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