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Social Work News Round Up
USC School of Social Work News:
Thursday, August 22, 2013. 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT)
Annalisa Enrile, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor
Human trafficking – the illegal trade of human beings for sexual exploitation or forced labor – is the second most lucrative illicit enterprise in the world and the fastest growing, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More than 800,000 people are trafficked each year. Professor Enrile will help us understand this form of modern day slavery and discuss the efforts underway to combat the problem, including the crucial role social workers play in fighting what has become one of the greatest threats to human rights of our time.
Associate Professor Karen Lincoln founded Advocates for African American Elders at the USC School of Social Work’s Roybal Institute on Aging, which recently received $150,000 in funding to engage in community outreach and inform policymakers and opinion leaders on healthy aging issues impacting African-American seniors in Los Angeles. Advocates for African American Elders is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.
After making substantial strides in Boston – where her work in racial and ethnic health disparities, HIV prevention and substance abuse treatment earned her a building named in her honor – the city of Los Angeles is welcoming Hortensia Amaro back with open arms as USC’s first associate vice provost of community research initiatives and the dean’s professor of social work and preventative medicine at the USC School of Social Work. Amaro received the Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for General Psychology at the association’s annual meeting.
Contact information for all USC School of Social Work faculty, staff and Student Organization members can now be accessed with the touch of a screen through the new School of Social Work Directory iPad application.
Faustina Solís, MSW ’54, an educator and pioneer in public health and the second provost of the University of California, San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College, died on Aug. 4 in San Diego at age 90. A UC San Diego professor emeritus, Solís was also the university’s first Latina provost.
In Other Social Work News…
Does psychotherapy via the Internet work? For the first time, clinical researchers from the University of Zurich have studied whether online psychotherapy and conventional face-to-face therapy are equally effective in an experiment. Based on earlier studies, the Zurich team assumed that the two forms of therapy were on a par. Not only was their theory confirmed, the results for online therapy even exceeded their expectations.
The willingness to face traumas — be they large, small, primitive or fresh — is the key to healing from them. They may never disappear in the way we think they should, but maybe they don’t need to. Trauma is an ineradicable aspect of life. We are human as a result of it, not in spite of it.
While conscious bias and preferential treatment are mostly forbidden by law and culture, unconscious mechanisms are deeply embedded in various aspects of our lives. Implicit bias studies have found an impact in many institutions and systems where fairness is critical, including healthcare, education and our criminal justice system.
States need to do more to honor and strengthen their treaties with indigenous peoples, no matter how long ago they were signed, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has said in a statement to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Aug. 9, 2013.
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