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Five questions with Commencement Speaker, Honorary Degree Recipient Toni Oliver

On Thursday, May 10, President of the National Association of Black Social Workers Toni Oliver will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Public Health. A graduate of the master of social work program, Oliver has spent more than 30 years working to improve foster care, kinship care services, and adoption opportunities, particularly for children of color.

Posted:  May 8, 2018

Video: Social work student explores animal therapy

After rescuing pit bull mix Marley from a shelter five years ago, Rachel Lawbaugh in the School of Social Work trained her as a certified therapy dog. Since then, Rachel has found opportunities for Marley to join in their internships for the Master of Social Work program, where they work with individuals recovering from trauma and substance use—and where Marley’s presence can have profound benefits for clients.

Posted:  March 5, 2018

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

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