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SSW Welcomes Lindsay Hickman, Student Support Specialist

Posted: Mar. 19, 2019

Lindsay HickmanThe School of Social Work would like to welcome Lindsay Hickman as our new Student Support Specialist for the BSW program. We are excited to have Lindsay take on this role. Stop by to welcome and say hi to Lindsay in 725 Clark Hall.

Phi Alpha Members Collecting Donations for True North

Posted: Mar. 18, 2019

Phi Alpha members will be collecting donations for True North, a women's shelter in Columbia, MO, from Mar. 11 - Apr. 11th on the 7th floor of Clark Hall. Needed items include:

  • Diapers (size 3-6)
  • Disinfecting spray (Lysol/Clorox)
  • Shower curtain liners
  • Bleach
  • Trash bags (white 13 gal)
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper Laundry detergent (Liquid or pods)
  • Shower Gel
  • Hair brushes
  • Mesh Bath Poufs
  • Hair Elastics
  • Coffee and K-cups
  • Children’s toothpaste
  • Hair care products for women of color

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Dr. Janku in the News

Posted: Mar. 15, 2019

Anne M. Dannerbeck JankuPlease join us in recognizing Dr. Anne Janku, Associate Research Professor and faculty affiliate in the Center on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Priorities, for being featured in the American University blog, Justice Programs Office in honor of National Social Work month. The blog features Professor Janku's work with treatment courts and builds off her funded work with the National Drug Court Institute shared in her published study, Understanding and Responding to Racial Differences in Drug Court Outcomes. Congratulations Professor Janku!

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Christine Woods Named New BSW Program Director

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019

Please welcome Professor Christine Woods as the new Director of the BSW Program! This appointment is effective July 1, 2019. We are excited about her appointment and look forward to her service to the School. Also, we'd like to thank Tammy Freelin for her leadership as the BSW Program Director AND Student Services Coordinator. Tammy has decided one job is enough so she will be resuming her singular role as Student Services Coordinator. Congratulations Christine and thank-you Tammy!

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STITCH - Summit to Improve Transgender Collaborative Healthcare: 4/27/19

Posted: Mar. 4, 2019

The MU School of Medicine will host STITCH - A Summit to Improve Transgender Collaborative Healthcare on Apr. 27, 2019 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. People who are transgender or gender non-conforming must be able to access basic and advanced health care, which includes both therapies non-specific to their transition (such as preventive medicine and specialty care) and therapies specific to transition (such as hormone replacement therapy and surgical procedures). For these changes to happen, the health care provider needs to be open to feedback, aware of gender biases and knowledgeable about current best practices.

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Consumer Empowerment Event: 3/21/19

Posted: Mar. 4, 2019

Wondering about your legal rights in financial matters such as debt, credit, and bankruptcy? Join the University of Missouri law students on Mar. 21st at Community United Methodist from 5:00 - 8:30pm as they discuss their research on local laws and take questions. This is a free event, open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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Dr. Preble Receives Grant from the Missouri Collaborative Against Human Trafficking

Posted: Mar. 4, 2019

Kathleen PrebleDr. Kathleen Preble and her colleague, Professor Andrea Nichols (St. Louis Community College Forest Park), are the recipients of a grant from the Missouri Collaborative Against Human Trafficking to develop a comprehensive statewide resource manual to be utilized by legal and social service agencies to help trafficking victims connect to help; conduct a statewide needs assessment to identify current gaps in services and unmet needs of key players in the fight against human trafficking in Missouri; and develop a strategic plan to address those needs. Congratulations Kathy!

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MU Awarded $10 Million to Create National Center for Rural School Mental Health

Posted: Feb. 27, 2019

Story by Cailin Riley, MU News Bureau

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $10 million to the University of Missouri to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health. Researchers and staff at the new center will create an online data and training system to support the mental health needs of students in rural schools throughout Missouri, Virginia and Montana.

"Our goal is for this new national center to provide a wealth of information to rural schools across the three states," said Wendy Reinke, a professor in the MU College of Education and the lead investigator on the grant. "Many rural schools are very small and remote, limiting their access to professional development resources, assessments for identifying youth in need of mental health supports and coaching opportunities. This center will create a framework of support for rural educators in need of those tools."

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2019 MOVA Conference: 3/27-3/29

Posted: Feb. 25, 2019

The Missouri Victim Assistance Network (MOVA) will host the 2019 MOVA Conference on March 27-29, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Branson, MO. Conference Topics Include: Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Trauma in Children, Crime Victims’ Compensation, Safe at Home, Hate Crimes, LGBTQ+ Victims, Self-Care

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Congratulations Dr. Hsun-Ta Hsu

Posted: Feb. 20, 2019

Hsun-Ta HsuCongratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Hsun-Ta Hsu who has received an award from the Missouri Housing Development Commission to perform a study on case management practices used by shelters across the state in providing services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Results from his study will be used in designing and delivering evidence-based case management models.

Criminal Justice Reform, Violence Prevention are Goals of New Center at Mizzou

Posted: Feb. 19, 2019

Story by Sheena Rice, MU News Bureau

Social Work Researchers Establish New Center, Academic Minor to Study Criminal Justice Policies

CCJJP logoAcross the country, families and lawmakers are demanding criminal justice reforms so systems can better serve communities in cost-effective ways. Now, a new center at the University of Missouri will bring together a diverse group of researchers, community stakeholders and students dedicated to criminal justice policy. The newly established Center on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Priorities was founded by Kelli Canada and Clark Peters, Associate Professors in the MU School of Social Work and leading justice scholars. The goal of the center is to bring Mizzou to the forefront of issues of national importance, they said.

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Dr. Givens Receives Grant for Probation and Parole Officer Training

Ashley GivensPosted: Feb. 6, 2019

Congratulations to Assistant Professor, Dr. Ashley Givens, on receiving a grant from the Missouri Department of Corrections to provide training to probation and parole officers. The training will focus on helping them better understand mental health signs and symptoms, medications related to mental illnesses, the impact of mental illnesses on behavior, appropriate resources in the community, as well as other basic skills and tools to successfully engage probationers with mental health needs. Congratulations Professor Givens!

The Nurturing Program

Posted: Feb. 4, 2019

Nurturing families start with parents who nurture themselves. Come learn and share ways to practice self-care in the real world, so you can give the very best of yourself and to your family. The Nurturing Program will include topics covering nurturing, empathy, needs and values, building personal power, negotiation as self-preservation, and more. The program is a learning lab through the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work. To sign up, please contact Rachel Bailey at by Mar. 10th.

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Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
April 3rd - May 1st

Boys and Girls Club
1200 N. 7th Street
Childcare & Refreshments Provided

MSW Student, Derek Landes, in the News

Posted: Dec. 21, 2018

Derek Landes, current MSW student at the School of Social Work and Director of Prevention Education and Outreach Health Services at Spectrum Health Care, was recently featured in the Columbia Missourian. Congratulations Derek!

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Congratulations Graduates

Posted: Dec. 18, 2018

Congratulations to our December 2018 graduates!

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Mizzou CSSW Adopts a Family

Posted: Dec. 14, 2018

The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers adopted a family this holiday season Fall 2018 through the Voluntary Action Center. Due to generous donations collected from the BSW, MSW, and PhD students we were able to provide a meal and gifts for the family. Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers hosted a bake sale and a popcorn sale this semester to assist a family in need. Through these endeavors along with their t-shirt sales they were able to adopt a family. The family will receive a $50 gift card from Walmart store to purchase their holiday meal, $20 gift card to obtain the milk that Mom had listed as a priority, diapers, wipes (over 1100 wipes), a baby bouncer seat, personal hygiene products, Disney movies, books, board games, shoes, boots, bath towels, clothes for her 5 year old daughter and clothes for her newborn baby, baby dolls, hair accessories and a host of other items. The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers, MSW, and PhD students assisted in making the holiday season brighter for another family in the community.

As an organization, the Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers have definitely served their motto: To support, collaborate, provide leadership and service to our community.

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CSSW members with wrapped gifts

Graduate Students Find Meaningful Work in the Center for Body Image Research and Policy

Posted: Dec. 5, 2018

Story by: Sheena Rice

Graduate students play a vital role in research that impacts people’s lives, gaining hands-on experience as they prepare for their careers. At the University of Missouri, two graduate students are playing an instrumental role in the creation of a new interdisciplinary research center that will improve the health and well-being of people all around the world – the Center for Body Image Research and Policy in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Promote Older Adult Health

Posted: Nov. 27, 2018

The Gerontological Society of America recently chose to profile the great research being done here at Mizzou! Check out this video to learn more about how Mizzou researchers are working together to improve care for older adults.

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Learn more about the gerontechnology (Aging in Place) and gerontology (Care Transitions & Discharge Planning) projects.

Clinic for the Community

Posted: Nov. 15, 2018

Story by Brian Consiglio, strategic communications ‘19

MU School of Social Work gives students hands-on learning outside the classroom

The Missouri Method is an educational concept of learning by experience. A central part of the University of Missouri’s journalism school, the Missouri Method can be found on all corners of campus, including the School of Social Work. In 2014, the School of Social Work founded the Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic to provide free, quality mental health services for uninsured and underinsured individuals in the Columbia community. Graduate students provide counseling services under direct supervision from licensed clinical social workers, and undergraduate students get career experience by maintaining clinic operations.

"The clinic is a very welcoming environment where I can get a taste of a clinic setting by interacting with patients," said Megan Warhover, a graduate student from Columbia. "The clinic helps connect MU with the community by providing people with services they might not be able to access elsewhere."

In the four years since opening, the clinic has served more than 230 clients and has trained more than 70 students. Mental health services include counseling, crisis intervention and support groups. The clinic is supervised by Kelli Canada, associate professor of social work, and Rebekah Freese, clinical instructor.

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Robina Onwonga, a doctoral student in counseling psychology, helps co-facilitate mental health sessions at the clinic.

Students working in the clinic are under intensive supervision from licensed clinical social workers such as Rebekah Freese, co-director of the clinic.

New Center for Body Image Research and Policy

Posted: Nov. 13, 2018

The College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) is excited to announce a new research center, the Center for Body Image Research and Policy (CBIRP), an interdisciplinary endeavor housed in HES. The Center’s vision is to improve body image, health, and wellness for individuals, families, and communities. The Center's aims are:

  • To understand body image as it relates to health and well-being.
  • To produce innovative, rigorous research that leads to the development of and/or tests the efficacy of:
    • Interventions
    • Policy
    • Education and Training Curricula

Please take a look at the Center's website and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Michelle Obama References Children's Mental Health Tax and Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition

Posted: Sep. 27, 2018

First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama gives a shout out to the work of The Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition and the Family Access Center of Excellence—both funded by the Boone County Children’s Mental Health Services Fund and developed by our own Associate Professor, Dr. Aaron M. Thompson, in collaboration with Drs. Wendy Reinke and Keith Herman in the MU College of Education. Through the work of the Coalition and FACE, over 25,000 K-12 Boone County students across 54 schools are receiving tri-annual mental health screenings and assessments as well as increased access to highly targeted social, emotional, and behavioral health services.

Dr. Aaron Thompson in the News

Posted: Sep. 24, 2018

Aaron ThompsonDr. Aaron Thompson, Associate Professor at the MU School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Missouri Prevention Center, was recently featured by MU News Bureau in an article entitled, Certification Standards, Education Critical for Social Workers in School Safety Efforts.

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Alumna Amber Windhorst in the News

Posted: Aug. 20, 2018

MU School of Social Work Alum, Amber Windhorst was recently featured on KFVS12 for her work with therapy dogs in the Heartland School District.

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Participate in an Optional Research Study on Raising Young Girls with a Positive Body Image

Posted: Jun. 26, 2018

We are looking for fathers of at least one 5-10-year-old daughter. Those who qualify for the study will complete an online 5-10 minute survey and participate in a 45-60 minute interview that can be completed by phone or in person. In the interview we will discuss raising young girls with a positive body image. After the interview, you will receive a $25 Target gift card through email.

If you are interested or want to find out more information, please contact Dr. Ginny Ramseyer Winter in the MU School of Social Work at or by phone at (573) 884-8077.

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PhD Student Receives Emerging Scholars in Family Planning Award

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018

Mackenzie CookCongratulations to PhD student, Mackenzie Cook, who is the recipient of the Emerging Scholars in Family Planning award, a highly competitive national grant. Working under the supervision of Professor Ginny Ramseyer Winter, Mackenzie's project, "Exploring Unintended Teen Pregnancy in Rural Missouri," has the following aims: identify factors associated with unintended teen pregnancy in rural areas of Missouri; investigate how religion influences sexual debut, condom use, and birth control use; and investigate how parental/generational ideals influence sexual debut, condom use, and birth control use. In addition, Professor Erin Robinson will be a qualitative consultant on the grant.

Dr. Peters Receives Southeastern Visiting Faculty Grant Award

Posted: May 25, 2018

Clark PetersCongratulations to Professor Clark Peters on his selection for the Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Grant Program award! This grant will help grow his collaboration with colleagues from the University of South Carolina and their work in Vietnam.

BSW Students Experience Venture Out

Posted: May 14, 2018

On Monday, April 30th, the entire BSW cohort participated in activities at Venture Out as part of their Theory and Practice of Social Work Group Course. Students engaged with one another in team building activities, and integrated key course concepts including experiential learning and challenge by choice. This yearly activity, led by Professor Rachel Bailey, is an essential learning tool that provides real world application of critical group theory concepts. Post climb, one student reflected "Getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself to new limits is something I practiced at Venture Out, but I hope to practice that in other aspects of my life as well. I am so grateful for Venture Out. It gave me a different perspective on how to deal with vulnerable and stressful situations. I am really proud of myself for conquering my fears; Venture Out is an experience I will never forget."

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2018 Licensure Workshop

Posted: Apr. 16, 2018

The MU School of Social Work sponsored a Licensure Workshop on April 13, 2018. Watch the video of Tom Reichard's presentation.

Mizzou CSSW Partners with MU Dietetics Program

Posted: Apr. 10, 2018

On April 7, 2018 the Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers (BSW/MSW students, Alumni & Friends) partnered with the MU Dietetics Program to help feed the Veterans at Welcome Home in Columbia, MO.

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Professor Christine Woods Selected to Participate in FIIT

Posted: Apr. 9, 2018

Christine WoodsCongratulations to Professor Christine Woods who was recently selected to participate in the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching (FIIT), sponsored by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. Professor Woods is 1 of only 15 faculty members chosen to join FIIT as it brings together a cross-disciplinary cohort of faculty members to explore promising practices around diversity and inclusiveness in the undergraduate classroom.

Faculty Receive Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Awards

Posted: Apr. 9, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Preble, Dr. Carol Snively, Dr. Ramseyer Winter and Mackenzie Cook on receiving Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Awards! Drs. Robinson and Snively's project is entitled "Engaging Social Work Students in Self-Care". Dr. Ramseyer Winter and Ms. Cook's project is entitled "Body Image and Sexual Function among Individuals Engaged in 'Hook Up'."

National Social Work Month Final Edition: A Mizzou Made Social Work Story

Posted: Mar. 28, 2018

Story by Brian Consiglio, strategic communication, '20; Photo courtesy of Sierra John

Four graduate students in the University of Missouri’s School of Social Work— Mackenzie Duckworth, Sierra John, Elisabeth Lee and Megan Owens—are in the process of creating a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board for Boone County.

Through practicums and service-learning courses, the School of Social Work has partnered its students with organizations like the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office, True North and the Missouri Coalition on Domestic and Sexual Violence. These partnerships allow students to gain hands-on, relevant experience in a variety of social work fields.

"What I like most about graduate school is learning by gaining real-world experience,” said Duckworth, who grew up in Kansas City. “I enjoy refining my skills and working closely with Mizzou faculty because the professors are very supportive and encouraging."

As a part of the School of Social Work’s master’s program, John had the opportunity to work at True North, which is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence victim service program. Her role at the agency involved court advocacy, case management and collaboration. In addition, she and her three fellow classmates have been able to travel to the state capitol in Jefferson City to advocate for the creation of a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board in Boone County.

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Graduate students in the University of Missouri’s School of Social Work are in the process of creating a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board for Boone County. They are pictured with Representative Martha Stevens, a graduate of the Social Work master's program.

Recently Funded Proposals

Posted: Mar. 26, 2018

Congratulations to the following School of Social Work faculty on their recently funded proposals:

  • Rachel Bailey - HES Service Learning Course Redesign grant for "Social Work 4760 Theory and Practice of Social Work Groups."
  • Dr. Kathy Preble and Dr. Carol Snively - Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Award for their project, "Engaging Social Work Students in Self-Care."
  • Dr. Ginny Ramseyer Winter and Mackenzie Cook (student) for a Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Award for their project, "Body Image and Sexual Function among Individuals Engaged in ‘Hook Up’ Culture."

Devin Grayson, BSW Student, Organizes Rally for Dreamers

Posted: Mar. 22, 2018

Devin Grayson, BSW Student at the School of Social Work, organized a "Rally for Dreamers" in support of DACA recipients at the Boone County Courthouse Plaza on Feb. 25, 2018. The event drew more than 150 people with speakers including a dreamer named Ana Garcia, Congressional Candidate for Missouri's 4th US Congressional District named Renee Hoagenson, an immigration lawyer named Helene Fehlig-Tatum, a reverend named Dottie Mathews, and a community activist named Valérie Berta-Torales. Hallie Thompson, another candidate for Missouri's 4th US Congressional District, also attended and gave a statement.

News Coverage: Columbian Missourian, The Maneater, KOMU, KBIA Radio

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