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Apr
23
2018
GSSW Deans Discuss Enneagram and Faith on CXMH Podcast
[Dr. Oxhandler] sits down with Dr. Jon Singletary to talk about the Enneagram in part one of a two-week series. This week, they talk about how the Enneagram helps you learn about yourself including an overview of the Enneagram, what each number means, how they can impact our faith journey and self-awareness, and what to do once we recognize our Enneagram number.
Apr
23
2018
Where You Live Is More Influential Than Where You Worship When It Comes to Shaping Racial Attitudes
WACO, Texas (April 23, 2018) — Whites in multiracial congregations have more diverse friendship networks and are more comfortable with minorities — but that is more because of the impact of neighbors and friends of other races than due to congregations’ influence, a Baylor University study has found.

“Solving America’s racial problems may be hoping too much from religious congregations,” said Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and study co-author. “Where people live is more influential than where they worship in shaping racial attitudes.”

While a small but growing number of congregations are gathering attendees across racial lines and counting diversity as a central part of their mission, most Americans who attend worship do so mainly with those of their own racial or ethnic line. That is the case in nearly nine of 10 congregations, researchers said.

“The responsibility for moving toward racial integration still rests considerably with the majority group,” wrote authors Dougherty and Edward C. Polson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, in the article.
Apr
13
2018
Baylor Connections: Jim Ellor on Mental Health and Spiritualty of Older Adults
Dr. Jim Ellor is a professor in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, gerontologist and bi-vocational minister. In this episode of Baylor Connections, he shares expertise and insights on working and living with older adults, mental health, the spirituality of aging and more.
Mar
23
2018
50 influential Baylor women you should know
When Baylor was chartered in 1845, it was the first (or one of the first, depending on the source) coeducational college or university west of the Mississippi River — about 10 years before any public institution of higher learning would introduce mixed-gender learning, and a full 75 years before American women were guaranteed the right to vote.

Since that groundbreaking beginning, countless women have come through the halls of Baylor before going on to do amazing things.

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Mar
22
2018
GSSW Dean serves as keynote for CBF ChurchWorks
ChurchWorks, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s (CBF) annual discipleship/spiritual formation conference, recently brought ministers from all across the nation to Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. The focus was on “Congregational Wellbeing,” led by Dr. Jon Singletary, dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.

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Mar
22
2018
Voices: You are not your personality: Why the Enneagram matters
You are not your personality.

In “The problem with personality assessments,” Daniel Harris is right about that. Your personality is not who you truly are, but it is who you have become, whether you like it or not, and whether or not you know it.

The funny thing is, once you figure out your Enneagram number, you’ll never forget how it shapes you, and everyone else will see how those characteristics have shaped you on your faith journey.

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Mar
12
2018
Despair is killing Americans. Here's how people of faith can help
SALT LAKE CITY — Steve Austin wasn’t supposed to be depressed.

He was about to celebrate his son’s first birthday. He had a fulfilling job as a youth pastor in a Southern Baptist church in rural Alabama. He was married to a woman he loved. He believed in a loving God who was personally involved in his life.

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Feb
22
2018
Powerful women compelled Baptists to confront clergy sexual abuse
BROWNWOOD—Baptists began to deal with clergy sexual abuse more significantly when a few women rose to powerful positions in denominational life, one of those women told a crowd at Howard Payne University.

Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, spoke on “Women’s Leadership, Global Mission and Course Correction” during the Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures at HPU.

“Can we redeem power with power?” she asked, describing how she worked to address issues of clergy sexual abuse alongside Diana Garland, dean of Baylor University’s School of Social Work; Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry; and Shauw Chinn Capps, immediate past moderator of CBF.

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Feb
22
2018
What is clergy sexual abuse and how does it happen?
The recent arrest of the Rev. Anthony Oelrich, a Catholic priest who has worked in the Diocese of St. Cloud since 1992, has the community asking a lot of questions.

What happened? How did it happen? Who's at risk?

David Pooler, associate dean for academic affairs at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in Texas has studied the impact of clergy sexual abuse.

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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.

Read full Baptist Standard article here...
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...
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