Barry University School of Social Work
 September 2015 Issue

SSW Volunteer Days

This Summer Social Work students volunteered at Broward Outreach Center from Miami Rescue Mission and Purdue Medical Center as part of “SSW Volunteer Days”. The program was developed as part of Student Services to engage Social Work students in service-based community oriented events. This fall, students will be volunteering with Lotus House, an organization dedicated in providing sanctuary, support, tools and education to homeless women and youth. For more information about “SSW Volunteer Days” and to get involved, contact Yvonne Alonso:
SSW Volunteer Days
SSW Volunteer Days
SSW Volunteer Days

School of Social Work ranks among Top 25 Christian Colleges for a Social Work Degree

Barry University’s Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work has been selected among the Top 25 Christian Colleges for a Social Work Degree according to Social Work Degree Guide. Released in May, the rankings use a number of factors including tuition and return on investment to rank the top 25 programs.
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National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter (NASW-FL)
National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter (NASW-FL) Barry University School of Social Work was present at this year’s National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter (NASW-FL) Social Work Conference.
SSW Faculty and students presented workshops and poster sessions on various topics ranging from Drug Addiction and Emotional Intelligence to Demystifying the Publication Process. This year’s theme was Social Work Paves the Way for Change, celebrating the social work profession and the immeasurable impact that social workers have had in the community.

List of the workshops and poster sessions:

  • Dr. Tisa McGhee
    Title: “Strategies to Rebuild Community Resilience”

  • Dr. Mitch Rosenwald
    Title: Get Published!: Demystifying the Publication Process

  • Professor Fabio Naranjo
    Title: “Elections Have Consequences: Florida Social Workers and Electoral Politics”

  • Professor Maria Teahan
    Title: Dissertation Abstract entitled Searching for a good death: End of Life services through Anti-oppressive Framework

  • Ashley Elrod-Mason, MSW Grad Fall 2014.
    Title: "Do Ask Do Tell: Treating Complexities of LGBT Military Members"

  • Daryl Campbell and Monica Elisler – MSW Students
    Title: the Anonymous Race Debate Poster presentation

  • Revitol Goodman: Doctoral Student
    Title: “Drug Addiction and Emotional Intelligence: A Practical Guide for Social Work Practice”

SSW raises funds for the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal

During the summer, the School of Social Work, with the support of the Barry Community, donated a generous gift to Shakti Samuha- the first organization in Nepal to be established and run by survivors of human trafficking.

After the April 25th earthquake-which killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000-, traffickers have been found active in trafficking girls and children of rural areas. Seeing an increase of missing cases of women and children, Shakti Samuha has expanded its prevention activities through group mobilization and awareness raising, and by providing emergency relief to survivors.


“I am staying in Kathmandu for my education; I am trafficking survivor of 20 years old. My family is located in Sindhupalchowk but it badly collapsed and our family came under the open sky. After that I cried so much but we all were saved that was the great news for us at that moment. From the emergency support we will buy some emergency need for our family”- Pramila Maya (Name Changed) A survivor

“We belong to very poor family background of high hilly area of Nuwakot, I was in forest for bringing some grass and firewood when the earth quake come. A big stone fall down from the high hill and my left leg badly injured, it has done operation 5 times but I have no money even for food, I have 4 kids including a daughter. Thank you to Shakti Samuha for supporting me.”- Hema Rani Tamang (35), a victim of earth quake.

About Shakti Samuha

In 1996, 500 girls and women were rescued from slavery in Indian brothels during widespread police raids. Among these, 128 were Nepalese girls and women. These women were locked away in remand homes in India, where conditions were as bad as – if not worse – than prison. The Nepalese government was reluctant to bring the women back to Nepal, claiming they would bring HIV into the country with them. In the absence of Government support, several NGOs took the lead in returning and rehabilitating the girls. Sadly, even in these rehabilitation centers, the women’s treatment did not help to restore their self-esteem and basic human rights. It was only after months had passed and the women were given training in their rights, that they realized they were not to blame for being trafficked. The women felt it was time to claim their rights so they set up Shakti Samuha. Shakti Samuha began in 1996 and was registered in the Kathmandu District Office of HMG in 2000. Since 1996 we have been organizing and empowering returning trafficking survivors by providing shelter, legal aid, vocational training and counseling. We have also set up Adolescent Girls Groups based in the poorest communities in order to pass on the message about the dangers of trafficking. Now they are reaching out to rural districts where trafficking is prevalent, helping to keep women safe and make a united stand against the traffickers.

To donate or be involved with this organization, please visit

Going Social

BUSSW is going Social and moving forward in the digital future by:

  • Enhancing our website, making it easier to navigate, incorporating a Student Services site, hosting information relevant for students in terms of professional workshops, career development, scholarships and financial aid and other School events for our current students.

  • Making our Field Education site more user friendly for students, including application timeframes, agency placement options and a detailed process of how Field works along with support from each of our sites.

  • Creating a Centers and Institutes site that includes our 3 main initiatives: Office of the Public Guardian, Academy for Better Communities and Center for Human Rights and Social Justice (Coming Spring 2016). We hope that this site encourages students to take advantage of all of the opportunities outside the classroom that the SSW offers such as grants, work experience, research, community involvement, etc.

  • Making our application process more seamless. Moving toward a complete electronic application, once admitted students will now have access to an enrollment packet that includes all of the most important information for registration, field education, booklist, etc, even before Orientation!

  • Using social media to connect and communicate with our students, alumni and community partners our events, professional development workshops and feature relevant information. Building an online community where through digital media, we can further the School’s mission to advance social justice and human rights in South Florida and throughout our communities.

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Save the Date!

The School of Social Work and the Office of Student Affairs invite the Barry Community to Prided Week in support of Barry’s LGBTQ Community.

Dates: October 19–24, 2015

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Upcoming Information Sessions
September 15
October 13
October 20
Miami (Live)
October 22
Palm Beach (Live)
Register Online

Upcoming Events

  • Social Media 101 : Uses to advance Human Rights and Social Justice
    Sept 17th 12:45-1:20pm and 4:45-5:45pm

  • The Police and Community: Who is Protected and Served?
    Sponsored by CCSI
    Sept 21st 4:00-5:30pm
    Andreas 112

  • Mindful Hour for Peace
    Sept 24th 12:00-1:00pm

  • Professional Development: Play Therapy with Dr. Janet Courtney
    October 1st 12:45-1:20pm and 4:45-5:45pm

  • SSW Volunteer Day @ Lotus House.
    Saturday Oct 10th, 9am-12pm

  • Lavender Reception
    Monday Oct 19th, 4-5:30pm

    Oct 19-23rd

  • Communication for Success
    Friday October 30th 12:30-1:30pm
    Palm Beach

  • Communication for Success
    Saturday October 31st 11:30am-12:30pm
    Palm Beach

  • Volunteer Day @ Perdue Medical Center-Halloween Party!
    Saturday October 31st 1:00-3:00pm

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