Social Work Interventions with Latinos/as

Although I chose not to participate in the SW Latino/as Certificate that is offered here at GSSW, I ended up registering for a class that was offered as part of the certificate during the spring quarter of my foundation year. The class I took was called SW Interventions with Latinos/as. I found this class to be extremely helpful and relative to the work I was doing at my internship, along with my future professional goals.

Here is the brief course description that is available on our website as well: addresses immigration issues, as well as intervention and theoretical approaches for Latinos/as. Covers the selection of interventions and strategies for cross-cultural use in adequately addressing the needs of Latinos/as. A required course for the Social Work with Latinos/as Certificate. This course is conducted in Spanish.

What I found most useful about this class was that it was taught in Spanish. Even though I didn’t participate in the certificate program, I was still able to find a way to incorporate the Spanish language in to my classroom experience (since I was utilizing it a lot in my field practicum).

Track / Certificate / Program Information Sessions 2011 part 1 (VIDEO)

The following track / certificate / program information sessions are intended for students as they plan their concentration for the academic year 2011-2012.  Requirements and specific offerings change from year to year, so always check your student handbook for accurate information. Look for sessions on High-Risk Youth Track, Denver Family Institute cooperative program, Social Work with Latinos/as Certificate, Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate, and Interpersonal Trauma Studies Certificate to be recorded and posted over the next two weeks.
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Crisis Intervention Presentation

As a first-year student at GSSW, I am enrolled in a foundation seminar course that is intended to bridge our field experience with classroom learning.  This week, we had a guest presenter speak to us about crisis intervention and his experience with different types of intervention strategies.  He spoke about threat assessments, suicide assessments, and abuse (domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, elder abuse, etc.).  He not only provided us with a packet of information and resources regarding these topics, but he also shared first hand experiences dealing with crisis situations.  As somebody who works with high-risk youth, this lecture was very pertinent to my field work and my future plans as a social worker.  I definitely think I am now better prepared to deal with crises in the field (or at least know where to go when I have questions)!

Meditation Practice

As a first year student, I’ve decided to take a second year elective in addition to my first year coursework.  I selected the Mind Body Connections in Social Work Practice.  I’ll be honest, I selected it in part because it didn’t appear to be THAT much extra work. Well, I was wrong!  It is work in a whole different way than other classes.

One of the quarter long assignments is to begin a new practice.  For example, I’ve chosen to meditate 3-5 times per week.  It sounds easy but in reality has been the hardest assignment I’ve had at GSSW.  Not only does it require that I prioritize time in silence for my own benefit but it requires me to turn off the intellectual side of my brain and listen to my body.  In that same theme, it’s also been the best assignment I’ve ever had since being at GSSW.  I’m a proponent of self care but never thought it would be this hard.  Sure, it’s challenging to exercise or take a night off to enjoy a concert or movie but I find it harder to find 20 minutes every day to turn off my thinking brain and focus on nothing but my breath.

I’m not perfect at it and I’m quick to convince myself that I’ll do it tomorrow but I know it’s been one of the most useful things I’m challenging myself to do every day.

The Quarter System ROCKS!

Here at DU, we are on the quarter system.  Most people you talk to will complain about it because everything goes by so quickly.  It feels like you start classes and before you know it, you are knee deep in midterms.  However, I’m one of the ones that LOVE the quarter system!  Here are the benefits: Continue reading “The Quarter System ROCKS!”

Intervention in Child & Adolescent Mental Health

This quarter I’m taking a new class that is being offered at GSSW called Intervention in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. I’m pretty excited for the course material and I hope that it will be one of the most beneficial classes thus far in my career at GSSW. The first half of the course focuses on Continue reading “Intervention in Child & Adolescent Mental Health”

National Recognition for Faculty

Editing GSSW Magazine in one of the best parts of my job because it gives me the chance to interview and write about our terrific faculty, students and alumni. For example, two of our faculty members have won major national awards in the past few months. Continue reading “National Recognition for Faculty”

Bringing the Classroom to (real)life!

As I begin another quarter in my second year I am able to take more courses that are geared towards my internship and my areas of interest. There are skills that are taught in my classes that I will be able to immediately incorporate into my field work. Since I am in the Child Welfare track one of the skills courses that I am taking is Intake and Family Based Services. This course’s objectives includes interviewing children, writing an intake assessment and beginning treatment services for a family. All of these skills are very valuable in child protection services. Concurrently with taking this course I am beginning to work with my own cases and family that I need to provide services to. The skills that I learn in the classroom will be skills that I will practice and become proficient at 24 hours a week. The classroom will teach me best practice with a family while I get to utilize best practice with families.

Graduate School Community

Being a graduate student can become an overwhelming role. There is plenty of reading, writing and class-time as well as internship hours that can fill up anyone’s day. However, for those that can squeeze in a little bit of free time, there are groups and events to participate in. Continue reading “Graduate School Community”

Training Academy

The state currently has strict training guidelines for newly hired child protection case workers. They must attend an 8 week classroom training as well as many on the job activities before they can carry a caseload. Therefore before you can work in any county human services department you must be trained properly. This became a struggle recently for interns in the department of human services that had carried some cases as part of their internship but could not be hired by their county unless they went back for 8 weeks of training. Many counties could not afford the time it takes to train so they would hire workers who had been trained, overlooking interns.

This fall counties and intern supervisors took this struggle into account and allowed interns to spend their first quarter attending the 8 week training session so that they would meet state standards. This means that once interns have finished training they can be eligible for hire. This has been an asset for both interns and counties. Counties train their interns and enjoy hiring them and having them trained makes it easier to hire them upon graduation since they are also trained by state standards. Interns also enjoy this because it makes the transition from school to work easier.

As much as a struggle the workload of this training academy has been I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has prepared me in laws and policy that I need to follow in order to work in child protection. It has also taught me skills that are very helpful when working with often difficult and unwilling families. I feel confident that my internship and the training is preparing me to be an asset to child protection.