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

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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Why the nation should screen all students for trauma like California does

The Conversation: Why the nation should screen all students for trauma like California does

With the surgeon general of California pushing an unprecedented plan to implement universal screenings for childhood trauma for children in the state’s Medicaid program, VCU School of Social Work associate professor Dr. Sunny Shin sees a model for the nation. “If all the country’s children could undergo developmentally appropriate screenings for what we in the medical and social work communities call adverse childhood experiences,” he writes, “I suggest, based on my research, millions of tax dollars could be saved every year, premature deaths and diseases could be prevented and schools would be healthier, happier places for students and teachers.”

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Actual Harms of Vaping

The Atlantic: The Actual Harms of Vaping

Dr. Sunny Shin, a VCU School of Social Work associate professor, says research indicates some young people are actually switching to cigarettes because they are scared of vaping. “This is a good moment to establish the regulatory structure for these vaping products that should have been in place since the beginning,” says Shin, an expert in substance abuse who studies tobacco use by youth.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019