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Student Day Features Title IV-E Alumni Panel

The 2012 Title IV-E Student Day conference, with the theme Bridging the Practice Gap: Community Based Approaches to Strengthen Families, drew over 220 attendees to San Diego.

Each spring the event brings together social work students from around the state to participate in workshops on emerging child welfare related practices, to learn more about recent legislative activity  and county developments, and to network with faculty, state and county stakeholders, and other students.  

Keynote speaker Margaret Jackson, LCSW, director of the Cultural Broker Family Advocate Program in Fresno County and a faculty member in the California State University, Fresno Department of Social Work, spoke on the development and practices of the Cultural Broker project.

This year’s conference featured a Title IV-E alumni panel, an inaugural event that will become a regular feature at the annual event, where several alumni spoke about their experiences as MSW students and related how their careers have evolved.

Panelists included:

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Elsewhere in CalSWEC News, read about another Title IV-E alum, Michelle D. Love, who is making her mark at the Alameda County Social Services Agency.

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Workshops included sessions on:

  • Practice Effects of AB 12 Legislation,
  • Southeast Asian Perspectives (immigration issues, refugee services and child welfare),
  • Grandparents as Parents,
  • School-to-Prison Pipeline, and
  • Applying Mindfulness Research to Decolonizing Social Work

Other  presentations included:

CalSWEC Title IV-E Stipend Program Director Chris Mathias welcomed the participants, and Workforce Development Specialist Donna Thoreson held a workshop on job preparation and work skills.