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.
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.
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.
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.
Give Light is a $1.1 billion comprehensive philanthropic campaign for the future of Baylor. This campaign, which officially launched in November, supports Illuminate, Baylor's academic strategic plan, and will impact every aspect of campus life - academics, athletics, student life and service learning, while also bolstering financial support for students and the campus community. In conjunction with this campaign, and in honor of the role faith has played in our master's program, friends created a matching gift for the W.O. Carver Endowed Scholarship acknowledging the legacy of the Carver School where Diana Garland served and that influenced so much of who we are today.
"I recently interviewed someone for research who said, 'You know, there are scars that have healed, and then there are scars that are still open.' I have thought about those insightful words a lot." Hear fromMaster Teacher Dr. Gaynor Yancey on scars...from the Civil Rights Movement to childhood experiences, and being people who help "the scars heal."
The Center for Public Justice has named the recipients of the 2019 Shared Justice Student-Faculty Research Prize, a semester-long research project in which students will write a comprehensive policy report on a social safety net program and its impact in their local community.
Ana O’Quin (Baylor University, ‘20), advised by Dr. Stephanie Boddie, will research teenagers’ access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Waco, Texas.
Baylor University today announced the installation of Dennis R. Myers, Ph.D., as the inaugural holder of The Danny and Lenn Prince Chair in Social Work within the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. The installation was part of the Career Resiliency in Senior Living Leadership Symposium, a conference to provide support and education for licensed nursing home administrators to withstand job stress and pressures.
Dr. Jocelyn McGee of the Garland School of Social Work (GSSW) at Baylor University was formally honored as a Gerontological Society of America fellow during the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting on November 16th, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, she shared her research on caregiving, positive psychology, spirituality, and health at the Meeting.
Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, a key question Becky Ellison seeks to live by is: "If I had one more minute and I wanted to live it like God wanted me to live it, what would that look like?"
For Ellison, part of that answer involves those who lead two key ministries to hurting people across Texas -- Christian Women's Job Corps and Christian Men's Job Corps.
Ellison, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Baylor University, has been involved in CWJC/CMJC ministries for 14 years. She began serving as a contract consultant with Woman's Missionary Union of Texas in 2008. Six years later -- and four years after her diagnosis -- she was invited to serve as the state WMU's full-time CWJC/CMJC strategist, consulting with 56 ministry sites throughout Texas.
When Bretzlaff-Holstein, Baylor MSW, '06, talks to students about doing family assessments, she includes companion animals.
“I’m really kind-of talking to them about the human-animal bond and why that is important as social workers to pay attention to, to not minimize a client’s love for their dog,” said Bretzlaff-Holstein. “If you have a family who is wanting to put an older relative into a nursing home because they can no longer care for themselves, but they are resistant to that, part of the social worker’s assessment would be to find out what’s going on. Is it money, is it the particular place or is it because the place won’t allow the cat to come with?”
Bretzlaff-Holstein acknowledges the social work bachelor’s degree program at the college in Palos Heights focuses on training future generalist practitioners, rather than offering a specialty in humane education. But she has found ways to weave human and animal rights into to her lectures, as well as respect for the environment.
Podcasting … a seemingly vast and overwhelming realm of possibilities. Any topic one might be interested in is probably available via a podcast, from politics to polar ice caps and everything in between … including mental health. Podcasting is a valuable tool in the mental health care arsenal. Podcasts provide educational opportunities for both those experiencing mental health issues and those wanting to learn more about how to help people cope with and thrive through those issues.
To that end, our own Dr. Holly Oxhandler, associate dean of research at the Garland School of Social Work, is now co-hosting “CXMH: A Podcast on Faith and Mental Health”. According to its creator, Robert Vore, CXMH is at the intersection of faith and mental health, bringing Christian leaders and mental health professionals together for “honest conversations”.
In this important episode, Robert Vote and Dr. Holly Oxhandler talk with Dr. David Pooler, who has done extensive research talking with survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by faith leaders. Dr. Pooler talks us through the survivors’ experiences within their churches (largely bad), as well as those survivors’ suggestions for preventing abuse, being prepared to respond, helping the victims find healing, and helping the congregation find healing.
Whether working with the refugee community in Kampala, Uganda, interviewing vulnerable youth in Western Africa, or beginning her master’s degree at the Garland School of Social Work in Waco, Texas, Elizabeth Mukasa stated that faith has been the driving force in her desire to know and help others.
Norman Cultural Connection is proving that compassion can stretch around the globe.
About 9,000 miles away, in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, there is a group of female elders who have committed to raising orphans of parents who have died of AIDS.
Their story became the focus of a lecture by Oklahoma native and Baylor University professor Dr. Jocelyn McGee. When Norman Cultural Connection Executive Director Marial Martyn heard McGee’s talk, The Wisdom of Malawian Grandmothers, she knew it was perfect for the nonprofit’s lecture series. Martyn also thought it was a perfect opportunity to turn learning into action.
From September 15 until October 15, we recognize the numerous contributions that individuals of Hispanic origin have made within our nation by celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. In acknowledging the positive impact that generations of Hispanics have brought to American society and culture, we hope to bring light to the benefits of diversity and cultural competence, which are core tenets of effective social work practice.
Click here to access Baylor's department of multicultural affair's events for Hispanic Heritage Month.
For many mothers, becoming pregnant is joyful. But for a few, it’s time of struggle. This is especially true of teen mothers who find themselves deciding between keeping the baby and giving it up for adoption. Either answer involves sacrifice and pain. What do we really know about what goes on in the minds of birth mothers in adoption? A new study looks at how birth mothers felt about their decision many years down the road. The results include some surprises.
A majority of young adults with severe mental illness—bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or major depression—consider religion and spirituality relevant to their mental health, according to a new study from Baylor University.
Holly Oxhandler, associate dean for research and faculty development in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, served as lead author on the study, published in the journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice.
Researchers examined data from 55 young adults, ages 18-25, with serious mental illness who had used crisis emergency services. Of the 55 young adults interviewed, 34 “mentioned religion or spirituality in the context of talking about their mental health symptoms and service use with little-to-no prompting,” researchers wrote.
Both of her parents grew up in poverty, and she says she then grew up with some wealth. She is the daughter of an immigrant and a woman of color. This all ties closely to her calling of social work education and social justice. In her work as a professor of social work, Luci's areas of interest include diversity, ethical faith integration in social work practice, work with children and families, curriculum development, and undergrad student experiences. And, she was the first person in her family to attend college. Luci Ramos Hoppe: social work professor.