News & Events for December 2005

December 05, 2005
FAU’S SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK RECEIVES FUNDING FOR HAITIAN FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM
Services emphasize prevention, education and health care

BOCA RATON, FL (November XX, 2005) – Dr. Michele Hawkins, Director and Professor of FAU’s School of Social Work in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, received a contract for $250,000 from Florida’s Department of Children and Families for continuation of funding of the Haitian Family Services Program. 

FAU’s Haitian Family Services Program provides prevention and educational services to the Haitian community in Palm Beach County.  The program is designed to assist refugees, asylum seekers, entrants and lawful permanent residents who are making the transition from Haiti to the United States.  Services are provided to help the programs’ clients achieve economic self-sufficiency and to promote effective resettlement.

“Increasing clients’ comfort levels in their new environment and highlighting cultural differences and expectations both in and out of the home are essential to successful resettlement in the United States,” said Dr. Michele Hawkins, director of the program and director of FAU’s School of Social Work. 

The program’s strong emphasis on education focuses specifically on parenting and domestic violence issues for its clients.  Additionally, through FAU’s College of Nursing, program participants can receive health care information, treatment for minor ailments and information for more extensive health care treatments.

Currently in Palm Beach County there are approximately 38,000 members of the Haitian community and FAU’s Haitian Family Services Program services approximately 1,500 people per year.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Michele Hawkins at
(561) 297-3234.

December 5, 2005
FAU TAKES THE LEAD IN TRAINING TOMORROW’S CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS
5-year, $6.5 contract will train more students for social work positions

BOCA RATON, FL (November XX, 2005) – Dr. Michele Hawkins, Director and Professor of Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work,  recently received a $6.5 million contract from Florida’s Department of Children and Families to educate and train social work graduates to work as child welfare professionals.  FAU is serving as the lead institution on this five-year contract that began in July.  The project is a collaborative effort with other state schools that are members of the Florida Association of the Deans and Directors of the Schools of Social Work (FADD):  Florida A&M University, Florida International University, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of West Florida.

“The current lack of formally educated social workers going into child welfare has forced agencies to hire people from non social work backgrounds,” said Dr. Michele Hawkins, School of Social Work director and professor.  “This grant will help educate and train social workers who will be able to work with the complex needs of children in foster care and adoption.” As part of the collaborative nature of the grant, the deans of social work from the participating universities will work with Florida’s Department of Children and Families to determine budget, policies and curriculum.  All of the schools will receive money to hire one to two new faculty members whose duties include to work individually with stipend students and teach specialized child welfare courses.    

After completion of the stipend program, students have employment for one year in a child welfare agency.  This type of program is seen as a win-win situation, as students see the program as obtaining specialized professional training in child welfare with post graduation employment while local agencies view the program as a way to hire qualified child welfare professional

December 12, 2005 (UPDATED)
MSW Pre-Concentration Meeting

Please attend our MSW Pre-Concentration Meeting to discuss focus areas and electives.

Date: January 26, 2006
Time: 8:30PM - 10PM
Location: FAU Boca Campus, Room GS115

Reservations not necessary.


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