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Dec
14
2017
GSSW offers new benefits for AmeriCorps Alumni
Starting in 2018, the Garland School of Social Work (GSSW) will provide benefits to incoming GSSW students in the Master of Social Work program who are AmeriCorps alumni. Currently, the GSSW is one of only three institutions in Texas to provide support to AmeriCorps alumni through the Segal Americorps Education Award Matching Program.

Dr. Crystal Diaz-Espinoza, director of Enrollment, Career, and Alumni Services, said she is “excited to offer dedicated financial support for students committed to influencing change in their community.”
Dec
1
2017
Prospective MSW Students Reflect on Master of Social Work Preview Day
The Garland School of Social Work’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Preview Day in October gave prospective students a unique glimpse into the program and what their next few years could hold if they decide to pursue an MSW at Baylor University.
Nov
29
2017
Brook Avenue Elementary: Living into Excellence
A neighborhood school. Each morning children are dropped off at the front entrance of Brook Avenue Elementary School and personally greeted by Brook Avenue staff as they make their way to their classrooms. Each afternoon, those same families are congregated outside of the school waiting to walk home with their children. This is what a neighborhood school looks like...

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Nov
29
2017
Revamped ‘settlement house movement’ fosters faith-based approach to social work, community engagement
Kendall Ellis is embarked on a quest to discern her vocation. It began with studying for a career in medicine when she, and her undergraduate work at Georgetown College in Kentucky, changed direction. “I ended up with a French degree and a minor in biology,” says Ellis, 24. Language study sparked a passion for cross-cultural experiences and how societies view and process life. That led to a tantalizing glimpse into social work. “You could maybe call it a calling,” the Frankfort, Ky., native said. To find out, Ellis has become the resident of a faith-based activity center in Waco, Texas.

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Nov
29
2017
The Religiosity and Spiritual Beliefs and Practices of Clinical Social Workers: A National Survey
This article describes the religious and spiritual beliefs and practices among a national sample of 426 licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs). Given the significant role LCSWs’ intrinsic religiosity plays in whether or not they consider clients’ religion and spirituality (RS) as it relates to practice, it is critical that the profession best understands current LCSWs’ religious and spiritual beliefs, and in what ways these mirror or contrast those of the clients whom they serve. Findings from this secondary analysis of a recent national survey suggest that compared with the general U.S. population, fewer LCSWs self-identify as Protestant or Catholic, fewer engage in frequent prayer, and fewer self-identify as religious. However, more LCSWs engage in meditation and consider themselves to be spiritual. Although it appears that RS is an important area in both LCSWs’ and clients’ lives, the beliefs, practices, and degree of importance with either differ. This article addresses implications for practice and education, as identifying such differing views calls on the profession to strengthen its training surrounding LCSWs’ self-awareness of their RS beliefs and recognizing that their clients may not hold similar beliefs or engage in similar practices.

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Nov
7
2017
Build relationships with the poor, Baylor professor urges
WACO—Try to talk with Gaynor Yancey about needs and deficits, and before long, she will steer the conversation toward a discussion of assets and opportunities.

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