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School alum Hilary Closs talking to studentsSSW Alumna Hillary Closs, LMSW, presented her research findings on Facebook and Foster Care Youth in Transition

As new technology develops, social workers are learning more about how to use new tools like social media in clinical practice. SSW alum Hillary Closs LMSW ’11, ’12 assessed how Facebook is being used with foster care youth in transition as a part of the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) federal initiative. Closs is the NYTD Project Coordinator at the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, where she is responsible for administering a statewide survey to youth that are preparing to age out of foster care into independent living.


ACEs, Trauma, and Response Symposium Draws Over 400 to University at Albany's Downtown Campus

On March 4th, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma, and Response: A Capital District Symposium welcomed national and state experts from a variety of scientific, psychological, social service and educational fields who study the emerging connections between trauma and social, psychological, and physical health across the lifespan as well as explore the rapidly expanding science of brain development and the impact of trauma on the developing brain.

Vets Helping Vets, A Promising Strategy for PTSD
The treatment and support for veterans returning to civilian life with primarily physical injuries is challenging but relatively straightforward. Much harder to identify and support are veterans with invisible wounds from trauma, known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Alarming numbers of those suffering PTSD are unemployed, isolated, homeless or suicidal.


The School of Social Welfare features Alum as Guest on The Social Workers Radio Talk Show

February Episode - February 6, 2014. Listen live from 9-10 am on UAlbany's radio station, WCDB 90.9 FM.

Listen to a rebroadcast of the month's episode on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of every month from 9-10 am on WCDB 90.9 FM

In January, The Social Workers, a weekly radio talk show on UAlbany’s WCDB 90.9 FM, featured School of Social Welfare alumnus David M. Burns LCSW, author of Therapeutic Lessons. He explained concepts such as mental illness, recovery, wellness, group and individual therapy using his experience in an outpatient treatment facility working with clients who suffer from series and persistent mental illness.

Learn more about The Social Worker Radio Talk Show, and listen to this month's edition now.

School of Social Welfare Students Travel to New Orleans

SSW Students in New OrleansDuring the 2014 winter break, School of Social Welfare students, Amanda Bane-Cortlynd, Hasanai Badar, Rosalie Calcagno, Michael Fiske, Ashley Huie, Christine Leavitt, Nicolas Mojica and Charles Orr traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana for a service learning trip.

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