2017 Social Work Newsletter

The Department of Social Work has re-launched its annual Newsletter! You can view it at the link below.

2017 Annual Newsletter


6th Annual Social Work Symposium

The Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis is pleased to announce its Sixth Social Work Symposium on April 13, 2018. On the 50th anniversary of both MLK's assassination and the foundation of the social work program at the University of Memphis, we want to honor the legacy of MLK and how social work has walked in MLK's footsteps in our role promoting social justice and equity for all people, particularly marginalized and poor people.

Abstracts and poster submissions are being accepted until January 30, 2018. Please refer to the flyers below for submission information.

Student Poster Submissions

Abstract Submissions


Department Events


The Department of Social Work Visits Delta State University Career Fair

Instructor and Admissions Coordinator Cherry Malone had this to say about her visit:

On April 25, 2017, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Delta State University's Career Fair. The career fair was sponsored by the Social Work Department. The Department coordinated on the spot interviews for juniors and graduating seniors with 3 Mississippi employers. Thus, I was able to speak with 32 students about the University of Memphis' MSW program. The students seemed pleased to hear about our MSW program and the satellite campus at Lambuth.

 Delta State University


Defying All Odds

Join the University of Memphis' Practice II Social Work class to hear the story of one woman, Sharmain Mayes Winston, as she shares what living with HIV has been like and how it has impacted her life. "No matter the obstacle, anything is possible," Sharmain says. "Having HIV has been a hurdle but with faith and my family I have been able to overcome whatever has come my way!" This event takes place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library; Meeting Room C.


UofM Lambuth Will Offer Master of Social Work Program in Fall 2017

The Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis will add the Master of Social Work (MSW) program to the UofM Lambuth campus beginning this fall. Classes will be offered in the evenings and online to accommodate working students. View the press release or apply for admission.


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BA social work candidate Jacqueline Murray presented her research titled "Transgender Healthcare Disparities" at the Works in Progress Symposium (WIPS) held at the University of Memphis on October 31, 2016. Jacqueline discussed challenges and other inequalities that promote healthcare disparities among transgender individuals, and offered preliminary findings from conducting her research. Her thesis advisor, Dr. Lamont Simmons, said it was an honor to assist Jackie with her research, and stated that "her work is an initial step toward pursuing her goal of earning a Ph.D."

Congratulations Jacqueline!


The Department of Social Work is pleased to announce that MSW student Andre Hitchcock has received a 2016-17 CSWE Minority Fellowship 

Andre Hitchcock

This fellowship is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The MFP-Youth Master's Fellowship is given to advanced year social work students who are committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents, and young adults in underserved minority communities.

The CSWE Minority Fellows Program (MFP) has a long history of mentoring advanced social work professionals at both master's and doctoral levels who are racial/ethnic minorities. The program has made significant strides in increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of the profession of social work. The selection process is highly competitive. So, it a great honor for Andre to have been selected. Andre also has the distinction of being the first University of Memphis student to ever receive this award.

Congratulations Andre!


Connecting the Dots: Supporting Local Law Enforcement in their Responses to Community Trauma

The Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI) provided funding for the Department of Social Work to develop and distribute agency resource manuals for law enforcement officers at the Airways Station in Memphis, TN. The manuals will equip officers with agency information that should be useful in their work in addressing trauma and violence in the communities surrounding the Airways Station. The manuals include resources related to domestic violence, alcohol and drug services, adults and children with disabilities, emergency housing and shelter, and churches. The project's Principal Investigator, Dr. Lamont Simmons, stated that "these manuals will serve as a critical resource for officers to promote the healthy development of children, families, and communities inflicted by trauma and violence." Dr. Simmons attributes collaboration among the Department of Social Work (Christy Peterson, Lamont Simmons, and Graduate Assistants), the Memphis Police Department Airways Station (Officer April Colbert and Colonel Joe Oakley), the Network for Overcoming Violence and Abuse (NOVA), and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (Belinda Tate-Hardy, Chief of Social Work) for the project's success.

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Image 1: Airways Station Precinct Commander Colonel Joe Oakley and Dr. Lamont Simmons proudly display their agency resource manuals.
Image 2: Dr. Lamont Simmons giving a brief presentation to law enforcement officers on the resource manuals.


Undergraduate Students Visit Area Agencies 

Dr. Lennon-Dearing's SWRK 3904 class had a great day learning about the services provided at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and MIFA (Metropolitan Interfaith Association).

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Supervising Clinician Data Form. If you are a licensed clinical social worker interested in providing clinical licensure supervision to LMSWs, please complete a request form to be added to our Social Work Supervision Directory. Please contact Laura Taylor, MSW Field Coordinator, with any questions.


UofM Lambuth Campus Social Work students recognized in The Jackson Sun for their holiday donations to the Dream Center, located in Jackson, TN. Read the article.

Lambuth Donations



Dr. Elena Delavega attends Bank on Memphis event to announce smartphone app to increase access to banking institutions that have been historically unavailable to many Memphis households.

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Media Mentions

From the Commercial Appeal, October 13, 2014
Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, associate professor in the Department of Social Work, and assistant professors Dr. Elena Delavega and Dr. Susan Elswick have been awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals grant. The award is $473,892 during the first year, with a possible $1.4 million over a three-year period.
The grant will fund the establishment of the Midsouth Social Work Professional Development Initiative, which plans to train 102 students seeking a masters in social work. Students participating in the program will receive training while providing direct services to children, adolescents or transition-age adults.
The grant is part of a White House "Now is the Time" initiative. The goal is to train more behavioral-health professionals with a commitment to serve populations who are at risk or have developed a behavioral health disorder.



April 2015 Department of Social Work NewsletterThe Department of Social Work Newsletter is a great way to stay connected with current and pressing social work information to students, staff, faculty, and field instructors. Each month we will keep you updated on particular topics, upcoming events, and areas of interest related to University of Memphis programming and within the field of Social Work.

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