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Apr
17
2019
Social Work Professor Gaynor Yancey Honored as Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year
Gaynor I. Yancey, D.S.W., professor of social work, Master Teacher and director of the Center for Church and Community Impact at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, was honored April 12 during the annual Academic Honors Convocation as the 2019 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year.

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Apr
5
2019
Bill would criminalize clergy sexual abuse among adults
Concerned residents from throughout the nation and elected officials in Maine gathered in Augusta on March 29 to testify in favor of a bill that would criminalize clergy sexual abuse among adults.

The bill, LD 913: “An Act To Protect the Public from Clergy Sexual Abuse,” if passed, would make it illegal for clergy members use their positions of power to have sexual relations with adults.

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David Pooler of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, helped find the “perfect language” to execute the bill. Language pulls from legislation in Texas and Arkansas, two of the states where the clergy sexual abuse bills have been approved. Where the previous bill was thought to be too broad, the new language narrows down its scope.

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Apr
5
2019
Research collaboration between GSSW faculty and alumna
Dr. Edward C. Polson and Kelsey Miller, MSW '17, have collaborated and published a research article entitled "exploring the social justice beliefs of Baptist Christians."

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Apr
5
2019
School of social work strives to integrate faith in a unique way
One of the principles of a Baylor education is the integration of faith and academics according to the Baylor mission statement. The Baylor School of Social Work highlights this combination as one of its core values, and strives to provide its students with the tools to achieve an ethical, faith-based social work practice. The application of this, however, looks different for every student.

The School of Social Work’s website sites the integration of faith and academics as a unique characteristic of a social work education at Baylor.

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Apr
5
2019
Survivors support bill to criminalize adult sexual abuse by clergy
Survivors of clergy sexual abuse and experts from across the country traveled to Maine March 29 to support legislation making it a crime for clergy members to abuse their positions of trust to have sexual relations with adults.

An Act To Protect the Public from Clergy Sexual Abuse, LD 913, would make it a crime punishable by five years’ imprisonment and up to a $5,000 fine for a member of clergy in any religious denomination “in a position of trust or authority” over another person to cause that individual “to submit to or participate in [a] sexual act by exploiting the person’s emotional dependency.” Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have similar laws already on the books.

“Every state needs to criminalize clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse,” David Pooler, a professor of social work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, testified before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in the Maine Legislature.

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Apr
3
2019
Voices: Taking our hearts and looking them in the face
A character in Gaudy Night—a novel by Dorothy L. Sayers—heard the prayer of a well-meaning but incoherent curate and never forgot it: “Lord, teach us to take our hearts and look them in the face, however difficult it may be.”

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The words “take our hearts and look them in the face” call us to action. The example of Jesus, throughout his earthly ministry, was one of calling people—especially religious leaders—to look at their heart issues. I can think of many examples that would prompt us to “take our hearts and look them in the face.”

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Mar
27
2019
Baylor professor and alumna publish article together
Dr. Clay Polson and GSSW alumna, Rachel Gillespie, collaborated to explore the impact of racial/ethnic diversity on the bridging activity of religious congregations. Click here to check out the full article.
Mar
27
2019
Sherman ISD addresses need for mental health counseling
Experts say 50 percent of mental health problems are established by age 14.

The Sherman Independent School District has added two new counselor positions to help its students. There is now a counselor of student support and a behavioral specialist for both the middle and high schools.

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Mar
22
2019
As Jesuits Report Abusers, Experts Doubt Completeness
In the midst of an abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, the five Jesuit provinces in the United States released lists in December and January of priests accused of child sexual abuse. Yet the incomplete nature of these lists has sparked even greater criticism from lawyers and advocates, including lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented over 2,000 survivors of clerical abuse.



“My research suggests that there aren’t that many people out there doing these single acts,” Pooler said in a phone interview with The Hoya. “This is a way of being, a way of exploiting vulnerabilities and misusing power.”

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Mar
20
2019
A Personal Journey into Social Work: A Podcast
Dr. Holly Oxhandler talks with Kelsey Moffatt, a Garland School of Social Work student (now alumna), about her story, why she thinks integrating faith into therapy is important, being real with God in hard times, and more.

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Mar
20
2019
Youth utilize life skills during Escape Room challenge
Methodist Children’s Home residents are enjoying a new “escape room” activity challenge at the MCH Boys Ranch designed with clues that reinforce MCH Life Skills in an entertaining way.

Maegan Molnar, home life manager at the Boys Ranch, and Sarah Pitman, social work graduate intern from Baylor University, have been working since January to convert the Fern Cone building at the Ranch into the intricate escape room game consisting of Western props, activities and riddles that youth must work together to solve.

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Mar
18
2019
Register Today for our Women's Empowerment Conference
Join our "Women Empowerment Series: Learning to Boldly Equip and Empower Women and Girls", hosted by the SERVE team at the Garland School of Social Work and sponsored by the Grant Me The Wisdom Foundation. CEUs are provided for conference attendance. We have several great guest speakers lined up, and our SERVE team members will be on a Q&A panel. Topics include: empowering women and girls in areas of mental health, leadership and mentorship, and congregations. Thursday evening, we will welcome keynote speaker Anna Coffey, Chief Executive Officer of The Women’s Home. Ms. Coffey has a background in social work, public health and law. She has served women in a wide range of roles from working with rural women in West Africa to helping women make smart decisions about health care.

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Conference registration for March 28-29.

The SERVE Project is a grant-funded, research-based project seeking to Support, Encourage, Respect, Value, and Empower women and girls: SERVE Project Website.
Mar
14
2019
GSSW MSW Program Ranks in Top 25% in Nation
WACO, Texas (March 12, 2019) – Baylor University graduate programs were among those nationally ranked in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today.

The latest rankings in law, business, nursing and health disciplines, education, engineering, the sciences and social sciences and humanities are published online at www.usnews.com/grad.



Social Work graduate programs in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work moved up nine places to No. 59.
Mar
8
2019
Celebrate Women's History Month!
March is Women's History Month, and Baylor has several fun and informative events lined up for you! Check out our featured events, and be on the lookout as more are planned.
Mar
8
2019
Dr. Pooler Interviewed About Clergy Sexual Abuse
(RNS) — A “Safe Churches and Ministers” video features a woman recalling how, from the first day she worked as an interim youth minister, the senior pastor of a prestigious Baptist church began making inappropriate sexual advances.

“Is her story familiar?” asks a narrator after the woman describes too-long hugs, inappropriate conversations and an offer to share a hotel room at a denominational meeting.

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Mar
8
2019
GSSW Alumna Chosen as President of Texas Christian Community Development Network
The board elected Bethany Molinar Rivera, youth and families program director of Ciudad Nueva, as its new president.

The realignment at the network reflects natural changes and a desire to use the strengths of all of the people involved, said Molinar Rivera, a graduate of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary and Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.

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Mar
8
2019
Learning the Value of Social Work: MSW Student Juliana Hale's Story
Baylor Master of Social Work student Juliana Hale has been inspired by her work with many different populations, to earn her graduate degree. We were able to sit down with Juliana and ask her about her decision to pursue a career in the field of social work, why she chose to attend Baylor University, and her experiences within the program.

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Feb
22
2019
$2M Gift Establishes Chair for Baylor’s GML Program
Baylor University today announced a gift of $2 million to create an endowed Chair in Global Leadership within Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. The gift, which was made by Baylor parents from California, will support the School’s nationally renowned Global Mission Leadership (GML) program, whose purpose is to contribute to Christ-centered international development through culturally informed education.

In addition to providing programmatic funding for the GML program, the gift also will support a full-time faculty member to lead the program and help grow its outreach and curriculum to equip not only GML students, but also Garland School students interested in serving globally.

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Feb
22
2019
Turn around and walk against the system of sexism in the Church
Unfortunately, and tragically, the news released earlier this month about sexual violence in Baptist life was not surprising. My mentor and our social work school’s namesake, Diana Garland, was telling these stories at least a decade ago. Yet, the news was still heartbreaking. It provoked anger – in my house, in my church and in my school. It re-surfaced trauma and reminded us of so much pain lived and experienced, still, by far too many in our immediate circle of friends and family.

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Feb
15
2019
The Impact of Social Workers on Mental Health
Did you know that 43.8 million adults experience some form of mental illness in a given year? Within that 43.8 million, nearly 1 in 25 adults (roughly 10 million) are living with a severe mental illness.

Social workers are in a unique position to offer hope and healing to those suffering from mental illness. Read on to learn about the need for experienced and competent mental health social workers and how a master’s in social work degree best prepares these professionals to meet the need of this growing population.

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Feb
8
2019
Celebrate Black History Month 2019
At the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, we celebrate and honor Black History Month by providing education regarding Black History Month, featuring faculty who are engaging in events promoting Black History Month, and providing information about local events celebrating Black History Month.

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Feb
1
2019
Baylor Student Joyelle Gaines: Why I Pursued an MSW
MSW Student Joyelle Gaines explains why she chose to pursue her MSW and tells about the community she has found at our Houston Campus.

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Feb
1
2019
Dr. Dickey Addresses the Influence of Perceptions
Dr. Jennifer S. Dickey, lecturer and director of the GML program, treated California Baptist University students to a lecture on the influence of perceptions. She spoke as part of CBU's Culture and Justice Lecture Series.

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Feb
1
2019
Dr. Lemmons Publishes Article on Critical Race Theory and Black Fatherhood
Dr. Brianna Lemmons recently published a new article: "Game Changers: A Critical Race Theory Analysis of the Economic, Social, and Political Factors Impacting Black Fatherhood and Family Formation."

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Feb
1
2019
Dr. Parrish Selected to Fellows of Society for Social Work and Research
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Danielle Parrish, who was invited to join the 2019 class of Fellows of Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society -- to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society.

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