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The SSW Buzz is a communications vehicle for sharing information and listing events sponsored by and for the Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) educational community. Content is submitted by users.

Inclusion in the SSW Buzz does not imply endorsement by Smith College or SSW. SSW is not responsible for any infringement of copyright or other applicable laws on the part of SSW Buzz users. News items which do not adhere to Smith College's Acceptable Use of Computer Resources policy will not be posted. We reserve the right to edit any content submitted.

SSW is committed to an intersectional approach to racial justice and asks groups to consider the following questions when arranging events.

  • Who is making decisions about the event you are submitting? 
  • Who is at the table when planning for the event you are submitting? 
  • What does the planning group look like through a racial justice lens? Social justice lens? 
  • Is the event being submitted inclusive and broad? Does it exclude access for some people or groups?
  • Is the planning group transparent?
  • Is there a mechanism to engage the least served in the community?
  • How is information among the planning group and among participants/invitees shared and centralized?
Alumni at President's Reception

Academic Notices

Field Education

Meeting with the Field Department this Summer!

Who is my point person and how do I make an appointment?

Who: Marybeth Stratton, Field Coordinator & Systems Specialist

Specialty Areas:

  • Agency onboarding requirements
  • Reimbursements for out-of-pocket onboarding costs
  • General questions about field

Make an appointment with Marybeth.

Who: Janae Peters, Interim Associate Director of Field Education 

Specialty Areas:

  • All school placements
  • Connecticut
  • Portland, Maine
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Seattle 
  • Providence

Make an appointment with Janae.

Who: Katya Cerar, Associate Director of Field Education

Specialty Areas:

  • Bay Area
  • Boulder/Denver
  • MA (Western)
  • Vermont

Make an appointment with Katya.

Who: Katelin Lewis-Kulin, Director of Field Education

Specialty Areas:

  • Atlanta
  • DC/Baltimore area
  • Durham
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • MA (Eastern)
  • NYC
  • Philadelphia

Make an appointment with Katelin.

Job and Professional Notices

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services is hiring!

We have a variety of clinician openings available at HCRS, working with children, families and/or adults with mental health, substance abuse, and/or developmental disabilities. We have year-round outpatient positions and also school-based positions on a 45 week schedule.

We are a community mental health agency, so the experience is a rich and dynamic one. We have capacity to supervise new graduates as they work toward their licensure (another perk of working here!) and we were named one of Vermont’s top places to work in 2021.

Visit to view job opportunities.

Looking for a job?

Check out the new NASW job board at

The Maryland Center for Gender & Intimacy (MCGI) in Frederick, MD is looking for recent or soon-to-be Smith SSW graduates interested in providing compassionate, affirming, sex-positive, trans-competent, liberatory care to LGBTQIA2+ folks. MCGI's staff is 75% Smith SSW graduates!

MCGI is located in beautiful Frederick, Maryland (just an hour from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore) and primarily serves the LGBTQIA+ community in the Western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and eastern West Virginia region.

Ideal additions to the team will have lived experience, strong interest, and/or training in at least two of the following areas:

- gender-affirming, trans-competent care
- sex therapy
- relationship therapy, especially with queer and/or consensually non-monogamous partners
- therapy with children, adolescents, and families
- group facilitation

BIPOC, LGBQ, and/or T/NB/GNC people are encouraged to apply.

This is an in-person, onsite position (temporarily operating via telehealth through the COVID-19 emergency) with potential for some hybrid (remote & onsite) work beyond the pandemic. Candidates must be prepared to work at least some days of the week from our offices in Frederick, MD. Candidates must be licensed, or be willing to be licensed, in the state of Maryland.

Applicants may send a CV and cover letter to Kate MacShane, LCSW-C, M.Ed, Clinical Director.

There are over 145,000 NASW members across the US. When you join as a student, your membership fee is $60. After you graduate, you pay an increased but still reduced rate for three years. Regular membership is $236/year. So joining as a student is quite a bargain!  When you become a member, you can pick which State Chapter you want to join, as there is a Chapter in each state and US. Territory. Why not look at your State's NASW website to see what's happening at a clinical and policy end? To join, visit If you have any questions, you can contact our NASW Western Mass. Coordinator, Jeff Schrenzel. We hope you become a member this summer.

Notices from the Deans

Within the world of clinical social work, and in particular psychodynamically oriented work, there have been growing tensions between those who perceive clinical social work as an art versus a science. While there are some scholars that have demonstrated the effectiveness of psychodynamically-oriented interventions (such as Shedler and Fonagy), the issue of how psychodynamically trained social workers can incorporate research into their everyday practices has been very limited, both in the literature and discussions within clinical practice circles. An important focus should be on psychodynamic interventions as both an art and a science. This presentation will identify how the evidence-based practice process (EBP) can and should be a critical part of every social work practice, and how its principles can be a complement to and enhancement of the psychodynamic interventions that clinical social workers are using within their practices.

CEs: Public lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures also provide one and one-half (1.5) Continuing Education Credits (CEs). The cost to register for CEs is $15 per lecture. Registration is required even for participants who do not wish to earn CEs. 

Learn more and register.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

    • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
    • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
    • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
    • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
    • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

We recognize that COVID-19 has created special circumstances resulting in expenses that fall outside of the standard student expense budget (i.e., needing to move because an agency closed, additional equipment to facilitate virtual class/internship learning, etc.). Learn more about the COVID-19 Expanded Relief Fund for SSW Students. 

Ready to apply? Apply now for funds 

Every Tuesday from 1 - 2 p.m. ET. Zoom link in the calendar invite and weekly in the Buzz. 

Notices for Ph.D. Students

Self-Care Resources

Stressing with classes? Looking for a spot to chat with friends?  Or maybe a support group? The SSW offers a variety of self-care supports from Virtual Commons to At-Home Acupuncture.  Find a complete listing of supports in the Self Care and Support 2021 tab available here.