May
05

Field Evaluations, Timesheets, & Liaison Assessments Due to Field Education Office
May
07

COSW Tenure & Promotion Committee Meeting
May
07

COSW MSW Program Committee Meeting
May
07

COSW Faculty Meeting

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $925,787 three year grant titled, Training for Transitions: Preparedness for Behavioral Health Social Workers (TFT), to the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. The grant is being used to expand the College's existing Field Education Program to recruit, place and train qualifying advanced level MSW students in field practicums who plan a behavior health career treating at‐risk children, adolescents, and transitional‐age youth.

TFT provides for a total of 67, $10,000.00 stipend to students in their advanced year who make a commitment to complete a field practicum in a preapproved TFT site that serves school aged youth, adolescents, emerging
adults and their families/caregiving systems at risk for mental illness, substance abuse and/or engaging in harmful, or potentially violent behaviors. Currently, six students are in placement for the 2014‐2015 academic
year, 25 will be placed for the 2015‐2016 academic year, and 36 will be placed for the 2016‐2017 academic year. “An important and critical element to this grant is the formation of the TFT Advisory Council with our community
partners.” Anna Scheyett, Dean and Professor at the COSW stated. “Building a collaborative TFT Advisory Council is essential to sustaining and continuing TFT support for ongoing field placements, stipend support and
the field seminar after the grant ends.”

Advisory Council Members meet 4 times a year and include Dr. Teri Browne, Associate Professor, USC COSW;  Toriah Caldwell, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing; Rhonda DiNovo, Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Director, USC; Cynthia Holmes, Manager, Medical Social Work at Palmetto Health Richland; Aidyn Iachini, Co‐PI TFT Grant, Assistant Professor, USC COSW; Louise Johnson, Dir. Office of Children & Families, Community Mental Health Services, DMH; Kevin Rhodes, Grants Manager at Kershaw County School District; Anna Scheyett, Dean and Professor, USC COSW; and Melissa Reitmeier, PI TFT Grant, Clinical Assistant Professor, USC COSW.

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