Girl Uses own Troubled Childhood to Help At-risk Youth
July 16, 2014 - Cordelia Cranshaw, BSW '14, is featured in this article and video in USA Today. Read the article.
Social Work Students Promote Youth Dropout Prevention
June 6, 2014 - The 6th annual College Dream Tour was held May 3, 2014 at George Mason University. Over 150 students, parents, and mentors attended. Guest speaker Dr. Terry Morris, a NASA scientist, shared his experiences as a victim of ten years of severe child abuse. His inspirational story described how he rose from the trauma of his early life to be one of the top scientists in the space program.
The College Dream Tour is the culmination of a SOCW 340 class project that helps students learn about organizations, social justice, community organizing, and project development. The event targets youth between the ages of 11-15 who would otherwise not consider going to college. This year's Tour featured special student performances and the participation of nearly 20 Mason athletes.
SOCW 340 students developed handouts covering topics including dropout prevention and the benefits of post secondary education. The handouts were the result of extensive research and were designed to be attractive and age appropriate. Youth participants also had the opportunity to have their pictures taken in a cap and gown.
Dr. Molly Davis is the faculty advisor for the project.
Disaster Behavioral Health Conference a Success
June 6, 2014 - On May 12, 2014 George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services and the Department of Social Work sponsored a conference on Disaster Behavioral Health. The conference featured the participation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration( SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center and hosted over 230 attendees. National experts discussed the following topics:
- Psychological first aid
- Principles of disaster behavioral health intervention
- Work with vulnerable populations such as children and older adults.
This conference represented the first stage of an initiative to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals who are a vital part of the disaster response in local communities. For more information contact conference planner Dr. Molly Davis, email@example.com.
NEA Grant Brings Integrated Creative Arts to Older Adults
May 29, 2014 - Social work professor Holly Matto has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to explore how creativity can improve physical and emotional well-being in older adults. Read more.