CSWE Compass March 2021

UK Social Work, HR Collaborate to Expand Mental Health Resources for Diverse Employees
To improve mental health resources provided through Work+Life Connections, the University of Kentucky’s (UK’s) Human Resources collaborated with the College of Social Work to expand their services with therapists from diverse backgrounds to further support the mental health needs of Black and other diverse faculty members and staff. Work+Life Connections Counseling provides faculty, staff, retirees, and their family members with five free counseling sessions with a certified or licensed therapist via telehealth. In addition to individual therapy, the team provides employees with mental health screenings, assessments, and referrals to community-based resources. Read more here.


A Call to Action Against Anti-Asian Racism
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) condemns the alarming rise in discrimination, oppression, harassment, violence, and racism perpetuated against Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi* American (APIDA) people in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CSWE, the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association, Filipinx Social Work Network, Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, Korean American Social Work Educators Association, National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, Society for Social Work and Research, South Asian Social Work Educators Association, and The St. Louis Group unequivocally stand in solidarity with the APIDA communities across the United States and around the globe. Read the joint statement and join the conversation on CSWE Spark.

An Update From CSWE's Anti-Racism Task Force
In the coming weeks, the CSWE Task Force to Advance Anti-Racism in Social Work Education will convene to provide feedback on an initial action plan for implementing recommendations focused on accreditation, data, training, and curricula. The Task Force members are currently working to organize and condense more than 150 distinct recommendations into clear guidance for social work education to become actively anti-racist. Read more

Report Highlights New MSWs’ Contributions to Behavioral Health
More than a third of new MSWs in direct care focus their practice on behavioral health, according to The Provision of Behavioral Health Services by Recent Master of Social Work (MSW) GraduatesThe report highlights findings pertaining to MSW graduates providing behavioral health services, including their primary job focus, demographics, educational and occupational background, job settings, licensing or educational requirements, mean and median income, and age of clientele served. Learn more.


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Register Now for the Virtual May 2021 IPEC Institute
Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will hold its next Institute virtually on May 18, 20, 25, and 27, 2021. The May 2021 IPEC Institute, “Building Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Practice and Health Equity,” returns to the popular theme of building interprofessional education for collaborative practice (IPECP) to increase faculty and student preparation to deliver on health equity. Interprofessional faculty teams, individual educators, and practitioners looking for tools and strategies to lead, develop, and implement IPECP are encouraged to attend.



2021–2022 MFP Master's Fellowship Application Period Opening Soon
CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the 2021–2022 MFP master's application period on April 5, 2021. Information on how to apply can be found here. The deadline for submissions is May 4, 2021, at 5:00 PM (ET). To receive an e-mail notification of the application opening, please share your information here by March 29, 2021.  


Submit Your 2021 Kendall Grant Application by April 15
The Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (Kendall Institute) has announced that the 2021 grant cycle is now open. The Kendall Institute awards grants for the development of projects to create international social work education materials and curricula that bring the global context into social work classrooms in the United States. Proposals must be submitted to CSWE by April 15, 2021. For more information on how apply, read the request for proposals.


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There is less than a week left to save on CSWE Press publications! Celebrate spring 2021 by purchasing any CSWE Press book or DVD for 21% off retail price through March 31. CSWE Press focuses on the needs of social work educators and students. Publishing specialties include the philosophy, theory, and practice of teaching; the process and evaluation of learning; and the organization and structure of social work education.
JSWE Seeks Peer Reviewers
The Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) seeks applications for reviewers who are willing to donate their time and expertise to provide timely, relevant, and high-quality reviews of scholarly manuscripts for a 3-year term. We would like to hear from applicants who have at least a good beginning record of peer-reviewed publications. If you are seeking an opportunity to expand your skills while making an important contribution to the social work profession, please send your CV to [email protected]. All applications will be reviewed by the JSWE Editorial Advisory Board. CSWE membership is not required. Please share with your colleagues and programs!
Don’t Miss the Latest Free JSWE Articles Addressing Race/Racism
The Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) has compiled a new collection of articles by Black authors with a focus on race/racism, oppression, social justice, and related topics. The following articles will be open access until March 31, 2021.


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Advancing Intersectionality Through Art and Science
Dr. Rogério Meireles Pinto introduces new generations of students to Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed as an avenue to address contemporary social inequality. Blending art and science, he draws on Freire’s tools for self-awareness, liberation, and social action in the creation of rich multimedia resources that can add new dimensions to social work classrooms. Read the full Educator|Resource of the Month.


2021–2022 CSWE Program Membership Dues 
Are you current on your annual program membership dues? CSWE e-mailed programs’ 2021–2022 annual program membership dues invoices on March 15, 2021. If you have any questions or need a copy of your program membership invoice, please contact [email protected].  


Meet the Candidates for the 2021 CSWE Election 
The CSWE National Nominating Committee (NNC) has released the official statements of the nominees for the CSWE Board of Directors and NNC. View statements for the 2021 CSWE election candidates here


Keep the Conversation Going on CSWE Spark!
The Spark platform offers endless opportunities for connection, collaboration, and sharing in the social work education community. To join, navigate to the Spark home page and create an account. Within a few days, your account will be approved, and you’ll be able to search the Spark Directory for connections. Now more than ever, we encourage you to make the most of CSWE Spark as the virtual home for social work educators, students, and practitioners!


CSWE-SSWR-GADE Social Work Doctoral Student Policy Forum
Applications are now being accepted for the CSWE-SSWR-GADE Social Work Doctoral Student Policy Forum, co-sponsored by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE). Learn more about how doctoral students can apply.
AWARE: Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment Lab
Boston University’s School of Social Work offers the Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE) lab. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, AWARE provides The AWARE study seeks to improve the mental and sexual health of Asian American young women in a manner that is sensitive to their unique cultural experiences and challenges.  It is comprised of group therapy sessions, as well as encouragement through daily secure text messages, called “AWARE Stories.” This intervention is integrative, holistic, and innovative.
NASW Abolition Town Hall Part 2: Creating the World We Wish to See
The National Association of Social Workers has scheduled a new racial equity town hall addressing the abolition movement in social work. Held virtually on April 9 (2:00 PM–3:15 PM), will explore what abolition looks like in practice, social work’s role with carceral systems, and what social workers can do to create a society in which the need for these systems is obsolete. Click here to register and learn more.



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To apply for these career opportunities at CSWE, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to Human Resources, CSWE, 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314; FAX: +1.703.683.8099 or [email protected].


External submissions for the CSWE Program Spotlight, Resources, Opportunities for Members, and Events Calendar sections are welcome! View the submission guidelines for more information. CSWE reserves the right to edit or decide not to publish any item. The content deadline for the next issue is Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
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