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Swapping Schedules: Dean for a Day Jan 28

Posted on January 20, 2015 12:37 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Social work student Caterina Schenck will be Dean for a Day Jan. 28.

Social work student Caterina Schenck will be Dean for a Day Jan. 28.

Caterina Schenck’s typical Wednesday at NC State features class, studying, and the ever-present struggle of juggling of academic and social life. But on Wednesday, January 28, Schenck will forgo her usual student schedule and step into the College of Humanities and Social Sciences dean’s shoes for the day. Schenck was chosen to participate in the annual Dean for a Day event, during which Dean Jeff Braden and a selected student switch schedules and swap roles for the day.

Schenck is a junior in the Social Work program and a transfer student. After completing her first semester she applied for the “Dean for a Day” event because she believes “the goal of our time at NC State is not only to graduate, but to use every opportunity and relationship we can to find our appropriate places in the world after school.”

The aspiring social worker hopes to hone her communication and organizational skills in the dean’s administrative environment. As standing dean, Schenck will attend meetings and interact with the college’s advisory board president, the department head of social work, and various staff, faculty and alumni leaders. This experience will provide Schenck with a look of what occurs behind the scenes in the college.

At a different place on campus and on the other side of the desk, Braden will be situated in the classroom as a student in the Social Work program. His schedule will take him to two classes: Social Welfare Analysis & Advocacy and Cultural Anthropology.

Make sure to follow coverage of the event, which will feature the pair’s observations, photographs, and a dual view of life within Humanities and Social Sciences. Stay tuned.

By Katie McCreary, Humanities and Social Sciences Communication Intern

Dr. Ellen Winston--Teacher, Professor, State Welfare Director and First U.S. Commissioner of Welfare (DHEW)

Posted on December 15, 2014 10:13 am by Teyara Hudson

Wilma Peebles-Wilkins, former NC State Professor of Social Work and former Dean Emerita of Boston University School of Social Work, publishes article on Social Work pioneer, Dr. Ellen Winston.

Preparing the Next Generation of Mental Health Workers

Posted on December 10, 2014 12:23 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

MSW student Meloday Futtrell is working at WakeMed with social work supervisor Clifford Bell.

MSW student Meloday Futtrell is working at WakeMed with social work supervisor Clifford Bell.

NC State University’s Department of Social Work is launching a new workforce program to recruit and train graduate students for careers in mental health and substance abuse treatment. The program is supported by a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) and aims to prepare graduates to work in the mental health field with under-served young people, ages 16 to 25.

“The United States has a shortage of people who can provide mental health and addiction treatment services to young adults – particularly in rural areas,” says Dr. Jodi Hall, assistant professor and director of field education in the Department of Social Work at NC State and principal investigator of the research. “We’re creating the Behavioral Health Scholars Education and Training (BHSET) initiative to address that need, with a focus on integrating mental health care and physical health care.”

Dr. Karen Bullock, co-investigator of the research, says the initiative has already established partnerships with the NC State Counseling Center, Holly Hill Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, WakeMed Hospital and a host of other healthcare providers to serve as practicum sites to provide high-impact learning experiences for NC State students.

The BHSET initiative will be open to students in the last year of their MSW program and will provide intensive, innovative education, training and internships for students interested in mental health or addiction treatment careers working with young people.

“This will be intense community engagement – above and beyond the already demanding workload expected of MSW students,” Hall says. Students who are selected and participate in the BHSET program will be eligible for a $10,000 stipend.

Hall and Bullock, who is head of NC State’s Department of Social Work, designed the innovative BHSET curriculum when applying for the grant. Eighteen agencies have accepted students for internships over the next three years. These partner agencies will also be part of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the BHSET curriculum. Hall and Bullock plan to expand the program to 25 agencies next year, and to enroll 35 in the final year of the grant that ends in September 2017.

“As agencies around the state see the benefits of high-impact learning through internships with the BHSET program, we’re optimistic that we will continue these interdisciplinary collaborations to sustain this mental health initiative long after the federal grant funding has expired,” Hall says.

By Matt Shipman, NC State News Services

CHASS Student of the Month

Posted on October 24, 2014 10:23 am by Casey Mackey


The Department of Social Work recognizes Kim Thanh Vu for being awarded the CHASS Student of the Month for the month of October. Kim, a senior in the BSW program from Charlotte, has been recognized for her involvement in the community as well as her  performance in the classroom.  Upon receiving this prestigious honor, Kim encouraged incoming students be themselves and to try everything without hesitation. After graduation, Kim plans to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. For the full article click here.


NC State Social Work Students Inspire Peers in Recovery

Posted on October 20, 2014 11:46 am by Teyara Hudson

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Social work student Scott Luetgenau co-founded the Collegiate Recovery Community at NC State.

Social work students Scott Luetgenau and Chris Campau have co-founded the Collegiate Recovery Community for students recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, people with eating disorders and those who suffer from self-harm issues.

The Collegiate Recovery Community offers “All Paths to Recovery” meetings every Tuesday evening from 5–6 p.m. in room 126 in the 1911 building. Luetgenau and Campau explained that there are no rigid standards. They are not working a program, but just hanging out and sharing experiences.

“We lean on each other when things get a little bit stressful,” Luetgenau said. 

Read the feature story in Technician.