2014 ConverSSAtions Series

The Alumni Association's Networking and Professional Development Committee presents:

Join your fellow SSA alumni in a series of discussions examining the role and impact of social work in today's evolving social service sector. In three topical panels pulled from current headlines, we will ask SSA alumni from a variety of sectors to examine their point of view and contribute to the growing discourse in each area. With an opportunity for questions and answers on each theme, ConverSSAtions promises to provide a dynamic dialogue that will push everyone's thinking to new heights.

Refreshments will be served at each ConverSSAtion event.
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2014 ConverSSAtions Series

Chicago's Violence Problem: How Social-Emotional Learning Can Provide Promise for the City
January 28, 2014

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Research has shown the impact that interventions focused on social-emotional learning on reducing youth violence. Programs like Youth Guidance's Becoming a Man have proven so effective, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is galvanizing the business and philanthropic communities in Chicago in a campaign to raise $50 million to fund similar interventions. Through a conversation with SSA Alum and faculty who are playing a central role in these efforts, this panel considered the influence of this new research on the social service environment.

This ConverSSAtion was co-sponsored by Mercy Home for Boys and Girls


Healthcare: The Times: They are a Changing
Thursday, March 6, 2014

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With recent changes in legislation and continual advances in medicine, the role of social workers in the healthcare field is quickly evolving in today's society. This conversation explored the ways that social workers navigate the healthcare system and advocate for change. Through conversation with trained social workers currently involved in medicine, the discussion grappled with the question of why we need social workers in modern healthcare and how we define the role for social work in this arena.


Communicating the Impact of Social Work: What Matters in Social Services?                                 
Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Across sectors, investments in social services are being threatened by the tight budget climate-forcing social service agencies to grapple with the balance between budgets and impact. Despite the proliferation of evidence-based practices, those engaged in all areas of social work have increasingly had to defend the role of their occupation in an increasingly-competitive funding landscape-while maintaining the integrity of the work. How do we communicate the impact of social services in today's data-driven world? Panelists from various social service fields provided their insight into this multifaceted issue, followed by a group discussion that highlighted the complexities of this question.

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