Department of Social Work and Human Services
The Department of Social Work and Human Services offers an undergraduate degree in Human Services as well as the graduate Master of Social Work. Both are accredited programs (CSHSE and CSWE respectively). Additionally, the department offers the Child Advocacy certification and the Nonprofit Leadership certificate which are open to both majors and non-majors.
Dr. Darlene Rodriguez, Ph.D, MSW, MPA, was selected to receive the FY18 OVPR Pilot/Seed Grant to Attract External Funding for "Atlanta's Immigrant Crossroads: Civic Engagement as a Tool for Newcomer Integration." 41 applications were received and the final decision was based on reviews, an analysis of the external funding potential, prior internal and external funding and proposal submission activity, performance on prior OVPR support and considerations for investigator career state.
Celebrating 10 Years
On September 28, 2017, a celebration was held in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the Masters of Social Work program. Over the past 10 years, the MSW program has graduated 320 students who have completed a total of 384,000 internship hours in various settings including hospitals, hospice, nonprofit organizations, DFCS, schools, and many more. Those internship hours translate to $9,600,000 of service to the community.
Year of India
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
April 10—10:30am–12:00pm—Prillaman Hall Indoor Plaza
Convert Your Passion Into Impact
April 11—4:00pm–6:00pm—Social Sciences Room 5033
Leveraging What You Have to Achieve What You Want
Serena NewhallSerena Newhall serves as the Executive Director of CIFAL Atlanta, a United Nations Institute for Training and Research-affiliated training center located at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University, where she was a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow. Ms. Newhall has served as a Small Enterprise Development Advisor for the United States Peace Corps in Kenya, worked with the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service, and later, with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname. Through these and and other efforts she has positively affected community development and program management.
Currently, Dr. Satyajit Majumdar serves as Professor and Chairperson of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship of the School of Management and Labour Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai where he teaches courses pertaining to entrepreneurship, management, growth and technology, and corporate social responsibility. In addition, he engages with the corporate sector as a trainer, consultant, and mentor of entrepreneurs and start-up organizations. Professor Majumdar actively participates in academic councils, advisory/steering boards of universities, and policy discussions concerning academics and practice. Recently, his academic team contracted with the Government of India to evaluate and honor excellence in entrepreneurship for the 2017 National Entrepreneurship Award.
Jeff WoodwardJeff Woodward is a partner at the Taylor English law firm in Atlanta where, among other services, he works with many of the firm’s start-up clients, representing both entrepreneurs and investors in early-stage investments. Mr. Woodward is involved in the passage of B-corporation legislation in Georgia as well as a founding board member of Village Capital, an international accelerator program and investment fund for seed-stage social enterprises. In addition, he has more than 20 years of experience advising private foundations and public charities on a variety of matters and developing sustainable for-profit subsidiaries of tax-exempt organizations. He has founded two nonprofit companies, HouseProud and the Atlanta Community Toolbank, and he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
Medha SamantCurrently, Dr. Samant is the Chairperson & Managing Director of Annapurna Pariwar. Annapurna Pariwar is comprised of five sister organizations that work together to design a comprehensive solution to poverty in the slums of Pune and Mumbai. The results of Dr. Samant’s and the program members’ efforts are shown by the provision of low-interest microloans, community-based health insurance, affordable daycare, educational sponsorship, and a pension program for the impoverished elderly. Just last year she was honored with the Women Super Achiever Award, the “Dhananjay Thorat Adarsh Karyakarta” Award, and the Pune NGO’s Leadership Award.
Blake LanierBlake Lanier’s commitment to excellence in training and consultation is displayed in his work with summer residential camping programs in the southeastern United States for camp directors/counselors as well as his offering seminars focusing on child and adolescent development, behavior management, and team building. Additionally, Mr. Lanier provides therapeutic evaluation and treatment services to individuals presenting with a range of emotional and behavioral health challenges as well as provides therapeutic services to The Salvation Army USA, Southern Territorial Administrative Headquarters to assist in the psychosocial adjustment of children. His work with Cirque du Soleil includes serving as the Coordinator and Aerial Instructor for Cirque du Monde, a social intervention program that promotes psychosocial resiliency in youth at-risk through the medium of circus arts and as a Master Trainer for Cirque du Soleil's Global Citizenship Division. Mr. Lanier teachers in the Master’s of Social Work graduate program and the Human Services undergraduate program at Kennesaw State University.
Joey WomackIn pursuit of his vision that “we already have everything that we need to make the change that we want to see happen,” Joey Womack founded, and is CEO of, Amplify 4 Good, a social good consultancy which strives to equalize socioeconomic disparities in communities around the world by innovative and rapid problem-solving to help organizations create valuable social impact. In addition, Mr. Womack is the Founder and Executive Director of Goodie Nation, a nonprofit that creates social impact by empowering us all to engage in the process of solving some of society’s toughest problems. Recently, he was named as one of the Top 10 social entrepreneurs in Atlanta by Hypepotamus and was listed by Huffington Post as one of the Top 20 Innovators in Atlanta Tech Startup Scene.
Dr. Hans Skott-Myhre recently co-edited (with Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Kathleen S.G. Skott-Myhre) a volume on working with young people in the contexts of child and youth care, early childhood education, and psychology. Youth Work, Early Education, and Psychology: Liminal Encounters, argues for the necessity of examining and interrogating how various modes of praxis related to young people are deployed in the 21st century. The analysis presented by the various authors in the volume is premised in an acknowledgement that the socio-political landscape has shifted considerably under the emerging systems of rule that constitute postmodern capitalism. The editors argue that the traditional modes of civil society designed to integrate and shape young people as functioning members of society such as education, the family, modes of psychotherapy, as well as orphanages and other forms of residential care, are in various stages of crisis and reconfiguration. To this end they propose a series of propositions that highlight politicized strategies to working with young people under current conditions of neo-liberal capitalism. The book questions ongoing approaches, and provides alternative perspectives drawing on the pedagogical affordances of liminal approaches founded in theoretical frameworks of immanence.
Dr. Irene McClatchey's newly published book, Bereavement Camps for Children and Adolescents, is the first book to describe in detail how to create bereavement camps for children and adolescents. It is a comprehensive how-to guide, offering practical advice on planning, curriculum building, and evaluation. Readers will find a step-by-step plan for building a non-profit organization, including board development and fundraising, such as grant writing, soliciting businesses, and holding special events, as well as valuable information on nonprofit management and volunteer recruitment. The appendices include a variety of sample forms, letters, and more.
"Efficacy of chronic disease self-management among low-income Black males with behavioral health disorders: Pilot study" Carol Collard, PhD, LMSW, Vanessa RobinsonDooley, PhD, LCSW, Frances Patrick, MSW, and Kayla Farabaugh
- This study examined the effectiveness of Stanford University’s Chronic Disease self-management program (CDSMP) among men living with co-morbidities of chronic physical health disease and behavioral health disorders.
- Drs. Collard and Robinson-Dooley also presented this research with Frances and Kayla at the Georgia Public Health conference in Atlanta, GA.
- Published in the Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, Vol. 6, No. 4
"Adding Trauma-Informed Care at a Bereavement Camp to Facilitate Post-traumatic Growth: A Controlled Outcome Study" Dr. Irene Searles McClatchey, Rachel Raven
- This research centers around the use of trauma-informed care at bereavement camps and its impact on post-traumatic growth. This was a controlled outcome study that showed that post-traumatic growth increased among those individuals who participated in a bereavement camp versus those who did not.
- Dr. McClatchey and Rachel also presented on their research at the International Association for Social Work with Groups International Conference in Washington, D.C.
- Published in Advances in Social Work, Vol. 18, No. 1
"Community-University Partnership to Inform and Improve Immigrant Integration" Presentation by Dr. Darlene Rodriguez, Socorro Galindo, and Tiffany Rockwell
- This 90-minute presentation at the NOHS Conference in Des Moines, Iowa this October 18-21, is based on work that they contributed to as part of the 2016-2017 Diversity Fellowship Dr. Rodriguez received to foster the growth and development of the Georgia Immigration Research Network, the Immigrant Integration Toolkit, the Immigrant Community Resources Guide, and the planned pilot for the Civic Engagement Academy for Immigrant populations in Georgia.