The theme of the 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social work Program Directors (BPD) in 2002 will
be Building Bridges for Transition: Developing Interdisciplinary, Intergenerational, and Cross-Cultural Links to Meet the
Social Work Needs of an Aging Society. Social work faculty are invited to submit a proposal for the aging-themed conference
to be held in Pittsburgh, October 23-27, 2002. BPD recognizes that as our society ages, "it is becoming increasingly
imperative for all social workers to develop the knowledge as skills needed to work competently with older people and their
families." In fact, BPD's recognition of the aging imperative has resulted in the development of a BPD Gerontology Task
Force, chaired by Mit Joyner, Chair and Director of Social Work at West Chester University, that will work closely with SAGE-SW
to strengthen aging and gerontology education in social work education. Task Force members include:
· Sally Alonzo
Bell, Azusa Pacific University, SBell@apu.edu
· Francine Conway-Giustra, Long Island University, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Gordon Elliott, Mount Senario College, email@example.com
· Esther Jones Langston, University of
Nevada, Las Vegas, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Mit Joyner, Chair, West Chester University, email@example.com
· R. Ann Myers, James Madison University, firstname.lastname@example.org
· June Pegues, Retired Professor, email@example.com
· Jack Sellers, University of Northern Alabama, JSellers@unanov.una.edu
The BPD 2002 conference call
invites submission of proposals for papers, workshops, and resource exchanges related to the conference theme. Proposals
should be no more than two pages typed and double-spaced in a print size no less than 10-point font. Information on submissions
will be available on the CSWE website at www.cswe.org
Proposals must be postmarked
by January 15, 2002 and sent to Denise Montcalm, Program Chair, University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work, Mail Stop
090, Reno, NV 89557-0068.
Recent IASWR Activities of Note
IASWR helped to host the BPD Summer Policy Fellow, Daphne Petersen, while she worked with the ANSWER coalition during the
summer of 2001. Daphne will be sharing her great experiences at the 2001 BPD conference.
Met with Alan Leshner,
director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and his staff to discuss new opportunities for collaboration between
IASWR and NIDA and to commend NIDA for its support for building the research infrastructure in social work education, including
thus far, the funding of two development programs - at Columbia University and Washington University.
in a workgroup convened by Raynard Kington, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), to discuss
the inclusion of behavioral and social science content in medical school education.
Participated in a meeting, organized
through the Consortium of Social Science Associations, with acting National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Ruth Kirschstein.
Participated in a forum, convened by Chapin Hall on "The Evidence Base for Child Welfare Policy" which
shared analyses of findings from recent child welfare research, including presentations by social work researchers Fred Wulczyn
of Chapin Hall and Richard Barth of the University of North Carolina, and children's mental health researcher John Landsverk,
of the San Diego State University social work faculty.
Provided feedback to NIMH on Blueprint for Change: Research
on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, the draft report of the National Advisory Mental Council's Workgroup on Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Intervention Development and Deployment. The implementation of this Blueprint should provide new funding opportunities
for children's mental health research including the creation of interdisciplinary centers. Watch the IASWR listserv (see
above) for more information.
Using IASWR activities as an example, made a presentation on "influencing the
executive branch" at the University of South Carolina's Policy and Practice Institute in June 2001.
the need for more research about the social work profession and the outcomes of social work practice, in response to several
major efforts that are underway, by the American Public Human Services Association, Child Welfare League of America, Alliance
for Children and Families, National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors and the John A. Hartford Foundation,
that focus on recruitment and retention of a competent workforce in a range of fields of practice.
Prepared an annotated
bibliography for the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Family-Centered Practice on the research related to family-centered
practice across an array of fields of practice. Watch the IASWR listserv and website for information on its dissemination.