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Social Work Students Experience International Social Work Through Sweden Exchange Program
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

“An international study abroad experience can be both intimidating and exhilarating,” said Pam MacDill, coordinator of the Exchange Programs at the FSU College of Social Work, as well as the Director of the BSW and Professional Development Programs. “Getting out of your comfort zone and being exposed to cultures, languages, and foods that are so different from home is an enriching experience.”

Posted Under: CSW General, Faculty Spotlight, International Programs

Earning an Online MSW to Better Serve Those Affected by Human Trafficking
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ashton Sanchez has always been a social worker at heart. After earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Florida State University in 2016, she began working in child welfare in Miami, Florida. She was assigned to a human trafficking unit working with minors who were victims of human trafficking.

Posted Under: Alumni and Friends, CSW General

Alumna establishes local non-profit to assist people in need
Thursday, September 12, 2019

LaShundra Williams knows first-hand what it is to experience hardship. Her own story included experiences with family struggling with mental health and substance use issues, the foster care system, and overcoming her struggles with trauma, abuse, and neglect. She saw both sides of the child welfare system, the good and the bad, and knew what it was like to be dismissed as just another child to fall through the cracks.

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

Interdisciplinary Faculty Team Awarded Grant to Examine Outcomes in Pediatric Organ Transplants
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Two Florida State University faculty members have been awarded a grant to study health outcomes after pediatric organ transplants.

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

Directed Individual Study: Student Libby Burgess Establishes Community Outreach for Local School Children
Friday, August 30, 2019

Social work student Libby Burgess was wrapping up her Bachelor of Social Work degree this year when she realized she was three credits short to graduate. BSW Program Advisor Zoey Zeitlin suggested a Directed Individual Study (DIS), individual or group work outside the classroom as Libby was already deeply involved in the local community.

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

Florida Institute for Child Welfare Launched New Podcast
Monday, August 19, 2019

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare, housed in the Florida State University College of Social Work, is launching a new resource to inform and support the child welfare workers of Florida. 

The podcast series, “Child Protection Caseworker Support,” starts Monday, Aug. 26. The eight-episode series will feature the institute’s director Jessica Pryce, who will discuss issues facing frontline child welfare professionals and offer guidance on a variety of issues pertinent to the field.

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

Alumni Highlight: Josie Fliger, An Advocate for Seniors and Community Engagement
Friday, August 16, 2019

In 2013, Alumna Jocelyne (Josie) Fliger (MSW, 2015) did her first internship during her MSW program at FSU College of Social Work with the Tallahassee Senior Center, which offers activities and opportunities for senior citizens living in Tallahassee, Florida. Here she has introduced the idea of active living for seniors, a concept contrasting a societal focus on abnormal aging.

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

CFC Center: At A Glance Update, August 2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center)

At A Glance Update

The CFC Center under the aegis of the College of Social Work (CSW) was created with the support of the Stoops Foundation, Inc. in 2017. The purpose of the CFC Center is to generate and sustain transformational knowledge for the development of effective policies, services, and usable research.

Posted Under: CSW General

Social Work Doctoral Graduate Joins University of West Florida Faculty
Friday, August 09, 2019

Doctoral Candidate Erin King graduated this summer with her doctoral degree in social work from the FSU College of Social Work. She successfully defended her dissertation titled “An exploration of the effects of primary and secondary trauma on child welfare workers’ mental health and commitment to the field” on June 25, 2019. In the fall, Dr.

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

Social Work Student Wins Gilman Scholarship
Thursday, August 08, 2019

As a first-generation colleges student, Samiah Bansal has experienced a wide range of new challenges, along with innumerable opportunities, in the university setting. One of her biggest dreams was to study abroad, but the challenge of funding such an adventure seemed insurmountable until she followed the example of other FSU students.

“I decided to apply for the Gilman Scholarship because I witnessed many student leaders at FSU become Gilman Scholars. It motivated me to apply,” she explained.

Posted Under: Alumni and Friends, Alumni Spotlight, CSW General, International Programs