2017 News & Events

Our Psychoanalytic Mothers 

November 27, 2017

The Women: Our Psychoanalytic Mothers, a play featuring Sarah Berry Tschinkel, M.S.W.'94, has received the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis' 2017 Gradiva Award for best play. Through the awards, "NAAP recognizes the literary and artistic achievements of those who have created works that represent and promote psychoanalysis and psychotherapy."

The play, which explores the lives of Helene Deutsch, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Karen Horney and Marie-Louise von Franz, will be staged next summer as part of the Smith SSW Centennial celebration. More information about tickets and seating will be available soon.

Supporting DACA Students at Smith and other Local Colleges

November 21, 2017

Smith SSW Professor Josh MillerThanks to a grant from Smith College President Kathleen McCartney, SSW Professor Josh Miller will be leading a project throughout 2018 to train allies to support undocumented students at Smith and other local institutions. It's an important project, says Miller, because "Many students attending colleges and universities in the U.S. do not have documented status and have long been welcomed into academic communities, where they have made strong and important contributions and have gained the skills that support their workforce development and societal contributions.

"Under the current administration, there have been unprecedented and aggressive efforts to end programs that protected some undocumented students – such as DACA – and to harass and intimidate students living under the threat of arrest or deportation. This is contrary to modern American beliefs, values and practices; compromises the security and safety of students and their families; and weakens our academic communities and the strength and vitality of our nation. 

"Colleges and universities around the country are standing up to these practices and supporting undocumented students, as is the social work profession. This project, funded by President McCartney, will seek to inform, connect and empower students at Smith College and at surrounding colleges and universities in an effort to bring students, professors and administrators together to foster community cohesion, offer safety and security for all students and to uphold the ideals and values of higher education and the nation."

Read More: Smith Announces Funding for 16 Innovation Proposals

White Nativism, Ethnic Identity and U.S. Immigration Policy Reforms Published

November 1, 2017

White Nativism, Ethnic Identity and US Immigration Policy ReformsSmith SSW alum, instructor and assistant director of the field office Maria del Mar Farina, M.S.W., Ph.D., recently published White Nativism, Ethnic Identity and U.S. Immigration Policy Reforms. The book, which analyzes U.S. immigration and deportation policy over the last 20 years with a focus on Hispanic immigration and American-born children of Mexican parentage, began as an assignment for a doctoral course at Smith. 

Dean Marianne Yoshioka Honored for Mentorship

October 23, 2017

Marianne Yoshioka recognized as a mentor to Rhoda SmithDean Marianne Yoshioka was recently honored by the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Mentor Recognition Program. Smith SSW Bertha Capen Reynolds Fellow Rhoda Smith nominated Yoshioka, calling her "a person who truly exemplifies the most stellar qualities of a social worker and a mentor. She is caring, supportive and committed in her efforts to understand the mentee’s needs. She assesses, through authentic engagement, areas of strength and growth of those she mentors and helps to nurture productivity while also directly and collaboratively identifying ways for the mentee to extinguish behaviors which may be sabotaging efforts or supporting bad habits, such as fear or procrastination."  

Professor Kathryn Basham at Veterans Day Event

October 16, 2017

Professor Kathryn Basham will be one of the panelists at a Veterans Day event in Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst Cinema will be screening the documentary Hunter in the Blackness, which examines post-traumatic stress and offers a message of resilience and hope. The film will be followed by a discussion with Veterans and clinicians and film director Federico Muchnik.

Core Principles for Opioid Abuse Education

October 11, 2017

Smith SSW was one of nine Massachusetts schools for social work that agreed to incorporate new core priniciples for addiction education and training into their curriculum.

Trans Allyship Workbook Published

October 10, 2017

Trans Allyship Cover ImageSotomayor Fellow Davey Shlasko is the author of the Trans Allyship Workbook, Building Skills to Support Trans People in Our Lives. The revised 2017 edition includes sections on intersectionality, singular they, and philosophies of allyship, as well as tips and “best practices” for the special allyship situations of parents, teachers, healthcare providers and therapists

More Information: Trans Allyship Workbook

Disaster Relief for the Caribbean

September 28, 2017

Janice Wagner, M.S.W.'82, contributed this information about helping hurricane victims in the Caribbean:

I grew up in the Virgin Islands who also were directly hit by both Irma and Maria, two category 5 hurricanes. The damage is unprecedented and it will take much support from many sources to help all of the islands in the Caribbean  lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico to recover. Below Is a list of charitable organizations that are trying to provide disaster relief that my current organization compiled.

Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Donations

Helping the People of Mexico & Puerto Rico

September 27, 2017

In the past several weeks, countless members of the social work profession and many in our School's community have been impacted by recent natural disasters. To those of you who have experienced or are now facing the impact of these devastating events, please know that all of us in Lilly Hall continue to keep you close in our thoughts. 
Having heard from so many of you that you desire to help, we are sharing resources through which you may show your support to those who are in desperate need. Thank you to Dr. Darla Coffey Spence, Executive Director of the Council on Social Work Education, for her helping to pull the following details together:
United for Puerto Rico
The first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, has teamed up with corporate behemoths like Coca Cola, Walmart and Burger King to help provide aid to hurricane victims. You can donate to this campaign here.
Unidos: A Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico
The Hispanic Federation has partnered with New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and U.S. Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) to establish this fund. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to hurricane relief and recovery efforts. Donate here.
Students With Puerto Rico
College students from around the United States, with ties to Puerto Rico, put together a GoFundMe campaign. All proceeds will go to the above mentioned United for Puerto Rico. You can donate here.
Assist Earthquake victims in Mexico  
This CNN site will send donations to four non-profits who are on the ground aiding Mexican families.
UNICEF USA - Mexico Earthquake Relief
90% of each dollar donated on this site goes directly to relief.

More Information: Disaster Response Resources for Social Workers

Congressman Jim McGovern Addresses Social Welfare Policy Students

August 18, 2017

Jim McGovern, member of the United States House of Representatives representing Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district, spoke to first-year Social Welfare Policy students on August 18, 2017. The conversation touched on many areas of social policy, as well as the current political climate and the role of social workers in creating social change.

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112 Students Earn Social Work Degrees

August 18, 2017

The Smith College School for Social Work will award 112 degrees—106 master’s degrees and six doctorates—at Commencement Friday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.

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African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy

June 28, 2017Leigh-Anne Francis on the Smith College Campus

Leigh-Anne Francis, an assistant professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The College of New Jersey, presented the Smith College School for Social Work 2017 Anti-Racism Lecture, Jane Crow (In)Justice: African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy (A History of the Present) on June 26, 2017. The full lecture will be available as part of the online continuing education series.

Watch Video: A Historical Perspecitve of Social Work and Race

Rory Crath Published in Journal of Youth Studies

June 22, 2017

Professor Rory Crath's research, published in the Journal of Youth Studies, explores government sponsored arts programs for at-risk youth, with a focus on Toronto's Graffitti Transformation Project.

Read the Article: ‘Off the wall’: reading community mural making as a contestable site of urban youth governance


Professor Marsha Kline Pruett on the Role of Fathers

June 18, 2017

For Father's Day, Pruett was interviewed about her extensive research on family relationships and the role of fathers. "It is a negative stereotype that men aren't involved fathers; most men are very much interested in being dads and are deeply frustrated by the policies and norms that make it difficult for them to be positive and consistent influences in their children's lives," she says.

Read: Smith College professor says today's fathers 'more involved'

SSW Doctoral Student on Hidden Bias and Racism

June 15, 2017

Writing in Psychology Today, Stephen Friedman, an SSW doctoral student, shares lessons about confronting hidden bias and racism he learned from his work with African American teenagers.

Read: Hidden Bias and Racism — A social worker shares his struggle with unconscious attitudes

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Risk Among Veterans

June 14, 2017

Lisa Brenner Presenting the Brown Foundation Lecture at Smith SSWLisa Brenner delivered the 2017 Brown Foundation Research Lecture, speaking about the complex relationship between traumatic brain injury and suicide will be discussed, as well as interventions aimed at suicide prevention among this cohort. 
The full lecture will be available as part of the online continuing education series.

Watch Video: Becoming Comfortable Caring for Veterans

Meg Hutchinson Delivers Convocation Address

June 5, 2017

Meg Hutchinson performing on stageSongwriter, poet and mental health advocate Meg Hutchinson shared her perspective on living and thriving with Bipolar disorder for the 2017 Lydia Rapoport lecture. The full lecture will be available as part of the online continuing education series.

Watch Video Series: Meg Hutchinson's advice for social workers treating clients with Bipolar disorder

Creating Community

May 18, 2017

On May 17, the School for Social Work hosted a first-of-its-kind conference on welcoming and effectively serving refugees and immigrants.

Read & Watch: Building Together: Creating A Welcoming Community for Refugees & Immigrants
Daily Hampshire Gazette Coverage: Ways to support immigrants, refugees aired at Smith College conference
MassLive Articles: Smith College to host conference on refugees, Smith Professor Hopes to Build on 'Resilience' of Refugees
Read more: Building Together Conference Overview, Detailed Conference Itinerary

A Call for Justice for Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

April 24, 2017

In her latest article in the Huffington Post, SSW adjunct instructor Crystal Hayes reflects on growing up with her father in prison and the problem of mass incarceration. 

Read more: Hallmark Doesn't Make the Birthday Card I Need


Dean Emerita Carolyn Jacobs to Deliver Elms College Commencement Address

March 30, 2017

Dr. Carolyn Jacobs, a SSW professor for 34 years and dean for 14, will speak to graduates of Elms College this May.  “I hope that the Class of 2017 will engage in lifelong learning, continue to explore their spiritual development and actively commit to serving others,” says Jacobs.

Read: Elms College selects social work professor Carolyn Jacobs as commencement speaker



Professor Hannah Karpman Published in Midwifery

March 28, 2017

After two years of extensive research, which examined online peer support for queer mothers, Professor Karpman, Emily Ruppel '18, Mallory Merryman '15 & Carolyn Delk '03 saw their work published in renowned journal Midwifery on March 1, 2017. 

Read the Research [PDF]: Online maternity information seeking among lesbian, bisexual, and queer women
Daily Hampshire Gazette articleSmith researchers’ findings published in Midwifery journal


Faculty Urge Colleagues to be "hyper-vigilant" as GOP Repeals ACA

February 20, 2017

In the fifth in their series of post-election op-eds, Professors Josh Miller, Hannah Karpman and Adjunct Professor Crystal Hayes present reasons why repealing "Obamacare" is cause for concern and suggest ways fellow social workers can act. 

Read the op-ed: Huffington Post


Protecting & Supporting All Members of Our Community

February 7, 2017

President McCartney outlines actions the College will take in response to the Trump administration's immigration ban.

Read: President McCartney's letter to the community

Professor Annemarie Gockel in Qualitative Social Work

January 9, 2017

Professor Annemarie Gockel's research, published in Qualitative Social Work, explores how the growing trend toward body-oriented psychotherapy is being integrated into group work and the potential significance of this trend for social work practice with groups. 

Read the Study: Embodied connections: Engaging the body in group work

Professor Rory Crath Published in Culture, Health & Sexuality

January 3, 2017

Assistant Professor Rory Crath looked at public health reporting in Canada’s leading newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and its impact on the moral, social and biological dimensions of gay male subjectivity and sexuality within the context of HIV risk discourses. 

Read the Article: Paradoxes of an assimilation politics: media production of gay male belonging in the Canadian ‘vital public’ from the tainted blood scandal to the present