CSWE Compass July 2020

Touro GSSW Receives $3.25 Million for Scholarships
Touro College and its Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) have secured a 5-year, $3.24 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students seeking careers in social work.


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Interprofessional Health-Care Model Responds to Both Pandemics
The three organizations that publish Social Work Responds—the Association of Social Work Boards, CSWE, and the National Association of Social Workers—have committed themselves to addressing COVID-19 and systemic racism. Survey results for topics about which readers requested coverage in the joint communication showed that “professional development opportunities” was among the top three concerns. When considering how to approach this topic regarding these pandemics, the subject of interprofessional health care rose to the top. Read more.


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Assessing Social Determinants of Health: A Classification Tool for Functioning and Disability

This month’s Educator|Resource introduces a classification tool for health assessments that provides a framework for evaluating social determinants of health, functioning, and disability. Created by the World Health Organization, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health reinforces the biopsychosocial and systems perspectives in social work. It includes questions on the physical environment, support and relationships, and services, systems, and policies.


CSWE Announces Grantees for the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative
CSWE recently announced the grantees for the fourth cycle of its Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative, funded by The New York Community Trust. This initiative enables schools of social work to create integrative models that increase the policy skill set of undergraduate- and graduate-level social work students, regardless of specialization. Learn more about this year’s grantees and their projects.



Councils Release Social Justice Statements on CSWE Spark
Building on the statements that CSWE made on social justice, members of the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education and Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression have spoken out about how social work educators can continue to effect such necessary change. Read the full statement.


Programs Must Post AS4 Forms by August 1
Forms AS4 B and M, for baccalaureate and master’s programs, must be posted on program websites by August 1, 2020. CSWE has updated these forms to provide additional clarity about requirements for posting competency-based student learning outcomes on a program’s public-facing website to satisfy the requirement of Accreditation Standard 4.0.3. The forms can be found on the Accreditation Process page under the Self-Study Forms tab.




MFP Commemorates Minority Mental Health Month
July is Minority Mental Health Month, and this year the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has shared videos reinforcing how MFP fellows and alumni strengthen the connections between behavioral health and BIPOC communities across the nation. Visit CSWE’s YouTube channel and catch up on the videos from MFP alumni Dr. Jenny Jones, Dr. Ronnie San Nicolas, Marcus Leaks, and K. Tajhi Claybren. Each video shares perspectives on social work, the MFP, and how these alumni have forged connections and improved the mental health of the populations they have focused on in their careers.


CSWE Releases Substance Use Curricular Guide
Substance Use CoverCSWE recently announced the release of the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice, the newest addition to the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series. This specialized guide includes resources that will help prepare social work educators or other educators/trainers to teach future professionals about substance use practice.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Submit Pandemic-Related Manuscripts to JSWE 
The Journal of Social Work Education’s (JSWE’s) call for submissions for the special issue titled "Teaching, Field Instruction, and Administration in the Time of Pandemic or Natural Disaster" will close on August 3, 2020. Submit your manuscript via the JSWE online submission system; find details in the call for submissions.


Announcing 2020 CSWE Election Results
The 2020 CSWE election has officially concluded! Thanks to the thoughtful participation of its members, CSWE has nine new members of the Board of Directors and National Nominating Committee whose terms began on July 1. CSWE thanks all members who participated in the nomination and election process and to each candidate who expressed interest in serving in a Board or National Nominating Committee position.


CSWE Welcomes Reversal of Misguided ICE Policy
On July 14 the Trump Administration rescinded guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport international college students whose classes were offered exclusively online in the 2020–2021 academic year. CSWE, along with many other organizations and schools, had twice last week voiced concerns about the guidance to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. Learn more here.


Collection of Education Resources on Social Work Competencies
COVID Resource coverCSWE is responding to the need for social work educators to tailor their teaching methods to accommodate the many shifts created by COVID-19 and creating an opportunity for members to engage with each other during this transition. In this month’s collection of resources, Julie Cederbaum (University of Southern California) shares syllabi for teaching COVID-adapted social determinants of health for practice, policy, and research. Cederbaum has also uploaded several other education resources on public health social work. Visit the Education Resources library on CSWE Spark to learn more.
NASW-NJ Webinar on Understanding Racial Identity
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New Jersey Chapter is offering a free webinar, “Let's Talk About Whiteness: Understanding Racial Identity, Privilege, and Fragility,” to be held Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 12:00 pm‒1:00 pm (EDT). Join Kristin Miller, LCSW, and NASW-NJ's Executive Director, Jennifer Thompson, MSW, for a conversation about White privilege, White fragility, and the concept of racial identity development. Register here.
Free Guide—Delivering Remote Education in Place of Seated Education: What and How
The University at Buffalo School of Social Work has offered a guide, “Delivering Remote Education in Place of Seated Education: What and How,” to help faculty members move seated courses to remote learning while creating and maintaining a quality educational experience for students and educators.
Online Workshop on Antiracism in Social Work Practice
The University at Buffalo School of Social Work presents a CEU workshop on August 5, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm EDT via Zoom and open to all. The presentation, “Anti-Racism in Social Work Practice: From Performative Allyship to Co-Conspiracy,” will deconstruct the common social work conceptualization of allyship as colonizing, champion co-conspiracy as an explicitly antiracist alternative, and propose strategies for integrating antiracist co-conspiratorship into your social work practice.



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