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Op-ed: For social workers, Election Day is a chance to uphold mission

By Laurie Friedman, assistant professor in the School of Social Work

Seven judges, a key prosecutor and several municipal officials will be elected in Pennsylvania tomorrow. It’s an “off-year” election, and fewer than a quarter of registered voters are likely to show up at the polls. But, as social workers—advocates for our clients, our communities and our society—we have a responsibility to cast our votes.

Posted:  November 6, 2017

Study measures effectiveness of stopping opioid abuse before it starts

There’s a new approach to addressing the opioid crisis in Philadelphia: prevent addiction from happening in the first place. At the Care Clinic, a federally-qualified community health center run by the nonprofit Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), people who suffer from chronic pain learn to manage their symptoms in a way that keeps them from slipping into opioid abuse.

Posted:  November 3, 2017

Instructor, Alumna—and Now Leader—in Social Work

Jessie Timmons, an instructor at the School of Social Work and an alumna of its MSW program, was appointed as the new president of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) in July.

Established in 1971, the PSCSW offers professional resources to promote specializations in clinical social work practice. It has more than 800 members working in psychiatric hospitals, private practice, family agencies and other settings.

Posted:  August 29, 2017

Exploring How Legal Aid Affects Health

A person with a chronic medical condition may not immediately think to look for a lawyer along with a health care team--but addressing legal concerns can have a positive impact on a patient’s well-being. That’s the idea behind Medical Legal Partnerships (MLPs), and the subject of a new interdisciplinary study pointing the way toward improving MLP research and working models.

Posted:  August 11, 2017

Alumni Q&A: School of Social Work provides inspiration after graduation

Janet Mintzer has served as the President and CEO of Pearl S. Buck International for the last 16 years. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Temple's School of Social Work (SSW), earning a master of social work in 1991. Mintzer discussed how her mentor and professors continued guiding her after graduation and helped her find her passion.

Posted:  August 9, 2017

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