February 2007


37 - Job Opportunities with Santa Cruz County Mental Health

 Attention Students

The County of Santa Cruz is recruiting for MENTAL HEALTH CLIENT SPECIALISTS. Details and info can be located on the county webpage www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us under employment (job opportunities).  The recruitment is open until this Friday at 5pm and applicants can apply online. Its a great place to work and offers great benefits.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Neera Bhatnagar-Blankenship


36 - Spanish Program in Mexico


To:        Social Work Students
From:     Jorge Torres, Director

I thought you might be interested in knowing that we offer
special programs as part of our Spanish immersion program at
CETLALIC, in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In addition to learning Spanish,
program participants learn about cultural, political, educational,
and health issues affecting Mexicans.

CETLALIC have 20 years of experience providing intensive Spanish
instruction combined with the study of social and political issues.
In addition to already scheduled special programs, we also work with groups who would like to come to CETLALIC to study Spanish together and study a particular aspect of Mexican culture, politics, or
social issues. I personally work directly with the group in advance
to design a program that meets its needs and interests. Programs
include excursions, lectures and round-table discussions with local
community people who are active on the particular issue. Homestays
with Mexican families are also provided.

I would like to invite you to visit our website, www.cetlalic.org.mx
to find out more about us. If you would like to come study at
CETLALIC, or would like to organize a group to come, please let me

35 - Continued, Prospective Faculty Colloquia, Please Join Us!


Attachments: Flyer Edward Cohen.pdf

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Attached please find the flyer for our last prospective faculty member
being interviewed this year:

Edward Cohen, Ph.D: UC Berkeley, will give a one hour colloquium,
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 from 12 to 1 PM in the School of Social Work Large Conference Room entitled: California's Transition-age Youth and Emerging Adults In (and Out) of the Mental Health System: An Agenda for Research.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.  We hope you will join us for these colloquia!

Thank you,



34 - School Social Work Internship Opportunity


Attachments: SIT_Brochure_2007_2008.pdf

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are doing well as we arrive at the completion of one third of our semester. Wow! Time flies when you are having fun...or writing paper after paper! ;-)

I am just writing you with a quick announcement about a great opportunity for all of those considering working in School Social Work, either in your first year of internship, or in your final year within your

In fact, I am in the School Social Work field of practice working on my
PPSC, and have had the great opportunity to intern with the SIT (Student Intervention Team) in San Francisco. This team is organized, with great knowledge and expertise, as well as supportive, providing all that one can look for in a school internship. Yes, that's a thumbs up from me!

If you are interested in interning in the schools in San Francisco, please do not miss this great opportunity. For all interested MSW's, MFT interns, or MFT trainees, informational sessions will be held in San Francisco:

Thursday, March 1st from 2-4pm
Tuesday, March 6th from 1-3pm
727 Golden Gate Ave, Room K1 (between Gough & Franklin)
RSVP with Janet Frost at:  jfrost1949@sbcglobal.com
For more information:     415.241.6211

Please see attached to review their brochure.

Take Care & Make Everyday Count in Your Own Special Way!

Linnette Peralta Haynes
SWGSA President

33 - Placement Planning Meeting for 3-Year (Part-Time) Students Entering Field Fall 2007

 Placement Planning Meeting for 3-Year (Part-Time) Students Entering Field Fall 2007

Dear Students,
I hope you are all doing well. This is a reminder about the Field Placement Planning Meeting for 3-Year (Part-Time) students entering their first year of field in the fall of 2007.   The meeting is on February 27, 2007 from 6-8 PM and will take place down the hall from the School of Social Work in WSQ 207.
If you have not already done so, please contact Tracy Fant at: tfant@casa.sjsu.edu to let us know that you will be attending.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Take care,

Blanca Tavera
Interim Director of Field Education
School of Social Work
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0124

32 - Continued, Prospective Faculty Colloquia, Please Join Us!


Attachments: Flyer Soma Sen.pdf     Flyer JongSerl Chun.pdf          Flyer Edward Cohen.pdf

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Attached please find flyers for prospective faculty members:

Soma Sen, MSW, ABD: Arizona State University, will give a one hour
colloquium, Monday, February 26, 2007 from 12 - 1 PM in the School of Social Work's Large Conference Room entitled: Social Capital: Is it a buffer against HIV risk among migrant men in Sub-Saharan Africa?

JongSerl Chun, Ph.D: University of Texas, Austin will give a one hour
colloquium, Tuesday, February 27, 2007 from 12 - 1 PM in the School of Social Work Large Conference Room entitled: Outcomes in a sample of opioid-dependent clients treated under California's Proposition 36

Edward Cohen, Ph.D: UC Berkeley, will give a one hour colloquium,
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 from 12 - 1 PM in the School of Social Work Large Conference Room entitled: California's Transition-age Youth and Emerging Adults In (and Out) of the Mental Health System: An Agenda for Research.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.  We hope you will join us for these colloquia!

Thank you,


Alice Hines
Director, School of Social Work


Field Symposium, Research Awards, and Open House


Hi all,

 Please respond to Peter ( plee4@email.sjsu.edu) with your input by February 28th

For the past 12 years, the School of Social Work with support from the family of Dorothy Miller, has sponsored an event to recognize achievements in field education, including outstanding field instructor (BASW or MSW field program), outstanding MSW student in the field, and outstanding agency (BASW or MSW field program). Since its inception, the event has evolved to include recognition of outstanding MSW research projects, and an Open House to publicize our School. This year, we are also increasing the recognition given to BASW students. The committee planning this year's event needs your help:

1) Suggestions for Event Name.

Please suggest what we can name this event. The event has been called the "Dorothy Miller Field Education Symposium, Outstanding Research Awards, and Open House." However, although the field scholarships will still be in her name, the event itself is not currently funded by the Miller family.


We ask that all faculty support this event since it is a great opportunity to recognize students, to show our appreciation to our colleagues assisting us in the field education program, and to represent our School and profession to community partners and leaders. This year's event will be on Wednesday May 16th at the School of Social Work, most likely in the late afternoon through early evening.

3) Suggestions for Keynote Speakers.

Please suggest dignitaries and/or significant figures who can address our audience of faculty, students, and colleagues in the field and community. This person does not have to be a social worker, but should be a "social worker at heart" with significant interests consistent with our mission.

4) Suggestions for Guest List.

Are there some notable community members, leaders, or dignitaries you would like to invite? Please send those names along with available contact information.

THANK YOU for your support. Please respond with your ideas to Peter ( plee4@email.sjsu.edu) by February 28th. Together, we hope we can sponsor a wonderful event that will benefit all involved.

Kathy Lemon-Osterling, Meekyung Han, Blanca Tavera, & Peter Allen Lee---"Field Education Symposium/Research Award/Open House" Committee


31 - Preparation for Internship Interviews In the context of ScWk 298


Dear Students Preparing for 2nd Year of Field and for ScWk 298,

As you prepare for your final year of internship, keep in mind that your studies and experiences in this advanced, multi-systems portion of the social work curriculum will be more focused on the your field of practice.  Your ScWk 298 project is also part of your final year and is almost always linked to your field practicum. i.e., you will use your agency and experiences there to formulate and complete an independent research project related to your professional and educational interests.  Additional details will be sent soon regarding ScWk 298 andhow to prepare for it.  However, as part of your search for an internship, consider ScWk 298 in context, especially (1) how the agency, the FI, and other agency staff will support your research interests, and (2) what type of institutional review board (IRB) procedures are involved at that agency.  For example, many hospitals, organizations, and government offices have their own IRB requirements in additional to the university's, which you should be aware of as you make your decision.  Although IRB procedures are somewhat anxiety provoking, your professors and I will give you as much support as possible to help you succeed.



Peter Allen Lee
MSW Program Coordinator


30 - SJSU / WASC Forum Invite, 2/21, 12-1:30, Barrett Ballroom


Attachments: WASC_2-21-071.pdf

University Forum

Hello Students,

The SJSU campus forum committee invites you to the final WASC forum on Wednesday 2/21, 12-1:30 in the Barrett Ballroom.  Lunch will be provided.  We're in the very last phase of the university's
re-accreditation review process (educational effectiveness review) and the team visit will take place March 7, 8, 9.   A brief update on our status along with materials relevant to the team's visit will be provided, however, the focus of the forum will be looking forward.  The time is right for using what we've learned during the WASC review along with what we've learned from the strategic planning process as a springboard to move forward collectively.  The format will be small group discussions around these topics related to the university:

First year experiences
Integrating curricular & co-curricular experiences
The ideal SJSU

We need input from all campus constituencies - faculty, staff, students, and administrators.  You do not need to have participated in previous conversations to join in now. Attached is a flyer with information for you to post and/or forward.

Please RSVP by email ( bethany@bshifflett.com) by 5pm on Thursday 2/15 to confirm your attendance so we can make sure there are enough materials and food for all.  Please provide:

Position: (faculty, staff, student, admin):
1st choice topic:
2nd choice topic:

See you there!

Bethany Shifflett
Campus Forum Committee
bethany@bshifflett.com or 924-1106


29 - Prospective Faculty Colloquia - Please Join Us!


Attachments: Flyer Kang.Dooyeon.pdf    Flyer Bikson.Karra.pdf            Flyer Vugia.Holly.pdf

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Attached please find flyers for prospective faculty members:

Karra Bikson, MSW, ABD: UCLA, will give a one hour colloquium, Monday, February 19, 2007 from 12 to 1 PM in the School of Social Work's Large Conference Room entitled: Understanding Innovation in End of Life Care: Hospital-based Palliative Care Programs.

Dooyeon Kang, MSW, ABD: Columbia University will give a one hour colloquium, Tuesday, February 20, 2007 from 12 ­ 1 PM in the School of Social Work Large Conference Room entitled: Impact of Staffing Resources, Nurse Aide Training, and Medicaid Census on Quality of Care and Quality of Life at New York State Nursing Homes.

Holly Vugia, MSW, Ph.D: UC Berkeley, will give a one hour colloquium, Wednesday, February 21, 2007 from 12 ­ 1 PM in the School of Social Work Large Conference Room entitled: All in a Day's Work: Coping with Trauma & Tragedy in Social Work Practice.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.  We hope you will join us for these colloquia!

Thank you,


Alice Hines
Director, School of Social Work


28 - REMINDER MSW Class of 2007


Attachments: Application for Award of Master's Degree Form.pdf      Course Substitution Form.pdf

Dear MSW Graduating Class of 2007,

Please remember to do the following:

1) Application for Award of Master's Degree form is DUE FEBRUARY 15, 2007--Please DO NOT send this form to me; it should be sent directly to the Graduate Studies and Research office. The instructions are on that form. If you have not received notification of a successful advancement to candidacy from the Graduate Studies and Research office, you should contact me asap.  You would have received that notification by the end of December 2006.

2) Request for Course Substitution in Master's Degree Program form--Please submit this one to me asap if you are substituting one elective for another.  It is best to wait until after your Spring 2007 schedule is
finalized, but once you know your classes, file this form asap if it applies to you.  If you are taking an EXTRA course (i.e., another elective beyond the required 60 units for MSW), you do NOT need to file this form to report that extra class.

3) Review your MSW Student Handbook--Please read your handbook for tips on how to complete your degree and to re-familiarize yourself with the common reasons for delays in attaining
your MSW.  This may save you heartache later.

If you have questions, please contact your advisor or me at 408-924-5850.

Thank you,


Peter Allen Lee
MSW Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor


27 - Ticket Checks UPDATE


Dear MSW Graduating Class of 2007,

We are cashing your latest round of checks this week.  Thanks for your support and patience regarding your pre-purchase of graduation tickets. Other updates will be sent soon regarding commencement.  If you have questions about graduation or ticket sales, please contact Erika Martinez, the Graduation Committee Chair, @ emartinez823@yahoo.com .

Thank you,

Peter Allen Lee
SWGSA Faculty Advisor





First, I would like to commend all of the organizers and participants in the Bridging the Gap event. Over 400 students met with over 60 agencies, potential employers/internships. Good job everyone!!!
I want to take this opportunity to update you about new developments in regards to graduation. As everyone should know by now, our graduation will be held at on Saturday, May 26th at 2pm at San Jose's Convention Center, Parkside Hall. At this point we have had two periods in which all graduates were able to buy unlimited tickets, on a first come, first serve basis.
Many people have asked when they can pick up their tickets. The Graduation Committee has been working hard. However, at this time, the tickets have not yet been printed. But no worries, your checks and money orders serve as a great receipt. We also have a documented list of the buyers and number of tickets purchased. Please stay tuned to the email list-serve to find out when and where to pick up your tickets.
SWGSA and the Graduation Committee agree that our graduation ceremony is very significant in our lives, as well as in the lives of our family and friends. Therefore, this ceremony is very significant. To that end, we want to help enable all graduates to participate in the ceremony to the best of our abilities and with our limited resources.
Please remember that our graduation ceremony is put on by US, graduate and undergraduate students, COLLECTIVELY. Student organizers/participants are volunteering their time, talent, and care in an effort to put on a wonderful ceremony, while simultaneously working to graduate. So, if you have any ideas, issues, etc., please remember YOU are always invited to participate in the Graduation Committee (which meets the first Monday of every month @ noon in the social work office) to make your contribution.
That said, the Graduation Committee met last Monday, and discussed the next steps to sell more tickets. First we must finalize the tally of graduate and undergraduate tickets already sold and work with the
Convention Center to arrive at the maximum space available. At the next ticket sale, which will be advertised through the email list serve, in the spirit of inclusion, we will give priority to those who have not bought any tickets yet with a limit based upon the number of available tickets. Please stay tuned to the email list serve to learn of this next ticket sale.
If you have NOT purchased tickets, but would like to, please email Erika Martinez, the Graduation Committee Chair, @ emartinez823@yahoo.com, and tell her the number of tickets you would like to purchase. Keep in mind, we are doing our best, and the success of putting on this event includes YOU!
Lastly, the next monthly SWGSA meeting will take place this coming Monday,February 12th @ Noon in the social work office. Be there and make a difference!
Have a Great Day & Make it Count!

Take Care,
Linnette Peralta Haynes

25 - UPDATE ScWk Electives for Spring 2007


Dear Students,

ScWk 245 and 285 still have room.  Looking for an elective?  Consider one of these and check the SJSU schedule:

ScWk 245: Management in Human Services

This seminar course will engage students in reading, research, and discussion on the following range of human service management topics:

- A survey of management theories;

- Review of administrative functions and challenges;

- Consideration of the role of leadership;

- Review of the necessary skills in human service management;

- Consideration of financial issues and challenges; and

- Strategies for change and cultural diversity.

Kevin McGirr, the instructor for this course, has over 30 years experience managing substance abuse, mental health and homeless services in non-profit and county administration. 

ScWk 285: Social Work and Social Problems

This course examines the economic, political, social, and cultural factors operating at the local, national, and global levels that serve to generate and maintain challenges for disenfranchised, oppressed, and marginalized groups. It will provide a framework for critically analyzing and understanding the intercultural, intracultural, psychosocial, social, and political factors, and ethical considerations that serve to maintain and promote marginalization, and suggests transcultural social work methods of practice for appropriate service delivery with special population groups such as Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders, African American, and sexual minorities. The course will also highlight social services to immigrants and refugees, emphasizing cultural and cross cultural issues, immigration policies, and social work knowledge and practice.

For more information contact the instructor, Dr. Migdalia Reyes (School of Social Work), 408-924-5868 or mreyes@casa.sjsu.edu 


24 - UPDATE NASW Lobby Days Scholarships


Dear MSW Students,
NASW Region B has some funds available to assist students to attend Lobby Days. The NASW coordinator for the San Jose Unit, Glenn Thomas, has clarified the process for applying for a Lobby Days scholarship.
To apply, submit a statement to Glenn at glennthomas@loveandencourage.com indicating:

1) that you need assistance;

2) whether you are requesting a full or partial scholarship; and

3) provide your contact information. 

Deadline for applying is Friday, February 16. Decisions will be made by the following weekend. Recipients will be requested to show up at the next NASW meeting on March 16th at 6pm.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me ( adandrade@casa.sjsu.edu) or Glenn, via his email address above.

Thank you,
Amy D'Andrade, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
San Jose State University
One Washington Square , WSQ 215H
San Jose , CA  95192-0124
t: (408) 924-5830
f: (408) 924-5892  

23 - SFGH Trauma Recovery Center


Attachments: openhouse07.doc     sjsuintern_ad07.doc

Dear Students,

I am writing from the San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Recovery Center.  We are an internship site for MSW students entering their second year of placement.  We are having an open house on Thursday February 15 from 5:15-6:30pm to give candidates further information about our internship.  The flyer for our open house is attached along with an information sheet.
Thank you,
Jennifer Jackson
Jennifer Jackson, LCSW
Trauma Recovery and Rape Treatment Center
UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital

22 - ScWk 287 Update


To all students enrolled in Social Work 287:

We will be meeting for two Saturdays (February 10th and March 10th) from 9:30 to 5:30 in MH 523.  If you have any questions please email me at  lisalcsw@msn.com.  Otherwise I will see you all next Saturday.


Lisa Arieta-Hayes