School of Social Work

No. 25 M.S.W. Program in the U.S.

Social work-led project to reduce homelessness receives $800K+ grant

Two VCU School of Social Work associate professors, Maurice N. Gattis, Ph.D., and M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., have secured a Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant The $883,014 grant builds on a previously funded project and will work to reduce homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, pregnant and parenting youth, and young people at the intersection […]

Child Welfare Stipend Program VCU: A strong social work legacy supporting the commonwealth

As a newly minted VCU M.S.W. graduate in 2003, Danika Briggs signed on for 18 months with a local Virginia Department of Social Services office. Now, nearly 19 years later, she’s still with DSS, currently assistant director for family services with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.  Briggs, a licensed clinical social worker, is […]

B.S.W. student Oscar Kemp earns CSWE leadership role

VCU School of Social Work B.S.W. student Oscar Kemp is helping make history as the first undergraduate student representative to serve on the board of directors of the national accrediting agency Council on Social Work Education. Kemp, from Danville, Virginia, will be the B.S.W. representative, while M.S.W. student Wendy Hernandez-De La Cruz of California State […]

Social work faculty and student researchers presenting at SSWR 2022

The VCU School of Social Work is pleased to acknowledge the faculty, student scholars and their research collaborators taking part in the Society for Social Work and Research’s 26th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference theme is Social Science for Racial, Social and Political Justice. In January 2021, the School of Social Work […]

School of Social Work Annual Report: 100+ snapshots that tell a story of strength, resilience, adaptability

As the VCU School of Social Work takes a look back at the past 18 months through the lens of our first Annual Report publication, it’s clear that the big picture is really a series of smaller snapshots and their collective impact. You will find more than 100 of these snapshots throughout the pages of […]

Donate winter coats (and hats and gloves) Nov. 9-23

In partnership with VCU’s Center for Community Engagement and Impact, the School of World Studies, the departments of psychology, sociology and political science, and the School of Education, the School of Social Work is participating in a winter coat drive from Nov. 9-23. The Southwood Apartment community, also known as La Mancha, a multicultural neighborhood […]

2021 Council on Social Work Education presentations

As the Council on Social Work Education’s 67th Annual Program Meeting opens on Nov. 4 in Orlando, Florida, the VCU School of Social Work recognizes our faculty, students and alumni whose work has been accepted for the conference, along with an additional honor for one of our faculty from the Group for the Advancement of […]

Ph.D. student Bouchard earns prestigious rural health fellowship

Growing up in rural western North Carolina, Leah Bouchard saw the impact of methamphetamine and opioids on the members of her small community.  First as a multi-systemic therapist in eastern Tennessee and then as a doctoral student and candidate at the VCU School of Social Work, she has dedicated both practice and research to serving […]

Ph.D. to EMT: A social work fixture for 40 years, Dattalo finds his niche as volunteer

Professor Pat Dattalo, Ph.D., has been teaching since the early 1980s, and even in retirement from the VCU School of Social Work, he’s got another group with which he can listen and learn. Dattalo, who joined the school full time in 1986, made his retirement official in October. Having started about four years ago as […]

Social work doctoral education organization recognizes professors Bentley, Burnette

The international organization of directors of social work doctoral programs has recognized two influential VCU professors for their work, continuing a legacy of national leadership by the School of Social Work.  The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) has selected Professor Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW, as the recipient of […]

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