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The following resources are useful for professionals and lay persons alike.

Social-Emotional Curriculum

Dr. Susan Elswick, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis Department of Social Work, recently received a $2,500.00 book grant from Gump Trip and the Golden Coral Foundation (ChildTrust) through First Book-Mid-South. The grant awarded 1, 000 free books to 190 preschool children that attend the Memphis City Schools/ Head Start program at Ridgeway Early Learning Center (RELC).

In conjunction with the generous book donation, Dr. Elswick provided her time and expertise to create a social-emotional educational curriculum specific to each donated book. The book themed curriculum includes both teacher and parent activities aimed at improving social skills and empathy. The classroom based activities will be used to enhance emotional learning and improve social outcomes for the children in the school. The parent curriculum is aimed at encouraging parents to read to their children, discuss feelings and emotions, and encourage healthy emotional outcomes through daily parent-child activities.The curriculum will be made available to the teachers and parents at the RELC program, but will also be made available to the public via MCS, Shelby County Head Start, and University of Memphis websites.

To view or download the curriculum please follow the links below:




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 Poverty Fact Sheets

View poverty fact sheets here.


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In the News

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 Mid-South 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. 


Author of fact sheets: Dr. Elena Delavega, Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis Department of Social Work, research interests include poverty and the intersection of oppression, marginalization, and exclusion: the role of education, disabilities, and ontologies.




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