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Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin, February 2015
February 18, 2015

Edward Alessi has a recent publication:


Dillon, F. R., Alessi, E. J., Craig, S. L., Ebersole, R. C., Kumar, S. M., & Spadola, C. (2014, December 29). Development of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative counseling self-efficacy inventory-short form (LGB-CSI-SF). Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1037/sgd0000087


Beth Angell was interviewed and quoted on the recent shooting of a man with mental illness by police officers in Warren County.


Andy Germak's article, "Exploring the Motivation of Nascent Social Entrepreneurs," published in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship with co-author Jeffrey Robinson from Rutgers Business School, has been included in an online article collection featuring the top three most downloaded articles published in Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014. The article will be freely available on Routledge's website until June 30, 2015, via the collection homepage:


Mark Lamar has good news regarding the New Brunswick Field Education Office Open House, which was held on January 13 in the new student lounge. This was an informal gathering of more than 40 students, most of whom will be entering their second year placements this coming fall, and 10 field faculty and staff. Aging, VAWC and ACT certificate representatives were among those available to meet with students to discuss the field planning process, field opportunities, concentrations, agency requirements and more. Faculty, administrators and colleagues from Student Affairs, also attended the open house.

The open house provided an excellent opportunity for students to connect with each other and for field education faculty and staff to provide general advisement to a large group of BASW and MSW students. Overall, it was a meaningful and positive gathering with an enthusiastic audience. Over 300 students were invited to attend and the Field Education Office will be planning more opportunities for faculty to speak with students about Field Education. Nancy Schley, associate director, and Joann Sekerak and Denise Malagon, administrative assistants, planned and delivered this excellent event.


Judy Postmus is featured in this article in on how financial literacy can fight domestic violence,

Darcy Clay Siebert became the first Rutgers faculty member to be named a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research. Fellows are members who have “served with distinction to advance the mission of the society—to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable, and just society.”


Liliane Cambraia Windsor has recently published the following papers:

· Windsor, L., Shorkey, C., & Battle, D. (2015). Measuring student learning in social justice courses: The diversity and oppression scale. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(1), 58-71.

· Windsor, L., Jessell, L., Lassiter, T., & Benoit, E. (2015). Community Wise: A formative evaluation of a community based health intervention. International Public Health Journal, 7(1).

· Windsor, L., Jemal, A. & Alessi, E. (2014). Cognitive behavioral therapy: A meta-analysis of race and substance use outcomes. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0037929

· Windsor, L.; Pinto, R.; Benoit, E.; Jessell, L., & Jemal, A. (2014). Community wise: Addressing oppression to promote individual and community health. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4), 402-420.

· Windsor, L., Benoit, E., & Jemal, A. (2014). Community W\wise: Paving the way for empowerment in community reentry. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. DOI 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.023. NIHMS576112


Karen Zurlo did a presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, New Orleans, LA. on January 16, 2015.

Zurlo, K. A., Kalay, E., Crystal, S., & Akincigil, A. (2015, January). The disproportionate burden of out-of-pocket medical expenditures on older adults.

Karen Zurlo has a recent publication.


Zurlo, K. A., Hu, H., & Huang, C-C. (2014). The effects of family, community, and public policy on depressive symptoms among elderly Chinese. Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 2(2), 01-08.


Sara Munson has good news from the Institute for Families

· NJ Child Support Institute (NJCSI)

In the January 2015 Child Support Report from the DHHS/ACF Office of Child Support, two of the trainers, Lisa Bender and Hope Miller, were quoted in the article entitled "New Jersey Teams with Rutgers University,"

Hope Miller and Yolanda Glover facilitated the first professional “Drop-in” session at the end of January, entitled “Non-traditional Tutoring on NJKiDS.” Drop-ins are a new initiative designed to enhance transfer-of-learning by providing participants with more focused guidance and information regarding the challenges and questions they have in their daily work.

· NJ Child Welfare Training Partnership (NJWTP)

They are working with the Division of Family and Community Partnerships and CP&P on an initiative to bring together early childhood programs and child welfare services supporting families of very young children in the community of Newark. The Partnership created a two-day training build on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors which will be held through 4 sessions for approximately 600 professionals this March. The sessions will culminate in a “community conversation” between system professionals to explore solutions and barriers to practice issues in promoting healthy childhood outcomes and preventing child abuse. The Partnership will also train more than 30 system leaders who will lead the trainings.

The Partnership completed a two-day Safety Awareness course for NJ child welfare professionals. They also worked with the Office of Continuing Education to coordinate selection of courses that would enable training staff within the NJ DCF Office of Training Professional Development to earn their Training Skills Certificate.

· National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI)

They shared new resources with the field via the social media resource highlights:

They hosted a national webinar on training and education simulation labs on February 4th. There were more than 1000 registrants for the session. Recording and handouts can be found at:

Registration is open for their upcoming webinar on Applying Leadership and Workforce Development Models in Child Welfare for the National Network of Social Work Managers Webinar Series on February 25, 2015, 1:00 pm.

· Price Family Fellows

Price Family Fellows completed an Opportunity Network Workshop, 21st Century Goal-Setting, Pivot or Persevere. During this 2-day workshop held on February 6th- 7th, each youth created a goal map for the academic semester that included personal, financial and academic goals. The group will also form study sessions throughout the semester to support academic progress.

A cohort of 7 youth from the Price Family Fellows will be starting a research course with the Rutgers Learning Center on February 27th, which will help them as first-time researchers to gain the skills necessary to work with Rutgers faculty/staff on research and evaluation projects.

· Research & Evaluation

IFF has been notified that they have been awarded the grant for the DCF Coordination Center for Child Abuse & Neglect Forensic Evaluation & Treatment.

Terri Fox has been asked to present on "HIV Cross-Part Care Continuum Collaborative (H4C) Update 2015 at the Statewide HIV Clinical Update. The program is an annual meeting of clinical care providers, mostly physicians, nurses, and clinical social workers offering the latest research and clinical care information related to HIV/AIDS. Terri's presentation will focus on statewide efforts that have successfully resulted in Viral Load Suppression for the most challenging clients living with HIV/AIDS.

· Statewide Youth Advisory Bioards (SYAB)

Statewide YAB members are charged with identifying community needs and planning service projects to help address them. By the end of June 2015 the youth and their regional teams will have completed a total of 30 community service projects. The Essex County Youth Advisory Board has identified homelessness as a major challenge in their community and will be collecting warm clothing to distribute at Covenant House on Washington Street in Newark on February 17, 2015.

Staff members are actively planning an Adolescent Networking Conference for May 15, 2015. A total of 56 workshops were received from a recent call for papers. Staff have reviewed and recommended 25 workshops for DCF review and approval.

The Youth Advisory team is pleased to announce that Commissioner Allison Blake and members of her leadership team will be attending their March and June Statewide Youth Advisory Board meetings. The Quarterly meetings are a place for current and former foster and homeless youth ages 14-22 years old to connect from all over NJ to discuss issues important to them.

· Transitions For Youth: Project Myself (TFY) & SHIP/SIP

Planning for the Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP/SIP) for Summer 2015 is in full gear. The application was launched to recipients of the New Jersey Foster Care Scholarship Program on January 23rd and applications are due by February 27. To date we have received 31 applications. Interviews are taking place on all three Rutgers campuses as well as at Montclair State University.

On February 6th, staff and students volunteered at the New Brunswick Senior Center’s Valentine’s Day Dance. The event was sponsored by the Angel Network, a nonprofit organization that greatly supports SHIP with a variety of donations. Over 80 seniors gathered at the day-long event where attendees participated in exercise activities, photo booths, blood pressure checks, hand scrubs, raffles and information sessions with representatives from Walgreen’s. Volunteers staffed the various exhibit stations, served a hot nutritious meal and engaged with the seniors for socialization and dancing.

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