Month: May 2014

Professional Development Programs Announced

Register Today and Earn CECs.

Twelve one-day seminars are scheduled for June, July and August. Topics include: Ethical Decision Making; Painting from the Heart; Social Workers as Forensic Evaluators; Parent Management Training; Beyond Cultural Competence; Systemic Social Work: Mind-Sets and Unusual Questions; Client Violence: Assessment and Management; Spanish for Working with Latino Families and Children; Transgender Youth: Evaluation and Family Therapy; Implementation of the DSM-5: An Advanced Seminar; and Creative Group Experiences with Adolescents. Register on-line today.

Heidi McIntosh MSW ’98 Tapped for Leadership Position in NASW

The National Association of Social Workers has selected Heidi McIntosh, MSW ‘98, as its Deputy Director of Programs. For more than 15 years, Heidi has provided both state and national leadership for human services to promote positive growth and development among children, youth and their families. At NASW, she will lead the 130,000 member organization’s public policy, social work practice, and professional development teams.

Heidi McIntosh, MSW ’98

Heidi is leaving her position as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, where she coordinates policy development and strategic planning for an $8 billion federal budget that serves vulnerable children and families. While at ACF, she redesigned the national Child and Family Services Review to monitor state child welfare systems—promoting performance and accountability—and also developed a national policy agenda on trauma, social and emotional well-being and psychotropic medication management.

Prior to joining HHS, Heidi served as Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, where she was appointed by Governor Jodi Rell to manage a $950 million budget providing juvenile justice services, child welfare, human resources, adolescent and transitional services, adoption and interstate compact services, behavioral health and medicine, and education. In her role, she developed the state’s continuous quality improvement system, and decreased repeat maltreatment by instituting a structured decision model.

Heidi’s previous positions have included an interagency personnel assignment with the U.S. Children’s Bureau where she provided training and technical assistance to all regional offices and state child welfare agencies; Program Supervisor and Social Work Supervisor for the State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families; and Adjunct Professor at Teikyo Post University.

Heidi was selected for the 2010 Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Families Fellowship, served as Vice-President of the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners for five years, and since 2009 has served as the Co-Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

Dr. Negroni Recruiting Latino/a Graduates for a Research Study

If you are a Latino/a MSW graduate from the UConn School of Social Work from 1984 through 2014, please volunteer for a research study. Dr. Lirio Negroni is exploring the factors that influenced Latino/a alumni to apply to the UConn School of Social Work, the challenges they encountered, the factors that helped them complete their MSW education and their thoughts about how the SSW can be more successful in recruiting and retaining Latinos/as.

Dr. Negroni is asking that you complete a 15 – 20 minute survey that can either be emailed or mailed to you. Your responses will help increase educational opportunities for other Latinos/as and help others to achieve their career goals.

To learn more or to participate, contact Dr. Lirio Negroni at:

Doctoral Student Accepted to the Research to Practice Institute

Christina M. Chiarelli-Helminiak was accepted to attend the Network for Social Work Management’s 2014 Research to Practice Institute (RPI). Only 12 doctoral students from around the country with research interests in organizational management and leadership were accepted to attend the 2nd annual RPI. The goal of this one-day institute is to support the research trajectory and professional development of leaders in the field of social work management through mentorship, collaboration, and technical support.

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Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak

Tina was also selected as the 2014 recipient of the Mark Moses Distinguished Fellowship Award from the Network for Social Work Management. The award is presented annually to exemplary practitioners and academics working in the field of social work management. The fellowship includes participation in the annual Management Institute sponsored by the Network (in Boston this year).

Tina recently successfully defended her dissertation on Job Satisfaction and Burnout among Forensic Interviewers.