UTEP Social Work

UTEP Social Work “The mission of the department is to educate culturally competent social work practitioners to provide services and promote social and economic justice in partnership with the unique multicultural, international population of El Paso & beyond"
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The Department of Social Work offers the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees.

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03/26/2021

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MSW Students Train Educators Working with At-Risk Students

Through a partnership with Canutillo Independent School District (CISD), funded through a multi-year behavioral education training grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), students in the MSW Program in the UTEP Social Work Department are contributing to the ongoing development of the social work profession in public education settings and contributing to state-level conversations regarding policy and practice, specifically for school-based personnel working with at-risk populations.

With support from the Social Work Department’s HRSA training grant, MSW students are placed in integrated macro-level school-based internships in the Canutillo Independent School District. Working under the direction of the executive director of Student Support Services for CISD, Dr. Monica Reyes, the students complete their clinical hours working on behavioral health integration in the schools. CISD integrated behavioral health services into their schools through a partnership with Project VIDA and the development of social work services at the district level.

Two of the MSW students, Alondra Suarez and Fabian Sigala Orozco, were encouraged by CISD to present at a virtual conference held by TACSAP (Texas Association/Concerned with School-Aged At-Risk and Parenting) in late February. TACSAP aims to provide training for personnel working with at-risk populations, including school counselors, social workers, behavioral specialists and principals/administration. Rosario E. Olivera, MSW program coordinator, helped the students identify a topic for which she and other MSW faculty could provide guidance. Nancy Torres, CISD coordinated school health facilitator, assisted the students in creating and presenting a health education component for their virtual presentation while the students created the mental health component.

“Mentoring our interns has been a complete joy,” Torres said. “I think it is extremely important to expose them to real-world experience with a guiding hand. One of the key learning experiences is connecting them to professional organizations and making them feel part of what they will be leading in the future.”

Suarez and Sigala Orozco’s presentation, “Mental Health in the Virtual World,” included an overview of student learning styles and how the virtual setting impacted student learning outcomes, tips for educators on checking in with students in the virtual setting, such as asking questions like how things were outside of school, how students’ breakfast or lunch was, and how they slept the night before; and how to integrate brain breaks for students with creative and physical activities such as coloring, journaling, moving, or playing with play dough.

Suarez indicated that in developing the presentation, she drew from personal experiences in stress-management and self-care.

“In the presentation, I focused on self-care and boundaries,” she said. “But it wasn’t until I got into graduate school that I finally learned how to set healthy boundaries and how to do self-care. What this meant for me was saying 'no!’ With the self-care aspect, I had to think back about the things I enjoyed when I was younger, like hiking. We need to ask ourselves what did we do back then that filled us with so much joy? And why did we stop doing it? And, the most important question, what is stopping us from starting it up again?”

Suarez and Sigala Orozco were the only university students to present at TACSAP this year. Gabriela “Janet” Corral, TACSAP vice-president, says that the organization plans to expand opportunities for students to present in the future.

“TACSAP hopes to continue to work with the UTEP social work program on a long-term basis,” she said. “It was so great to have the UTEP interns rise to the challenge and present at this year's virtual conference. We hope to create further opportunities to have more interns present as well as attend our conference. We have big ambitions to grow and link up with as many partnerships as possible.”

Sigala Orozco offered advice for other students considering opportunities outside of their comfort zone: “Always choose what scares you the most. For years, I wanted to avoid the macro area, as I was scared of not being able to manage the different challenges. However, those places or learning experiences that scare you or seem impossible are the ones that will help you to have a stronger learning experience and to develop your skills as a professional.”

As for the UTEP Social Work Department’s future plans in developing school-based programming, Olivera said that the Texas Education Agency’s recognition of social workers has created multiple opportunities. In the near future, she hopes to create a certification for school-based social workers. Additionally, the Gadsen Independent School District has approached the department to develop a program like CISD’s for their schools. Finally, Olivera and five MSW students will also present during TACSAP’s March forum on preparing students for lifelong learning while supporting social-emotional needs.

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For more information about the Master of Social Work Program, please visit: https://www.utep.edu/chs/sw/

NASW Texas
02/26/2021

NASW Texas

"Each year we dedicate the month of March to raising the awareness of social work and the compassionate assistance social workers provide to the citizens of our great state" #SocialWorkMonth #NASWTX Office of the Governor Greg Abbott
Full proclamation: https://bit.ly/37J89m8

UTEP - The University of Texas at El Paso
02/15/2021

UTEP - The University of Texas at El Paso

A winter storm created picturesque views across the UTEP campus Feb. 14, 2021. Some walked around campus to take in the scenery or make snow angels. 🌨️❄️⛏️

NASW-Rio Grande Branch
02/09/2021

NASW-Rio Grande Branch

Celebrating Black History Month by giving recognition to those who've helped mold the meaning of our profession.
Whitney M. Young Jr. was the first to hold the title of Dean of the School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University (1954-1961), which now bears his name. In 1969, Young became President of the National Association of Social Workers serving until 1971.

Young was a noted civil rights leader and statesman who worked to eradicate discrimination. He received many honorary degrees and awards —including the Medal of Freedom (1969), presented by President Lyndon Johnson—for his outstanding civil rights accomplishments.

Find out more at NASWFoundation.org

NASW Texas
02/09/2021

NASW Texas

Social Work students, the time has come for self-nominations for the Andrew Marks Student Advocacy Award!

This award will be provided to one BSW and one MSW student during the NASW/TX Virtual SWAD Week. Students are asked to self-nominate and provide a brief description of an advocacy effort they have undertaken to make a change at a local, state, or national level. Submit your nominations here by February 15th! http://bit.ly/35VdOos

BSW and MSW winners will receive a $100!

IFSW HRC Highlights Concerns on Increasing Islamophobia – International Federation of Social Workers
02/05/2021
IFSW HRC Highlights Concerns on Increasing Islamophobia – International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW HRC Highlights Concerns on Increasing Islamophobia – International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW HRC Highlights Concerns on Increasing Islamophobia Information Type: StatementTopic: Human RightsFebruary 4, 2021The IFSW Human Rights Commission is extremely concerned about the alarming and continued rise of Islamophobia across the globe that is being accentuated by national governments of la...

NASW-Rio Grande Branch
02/02/2021

NASW-Rio Grande Branch

Were already in February! Time flies and March will be here soon, So make sure you save the date for our All Members Meeting!

https://fb.me/e/3asMHQwXX

National Association of Social Workers
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National Association of Social Workers

This year #NASW marks the 60th Anniversary of the NASW Code of Ethics first published in 1960. It provides ethical guidance to the #socialwork profession. Join us in our promise to recommit to its values & principles. Thank you #NASW NEC for your help on this project!

IFSW Statement on International Migrants Day – International Federation of Social Workers
12/18/2020
IFSW Statement on International Migrants Day – International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW Statement on International Migrants Day – International Federation of Social Workers

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NASW Texas
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NASW Texas

NASW/TX 2021 open leadership positions have been announced! Run for an open position to grow your skills and expand your network. Application deadline is January 13. More info, https://bit.ly/3f2TK6Q

IFSW International Federation of Social Workers
12/01/2020

IFSW International Federation of Social Workers

Even under the pandemic, Social workers still advocate for the maintenance of essential service and play a key role in the care of the infected and affected individuals thus, enabling more access help in good time. The power of 'UBUNTU'
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NASW-Rio Grande Branch
10/27/2020

NASW-Rio Grande Branch

Texas Social Workers for a BIG WIN today! BHEC votes unanimously to send forward SW code of conduct rules originally presented in July including protection against discrimination for: gender identity, gender expression, s*xual orientation and disability.

Advocacy makes a difference! Your continued efforts to advocate against removing protections for people with disabilities & LGBTQIA+ Texans were heard loud and clear! More updates to come!
#StandWithTXSocialWorkers

UTEP Social Work Faculty Member Awarded Top Mexican Government Honor
10/06/2020
UTEP Social Work Faculty Member Awarded Top Mexican Government Honor

UTEP Social Work Faculty Member Awarded Top Mexican Government Honor

EL PASO, Texas — Eva Moya, Ph.D., associate professor of social work at The University of Texas at El Paso, has been recognized with the regional 2020 Ohtli Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Mexican government to individuals who have aided, empowered or positively affected the lives of Mexi...

UTEP Social Work's cover photo
09/25/2020

UTEP Social Work's cover photo

NASW-Rio Grande Branch
08/23/2020

NASW-Rio Grande Branch

Meet our steering committee!!

Be on the lookout for an email from us soon!

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Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

CDC
08/13/2020

CDC

New MMWR report shows Americans are struggling with mental health or substance use issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. More mental health services and resources are critical at the state and local levels. Learn more: bit.ly/MMWR81320.

Adam Mccormick to present at NASW TX meetings
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Adam Mccormick to present at NASW TX meetings

Why register the 2020 NASW/TX Virtual Conference?
To hear the plenary session “Trafficking LGBTQ+ Youth and Youth in Foster Care” presented by Adam McCormick, PhD, MSW - Examine the added vulnerabilities of LGBTQ+ youth to homelessness and trafficking, using an intersectional approach to look at the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth of color. Be a part of an interactive and experiential approach to explore a number of factors associated with the well-being and safety of LGBTQ youth in care. Register by August 3 & save $30! https://www.naswtx.org/page/conference

Farmworkers Are Among Those at Highest Risk for COVID-19, Studies Show
07/27/2020
Farmworkers Are Among Those at Highest Risk for COVID-19, Studies Show

Farmworkers Are Among Those at Highest Risk for COVID-19, Studies Show

Studies show agricultural workers are among those at highest risk of contracting COVID-19. In the fields, harvest crews work side-by-side cutting rows of vegetables, making it impossible to keep six feet apart. Housing is scarce and expensive, so multiple families often crowd into one small home.

NASW Texas
07/24/2020

NASW Texas

NASW Student Members, register for the 2020 NASW/TX Virtual Conference by August 3 and pay just $60 for full conference benefits! If you're a student and not yet a member, you'll save more than $200 by joining NASW and registering as a student member. Just sayin'! https://www.naswtx.org/page/conference

YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region
07/21/2020

YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region

Have you registered for YWCA's 11th Annual Race Against Racism yet?? The event is virtual this year and each registration includes an Eliminate Racism. t-shirt. Your registration supports YWCA's racial justice, women's empowerment, and social equity work. Register today! https://www.ywcaelpaso.org/ywca-virtual-race-against-racism/

07/18/2020
National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 140,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members. Visit socialworkers.org

NASW Texas
07/15/2020

NASW Texas

Why attend the 2020 NASW/TX Virtual Conference? To hear the keynote presentation, "Anti-Racism Social Work: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence", by Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, a licensed psychologist and director of the Culture and Trauma research lab at Pepperdine University. She is a past psychology representative to the United Nations and a media consultant to NPR, CNN and BET. Register by August 3 & save $30! https://www.naswtx.org/page/conference

NASW Texas
07/09/2020

NASW Texas

Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2020 NASW/Texas Virtual Conference which will take place on October 8-10. Earn up to 22 CEs at the live webinars and up to 42 CEs total. Register by August 3 & save $30! More, https://www.naswtx.org/page/Conference

Professor Mark Lusk to RetireProfessor Mark Lusk has announced his retirement from the University of Texas at El Paso ef...
07/07/2020

Professor Mark Lusk to Retire

Professor Mark Lusk has announced his retirement from the University of Texas at El Paso effective August 31. Dr. Lusk has been a UTEP faculty member for 13 years having served as Founding Chair of Social Work and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to starting the MSW Program at UTEP, Mark was Director of International Programs at Oregon State University. He has also been Associate Provost at the University of Georgia, Associate Vice President for International Programs at the University of Montana, Founding Director of the School of Social Work at Boise State University and Chair, University of Wyoming. Professor Lusk was twice selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar, first at the Catholic University of Peru and later at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Lusk spent much of his career doing field work in Latin America. He has published extensively on migration and refugees and has worked on projects funded by the US State Department, the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. An accomplished distance runner, Mark has run the Boston Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Portland Marathon, and California International Marathon, among others.

UTEP College of Health Sciences
06/22/2020

UTEP College of Health Sciences

Department of Social Work Stands for Social Justice

Please see below message released from UTEP Social Work

We, the members of the Department of Social Work from the proud multicultural and binational community of El Paso, Texas, stand for Social Justice and support our sisters, brothers, and nonbinary companions in the face of oppression, systemic racism, violence, and brutality. Social Justice is a core social work value and it demands that all social workers, whether practitioner, academic, or researcher, uphold our Code of Ethics by taking deliberate actions to ensure that justice and equity exist in all communities. Social workers understand the history of oppression that has led black, brown, and all oppressed people to feel unsafe in their own country. As social workers, from a minority community, we work to dismantle oppressive institutional policies and practices while advocating for vulnerable and oppressed groups. As social workers, it is our duty and responsibility to address racism and all forms of social injustice by supporting and advocating for positive social change, a change where all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, s*x, s*xual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, age, ability, genetic information, veteran status, or immigration status, can live in peace without fear of oppression or discrimination.

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