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Developments in Gerontology: William (Bill) E. Lamb Presentation on Aging Populations

Posted on March 26, 2015 1:17 pm by Paige Moore


This year at the National Association of Social Workers Conference (NASW), the Department of Social Work was proud to have faculty member William ( Bill) E. Lamb (MSW, ACSW, MPA) present his research with aging populations.

In his presentation about self determination issues with aging populations, Lamb highlighted important topics such as; addressing the issue of competency with older adults as well as ensuring that social workers focus on the safety of clients first. Lamb emphasized that social workers treat their aging clients with respect but that they should not treat older adults as they would their own parents. Lamb added that social workers can get very emotionally vested in clients, so, in order to provide the high quality care that older adults clients deserve, social workers must draw the line between client and family. Social workers should also remember that "care giving is stressful" and that "if you are involved with older adults, you are involved in a family system."


Lamb also urged social workers to be aware of their clients' living conditions and the fact that older adults who are isolated, physically and mentally decline. He also emphasized that older adults need to be followed-up with after moving into the home of a family member. Lamb states that "a huge predictor of abuse and neglect is when an older adult moves into a family members' house." Should social workers see the signs of abuse with any client, they are to report the danger to the Department of Social Services (DSS). Social workers are reminded that they are not responsible for accusing family members or others of either neglect/abuse or determining competency, that is the duty of DSS.

Interesting findings include that on average, older adults are happier than the rest of the population as a whole. Lamb also addressed that helping older adults resolve issues allows them to live longer and retain mental clarity.


Lamb also combated the general public's' misconceptions of the number of older adults living in group homes. Lamb reported that only four percent of older adults reside in group homes. That senior adults are active within older communities and though they are very social, they prefer to live independently. Lamb also highlighted that 22% of older adults are living with two or more disabilities, 17% are living with one disability and 62% are living without disabilities.

Lamb is  currently the President of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care and is serving as the President of the NC Coalition on Aging. Lamb retired after a 30 year career in state government in the Department of Health and Human Services followed by 13 years at the UNC Institute on Aging. He has served as the president of NASW - NC and as the chair of the NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.

Written and submitted by Paige Moore.

Updates from the Department of Social Works' Student Organizations

Posted on March 25, 2015 4:15 pm by Paige Moore

Three CHASS admissions students inside Tompkins hall. Photo by Marc Hall

The Student Affairs Committee meets once a month and is currently chaired by Dr. Willa Casstevens. The Student Affairs Committee reviews and updates policies/procedures for the Department of Social Work, including material in the Student Handbooks of the BSW and MSW programs.

Under the auspices of Dr. Natalie Ames, its previous Chair, the Student Affairs Committee initiated development of a presentation that describes the BSW program’s policies and procedures in a vivid and concise manner. The presentation includes information on academic and professional performance pertinent for students entering into the field of social work as volunteers and/or interns. As volunteers and interns, students represent the Department of Social Work and need to know about professional conduct and ethics. After two semesters of work and multiple revisions, the completed presentation debuted October 2014 in Social Work room 201.

Graduate student, Jason Tuell, was instrumental in initiating and developing the organization of the presentation. Undergraduate student, Megan Peedin, played a vital role in consolidating and evaluating the effectiveness of the presentation. Other key players involved in this rigorous process were: Erica Smith (MSW Alumna), Amanda Miller (BSW Senior), Lacey Shankle (BSW Senior), Tahiri Tanyi (BSW Alumna) and Ashley Shaw (MSW Student).

Written and submitted by Ashley Shaw.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Women's Advocacy Day Reception - The Packs' Passion for Policy

Posted on March 23, 2015 11:58 am by Paige Moore


On Monday, February 23rd 2015, 18 Seaboard, a popular restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina, was teeming with women on a mission. Though the women were of all races, religions, ethnicities, ages, and various personal backgrounds, the group shared one common goal; to make their voices heard with their passion for civic engagement.

The event was arranged by the National Association for Social Workers and the North Carolina Women United (NCWU) organization. NCWU is a progressive community of women who lobby for education, civic participation, health, and economic issues. These passionate women educate themselves about these issues and familiarize themselves with the many avenues through which they may voice their concerns. NCWU strives for full equality of all women in North Carolina by empowering women to use their voices to talk about policy discussions.

Also present at this reception, were Senators Mike Woodard, Josh Stein and the woman of the hour, Representative Carla Cunningham. Cunningham moved the audience with her speech detailing plans to move North Carolina forward. She encouraged all present to elect representatives who would make women’s interests and needs a priority. Cunninghams’ plan is, first and foremost, to expand voting rights. The goal of the voting rights expansion is to be more inclusive of seniors, minorities, college students and women in general. Representative Cunningham ended her speech with an inspirational call to action, saying “2016 is coming and it’s a woman’s year. Don’t quit. Be fearless. And keep moving forward.”

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Following this Women’s Advocacy Reception was an advocacy day full of trainings aimed at teaching participants how to communicate with their legislators/representatives regarding women sensitive topics and concerns, as well as speaking with legislators at press conferences. Afterwards, the women in attendance were invited to speak with their legislators and voice various other concerns.

The Department of Social Work at NC State was proud to be represented by our own Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) student Adriana Ognibene.  Ognibene met with and discussed issues with the aforementioned representatives and expressed the Packs’ Passion for Policy.

Article written by Adriana Ognibene and edited by Paige Moore.



HRSA Behavioral Health Scholar Application Opens!

Posted on March 19, 2015 9:21 am by Paige Moore

NCSU Graduation Ceremonies 2010. Photo by Becky Kirkland.  NCSU Graduation Ceremonies 2010. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

Become a HRSA Behavioral Health Scholar!

To access the application, please use the link provided. After following the link, use your NC State Unity ID and password.

Behavior Health Scholars must be Year Two or Advanced Standing MSW students with sincere commitment to serving those ages 16 - 25 that are either diagnosed with or at risk of being diagnosed with behavioral health problem. Those selected for this opportunity must be able to adjust their schedules for additional commitments outside of classroom and field placement. This could include evenings and weekends. A sample of training received by current scholars include: Integrated Health, Treating Traumatized Child, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, LCSW Exam prep and more!

If selected:

- You will receive an academic year of intensive clinical field placement in a behavioral health setting working with 16 - 25 year old clients.

- You will participate in clinical training and activities to enhance learning.

- You will receive training related to the LCSW exam.

- You will receive a $10,000 - stipend as part of your financial aid packet that you do not have to repay.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 26th, 2015.

Interviews will be held in March and April with preference given to those willing to work in rural areas of with clients in high poverty/low service areas.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jodi Hall at

This project is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number HRSA 14 - 077 Behavioral Workforce Development.

National Association of Social Work Conference 2015

Posted on March 16, 2015 12:04 pm by Paige Moore


NC State was proud to host the 2015 National Association of Social Work (NASW) Annual Ethics Conference on March 6th, 2015. The Conference was held at the McKimmon Center, where Social Workers traveled from far and wide to network and discuss this years' theme of Ethical Questions in Self-Determination. The Conference featured  Ravita T. Ombau Okafor (MSW, LCSW) and well as Keynote Speaker, Dawn Apgar (PhD, LSW, ACSW). Ombau Okafor shared practice situations that would require social workers to prioritize their clients' rights to self-determination over the social workers' personal interests. She was followed by Apgar who discussed how to handle social work ethics concerns which could arise when supporting clients to live valued lives of their own design. Apgar's presentation focused on handling social work ethics concerns that can come up when supporting clients who live valued lives of their own design. Her presentation included a special focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


In addition, NC State Department of Social Work Faculty member William (Bill) E. Lamb (MSW, ACSW, MPA) also presented at the 2015 NASW  Conference. In his presentation, Lamb who is also the previous NASW-NC President, provided insight on self determination issues within the aging population. Lamb's presentation highlighted topics such as addressing the issue of competency and ensuring that social workers focus on the safety of clients first. Interesting findings include that on average, older adults are happier than the rest of the population as a whole. Also that issue reconciliation with older clients allows older adults to live longer.

Lamb is also currently the President of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care and is serving as the President of the NC Coalition on Aging. For more on his presentation please read the article on Aging Populations.


(Left, white shirt:)Suzanne Martin meeting and greeting Conference attendees. (Right) Conference attendees picking up promotional materials about the Department of Social Work at NC State's amazing programs.

The NC State Department of Social Work was represented by the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator & Lecturer, Suzanne Martin (MSW) as well as University Program Assistant Paige Moore. Martin and Moore served to inform conference attendees about the NC State Department of Social Work programs. Esther Robie along with faculty member Dr. Willa Casstevens, Associate Professor, also represented the NC State Department of Social Work, the International Association for Social Work with Groups and the Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society. Student and Men in Social Work member, Scott Luetgenau alo attended and represented the NC State Department of Social Work and the NASW.


(Above) Esther Robie and Dr. Willa Casstevens meeting with previous NC State Department of Social Work alumna who attended the conference.

Written and submitted by Paige Moore.