School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is dedicated to achieving excellence in professional education, research that informs social work practice and social policy, and public engagement. We emphasize three themes: research-based practice, a commitment to diversity, and a focus on the reciprocal interactions between people and their ecological systems. We prepare MSW students for advanced practice in mental health, school social work, child welfare, and health. Our doctoral students assume leadership roles in social work research and education.
The faculty are highly rated teachers and publish their research regularly in major social work journals. Our Children and Family Research Center is a special partnership between the state child welfare agency and the School.
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(2000)A lack of long-term care facilities in the community, poor quality of services in the existing residential facilities, and the professionals' exclusive focus on adolescents and neglect of families in intervention were some ...
(1999)This is a cross-sectional retrospective study of the decision to place children in foster care in Illinois. Computerized administrative data were analyzed using logistic regression analysis and Classification and Regression ...
(1999)Implications for practice include use of an operationalized form of social cognitive learning known as cognitive apprenticeship as a way of preparing new child welfare workers for professional practice. Policy implications ...
The Impact of Supervisory Behavior on Permanency Rates for Foster Children in a Child Welfare Context (1999)Worker characteristics such as education, empowerment, and experience did not act as mediators of supervisory characteristics and behaviors. The moderating variables of average case load and type of foster care, either ...
The Social and Structural Contexts of Sexual Health Status: A Study of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Chicago Women (2000)These findings support the theory that appropriate sexual health interventions must focus on the larger structural inequalities that drive risk behaviors in order to increase opportunities for empowered healthy decision-making. ...