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September 28, 2015

Rutgers Cheerleader Combines Love of the Sport with a Passion for Social Work

For Caitlin Krenn, the highlight of her four years of cheerleading on the Rutgers All Girl Cheer squad has been this year’s home game against Penn State. Running out of the tunnel at the start of the game into a packed stadium of 55,000 cheering fans was a once in a lifetime experience for this seasoned athlete who has been cheering since grade school. The night sky was illuminated by red fireworks, and a professional photographer captured the image of the cheerleaders with that beautiful light show above their heads.

September 28, 2015

Holiday Cheer or Holiday Horror? Managing expectations, making the best of family festivities

In the movieFour Christmasesthe lead characters both come from dysfunctional families, and the way they avoid Christmas is to go abroad on vacation and pretend to be doing charity work. They are running from the kinds of interactions that ruin many a holiday.

Just what makes holiday family gatherings so stressful?

September 28, 2015

Dr. Doodle visits a MSW Play Therapy Class

Creature Comfort Pet Therapy was recently invited for the third year to speak to Colleen Daly Martinez’s Master of Social Work play therapy class at Rutgers School of Social Work in Newark. The guest lecturers were Steven Herz and his nationally distinguished dog, Koko, who is a Labradoodle.

September 28, 2015

Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin, December 2014

DuWayne Battle recently participated in a diversity summit, which appeared in the Courier Post,


September 28, 2015

News from the Camden Campus: Strategic Plans

It is quite an exciting time for the Rutgers—Camden campus. It continues to grow with construction plans and additional programs coming in the near future, all outlined in the Strategic Plan, written in October 2014. The Strategic Plan of the Camden campus is the culmination of ideas, concerns and ambitions from the campuses diverse stakeholders, including Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon.

September 28, 2015

Holiday News from Transitions for Youth (TFY)

While many of us look forward to spending holidays with our family, some of the youth participating in our Project MYSELF and Youth Advisory Boards do not have a permanent family with whom they can celebrate the holidays. The youth served in both of these programs are currently, or have been, involved in the public child welfare system. Many of them experience out of home placement due to abuse and neglect at home, and while some youth are able to return to their families or are adopted, many others do not.

September 28, 2015

Images of Ferguson: An Examination of Institutional Racism and Social Justice

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year old youth, who was killed by a white police officer on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, was an event of tragic significance and a catalyst for both local civil protest and national debate. After the shooting, protests and rioting lasted for over two weeks in this racially divided city of over 20,000. The death incited violence and intense debate about race, class and access to social justice in the United States, both historically and today.

Throughout her career, Dr. Barbara Milton, a 2001 Graduate School of Social work graduate, has passionately worked towards “giving life and breath” to the social work profession. Dr. Milton serves as the director of clinical services at the Family Service Center of the Urban League of Hudson County, an adjunct professor at Turro College’s Graduate School of Social Work, a guest lecturer at Rutgers University, a columnist for the Jersey Journal, and as co-chair of the Hudson County, New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Work (NASW-NJ).

Students who live in Rutgers Recovery Housing, a sober living on-campus residence, are well on their way to recovery from drug or alcohol addictions. But one of the most challenging moments a recovering addict can face is when a friend from the past overdoses.

When this happens, students can turn to Frank Greenagel, a clinical social worker and recovery counselor at the Rutgers recovery houses in New Brunswick and Newark. Greenagel knows on a personal level what it feels like to lose a friend to addiction.

Before founding Father Time, Jeff Johnson ran a parent support group that was mostly attended by moms. But after a few years, Johnson, a child and family counselor, with an MSW from the Rutgers School of Social Work, started to see a need for a group tailored specially for fathers and the challenges they face as parents.


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