College of Social Work News

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support


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.

Experience Learning Student Spotlight: Conner McMillan


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.

Social Work’s Trauma Certification Program Profiled on WBIR

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.

Professor: Empower Bystanders to Stop Bullying


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.

Knoxville support group helps owners deal with loss of a pet


WATE Channel 6 recently featured UT’s Grief and Loss program, an initiative of the College of Social Work. The program helps Knoxville community members deal with the loss of a pet by offering support groups where they can share feelings they’re experiencing — from sadness to relief — in a space with people who are dealing

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