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Congratulations to alumna Maggie Griffin (BSSW ’17, pictured right) who was featured in a public service announcement during the November 4, Ohio State vs. Iowa game.

Griffin was an inaugural winner of the President’s Prize, an Ohio State social change initiative funded by President Michael Drake. Maggie collaborated with her faculty mentor, Dr. Michelle Kaiser, on a project called the “Unity Fridge,” that uses innovative urban gardening to feed people throughout Columbus. If you’d like to learn more, check out her story.

Click here to watch Maggie’s video/PSA.

 

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Ohio State University College of Social Work is pleased to announce that it has received a $3 million grant to address substance abuse problems in Ohio—one of the largest grants ever awarded in the college’s 100 year history.
Congratulations to Drs. Bridget Freisthler, Katie Maguire-Jack  and Susan Yoon who secured the grant, which is funded by the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The grant will support regional partnership intervention activities in Ohio’s Fairfield and Pickaway counties to reduce child abuse and neglect among families who have substance use problems. For Pickaway County, 100 percent of substance-involved families were due to opioid (including heroin) misuse, while 58 percent of all substance-involved cases in Fairfield County involved opioids.
As part of the grant, College of Social Work faculty Freisthler (l), Maguire-Jack (r) and Yoon, along with public child welfare administrators, have selected three strategies for the Enhancing Permanency in Children and Families (EPIC) program. The evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies to be included are: (1) family drug treatment court and medication-assisted treatment; (2) peer recovery supporters; and (3) parenting and support for kinship providers. These interventions are intended to holistically provide supports to families involved in the child welfare system due to substance abuse in order to get parents into treatment and increase permanency and well-being for children.
In addition to the College of Social Work, key partners of the project include Fairfield County Job and Family Services (also called Fairfield County Children Services), Pickaway County Job and Family Services (also called Pickaway County Children Services), Pickaway County Juvenile Court and Prosecutor’s Office, Fairfield County Juvenile Court, Berger Health System, OhioGuidestone and Integrated Services.
“We are very excited about this collaborative opportunity and the funding to implement evidence-based interventions for families affected by opioid use in the child welfare system,” said Professor Bridget Freisthler, College of Social Work project lead. “The effects of the opioid crisis on children whose parents are misusing or abusing substances have often been overlooked as solutions have primarily focused on reducing overdose deaths. This award will provide much-needed financial support for services for these children and families.”
EPIC will involve collaboration with a wide range of family-serving agencies, including, child welfare agencies, substance abuse treatment providers, health and mental health agencies, courts, schools, law enforcement, and other service organizations. These professionals will be cross-trained in order to provide better services across systems that interact with these families. This means that child welfare workers will become more knowledgeable and trauma-informed about substance use issues, the peer recovery supporters will understand the child welfare system and processes, the kinship caregiver supporters will understand both the child welfare system and substance use disorders, and the family drug court coordinators and medication assistance treatment providers will have a thorough understanding of child welfare.
“Pickaway County is very excited to partner with Fairfield County and Ohio State with EPIC,” said Joy Ewing, Director of Pickaway County Job and Family Services. “A significant portion of our child welfare caseload involves substance abuse and this grant will provide much needed resources for those families affected by substance abuse.”
Kristi Burre, Deputy Director of Protective Services at Fairfield County Job and Family Services, added “Children traumatized as a result of their parents’ drug abuse are often the invisible victims of the opioid epidemic. It has had a critical impact on our local protective services and our ability to service and manage co-occurring substance abuse and maltreatment concerns with Fairfield County families.”
The College of Social Work has developed a long-standing and deeply ingrained culture of applied research and scholarship that permeates all aspects of its programs, informs its community service and engagement, and contributes to the greater good of the profession, society and the world. This regional partnership opportunity is reflective of its commitment to working with communities around developing solutions for complex problems.
About the College of Social Work
First accredited in 1919, the College of Social Work is the oldest continuously accredited public social work program in the country. The College–through excellence in teaching, research, and service–prepares leaders who enhance individual and community well-being, celebrate difference, and promote social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. The college fosters social change through collaboration with individuals, families, communities, and other change agents to build strengths and resolve complex individual and social problems. As an internationally recognized college, it builds and applies knowledge that positively impacts Ohio, the nation, and the world. The college’s vision is to “embrace difference, seek justice, and be the change.”

For more information about the grant or for interviews, contact:
• Ohio State College of Social Work: Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director, at 614-330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

• Pickaway County Job and Family Services Contact: Nick Tatman, Children Services Administrator, nicholas.tatman@jfs.ohio.gov.

• Fairfield County Job and Family Services Contact: Kristi Burre, Deputy Director for Protective Services, Kristi.Burre@jfs.ohio.gov.

 

 

This year, Ohio State’s Office of Student Life recognized an impressive number of College of Social Work students and faculty at its 4th Annual Civic Engagement Banquet held Oct 3–seven out of the 10 honorees were from the College of Social Work! Congratulations to these amazing agents of change and their outstanding service across campus and within their respective fields of interest and specialty.

Award recipients include (l to r): the College of Social Work Student Association (represented by Field Education Coordinator and Adviser Joe Bowman and Sarah Leonard, president) and individual awardees Rebecca Phillips, Leah Uhrig, Dr. Michelle Kaiser and Anne Wallis. Not pictured: Carly Kimiecik and Kelly Cohen.

More specifically, they received the following awards:

  • Clotilde Bowen Alumni Award: Anne Wallis
  • John Carlos Award: Carly Kimiecik
  • Fred Hampton Award: Michelle Kaiser
  • Maggie Kuhn Award: Kelly Cohen
  • John Lewis Award: College of Social Work Student Association
  • Alice Paul Award: Rebecca Phillips
  • Yellow Power Award: Leah Uhrig

What advice is College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire giving students to start off the 2017 academic school year? Here’s a snippet:

“Value not knowing. If we have another problem in our society today, it’s that too many people are too certain. And frankly, my greatest capacity to be harmful to other people is when I’m absolutely certain. Not knowing is powerful.”

Check out the entire podcast here.

 

 

Some students were new to Columbus. Others were new to Ohio State. And they were all new to the College of Social Work. This year’s orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information, meet, make connections and get off to a strong start to the school year!

Congratulations to Dr. Sharvari Karandikar who received The Ohio State University’s Outstanding Advisor Award from the Office of Student Life. Karandikar was honored with this award in acknowledgement of her exceptional leadership for Sankalpa, a registered Ohio State student organization. She has gone above and beyond her duties as an advisor and has helped facilitate growth and development in the group’s members.

At the college, Karandikar serves as an associate professor. She began her career practicing as a social worker for sex workers and victims of sex trafficking in Mumbai, India. During her PhD program in Social Work at University of Utah, and through her work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and later at the Ohio State University, she has focused her research efforts on issues related to the female sex workers and victims of sex trafficking particularly on gender-based violence, health and mental health issues. Karandikar’s current research relates to sex work and sex trafficking in Asia, egg donation, international gestational surrogacy, medical tourism and its impact on women.

For more information about Karandikar, click here.

 

A group of nearly 50 people represented the college at this year’s Columbus Pride Parade. CSW Students, friends, faculty, staff and alumni joined Brutus Buckeye and more than a half million supporters at Pride 2017. Many CSW participants wore Pride T-shirts and ball caps to further demonstrate their support and shared carrying a CSW Pride banner. Check out the video!

The College of Social Work is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the City of Columbus which will help ensure that immigrants and refugees have access to local social-service networks.

The college’s Drs. Arati Maleku, Cecilia Mengo, Sharvari Karandikar, Njeri Kagotho and Bridget Freisthler (not pictured) will be engaging in research to assist the city in identifying gaps in formal and informal service systems for Columbus’ immigrant population.

Faculty efforts will help bolster the New American Initiative, led by the City of Columbus, in making it a welcoming city. They are charged with conducting an in-depth assessment of needs, formal, informal and volunteer services available in Central Ohio for new Americans. To fulfill this goal, the team will undertake a community-based participatory research project using multi-method research approaches to map human service provision, barriers, access and utilization of services in Central Ohio. An exhaustive list of formal and informal service providers across Central Ohio will be included in the study to understand the scope of current services available to new Americans. The report will include a service map highlighting services and volunteer organizations available, accessibility and location of services, barriers to accessing services and recommendations for service improvements.

The collaboration was announced shortly after Dean Tom Gregoire, of the College of Social Work, provided testimony to Columbus City Council at the request of Council President Zach Klein regarding the college’s work.

The research will culminate with an in-depth report to the City of Columbus with the faculty’s findings and recommendations by November 2017.

“As new Americans ourselves, we are excited to conduct this research and contribute to the city’s effort for assisting new Americans,” said Associate Professor Karandikar, project lead. “We look forward to accomplishing this task in a timely manner and really appreciate the mentorship and guidance offered to us by Dean Gregoire, Associate Dean for Research Bridget Freisthler and Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement Lisa Durham throughout this process.”

To read the research brief, click here.

To read the original media announcement, click here.

 

 

More than 450 College of Social Work graduates and their families and friends packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium on Friday, May 5, for the college’s annual Evening of Recognition, an event honoring social work graduates. Momentum soared during the ceremony as students were honored with yellow roses, awards and live tweet shouts and well wishes displayed on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the auditorium stage.

Two days later, the graduates received their degrees during The Ohio State University’s Spring Commencement. A record breaking 11,734 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony. Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.

College’s Graduation Ceremony: A Unique Blend of Technology and Tradition

No one wants to miss a loved one’s graduation, but what if you’re on the other side of the country or across the ocean? The College of Social Work solves that problem for those faraway guests wishing to attend its annual  pre-commencement ceremony known as the Evening of Recognition. With a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media, the college streams the event live so guests from all over the United States can watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage.

This year, the event drew nearly 150 guests. They watched from Argentina and Canada, as well as from 25 states outside of Ohio, including Hawaii. Onlookers, both via the live feed and in person, were invited to tweet shout outs and well wishes to the graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus. Just as in years past, the event went viral on Twitter.

The college, known for being technology-forward, added live streaming and tweeting during the ceremony several years ago.  The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

Watch this traditional, cutting-edge way of celebrating College of Social Work graduates.

Helm, Kreinbrink Honored at College Award Ceremony

At this year’s 2017 Field Education Appreciation Breakfast, Linda Helm, MSW, PhD, LISW-S, ACSW, was selected as Field Liaison of the Year. Helm serves as the college’s program manager for the University Partnership Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. She was nominated by Morgan Johnson and Sarah McGee.

Additionally, Jenny Kreinbrink, MSW, LSW, was selected as Co-Instructor of the Year. Jenny serves as a field coordinator at the college. She was nominated by Elizabeth Fries.

 

 

Kelley Cupp Named Staff Member of the Year
Kelley Cupp is this year’s recipient of the Dianna Barrett Outstanding Staff Member Award, which recognizes staff members who have displayed exemplary service to the college, its students and faculty. Candidates for the award are nominated by college faculty or staff, and the recipient is determined by the dean.  As an educational technologist, Kelley has had a very important role in the development of the college’s highly successful online curriculum. She has been key in helping our online instruction reach such a high level of excellence.

 

Yoon Receives Honorable Mention for SSWR Dissertation
Dr. Susan Yoon’s dissertation earned Honorable Mention from the Society for Social Work and Research. Her dissertation is entitled “Fostering Resilient Development: Risk and Protective Factors Underlying Behavioral Trajectories of Maltreated Children.” To learn more about Yoon, click here.