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The School of Social Work is continuing the Bobcat Peer Support Groups! 

Please consider joining us for one or more groups facilitated by Social Work graduate students and faculty.


The remaining groups and topics are listed below:


    • April 15th :  Samantha and Francis
      • Group 5 – Relationships (healthy relationships, resources, etc.)

`                       Faculty in Attendance:  Dr. Angela Ausbrooks


    • April 22nd :  Allison and Francis
      • Group 6 – Academic Success (strategies to achieve, resources, etc.)

Faculty in Attendance:  Ms. Valerie Gomez



    • April 29th :  Francis and Samantha
      • Group 7 – Burnout  (what it is, strategies to combat it, etc.)

Faculty in Attendance: Ms.  Lindsey Anderson



    • May 6th:  All
      • Group 9 – Self-Care (what it is, strategies to enhance it, etc.)Music:  music and experiential activities to promote self-care, combat burnout/senioritis, provide calming activity prior to final exams, and application of all group content via music, games, coloring, etc.

Faculty in Attendance:  Dr. Raphael Travis & Others



If you are interested in attending, please send an email to  We hope you can join us!






















Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training (BHWET) Project Seeking Project Participants

The BHWET project is recruiting Advanced MSW students, on-campus and online. The current application is for MSW students who will do their final field placement during Fall 2019. Students selected for the BHWET project will participate in real-time meetings during the semester prior to field and real-time field seminar while completing their field placement. The BHWET project aims to enhance services to rural and underserved populations through a focus on increasing the number of social workers prepared to provide trauma informed, culturally sensitive, evidence-based behavioral health prevention and intervention practices at: 1. Schools (K-12) 2. Hospitals/clinics 3. Homeless serving agencies .


Students participating in the project will receive a $10,000 stipend for the semester they are in final field placements.* Eligibility requirements for this project include: • Advanced MSW status (not available for Foundation year) • Interest in doing final (advanced) field placement in one of the 3 types of settings listed above • 3.0 GPA or higher, and good standing in the MSW program • On-campus students and online students who are able to attend real-time seminars Along with final field placement in designated settings, project participation also includes: • Completion of 10 online learning modules in semester prior to final field • 6-7 real-time online project seminar sessions in semester prior to final field Applications and resumes for those going into final field during Fall 2019 are due to Ms. Lindsey Anderson, or in mailbox (Encino 150) on or before March 31st, 2019. Applicants who pass the initial review will be required to participate in an online interview before a final decision is made. *There is no contractual work obligation tied to this project

Application Link.


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Peace Corps Oppurtunity

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends motivated changemakers to tackle the most pressing needs of people in over 60 countries around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them..


Our mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained Volunteers.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Peace Corps Volunteers represent the United States abroad as they work in a wide variety of positions. Assignments vary, however, nearly all Volunteers fall under one of the following general categories:

  • Education - Teach lessons that last a lifetime.
  • Youth in Development - Empower the next generation of changemakers.
  • Health - Serve on the front lines of global health.
  • Community Economic Development - Harness 21st-century tools to help communities lift themselves.
  • Agriculture - Lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger in a changing world.
  • Environment - Help forge a global movement to protect our planet.

Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience you will draw upon throughout your life. The most significant accomplishment will be the contribution you make to improve the lives of others and there are also numerous tangible benefits including the Coverdell Fellow’s Program. We ask for a 27-month commitment, which includes 12 weeks of language training in the host country and encourage you to apply 9-12 months before you want to start your service. .


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BSW Students Entering Field in Summer or Fall 2019

General BSW field information sessions are occurring during Professionalism (SOWK 4356). If you are not in professionalism this semester but entering field in the Summer or Fall of 2019, email with your name, net ID, Texas State ID, and whether you are entering in the Summer or Fall of 2019. Your email to the Field Office will give you access to the announcements and information to enter field.


For the students entering in Summer 2019, the Office of Field Education will be hosting a mandatory Summer 2019 field information session on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Encino Hall, Room 230. Students that do not attend this session will be automatically deferred to the Fall 2019..


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17 FEB 2018

Diversity and Social Justice in NYC

These elective courses present a global perspective on cultural diversity, vulnerability-resiliency, and social justice in New York City, applied through the theme of immigration, migration, contemporary/historical slavery, and related issues. Through faculty-led educational experiences, students will explore social work approaches to social justice in one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the U.S. and the world. Students will gain an international worldview and learn how to contribute to humane local/global change through self-awareness, experiential learning, volunteer activities, agency visits, academic requirements, and daily group discussions.


SUMMER SESSION I: Online course with one-week field trip to New York City – June 9-15, 2019 For more info please contact Dr. Hawkins


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17 FEB 2018

Dr. Norton International Adventure Therapy Committee

Through Dr. Christine Lynn Norton’s ongoing involvement with the International Adventure Therapy Committee, Texas State University School of Social Work has been invited to participate in an international research and practice collaborative partially funded by a grant from the International Association of Schools of Social Work.


Dr. Norton, as associate professor in the School of Social Work, is a co-PI on this grant, which will help provide interdisciplinary, cross-cultural training on adventure therapy and other nature-based interventions, and will create an international partnership between the following institutions:

1 Griffith University, Australia

2 Adventure Works, Australia

3 University of Manitoba, Canada

4 Texas State University, United States

5 University of Michigan, United States

6 National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, ROC

There is a growing emphasis being place on developing environmental and green social work practice and education. Consequently, this project will (i) deliver three pre-workshop online videoconferences for international social work educators on adventure therapy and other green perspectives and (ii) offer a face-to-face three-day interdisciplinary workshop, with social work educators, related disciplines, and leading international adventure therapy practitioners that will be facilitated by Adventure Works in August 2018 (prior to the 8th International Adventure Therapy Conference in Sydney).

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Dr. Yoon

23 OCT 2017

Dr. Yoon Elected to Serve as Treasurer for APISWEA

Congratulations to Dr. Yoon who has been elected to serve as Treasurer for the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA).

APISWEA is a national organization that represents Asian and Pacific Islander (API) social work educators; discusses issues of concern to social work educators and students; and promotes social work education and research of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the social work context.

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1 NOV 2017

Rodney Walker: Tough Times Don't Last

November 1st at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Flowers Hall 341

Rodney Walker, a Chicago native, has a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College and a Masters degree from Yale University. Given the obstacles placed before him as a foster child, Rodney struggled academically and socially in school. In his early years of elementary school, he was placed in special education, repeated the fourth grade due to poor academic performance, and finished his freshman of high school with a sub-1.5 GPA.

After joining a youth mentoring program in his senior year of high school, Rodney was able to deal with life struggles that had restrained him. During this period, he also joined the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a youth entrepreneurship program for high school students. With the support and guidance of NFTE and committed mentors, Rodney competed and won various business plan competitions. It was here that Rodney became motivated and inspired to start his first business.

He is the founder of Forever Life Productions, a company that creates custom videos for special occasions and events. Along with his production company, Rodney travels both nationally and internationally, speaking at public schools, corporations, and conferences about the importance of education, entrepreneurship education, mentoring at-risk youth, and corporate philanthropy for non-profit organizations aimed to uplift and support at-risk youth. He has been a speaker at TEDxYale. served as a keynote speaker in Monaco, France for Ernst and Young, and has delivered a Keynote at the White House on the importance of financial literacy for urban youth. Portions of his story have appeared on PBS’s American Graduate Day, in the national education documentary Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon, and in It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going by Chelsea Clinton. Rodney is the Author of the bestselling educational memoir titled "A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man's Journey from Foster Care to Yale".

In an effort to address the epidemic of violence and social failure among at-risk youth in Chicago, Walker is currently partnering with former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to create a comprehensive employment pipeline program for disconnected youth across the city. Walker is currently pursuing his Masters in Education at Harvard University.

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28 SEP 2017

A Book Reading and Panel Discussion with Steve Schafer

Thursday, September 28th at 530pm - 8:00pm

Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, 7th Floor

Steve Schafer visits Texas State University to read from his new book, The Border, a novel about four Mexican teenagers who flee to the U.S through the scorching Sonoran Desert after getting caught in the cross fire of the narco-violence along the U.S/Mexico border.

The novel attempts to put a human face on the conversation around immigration, particularly Latino child immigration. After the reading, a panel discussion entitled "Immigration and the Refugee Experience" will focus on the experiences and criminalization of immigrants with insights from Dr. Gloria P. Martinez, Dr. Jose Coll, Dr. Luis Torres, and Dr. John Mckiernen-Gonzalez.

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Students in Ghana with local residents


Dr. Pulliam's Human Rights and Social Justice Course: Study Abroad in Ghana

Eight social work students went to Ghana West Africa for a study abroad course in June. The course Human Rights and Social Justice Applied allowed students to enhance their understanding and skill in applying social justice and human rights perspectives to their professional work and personal analysis.

The program included academic learning, cultural immersion, and a service learning component. The academic learning component allowed students to learn about the distinct socio-cultural and historical context of Ghana through lectures, guest lectures from Ghanaian University professors, readings, and daily reflection circles. The program included immersion in Ghanaian culture through excursions including trips to both the Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles, Kumasi, multiple non-governmental service organizations, a rural village, and the botanical gardens. Ghanaian peers, social work students from the University of Ghana, East Legon served as cultural guides throughout the process, helping Texas State students understand the cultural implications and subtle nuances of interaction with the project site.

We also had the honor of being hosted at a reception by Herman Chinery-Hesse, a Texas State Distinguished Alumnus, known as the Bill Gates of Ghana at a reception where students got to meet Ghanaian dignitaries, hip hop artists, entrepreneurs, and heads of governmental and non-governmental agencies. The students also researched, designed, and implemented a service learning component at Paulina’s Queensland School in Agobloshie one of the largest slums in the country. Student Christina Burrows described the project as follows: ““our group decided to work with the students and teachers at Paulina’s Queensland School in Agobloshie. For our project, the group decided that our time would be well spent by providing resources that the school needed to help better serve the children. The audience that we primarily focused on was that of the younger children in the nursery area, however, we did also collect materials that would assist all the age groups. A few of the resources that we gathered include 8 bags of concrete (to help improve the deteriorating building structure of the school), a generous amount of student workbooks (that will assist students in writing and English), books (as a first step in beginning a library for the students), chalk, erasers, crayons, and posters."

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A group of students at Stonehenge, in England


Study Abroad: Canterbury

Stacie Mcgee leads students in their study abroad trip to Canterbury, England. Blog.