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Message From the Director

WhyCare?Dear MFP Community,
Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of hearing from so many members of the MFP family. Whether the conversations are in person or over e-mail, they often include, “I would love to give back to the MFP, so if you ever need anything, please let me know!” Here is an opportunity for you to give back to the MFP.

Throughout the years, we have had many Advisory Committee members supporting the MFP. These dedicated committee members have spent countless hours reviewing applications and providing thoughtful recommendations to the MFP. With the current funding from SAMHSA, we have the opportunity to increase the integration across the doctoral and master’s fellowships as well as current fellows and alumni.

Now through August 26, we are seeking applications for a range of volunteer roles in the MFP, including advisory committee members, application readers, and mentors. We welcome applications from current volunteers, interested MFP alumni, and others committed to our mission and goals. I hope that you will consider sharing your talents with our fellows!

Duy Nguyen, PhD
MFP Director

MFP Spotlight


victoria alvarez

Victoria Alvarez, MSW

Current MFP master’s fellow Victoria Alvarez graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on May 18. Alvarez works as a social worker at Welbrook Rehabilitation Facility and directs the social service programs for the diverse population receiving physical and occupational therapy. Alvarez aspires to work in an inpatient facility, work with co-occurring disorders integrating a  holistic mind–body–spiritual based approach, and become certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Connect with Victoria on LinkedIn.



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Andy Le, MSW 

Current MFP master’s fellow Andy Le graduated from California State University, Fullerton, in May. Le works as a wraparound facilitator at Southcoast Community Services. As a facilitator, he provides individualized clinical case management and psychotherapy to children and youths experiencing severe emotional, behavioral, or mental health difficulties who are involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Le is working to obtain his LCSW to work in a hospital setting providing psychotherapy to individuals and families. Connect with Andy on LinkedIn.




christinia ramirez

Christina Ramirez, MSW

Current MFP master’s fellow Christina Ramirez graduated from Michigan State University on May 3. Ramirez provides rehabilitative therapy and education to incarcerated populations, working to increase access to mental health treatment and to resources for reentry. Ramirez is working to obtain licensure with plans to evolve her scope of research to include criminology. Connect with Christina on LinkedIn.



moriah israel

Moriah Israel, MSW

Current MFP master’s fellow Moriah Israel graduated from the University of Cincinnati on May 4. Israel works at Justice Works Ohio serving as a family resource specialist. She coordinates parent support groups for biological parents, foster parents, and kinship care providers. Israel plans to use this work experience to conduct similar programming for families connected to criminal justice institutions. Connect with Moriah on LinkedIn.





The Diversity Center’s Educator|Resource of the Month
The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic JusticeCSWE’s Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice Educator|Resource provides information on mixing free-choice books with core textbooks to encourage students in social welfare classes to reckon with the meaning of policy in the lives of people and communities. John Sullivan, MSW illustrates how course methods and activities help students forge connections between experiences chronicled in their book choice, assigned reading, and practice.

MFP Webinar: Practice Implications of Mothers' Experiences With Incarceration
Current MFP doctoral fellow Crystal Hayes, MSW, will share her research and experience working with mothers in incarceration. Join the webinar on September 10, 2019, from 7:00 pm–8:00 pm ET.

Conference: National Latinx Social Work
The LSWO Latinx Social Work Conference will be held in Chicago, IL, September 25–27, 2019, at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The conference theme is “Transforming the Social Worker: From Research to Advocacy to Practice.” Earn 3 full days of continuing education units (18.5 CEUs) provided by the Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Interprofessional Collaboration Workbook
A Guide to Interprofessional Collaboration helps students and practitioners develop the skills necessary to engage in interprofessional collaborative practice. The workbook uses Laura R. Bronstein’s Model of Interdisciplinary Collaboration as a framework and includes case examples, practice tips, and multimedia links. Find more interprofessional collaboration resources on CSWE’s new Advancing IPE page.

Call for Abstracts: 2020 Joint World Conference
The SWESD 2020 International Scientific Committee announced a call for abstracts for the Joint World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development: Promoting Human Relationships: Bridging the Future. The call invites authors to submit abstracts for oral, symposium, workshop, regional dialogue, and poster presentations. Traditional papers and innovative contributions of various kinds are welcome. The submission deadline is December 15, 2019.

Call for Proposals: David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant
The American Psychological Association has announced a funding opportunity, the David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant. The grant supports innovative basic and clinical research conducted by graduate students and early career researchers on anxiety and anxiety related disorders. The application deadline is September 15, 2019.

Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals E-Learning Program
The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health announces a new, free, and accredited e-learning program, Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. This online program is a practical tool for behavioral health professionals who want to gain skills and knowledge about culture and diversity to better serve clients. Learn more about this free program to earn up to four continuing education credits.

MFP Fellow and Alumni Features
We want to feature your work in MFP Connect! Please use this form to tell us about your current work with underserved racial/ethnic communities. We are especially interested in examples that build and foster connections between current fellows and alumni!  


Council on Social Work Education  
Program Associate for Curricular Resources

Red Hook Initiative
High School Social Worker

Middle School Social Worker

For more information about this job announcement, contact Jen Sainsbury.

Portland State University
Assistant Director of Field Education

Assistant Professor of Practice

Assistant Professor

For more information about these job announcements, contact Dr. Jessica Rodriguez-JenKins (MFP Doctoral 2016).

Western Kentucky University  
Assistant Professor

For more information about this job announcement, contact
Dr. Saundra Starks.

George Mason University  
BSW Program Director

For more information about this job announcement, contact
Dr. JoAnn Lee (MFP Doctoral 2012).