The Advanced Generalist Reporter

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The Advanced Generalist Reporter

The Advanced Generalist Reporter December 2010

    Volume 2010-11, Number 4


    Emily Orum Shelia Miller


    The next Student Association meeting is scheduled for December 9, 5-5:50 pm in Bohannon 112. Agenda items can be given to the Student Association Co-Presidents, Lindsay Guinee at

    and Cheryl Lagergren at


    CONGRATULATIONS to Sig Haller for receiving the Dr. Donald & Mary Jane Maypole Graduate-Level Social Work Fellowship. This fellowship was established to honor Social Work Professor Emeritus Donald Maypole and his wife, Mary Jane. This scholarship supports students who are committed to international social work, social work with American Indians, and/or human service administration.

    Sig is a Standard Program student finishing up his concentration year. He is employed at Woodland Hills in Duluth where he serves an at-risk population of teenage males and females. His caseload consists of around 10-20% of clients with an American Indian ethnicity. Sig has worked at Woodland Hills for the past eight years and plans to continue to work there after receiving his MSW degree.

    CONGRATULATIONS to Cecilia Blomquist for receiving the Peggy L. Scheller Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Peggy’s family to support MSW students who are committed to providing

    outreach services in rural areas.

    Cecilia is a Standard Program student in her foundation year. Cecilia, originally from Brazil, has been living and working for more than 2 years in Grand Marais, MN. After receiving her MSW degree, Cecilia plans on working in the Cook County area doing individual and family counseling, working with groups and community programs

    Information about possible additional opportunities for scholarships for spring semester will be sent out January or February 2011.


INCOMPLETES: If you need to take a grade of incomplete, be sure you fill out an incomplete form and

    give it to your instructor. This form along with the Incomplete Policy can be found on the Social Work Current Students website,, in the hanging file in front of the student

    mail-slots, or from the Student Support Specialist. Your instructor needs to sign the Incomplete Form. Submit the form to Rita Ohman for your student file.


    SPRING REGISTRATION began November 18th. If you have not yet done so, please schedule a time to meet with your adviser to discuss your courses for spring 2011. All students must complete a Course Approval Form and have their advisor sign it. Forms are on the Current Students Social Work website or

    from Rita.



    Students planning on graduating prior to October 2011 need to register for SW 8105 for spring 2011 semester. This is a zero credit course that will have a grade of S or N when the Master Project and final oral exam have been completed.


    Advanced Standing Students and Standard Program students in their second year who plan to finish their coursework and field placements by August 2011 need to submit the MSW Masters Project Information


    Students who began the MSW program summer or fall 2010 must do the portfolio. Students who began the MSW program prior to summer 2010 have the option of doing the portfolio, Research or PPM master projects.

    For students doing the portfolio, your adviser must be your first reader. For those doing the PPM or

    Research master project, your adviser can be either the first or second reader.

    Consult with your advisor or first reader and complete the MSW Masters Project Information form indicating which option you will pursue and who will serve as your readers for the project. This form is due on December 2; please turn it in to Rita, Student Support Specialist in Bohannon Hall 214.



    If you are not planning to register for courses spring semester you will need to maintain your active status in the Graduate School and MSW program by registering for GRAD 0999 on or before January 16, 2011. The call/course number is 48571 for spring semester 2011. Students who do not maintain their active status must reapply to the Graduate School and the MSW program and pay an additional $75.00 readmission fee. Readmission is not guaranteed. To maintain your active status you must register every fall and spring semester.



    Social Work courses that are not required for your MSW Program can be taken as electives, including SW 5111 (Grant Writing), SW 8051 (School Social Work), and SW 8070 (Clinical Assessment and Intervention). Elective courses are also available from some other departments. Some 4-000 level courses and most 5-000 level courses are offered for graduate credit, but you should confirm this with the instructor or your advisor. Anthropology, Criminology, Education, and Sociology all have courses that may be appropriate for you. Examples of courses include 1) ANTH 4628 Language and Culture, 2) CRIM 4384 Child Abuse and Child Protection in Minnesota (taught by Judge Dale Wolf), 3) EDUC 5413 Teaching With Technology, and 4) SOC 4981 Social Movements, Protest and Change. Search for electives at:


    UNIVERSAL DEGREE PROGRAM FORMS must be given to Rita Ohman, Student Support Specialist, by

    January 24, 2011 in order for students to participate in Spring Commencement on May 12, 2011. All

    students must complete this form to graduate even if not participating in commencement. Students should submit these forms when they have completed half of the credits required for the MSW degree. Instructions and a sample form can be found on pages 55-58 in the MSW Handbook. You can access the

    Degree Program form online either at the Grad School website or from the Social Work Current Students

    website. The Graduate School makes no exceptions for late forms.


    APPLICATION FOR DEGREE FORM: After the “Degree Program” form has been submitted the next step in order to participate at Commencement is to complete the “Application for Degree” form. This form is not

    online. It is available either from the UMD Graduate School Office, 431 Darland or from Rita in Bohannon Hall 214. Submit the completed form to the UMD Graduate School or to Rita by March 1, 2011.


    Students can begin registering for May and Summer Sessions on March 1, 2011. The May Session runs from May 16 through June 3, 2011. Summer Session begins June 6, 2011. The preliminary summer

    schedule can be viewed online. If you plan on taking courses during the May or Summer session, remember to complete a Course Approval Form and have your adviser sign it. These forms are located on the Current Students Social Work website.



    Reminder to check deadlines, special events, etc on the MSW Student Calendar located on the Current

    Students Social Work website. Click on the link at the top of the page “MSW Student Calendar.” Contact

    Rita at to add an event, deadline, or other useful information to the calendar.


STUDY GUIDES are available to prepare for social work licensure exams. Available are the “Study Guide:

    a guide for candidates preparing for the ASWB social work examination” published by Culpeper VA, and

    “The Complete Guide to Social Work: independent study for the ASWB masters examination” published by

    Wilmington, NC are on reserve at the UMD library.

    To access these study guides, click on the “Reserve” tab. In the “Search for items on reserve” box type in

    SW0000. In the drop down list select Course number begins.” You will then be asked to enter your UM

    Internet ID and password. Click on SW0000-UMD Social Work Department” with the number 9

    preceding it for the list of reserved materials.


The UMD SNOW ADVISORY HOTLINE at 726-SNOW (726-7669) is again in place for the 2010-2011

    winter weather season. The HOTLINE informs callers whether UMD is open, or closed due to severe weather conditions. You can also register to receive Emergency Closing Text Messages (TXT-U). TXT-U will only be used to notify about real emergency situations and campus closings. More information

    about TXT-U available at


    NASW 15TH ANNUAL SOCIAL WORK DAY AT THE CAPITOL will be held on Monday, April 4, 2011.

    Social Work Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for professional social workers, social work students, and social work educators to learn, march and rally together, and - most importantly - lobby our state lawmakers about matters of social policy that affect our clients, our profession, and the citizens of Minnesota.” Watch for upcoming announcements about this event.



    The Learning Abroad Center combines quality professional experience with academic merit in an international internship designed for graduate and professional students. Internships are designed to combine the study of other countries and cultures with practical knowledge gained from experience in an overseas work environment. For further information and application materials visit or email UMabroad



    A list of upcoming events is located on the Resources for MSW Students webpage. Click on Workshops,

    Conferences, Events.


    The Yale Child Study Center is offering a one-year Post-MSW Graduate Training Fellowship to begin July 1, 2011. The mission of this training program is to advance professionalism, practice competency, and leadership in the field of clinical social work. The Child Study Center is a multi-disciplinary department in the Yale School of Medicine that provides training, clinical services for children and families, and conducts

    research in child psychiatry and related disciplines. Social work fellows will participate in both multi-disciplinary and discipline specific training, which will include didactics, observation of senior clinicians, intensive supervision, and direct practice. A stipend of $25,000 will be provided. Comprehensive health care through the Yale Health Plan is available at no charge. Housing and transportation is not provided. Ellen Johnson, a 2010 UMD MSW graduate, received this prestigious fellowship.

    Full details and application forms are available at

    Application deadline January 7, 2011



    Students is good standing in their final year of a master’s program in social work and scheduled to graduate in 2011 are eligible for the Judith Holm Memorial Student Award. A $1,000 cash prize will be

    awarded for each of the best five papers demonstrating the author’s mastery of the essentials of clinical social work and readiness to enter professional practice. Deadline February 18, 2011. View the Center

    For Clinical Social Work website for additional information, rules and guidelines for writing and submitting a paper for this award.



    The scholarship will be awarded to respond to the need for graduate study programs, which combine academic rigor, research and specialized training in children and family issues. The objective of this scholarship is to enable the participant to conduct critical inquiry and evaluation, and to become a highly trained professional working in the field of social intervention that will impact the disadvantaged and underserved.

    Eligibility Requirements - To apply for the Christine Smith scholarship, an applicant must: be in good health and of good character, hold a bachelors degree or its equivalent and have a superior record in previous academic work, have two or more years of recent professional experience in the field of social

    work or a related field and propose a program of study specializing in children or family issues at the masters or doctoral level. For further information and an application, contact R. Kenneth Babb, Executive Director, The Educational Foundation, IOOF, P.O. Pox 20455, Winston-Salem, NC 2701 or email (using “Smith Scholarship” as the subject). Applications are available annually from September through January.


SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION is now located on the SW Current Student Website. Both the UMD

    MSW Scholarship opportunities and other sources for scholarship opportunities are listed.


    MSW Student Association Meeting BohH 112 December 9, 5:00pm

    Deadline for registering for Grad 0999 Spring Semester January 16, 2011

    The UMD holiday break begins on December 23rd and classes resume on January 18, 2011 Deadline for filing Universal Degree Forms for May Commencement January 24, 2011 NASW Social Work Day At the Capitol April 4, 2011


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