CSWE Compass September 2020


By Supreme Court of the United States - Supreme Court of the United States (Source 2), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55329542Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933‒2020)
CSWE is saddened by the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: an educator, a passionate force for equal rights, and a powerful presence on the U.S. Supreme Court for 27 years. As we mourn her passing, our condolences go out to her family and friends.


$3.25 Million Grant Helps USC MSW Students From Underserved Communities
Available to all campus-based and University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Virtual Academic Center MSW students, the 5-year Primary Care Project will help MSW students from disadvantaged backgrounds fulfill their training in integrated behavioral health services in a primary care setting as part of their final internship. Each year 22 students will receive a $30,000 scholarship. The program launched in July 2020 thanks to a $3.25 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration FY20 Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program. Learn more here.


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Join the Virtual Annual Program Meeting

What will you add to the conversations? This year’s virtual Annual Program Meeting (APM) is focused on Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. The event will feature daily keynote sessions, hundreds of social work education presentations, a virtual exhibit hall, and networking opportunities. Attendees will have access to hundreds of sessions for up to 12 months after the event. Register today to join us November 16‒20, 2020!


CSWE Creates a Task Force to Advance Anti-Racism in Social Work Education
CSWE President Dr. Darla Spence Coffey and CSWE Board Chair Dr. Saundra Starks announced the formation of a Task Force to Advance Anti-Racism in Social Work Education. The task force will develop an action plan to make social work education stronger by adopting antiracism pedagogies and establishing antiracist learning environments. The task force is co-chaired by Dr. Yolanda C. Padilla, director of the CSWE Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, and Dr. Tracy R. Whitaker (Howard University). Workgroups will develop recommendations in four areas: curriculum development, student and faculty racial and ethnic equity, educational standards and accreditation, and conferences and faculty development. Workgroup members include distinguished faculty members and students from a wide range of social work programs. The recommendations will be shared at the CSWE Membership Meeting at the upcoming virtual 2020 Annual Program Meeting.


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Social Work and School Reopening

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, we have lauded and supported essential workers. Social workers were deemed essential early on in this crisis and will continue to play a crucial role in helping students, families, and school communities navigate school disruptions associated with the pandemic. COVID-19 school disruptions are particularly problematic for students who, due to a variety of factors, may be more vulnerable to learning loss. Read more.


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Cultural Nuances in International Social Work Practice

In this month’s Educator|Resource, Dr. Guia Calicdan-Apostle, associate professor of social work at Stockton University in New Jersey, turns to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed for social workers globally. Focusing on her home country of the Philippines, she conducts a virtual self-care training webinar for social workers, revealing rich cultural nuances of international social work. An abridged version of the webinar is provided.


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Register Now for the December 2020 IPEC Virtual Institute

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is holding its first virtual faculty development institute, titled “Building Effective Interprofessional Education (IPE) for Collaborative Practice,” on December 1, 3, 8, and 10. A unique high-quality longitudinal virtual certificate program, the Virtual December 2020 IPEC Institute will open a wide and ongoing discussion on our collective local and national IPE experiences and challenges, especially with regard to our students and patients. For more details and answers to FAQs, click here.


CSWE Prac-Ed Grant Welcomes Several New Grantees
Following last year’s announcement of the Practitioner Education grant (Prac-Ed), 10 new grantees will join this innovative effort to expand practitioner education in social work and create a high-quality standardized curriculum for substance use disorders: Aurora University, Bridgewater State University, Delaware State University, University of Georgia, Temple University, University of Missouri St. Louis, Wayne State University, University of Pennsylvania, Wichita State University, and Youngstown State University. Congratulations to these program members! Learn more about Prac-Ed here.



MFP Call for Volunteers Deadline Extended

CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has extended its call for volunteers until September 28, 2020. The MFP is especially interested in applications for the master’s and doctoral advisory committees from individuals who have personal experience with a behavioral health condition. Additionally, it seeks applications for master’s and doctoral mentors. Access more information and the online application here.


CSWE Press Sale: Teaching Social Work With Digital Technology
On sale now at more than 30% off regular price through September 30, 2020! Teaching Social Work With Digital Technology (Hitchcock, Sage, & Smyth, 2019) was written to help social work educators make pedagogically sound, rational, practical, and ethical decisions about integrating technology into their social work programs and across the curriculum. It covers a range of essential topics, from understanding digital literacy skills to ethical implications for technology in social work practice, from using technology in the traditional classroom to fully online teaching environments. 

JSWE Open Call for Reviewers
The Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) is seeking 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 an e-mail with a letter of interest and your CV to [email protected]. All applications will be reviewed by the JSWE Editorial Advisory Board. Please share with your colleagues and programs!
JSWE Articles on Social Justice Available Open Access Until 9/30
In response to current events and the pervasive social injustices facing our society, the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) compiled a collection of articles with a focus on race/racism, oppression, social justice, and related topics that social workers and social work educators are committed to addressing and resolving. The following articles will be open access until September 30, 2020, through the Taylor & Francis JSWE Online portal:

A new set of articles will be made available next month.


Join the Webinar: Social Workers Can Get Out the Vote
CSWE and the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign will co-host a free Web event, Election 2020 Countdown: Social Workers Can Get Out the Vote, on September 29, 2020, at 1:00 pm (ET). Programs will highlight their activities that help drive voter engagement, and speakers will highlight free resources that make it easy for students and faculty members to organize voter registration efforts.

Anti-Racism Virtual Summit
CSWE was proud to partner with SWHELPER and Salisbury University on a 2-day virtual summit focusing on antiracism, advocacy, and voting held September 16 and 17. Passes are available to access the archived content here.

A Guide for Addressing Anti-LGBTQIA2S+ Microaggressions
As we enter a fall semester unlike any we’ve ever seen, with social issues and personal challenges at an all-time high, it is important for students and educators to be able to identify harmful prejudices. CSWE’s Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression offers a helpful guide on addressing anti-LGBTQIA2S+ microaggressions in social work classrooms. Titled The NAME Steps, this resource introduces the NAME (notice, acknowledge, make space, engage) Steps approach to recognizing microaggressions in the classroom and effectively intervening.
Roadblocks to Voter Registration by Social Workers: Myths and Barriers
Voting is a human right that provides individuals equal voice, self-determination, power in the political system, and meaningful participation in the decision-making process. CSWE and members of the Voting Is Social Work campaign bust several myths that stand in the way of truly effective voter registration efforts. Read more.
ASWB Seeks Licensing Exam Writers
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is seeking qualified social workers to write questions for the licensing exams used in the United States and Canada. Practicing social workers—item writers—write all the questions on the ASWB social work licensing exams. These writers are selected for their social work expertise and balanced to reflect diversity in practice area, geography, and demographics. ASWB needs social workers from all categories of licensure with a variety of backgrounds in education and experience. Learn more and apply here.



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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, October 13, 2020.
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