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UMD Social Work Program One of Five in Country to Receive Grant

Team members from the Department of Social Work: Mike Raschick, Anne Tellett, Karen Nichols, Becky Hornung, Johanna Garrison, Kathy Heltzer, Denny Falk and Mary Simon.

The UMD Department of Social Work is one of only five in the country to receive a $400,000 grant from the United States Children’s Bureau to enhance the training of Masters of Social Work (MSW) students for employment in critical settings such as tribal and/or public sector child welfare agencies. The grant will provide $100,000 per year for four years to develop the UMD department’s child welfare curriculum, and to recruit and financially support students, especially students of color. A special emphasis will be placed on enhancing the field program.

Other priorities of the grant are to increase the number of rural and tribal field placements, and to develop supervisor training models that will include on-line training.The project team includes Johanna Garrison, Project Director and Curriculum Development Coordinator; Kathy Heltzer, Field Coordinator; Anne Tellett, Cultural Competence Coordinator; Becki Hornung, Student Support Coordinator; Karen Preston, Associate Administrator; Mary Simon, Account Specialist; Denny Falk, Primary Evaluator; and Elizabeth Blue, Evaluation Consultant. Mike Raschick, as Department Head, is the designated Principal Investigator. For information contact Johanna Garrison at 726-8621,


Posted Nov 24, 2004


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