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School of Social Work News

The School of Social Work strives to instill the values of social and economic justice, respect and worth of others, cultural diversity, and self-determination. In addition, it fosters a strengths-based environment that emphasizes openness, collaboration, and engagement striving towards individual and community resiliency.

Current Social Work News

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Campus News | October 31, 2022

Federal funds will help UNLV PRACTICE create youth treatment programs for early bipolar disorders and psychosis.

female lecturer teaching a small group of graduate students
People | October 18, 2022

Counselor, social worker, and UNLV School of Social Work lecturer Natasha Mosby offers tips for those becoming a caregiver for someone in their life.

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Children play on a playground.
Research | August 16, 2022

Study by social work professor Katherine Marcal says housing affordability is linked to prevent childhood abuse.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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People | June 29, 2022

UNLV senior Mae Agbilay's research shapes programming for Native American youth.

Social Work In The News

Desert Companion
December 5, 2022

"You’ll see guys sleeping under blankets, and they won’t move for a few hours. So, you go to check on them and you realize ‘Oh, he’s dead,’” says Santiago, his face drawn, as he sits with a small group of other men on the sidewalk outside Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s main campus. He’s describing what being unhoused is like in Las Vegas — a city with increasingly extreme temperatures because of climate change and a growing homeless population, exacerbated by pandemic-related evictions and a rising cost of living. This combination of factors is leading to a startling increase of deaths among the unhoused: According to reporting done by the Review-Journal, Clark County saw an 80 percent increase in heat-related fatalities among the homeless community from 2020 to 2021.

Desert Companion
December 5, 2022

"You’ll see guys sleeping under blankets, and they won’t move for a few hours. So, you go to check on them and you realize ‘Oh, he’s dead,’” says Santiago, his face drawn, as he sits with a small group of other men on the sidewalk outside Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s main campus. He’s describing what being unhoused is like in Las Vegas — a city with increasingly extreme temperatures because of climate change and a growing homeless population, exacerbated by pandemic-related evictions and a rising cost of living. This combination of factors is leading to a startling increase of deaths among the unhoused: According to reporting done by the Review-Journal, Clark County saw an 80 percent increase in heat-related fatalities among the homeless community from 2020 to 2021.

Desert Companion
December 5, 2022

"You’ll see guys sleeping under blankets, and they won’t move for a few hours. So, you go to check on them and you realize ‘Oh, he’s dead,’” says Santiago, his face drawn, as he sits with a small group of other men on the sidewalk outside Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s main campus. He’s describing what being unhoused is like in Las Vegas — a city with increasingly extreme temperatures because of climate change and a growing homeless population, exacerbated by pandemic-related evictions and a rising cost of living. This combination of factors is leading to a startling increase of deaths among the unhoused: According to reporting done by the Review-Journal, Clark County saw an 80 percent increase in heat-related fatalities among the homeless community from 2020 to 2021.

Newswise
November 16, 2022

Pregnant with her second child, working, teaching, and caring for her mother, who was undergoing cancer treatments, Natasha Mosby found herself finally following her own advice: Ask for help.

Masters In Social Work Online
October 27, 2022

This guide is a deep dive into what it takes to become a military social worker. The guide will outline what a military social worker does and how to pursue this career, as well as information that potential military social workers will want to know, such as salary ranges, important certifications, and the overall job outlook for social workers serving the military community.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
August 28, 2022

Not having a safe, affordable place to live can play a key role in the maltreatment of a child.

Social Work Experts

An expert on child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and sexual violence.
A licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma treatment.
An expert in mental and behavioral health, youth and veteran homelessness, and social work.
An expert in child welfare and foster care systems, family homelessness, and child mental health.
An experienced clinical social work professional and expert on mental health and caregiving, anxiety, trauma, and depression. 
An expert in addictions and social work.

Recent Social Work Accomplishments

December 5, 2022
A paper by An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Hilarie Cash (reSTART Life), Lawrence Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), and Cosette Rae (reSTART Life), "Factors Related to the Occurrence of and Recovery from Gaming Disorder: A Qualitative Study," was recently accepted to Technology, Mind, and Behavior (an American Psychological Association journal) for…
October 6, 2022
Nicholas Barr (Social Work) published a paper elucidating a novel theoretical model integrating event-exposure characteristics, symptoms and processes, and treatment implications for posttraumatic illness and moral injury with co-authors Hazel Atuel, Shaddy Saba, and Carl A. Castro.   
March 31, 2022
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) wrote an article, "Expand What We Have, Enhance What We Lack: The Critical and Unique Roles of Social Workers in Helping Individuals with Substance Use Disorders," for the 2022 spring/summer newsletter of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Specialty Practice Section of the National Association of Social Workers.
December 3, 2021
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) and Hilarie Cash (reSTART Life) recently gave a presentation, "Internet Addiction and Identity Distress among Male Adolescents and Young Adults" at the NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, 2021 annual conference (virtual).
December 2, 2021
William W. Sullivan (CAEO) and Esther Langston (Social Work and CAEO) will be inducted in Historical Westside Legacy Park on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. Langston and Sullivan are educational and community pioneers. The park will include plaques with historic information on those people honored there. The park is located at 1600 Mount Mariah Drive in Las…
October 5, 2021
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) was awarded a one-year "Research to Action" grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with Co-PI Jennifer Mortensen of UNR. The project partners with the Nevada Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families to conduct a statewide…