and Instructor Creates Coronavirus Resilience Briefs for Children
Friday, April 17, 2020

 The current Coronavirus pandemic has drastically increased the need for resilience interventions, but social distancing and isolation have made connecting a challenge. When Dr. Machelle Madsen Thompson first heard about the effect COVID-19 was having in the beginning, she knew she wanted to help.  She made it her personal mission to help address trauma and resilience in ways that improved the lives of children and families.

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Social Work Student Receives President’s Humanitarian Award
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Undergraduate social work student Molly McQueeney, a junior from Sarasota in Florida, has been recognized as one of the 2020 recipients of the FSU President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award. The award recognizes students who exhibit a tremendous commitment to service. Each school or college has one student recognized by this prestigious award.

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A Letter to Social Work Students During COVID-19
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dear College Students,

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Alumna Embodies Volunteerism Through Her Life and Work
Thursday, April 09, 2020

Although Alumna Jovita Woodrich (MSW, 2007) possesses the heart of a social worker, her journey to the profession was not a direct path. She enjoyed serving others and observed similar behaviors in her parents, who were originally from Guyana in South America and consistently lent a helping hand to others during her childhood. “They grew up in a culture where everyone helped everyone else. Even if you had very little,” she described, “you give a little of yourself to someone else. You didn’t think about it separately from your existence.

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Social Work Student Wins FSU Excellence in Visual Arts Award
Tuesday, April 07, 2020

MSW Student Lara Klopp is getting her graduate degree online, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to connect with what’s happening on campus. After hearing about the FSU Graduate Student Awards offered by the Graduate School at FSU, she decided to apply. 

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Alumna Leads Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Research and Data Integrity
Monday, March 30, 2020

Raised by parents who taught business and economics, Sherry Jackson had her sights set on a degree in business as she set out for college. But when she arrived at Florida State University as an undergraduate, she quickly realized her passion focused more on the social and behavioral sciences. With a degree in cultural anthropology under her belt, she decided to stay at Florida State because of how much she enjoyed her undergraduate experience and to pursue an MSW because of the national reputation of the FSU College of Social Work.

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