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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 | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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People | May 11, 2023

The Class of 2023 shares how UNLV helped them find their paths to success.

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Campus News | May 5, 2023

President Keith E. Whitfield continues decades-long commencement tradition, honoring 10 students who embody the academic, research, and community tenacity of the graduating class.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

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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.

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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.

Social Work In The News

May 19, 2023

Many Nevadans are struggling when it comes to mental health. Death by suicide rates are up for ages 18-24, and for those over 65. The 988 system is designed as a lifeline for people in crisis, and it has been in place for nearly a year.

Las Vegas Sun
May 18, 2023

The homeless crisis in Western cities has a scope of challenges that require dense cooperation between various nonprofits, government, health care, service providers and business interests, according to a UNLV roundtable discussion on the topic Wednesday organized and sponsored by Nevada Women’s Philanthropy.

April 21, 2023

Summer is coming. For most of us, that means spending all day holed up in air-conditioned buildings and avoiding the outdoors entirely.

April 10, 2023

Raising a family comes with plenty of hurdles. But things can get much more complicated when mom and dad start caring for their elderly parents too.

This Is Reno
April 5, 2023

Special Olympics Nevada, an organization that works to create inclusive opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities through health, education, leadership development and year-round sports training, is proud to announce the appointment of Natasha Mosby as clinical consultant for its new Mindset Matters program.

March 9, 2023

This month, lower-income households in 32 states, including Nevada, will receive at least $95 a month less from the federal government to buy food.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

April 23, 2023
An-Pyng Sun's (Social Work) article, "Gaming Disorder among Adolescents and its Treatment: Five Strategies," recently appeared in the National Association of Social Workers' ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs) newsletter, 2023 Spring/Summer issue. The strategies highlighted in the article include: 1. Consider gaming disorder a bona fide…
January 20, 2023
Matthew Gyger (Social Work), Stephanie Borene (Educational Outreach), Ramona Denby (Social Work), and Sara Hunt (Medicine), along with Efren Gomez from the University of Michigan and Amanda Klein-Cox from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-authored the paper, "Using SBIRT (Screen, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)…
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).