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social work Accomplishments

Nov 15, 2017
The School of Social Work participates in Nevada Partnership for Training (NPT) along with UNR, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Washoe County Social Services (WCSS), and Clark County Department of Family Services (CCDFS), to develop and support the child welfare workforce.  Earlier this year, DCFS increased the grant received by the NPT at UNLV to approximately $1.4 million per year from $449,500. This increase in funding was realized after the UNLV team for NPT was invited to serve on various committees as part of the Blue Ribbon for Kids Commission that convened in 2014.  The increase in funding will allow the NPT at UNLV’s School of Social Work to increase its capacity to serve the child welfare workforce in several ways.  Improve initial trainings for new employees entering child welfare by creating a multi-modality learning environment that includes online training, skill based classroom learning, and more on the job experience. Conduct workforce development assessments and studies to assist the child welfare agency with recruitment, screening, and retention. Provide additional training for existing child welfare workforce to increase their skills in serving children and families. Provide additional training for supervisors, managers, and executive leadership with an emphasis on coaching skills, leadership, and succession planning. This partnership between UNLV’s School of Social Work, DCFS, and CCDFS, will allow all groups to improve the outcomes for the children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Oct 24, 2017
Allison Slaughter  (Social Work) has been awarded a fellowship via the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program-Youth. The master's level fellowship is designed to enhance the cultural competency of social work students. Recipients must be committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents, and transition-age youths. The overall goal of the program is to improve behavioral health care for racially and ethnically diverse populations.The fellowship duration is for one full year. Fellows are selected from a national pool of applicants. Slaughter is the second UNLV student to be awarded this fellowship.

Oct 13, 2017
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) and Hilarie Cash (reSTART Life) gave a presentation, "Factors Related to the Occurrence and Recovery of Internet Use Disorder," at NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals' 2017 annual conference in Denver in September,.

May 3, 2017
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) received the Centennial Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary last October, the Mandel School recognized 100 alumni for their exceptional work toward "inspiring hope and shaping the future."

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Jul 22, 2016
Jay Shen (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Abbie Kirkendall (Social Work), and Catherine Dingley (Nursing) recently received the Tier 2 funding from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) to continue their project “Engaging Patients with Life-Limiting Illnesses on Receiving Palliative Care“. They completed the project’s Tier 1 stage in February 2016. The Tier 2 will last 12 months, starting May 2016. The project’s current community partners include the Dignity Health System, Nevada Palliative Care/Infinity Hospice, Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program/Nathan Adelson Hospice, and Sunrise Hospital. 

Nov 5, 2015
Professors Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences) and Abbie Kirkendall (Social Work) are conducting a project with nearly $15,000 funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to form a Palliative Care Research Network in Nevada through a variety of community engagement activities. The project will help build partnerships with the Dignity Health System, Nevada Palliative Care/Infinity Hospice, Elaine Wynn Palliative Care/Nathan Adelson Hospice, and other stakeholders focused on advancing patient-centered outcomes research in the area of palliative care. Palliative care is considered a new specialty across the country, particularly in Nevada. Research into patient outcomes and satisfaction would serve to improve the level of care for residents with life-limiting illnesses in the Silver State. Shen and Kirkendall, along with  professor Catherine Dingley (Nursing), who recently joined the research team, intend to expand the initial nine-month project and secure additional funding that could lead to palliative care interventions benefiting patients and care-givers throughout the state.   

Oct 27, 2015
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) conducted field studies in Taiwan and mainland China. Based on the data collected, she was lead author for the article "Trauma and Chinese Heroin Users" in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, and presented her work at the College of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, in April, and in October at the Council on Social Work Education's annual program meeting in Denver. In addition, her video, "Treatment of Addictions: The ACQS Model," was included in the SAGE video collections. In the video, she explained her ACQS treatment model for addiction therapy. Also, Routledge has recently accepted her book proposal for Treating Addictions: The Four Components.

Aug 10, 2015
Vicky Albert (Social Work) conducted a seminar at the London School of Economics in June. She presented some key findings from her project with the Brookings Institution on the Great Recession and some findings from her own recent research.

May 1, 2015
Leroy Pelton (Social Work) wrote an article, "The Continuing Role of Material Factors in Child Maltreatment and Placement," that was published in the March issue of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal. It is a 20-year follow-up to the paper he was commissioned to write for the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect in the early 1990s.