In Tennessee, if you see or suspect child physical or sexual abuse, you’re legally required to report it. As recent national headlines show, that’s not always the way it occurs. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Social Work is offering online training for the public that can serve as a refresher on how to address the situation.
College of Social Work News
The College of Social Work is piloting a new online learning management system that allows state employees to fulfill civil rights training requirements as well as other mandated courses and assessments. The civil rights law training uses video clips from the past as teaching tools. They include John F. Kennedy’s 1963 speech on civil rights and Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A UT Knoxville program that delivers child support services to inmates and helps newly released offenders find work and other important community assistance, has been recognized by the federal government. The Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support was featured as an example of successful practice in the November issue of “Child Support Report.”
One day soon, social workers in the state of Tennessee will know more about the brain development of youngsters ages zero to three and how they can use this knowledge to improve children’s lives. That’s the mission of Terri Combs-Orme, a professor in the College of Social Work.
Ligen Feller, 32, spent four years helping navigate an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy. Once she finishes her master’s degree in social work at UT Knoxville, she hopes to help the military navigate the waters of social services. When she finishes school, she’d like to land a job with Veterans Affairs.
Homelessness remains a major community problem in Knoxville and Knox County, according to a report issued last week by the UT Knoxville College of Social Work. The report is an annual product of the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS), a state-of-the-art web-based database application for the collection and reporting of data on homeless individuals and families in the area. Social work professor David Patterson serves as director and principal investigator on KnoxHMIS and authored the report.
Faculty Appreciation Week College Kudos: Get to know Associate Professor Camille Hall and Professor David Dupper from the College of Social Work.
Thanks to the UT College of Social Work’s distance education program, Reba McBride is on track to complete her master’s degree in spring 2011, something the wife and mother of two says otherwise might not have been possible. The college’s Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) Distance Education Program has helped many others like McBride, and its success has earned the program an award.
This Take Five for Education features advice for helping kids deal with bullies from Professor David Dupper of the College of Social Work at UT Knoxville. Dupper spent nearly 15 years working as a social worker in middle and high schools in Florida before his work in higher education. He’s written two books, numerous book chapters and many papers on topics including school violence, bullying, school discipline and at-risk students.
More than one-third of teens report being “harassed” via cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, chat rooms, blog postings or the Internet over the course of a recent school year. Professor David Dupper of the College of Social Work at UT Knoxville said these alarming statistics indicate “cyberbullying” and “cyberstalking” are on the rise.