From the Director 

Dear Fellows and Alumni,
For the last 45 years, more than 800 social work master’s and doctoral students have received CSWE MFP support as they advanced their behavioral health careers. Whether it is social work education, research, practice, or policy promulgation, CSWE MFP fellows continue to be leaders in their field through innovative approaches and a deep-rooted commitment to the behavioral health needs of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).
Carl A. Scott helped secure National Institute of Mental Health funding for the MFP and was the first MFP director. When he retired, Dr. E. Aracelis Francis succeeded him as the MFP director—a role she would fill for more than 20 years. An NASW Social Work Pioneer, Dr. Francis began her career at CSWE in the late 1960s and retired in 2007. Recently, I interviewed her for perspective on the MFP’s history and the social change we’re witnessing. More of the interview will be shared on CSWE’s social media channels, but here are her thoughts on how far we’ve come in addressing the mental health and behavioral health needs of BIPOC:

We've made progress, but we still have a lot to do; and so much of it is systemic. Right now, there are more mentally ill people in jails and prisons; and social workers are not in jail or prisons, so they're not getting any services at all. We've got to find ways to get to them before they get to jails and prisons and provide services to them.

The problem is always there are not enough trained social workers. There are not enough social workers who can work with these various groups; so we've made progress, but we still have a long way to go.

In Fellowship, 
Duy Nguyen, PhD 

MFP at 45 with Dr. E. Aracelis Francis



MFP Fellowship

Master’s Fellows Graduate; Doctoral Fellows and Alumni Defend Dissertations 

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and an increasing awareness of the need for antiracist perspectives, we congratulate and recognize our master’s fellows who have graduated with their MSW degrees as they transition to the behavioral health workforce. Each of you is doing your part to shape the social work profession and meet the range of behavioral health needs in our communities.

Congratulations to Jonathan Edwards, Kynai Johnson, Kendall Moody, Luis Ramirez, and Jessica Saniguq Ullrich for defending their dissertations! We wish you well as you embark on this new phase of your social work careers.

Volunteer With the MFP!
The MFP is currently seeking applications for two volunteer roles with our doctoral and master’s fellowships. We welcome applications from current volunteers, interested MFP alumni, and others committed to our mission and goals outlined by CSWE and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration before September 8, 2020.




CSWE Diversity Center’s August Educator|Resource

Visit CSWE’s Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice to view the August Educator|Resource. Recent incidents of racist police brutality have highlighted the need for social work to examine its relationship with the criminal (in)justice system. This Educator|Resource offers pedagogical techniques for engaging social work students in a critical approach to practice in this system.