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Online Master of Social Work applicants can find insights, news, essential reading and articles written about expert faculty. They’ll gain a deeper understanding of clinical social work, potential career paths and the myriad ways that the VCU Social Work program’s graduates are making a positive impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities.

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Dallas Voice: Easing anxiety in LGBTQ youth

Dr. Maurice Gattis, VCU School of Social Work associate professor, addresses how the pandemic, politics and social movements are affecting LGBTQ+ youth. “Youth are leading the way in shaping the current political climate. The calls for equality, racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights and climate justice all have strong youth involvement and leadership.”

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School Bullying: How Social Workers Are Providing Solutions

Social workers play key roles in confronting school bullying. Discover how Virginia Commonwealth University’s MSW can train graduates to solve this problem.

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NBC News: 'Powerful in its Simplicity' - As the pandemic endures, mayors call for guaranteed income

A coalition of mayors from around the country is exploring the model of guaranteed income – monthly funds to help fight poverty and close the racial wealth gap. But, says Dr. Maurice Gattis, VCU School of Social Work associate professor, monthly checks may not help those like homeless or housing-insecure youth who don’t have permanent addresses or banking accounts.

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VCU Social Work: Nicole O-Pries Advocates for Trauma-Informed Care

At the VCU School of Social Work, Nicole O-Pries advocates for trauma-informed care and telemental health. Explore her journey as an M.S.W. student and professor.

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Progressive Farmer: After the Pandemic - Meat Shortages Building More Market Connections

COVID-19 has changed all the rules about how food gets from farm to table, and increasingly farmers will be selling more beef directly to consumers, says Dr. Basil Gooden, a visiting scholar at the VCU School of Social Work, specializing in sustainable food access. ”If you can sell directly to the people who will cook and consume your product, that is ideal. You develop a relationship with that end consumer,” says Gooden, a former Virginia Secretary of Agriculture, who owns 80 head of cattle on his family farm.

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What Is Trauma-Informed Practice in Social Work?

What is trauma-informed practice in social work? Learn more about the importance of trauma-informed care and the skills necessary for successful social work.

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Popsugar: Disney-Pixar's First Official LGBTQ+ Character Is a Start, but There's More to Be Done

The Pixar movie Onward features an openly gay character, Officer Specter. But Dr. Maurice Gattis, VCU School of Social Work associate professor, says the significance is diminished by a bit role with only a few seconds of screen time. “The superficial nature of the relationship may be a letdown for the … LGBTQ+ community. …”

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Kimberly Compton: The Interdisciplinary Role of a Social Worker

Kimberly Compton brings interdisciplinary experience to the role of a social worker. Explore her journey as a student, Ph.D. candidate, and instructor at the VCU School of Social Work.

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Vault: How to Switch Careers to Social Work in the Age of Covid-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic has grown, so has the need for social workers, who serve communities, families and individuals. Getting the advanced graduate degree opens more doors, according to VCU School of Social Work’s dean, Dr. Beth Angell. “An MSW degree provides the skills needed to help people adjust to a variety of life challenges and the tools to practice independently with an LCSW license,” she says.

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Social Work With the LGBTQIA+ Community: Supporting the Needs of a Diverse Population

Did you know 40% of homeless youths are LGBTQIA+, and 48% of transgender adults considered suicide last year? Learn how LGBTQIA+ social work is making a difference.

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