The UK College of Social Work is proud to co-sponsor this year's Partners for Youth Foundation, Inc. Spotlight on Youth! This is a fantastic community event showcasing the young people of Fayette County! We hope you can join us at the Lyric Theater & Cultural Arts Center tonight! ... See MoreSee Less
Check out some outstanding research poster presentations from our College of Social Work students who participated in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Conference yesterday! Congratulations on a job well done!
Martha Tillson, BASW student, presented her research entitled, “High Risk Substance Use and Sexual Behaviors in Girls with Early Justice System Involvement: A systematic review”.
Kathy Frost Kelly, BASW student in the Hazard program, presented her research on “the relationship between drug use and happiness among high-risk female inmates in Appalachia”.
Kirsten Smith, MSW grad, and Sara Shalash, BASW student, presented their work on “profile of synthetic drug users in corrections-based substance abuse programs”.
Krystal Walling, MSW student, presented her work on peer mentoring and substance abuse treatment.
Breonna Douglas, COSW staff and former BASW student, presented her work on changes in insurance coverage and service utilization among high-risk substance users following the Affordable Care Act. ... See MoreSee Less
The College of Social Work is happy to announce that the scholarship application is now available for you to complete. Please review the COSW Scholarship webpage for criteria of all the scholarship being offered for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you meet the criteria of one or several of the scholarship opportunities please feel free to complete the online application.
The deadline for all applications is Monday, May 2, 2016 at Midnight.
Last week CoSW faculty member, Dr. Jay Miller's Op Ed about kinship care was featured in the Louisville Courier Journal. Read his article at the link below, and check out his work to improve the lives of kids in foster & kinship care on the UK CoSW website (socialwork.uky.edu/author/jdmilla/)! ... See MoreSee Less
This time in the faculty spotlight we present to you Dr. Natalie Pope, assistant professor in the College of Social Work here at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Pope has gone from field work in child welfare to research studies in gerontology, and for the past year has been the chair of the COSW’s diversity committee, as well as been involved with other campus programs. One such program outside the COSW which Dr. Pope has taken part in is the alternative break trip program through the CCO (Center for Community Outreach) for which she spent this past spring break in Washington D.C. All of her research and involvement within and outside the COSW attests to her activeness as a social worker now, however Dr. Pope has not always known that social work was the career she wanted to pursue. As an undergrad student Dr. Pope received her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Georgia. While she was completing her studies, Dr. Pope began to wonder about how she would apply the knowledge she had learned through a practice that would impact other people in a very real and direct way. She read a book that spoke to her in a spiritual sense connecting her to this idea of impact and service, and after the suggestion from a friend, found herself pursuing social work as a career. Dr. Pope then received her MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia, and has been a social worker ever since. During these years, Dr. Pope has found her interest in the study of gerontology, and of the aging population and their caregivers. Dr. Pope has led support groups for the caregivers of older adults, and has focused much of her research on the impact of care-giving on the people who fulfill this role. Her research concerning the aging population contributes to grow the field of gerontology, a field in which only 1/10th of social workers study and pursue, even though 3/4th of social workers will be working with older clients in some capacity in their own fields. So the research in gerontology is important and applicable to all fields of social work. Here at the University of Kentucky, a certificate is offered through the College of Public Health for graduate students interested in gerontology, and the certificate offers students training and knowledge in this area. Graduate students who would like to receive this certificate must complete 15 hours of approved course work in gerontology studies. This certificate is a great start toward advancing further study in an area not heavily studied. We look forward to seeing Dr. Pope’s future work in the field of gerontology and in our COSW! ... See MoreSee Less