College of Social Work News

UT Graduate Student Named 2012 Tennessee Social Work Student of the Year

Graduate student Steven Stothard has been named the 2012 Social Work Student of the Year by the Tennessee chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Stothard was recognized for maintained a 4.0 GPA in his last semester before graduation, working to increase student participation in the college, and starting a mentoring program for first-year students.

UT Hodges Library to Host ‘Miss Representation’ Screening, Talk for Teen Girls

Area teen girls are invited to the screening and discussion of “Miss Representation,” a documentary film that links the media’s portrayal of women to the dearth of women in leadership positions. Screening will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the Hidges Library. Guided group discussions will take place at 5:30 p.m.

UT Online Training Course Teaches Public How to Report Child Abuse

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.

UT Offering Online Training on Civil Rights Law for State Employees

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.

UT Inmate Re-entry Program Featured in Federal Government Publication

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.”

UT Report: Homelessness Still a Major Problem in Knoxville

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.