Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award

The eighth edition of Research Methods in Social Work has received a William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA).

Research Methods in Social Work, authored by Dr. David Royse, Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, is one of seven textbooks to earn the McGuffey Longevity Award, which recognizes textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time. The award bears the name of William Holmes McGuffey, whose influential primers helped bring the United States out of frontier literacy and were in print from 1836 – 1921. To be nominated, a work must be in print for 15 years and still be selling.

The 2020 TAA judges shared the following about Research Methods in Social Work:

Research Methods in Social Work is just the textbook many of us who teach research methods to undergraduate Social Work majors have been waiting for. It will make students happy because it presents difficult (and often greatly-feared!) content in a simple, understandable, and engaging way. It will make instructors happy because students will actually read it. Royse utilizes a creative, engaging approach to demystify what some consider intimidating subject matter. The hands-on, user-friendly approach rivals more formal styles used in other methodology textbooks.”

“Authors write because they must,” said Dr. Royse. “It always feels like time to celebrate when someone else likes a concept and then a draft—and particularly when the constructed paragraphs and pages and chapters blossom into a beautiful book that others want to have their own students read.”

Royse will receive his award  TAA’s 33rd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in San Diego, CA, Friday, June 12, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel.

Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

College of Social Work (COSW) Dean Jay Miller has been named 2020 Social Worker of The Year.

Dean Miller received the award during Social Work Lobby Day activities at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Tuesday. The award, which is given by several professional social work associations, honors significant impacts in advancing the profession. Of note, Dean Miller was recognized for his work to integrate social work regulatory and educational processes, innovations in preparing practitioners for advanced practice, and for his research about wellness and self-care among helping professionals. Previous recipients of the award include Rep. Susan Westrom and Rep. Jim Wayne (2018).

In addition to receiving the award, Dean Miller delivered a riveting address that challenged social work practitioners and students to be meaningfully involved in systems change.

Please join the COSW in congratulating Dean Miller on this tremendous achievement! He can be reached at Justin.Miller1@uky.edu should you wish to reach out to him personally.

March 1st Deadline for Integrated Behavioral Health Application

IBH Cognate Area of Study:

The College of Social Work will award $10,000 stipends to full-time MSW students and $5,000 to part-time MSW students accepted in the Integrated Behavioral Health Cognate Area of Study. IBH students learn advanced clinical competencies through practicum placements in primary care medical settings as members of interprofessional clinical healthcare teams.

What Is Integrated Behavioral Healthcare?

IBH is a structured approach to treating “the whole person.” Medical staff and social workers improve patient well-being by providing coordinated care for medical, mental health, and substance abuse issues within primary care settings.

What does the IBH Cognate Area of Study offer MSW students?

  • Enriched learning opportunities through coursework and specialized trainings that prepare students for professional practice in integrated healthcare settings.
  • Two-semester advanced practicum placements in primary care medical clinics with on-site mentoring from licensed behavioral health providers.
  • Stipends of $10,000 for full-time students and $5,000 for part-time students.

Why do IBH students receive stipends?

The stipends are part of an initiative by the federal government to build up the social work workforce in Kentucky, with the aim of increasing the number of IBH social workers. The College of Social Work has been awarded a 4-year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to prepare students and health care professionals for work in IBH settings.

The Principal Investigator for the grant is Karen Badger, Ph.D., MSW (CHS); Co-Investigators are Pam Weeks, J.D., MSW (COSW), and Janet Ford, Ph.D. (COSW). The Integrated Behavioral Health Cognate Area of Study will be offered on UK’s main campus and at UK MSW program off-campus sites in Eastern Kentucky to full and part-time MSW students in their last 30 credit hours of the MSW program.

The purpose of this grant is to improve access to behavioral health services in Kentucky for vulnerable and underserved individuals and communities across the lifespan by increasing the number of well-prepared behavioral health social workers in primary care. The grant also supports interprofessional healthcare education to students, faculty, and healthcare providers.

Who should apply to the IBH Cognate Area of Study?

  • Applicants for Advanced Standing in the UK MSW program who are interested in behavioral health are encouraged to submit an IBH application at the same time they apply to the MSW program. The deadline for IBH applications is March 1, 2020.
  • Current 60 hour MSW students are encouraged to apply during their foundation year of MSW coursework before the Spring semester deadline of March 1, 2020.

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