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Feb
19
2018
Baylor University-Baylor Scott and White seeks to address mental health across lifespan
DALLAS—Baylor University faculty and staff joined colleagues at Baylor Scott and White in Dallas on Saturday to host the Third Annual Gil Taylor Behavioral Health Symposium. The event focused on “The Impact of Behavioral Health Issues Across Generations.”
Feb
16
2018
Austin Artist Amie Stone King Presents Artifacts of Human Trafficking Installation at GSSW
Austin artist Amie Stone King is proud to present her first art installation, Artifacts of Human Trafficking, at the Garland School of Social Work.

King first studied theatre as an undergraduate, then received a Masters of Art Museum Education. She has worked for years at various art museums, but found she wanted to do an exhibit on her own outside of a museum setting.

The road leading to the creation of Artifacts of Human Trafficking started nearly four years ago. King found out a friend’s sister had gotten caught up in a human trafficking situation. Thankfully, her friend and Child Protective Services were able to save the sister, but this story impacted King immensely.
Feb
15
2018
Baylor trauma and grief expert provides tips for bereaved
Dr. Helen Harris, associate professor at Baylor University's Garland School of Social Work, recently appeared on Central Texas Living to provide tips to help those grieving a loss.

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Feb
15
2018
Congregational support over the long haul helps people deal with grief and loss
WACO—Churches cannot heal people who experience grief, but like a cast provides support to allow a broken bone to mend properly, congregations can offer support as God gradually knits together lives fractured by loss, a Baylor University social work professor said.

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Feb
15
2018
Does it matter If your therapist Is Christian? (feat. Dr. Holly Oxhandler)
This week, I talk with Dr. Holly Oxhandler, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and an Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Holly studies religion/spirituality, health and mental health, and is especially interested in whether and how mental and behavioral health therapists discuss their client’s religious/spiritual beliefs in treatment.

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Feb
15
2018
Supporting military and first responder marriages
Social Work, Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Partner to Develop Specialized Program for High-risk Occupations

Marriage enrichment programs are a long-standing focus in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work (GSSW); however, a partnership with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is breaking ground by developing such a program specifically for couples tied to high-risk military and first responder occupations.

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Feb
15
2018
Training externally-focused churches in community ministry
The First Baptist Church of Valley Mills sits atop a hill in a community of around 1,200 residents. While the church has engaged in ongoing community ministry since its inception, Pastor John Wheatley was interested in finding new ways to minister. He approached the Baylor University School of Social Work and was soon connected with Travis Engel, a social work intern who began serving with the church in the fall of 2016.

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Dec
14
2017
GSSW offers new MSW 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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Sep
11
2017
Alum/PT Houston faculty member at GRB during Harvey
Houston faculty member and Baylor social work alumnus Emma Jones helps evacuees in the George R. Brown Convention Center during Hurricane Harvey.

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Aug
15
2017
GSSW receives $235K grant, expands Waco ISD partnership
WACO, Texas (August 2017) — The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work (GSSW) a $235,000 grant to expand programming aimed at addressing the mental health and wellness needs of students in the Waco Independent School District. The grant will be used to address the needs of students placed in disciplinary alternative education programs.
Aug
10
2017
Five tips to increase mental health at school
Summer is my time to relax, eat too much ice cream, run through the sprinkler in the front yard with my kids, and watch the hummingbirds eat from our Turk’s Cap off the front porch. But because I work on a school calendar schedule and have 3 youngsters who will all be in school this fall, it is impossible to escape the inevitable hanging over our heads: school is only 1 month away! Sorry to bring it up and crush your dreams of endless fire fly chasing at dusk, but I do have some suggestions that will help ease the transition back into school and contribute to a successful school year for kids, families, and teachers alike...
Jun
13
2017
Dean delivers inaugural lecture for new Buckner missions series
Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts, said, “Poverty alleviation occurs when the power of Christ's resurrection reconciles our key relationships through the transformation of both individual lives and local, national, and international systems.”

To dig into this concept, pastors, missionaries and ministry partners from around the Dallas area recently gathered at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid to participate in the first installment of the new Buckner Missions Lecture Series, featuringDr. Jon Singletary, dean of theDiana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.


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May
31
2017
Family Houston invites professor to speak on OCD for #MentalHealthMonth
Family Services of Greater Houston has provided Bayou City residents with the counseling and guidance needed to create a strong community since 1904. Though obstacles have evolved from influenza and the Great Depression to wartime and cultural change, Wednesday's "Pillars of Strength" luncheon centered around mental health issues. Fitting, as May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale provided the keynote for the night. Her in-depth remarks centered around the ongoing support that she received from immediate family members, and later, the Menninger Clinic. Around age 13, McIngvale first began to experience what she described as "bizarre, intrusive thoughts." She soon became crippled with fear that those close to her would suffer unless she "fixed" it with rituals and repetitive actions. A 12-week stint at the Menninger Clinic placed McIngvale on the road to recovery. She's now founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, runs OCDChallenge.org, and serves as an assistant professor at Baylor University's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
Jan
4
2017
Chris Kyle Frog Foundation awards GSSW $100K grant
$200,000 in Holiday Grants awarded to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to fund evidence-based marital and mental health counseling programs for military and first responder marriages.
Aug
29
2016
This article about “soul care” for people with dementia quotes James Ellor, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the doctorate program in the School of Social Work. When Ellor was a chaplain at a Chicago nursing home, he discovered that people with Alzheimer’s might not remember recent events or even recognize their children, but they could remember beloved hymns from their childhoods, and many could recite Bible verses they learned as children.

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Aug
29
2016
Dr. Yancey named Master Teacher
So very proud...
Our very own Dr. Gaynor Yancey was one of only three university faculty members recently named Master Teacher. So deserving! Congratulations, Dr. Yancey, and to all! #SicEm Click here to read more.

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May
16
2016
Baylor names Singletary new SSW dean
Baylor University named Jon Singletary dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work on Thursday.

Singletary has served as the school’s interim dean since June 2015. He succeeds Diana Garland, the school’s first dean, who died in September after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Interim Provost Todd Still said he made the decision after “an extensive, painstaking national search.”
May
16
2016
Houston graduate plans to work with at-risk youth
William Flakes, 35, of Houston celebrated earning his Master of Social Work degree Friday afternoon at Baylor University.

Flakes is among the first cohort of students to graduate from Baylor's online advanced standing social work program in Houston.

He said he plans to start a non-profit for kids in his hometown of Houston.

"I never would've imagined a person from where I'm from would have made it to a place like Baylor but the fact that they took a shot on me I'm so grateful for that," he said.

Flakes grew up Houston's Third Ward community surrounded by violence and drugs.

He said he knew there was much more to life and one day imagined himself mentoring kids.
Apr
22
2016
Waco ISD & GSSW enter grant partnership
Faculty from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University returned to the Waco Independent School District’s board of trustees Thursday with a revised plan to assist the struggling district.

The social work faculty, along with members of the School of Education, presented a plan in January titled Be Emotionally Aware and Responsive, or BEAR, to help multiple Waco ISD campuses reduce student behavior issues linked to cognitive challenges. The district would have paid a combined cost of $1.5 million to the Baylor schools over three years.
Apr
13
2016
GSSW rises in the national rankings
"The School was celebrated for Diana’s leadership in ways that have helped increase our ranking year after year; now, as the School is honored to carry her name, we will continue to be recognized for the ways she shaped our teaching and research endeavors," Singletary said. "Year after year, Diana reminded us that we work hard, not for this recognition, but because we are called to be faithful. We have a history of not paying attention to the numbers that are counted by these scores, but to the impact we hope to have because of our commitment to quality education and scholarship. However, it is an honor to be recognized by our peers, and I am grateful that they see the quality of what we are doing."
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