News: Social Work

Every Patient, Every Time: Suicide Screening Initiative Addresses Crisis

Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | September 21, 2020
In 2019, UCF’s School of Social Work partnered with AdventHealth on a three-year, $1.45 million pilot program to study the effects of suicide-intervention screening on all emergency-room patients. Since then,...

High-Impact Courses Prepare Students for Professional Careers Through Innovative Teachings

Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | August 25, 2020
Faculty in the College of Health Professions and Sciences work diligently to ensure students receive the best educational experience in the classroom, while supplying “real-world” skills that aid them in...

Apopka Outreach Clinic: UCF Social Work Students and the Importance of Interdisciplinary Care

Written By: UCF School of Social Work | August 14, 2020
The Apopka Outreach Clinic is an interdisciplinary community pop-up clinic by the UCF Academic Health Sciences Center (AHSC), with the Farmworker Association of Florida. Developed in 2016 by five dedicated...

Understanding the Unique Needs of Mental Healthcare for Elderly Asian Americans

Written By: UCF School of Social Work | July 30, 2020
There is an increased need for mental health professionals to understand the culturally-based health beliefs of minority groups. UCF Social Work Assistant Professor Xiaochuan (Sharon) Wang discusses some mental illness...

The Right Time Is Now, an MSW Graduate’s Journey Towards Success

Written By: UCF School of Social Work | July 29, 2020
Massiel Hernandez ’17 ’18 MSW has an infectious positive attitude in all that she does. “The idea of helping someone was engrained in me as a child,” she said. Through...

Exploring the Link Between Academic Success and Minority Mental Health

Written By: UCF School of Social Work | July 24, 2020
There is a growing awareness of the mental health disparities present in minority communities. According to the National Association of Mental Illnesses (NAMI), depression among Black youth is 30% higher...

MSW Alumna Overcomes Cancer During School and Achieves Her Goals

Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | July 15, 2020
Jamie Younger ’17 ’18 MSW traveled a rocky road on her path to becoming a clinical social worker. But she says her experience battling cancer during her time in graduate...

New CHPS Scholarship Honors Strength, Promise and Invincibility

Written By: Camille Dolan | June 24, 2020
A new scholarship in the College of Health Professions and Sciences honors not only a student’s promise, but also their past. The Invincible Knights Award was created to honor students...

How Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Patient, Family and Friends and How to Rally Support in the Community

Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | June 24, 2020
While everyone occasionally forgets a name, or why they entered a room, changes in cognition and behaviors might be indicators of something more serious. These could be signs of dementia...

Fostering Relationships with Refugees Through Psychosocial Support

Written By: UCF School of Social Work | June 19, 2020
Resettling into a new country can be difficult for anyone. UCF Social Work Assistant Professor Asli Cennet Yalim talks about the increased challenges refugees experience while resettling and the importance...

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