If you take a few minutes to check out our 2014 MSW Student Thesis Showcase, you'll be rewarded with forty-six opportunities to learn more about a host of compelling topics, and gain insights from the social workers of the future (and present!) who are taking them on.
The 2014 Women's Research Colloquium was held recently at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid, and along with other distinguished guests, Dr. Crutchfield discussed her research on "A Struggle to New Heights: The Experiences of Female Homeless College Students."
Dr. Crutchfield conducted interviews with 14 female students at the community college level, uncovering their struggles as they work towards an education while juggling housing instability. She said female homeless college students are largely invisible on college campuses, and administrators must work harder to meet their needs and remove barriers to their success.
About 75 people attended the event, which was presented by the President's Commission on the Status of Women.
As we began 2014, our dear friend -- and longtime member of the CSULB School of Social Work family -- Dr. Agathi Glezakos retired.
As we wish her the best in this next exciting phase of her life, we want to remember a few highlights of a truly impressive and inspiring career here. In her own words, Agathi shares some of her memories of this time.
This past December 31st, 2013, the time had come for me to end my teaching career in the School of Social Work at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) – a career that began in the Fall semester of 1973. As I enter retirement, I reflect upon the multiple opportunities, support systems, and life circumstances that contributed to my choosing social work as a profession and teaching social work to undergraduate and graduate social work students over the span of 40 years.
My career as a social worker began with the decision to enter the undergraduate program of Social Welfare at Pierce College, the all female American College in Athens, Greece, in the Fall of 1958. In the course of four undergraduate years, with internships in different social service settings, I came to appreciate and value the social work profession, a profession that most Greeks, including my most immediate family, knew nothing about.
Their belief was that doing the things that I was going to school to study about was what anyone with a “good” heart could do. However, my experience was that the fundamental tenets of social work practice - including, but not limited to, social justice, acceptance and inclusion, equality and just distribution of resources - were not part of my childhood experiences in the post-civil war political and welfare environment of Greece.
And during my short period of practice, I also discovered that when these tenets are applied in human interactions, particularly in the interactions between a helping agent and the individual seeking help, their effect on the one receiving help can be empowering. I knew then that I wanted to become an empowering agent.
We spoke with Erika Klohe, one of our outstanding MSW students in CSULB’s Distance Education program, who was recently featured in a series of articles for Petaluma360.com, and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Erika is a Family Service Coordinator at Buckelew, a county-wide organization that serves the mentally ill. Erika talked about some of the challenges and rewards of her job.
Erika Klohe: I’ve worked closely with Petaluma PD for 4 years to advocate for the community, and decrease risk for Police -– as a Family Service coordinator, it’s been my experience that sometimes families going through a mental health crisis have to call police, and don't understand the protocols.
School of Social Work: What are some of the things social workers are doing to help families in crisis and the police who respond to them?
EK: People are experiencing symptoms that are scary for themselves and loved ones, but at the same time, civil rights shouldn't be hindered.
This past year, a group of CSULB Community Projects students helped veterans literally put a brighter face on military service trauma, working at the Long Beach VA Hospital.
The students spent an entire semester (Spring 2013) researching this population and the history and data behind Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
During the second semester (Summer 2013), the students decided to do a self-care “Beautiful” day for female veterans that experienced sexual trauma in the military.
The School of Social Work spoke recently with Brooke Clavesilla, one of our outstanding MSW students at CSULB.
Brooke has been very busy in her internship at Housing Long Beach, involved in recruiting and training low-income community leaders, walking the streets to encourage voter engagement, conducting community meetings, analyzing policies and stuffing envelopes, and the list goes on.
On January 7th Brooke presented testimony to the Long Beach City Council as they debated the future of housing in Long Beach as part of the development of a State-required housing plan that will guide Long Beach development for the next 8 years, and beyond.
Simulation sets are designed for role-playing training session for social workers, by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Students and professors at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Long Beach (including Child Welfare Training Centre Director, James Ferreira) helped design and construct the sets: including replicas of a courtroom, a hospital and an apartment, with realistic-looking props, including cockroaches and cocaine.
The simulation is part of a revamped training process that replaces eight weeks of PowerPoint presentations about policies and procedures with a year-long program that gives inexperienced social workers hands-on training that includes role-playing, ride-alongs and mentoring.