College of Social Work News

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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