With a heart to help others and a desire to make the world a better place, Abby Borst spent two years in Panama as a Peace Corps volunteer before enrolling at UT last fall.
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John Orme, a College of Social Work professor, has been named a fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support, based in the College of Social Work, provides assistance to noncustodial fathers who are incarcerated or recently released, as well as informational sessions for correctional staff. These programs are funded through a contract administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and UT.
When it came time for Conner McMillan, a senior in the College of Social Work, to complete the field placement required by her major, she gravitated toward an opportunity that was a perfect fit for her love of kids, the outdoors, and being active. Her placement took her to Fall Creek Falls State Park, where she worked with a team to develop and carry out a summer camp curriculum that teaches leadership skills.
Becky Bolen, professor of social work, was interviewed by John Becker of WBIR for the station’s Service and Sacrifice series. Bolen teaches in a College of Social Work program that trains social workers to help clients deal with mental health issues. Special elective courses for military and veterans’ needs are available. Stephanie Pilkay, a PhD student in the program, discussed how her family history of service led her to be interested in helping veterans get better care in the wake of traumatic events.
For students who are subject to bullying, school can be a daunting place to spend eight hours a day. Professor David Dupper suggests empowering bystanders to help put a stop to the destructive behavior.
The College of Social Work is making veteran-specific education for social workers more accessible, including free online workshops and a trauma certificate program.
Starting next week, WUOT 91.9 FM and UT’s College of Social Work will ask East Tennesseans one question: “What keeps you up at night?”
Social Work Degree Guide has ranked the College of Social Work’s online master’s program in social work second in the country. The guide serves as the expert online source on social work careers and education resources.
A social work graduate has played a big role in helping elementary school students in her community be better prepared for disasters and emergencies.