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Welcome to the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is home to two outstanding programs, including both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our programs are led by highly trained and experienced faculty and excellent advisors, and we welcome motivated students who seek quality education. We offer in-depth knowledge based on current research within the profession, along with experiential learning opportunities to apply that knowledge in a practical learning environment. For general questions about our school, please email schoolofsocialwork@nku.edu, or visit our BSW or MSW website pages.

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The NKU School of Social Work is fully committed to providing an inclusive environment. One that embraces diversity and unequivocally denounces all forms of oppression & discrimination. We see and care about all people, including the many populations who are often invisible within our society.


Sources

Black Lives Matter: https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/2020/06/02/in-solidarity-with-blacklivesmatter/

Religionhttps://courses.lumenlearning.com/sociology/chapter/world-religions/

Gay Pride Flag: https://www.them.us/story/pride-flag-redesign

End Ageism: https://youtu.be/yac68YNe5Kw

People of Color: https://myunitedwaymonroecounty.org/

Povertyhttps://4thworldmovement.org/overcoming-poverty/poverty-myths/

Women’s Rights: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/women-rights-rose-symbol-feminist-female-gender-equality-feminism-gift-thomas-larch.html

Disability Graphic: https://www.facebook.com/USYDdis/community/

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News & Announcements

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Dr. Linda Ault Retires

Congratulations on your retirement, Dr. Linda Ault!  Dr. Ault was the Interim Director of the School of Social Work at Northern Kentucky University. She held a doctorate and master of social work from University of Kentucky, College of Social Work. She developed the Master of Social Work, and served NKU as Directors of the Bachelor and Master Social Work Programs. She had over 20 years of teaching experience at NKU and the University of Kentucky including substance abuse, forensics, child abuse, and generalist practice. Dr. Ault held a number of professional memberships, including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She was a long-time member of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), serving as accreditation site visitor and consulting journal editor. She published in professional journals, and gave numerous presentations from local and state, to national and international conferences.

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Dr. Ault was a Fulbright Scholar working with Ternopil Pedagogical University, Ukraine. Dr. Ault was an international social work researcher, participating in CSWE study of the social work profession with the University of Havana, Cuba. Dr. Ault also served on the Board of Directors of Project Casa Mare assisting the Republic of Moldova Master of Social Work programs. As an International Social Work Educator, she helped develop MSW study abroad in Glasgow, Scotland, London, England, and Kildare, Ireland.

Dr. Ault had over twenty-five years of professional experience; including administration, consultant, clinical supervisor, substance abuse, family therapy, and counselor in juvenile community services. She worked for the American Correctional Association as a juvenile community-based treatment consultant, accreditation auditor, and trainer. As a private consultant, Dr. Ault assisted state and local jurisdictions in juvenile delinquency prevention, educational transition services, and program development. She served on national and state juvenile justice policy and accreditation standards committees. We wish you the very best in your retirement!

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Elyssa Carmony Receives the Graduate Student Celebration Award

Congratulations to MSW student Elyssa Carmony, who won the award for “best presentation by a graduate student” at the recent NKU Celebration of Student Research and Creativity. Ms. Carmony’s presentation was reviewed and selected as the winner by a committee of faculty from across the university. Her presentation was titled “The Relationship Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders.” Ms. Carmony will graduate in May 2022, and the SSW team is so proud!

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Ms. Carmony’s capstone project explored current diagnoses and
connections between eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. Her
presentation abstract is included below:

 Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and eating disorders have grown to be more commonly known after their portrayal in media and increased representation in research. There has been minimal research regarding the association between these diagnoses. This cross-sectional study used a brief survey to examine the relationship between symptoms of BPD and the five eating disorder diagnoses listed in the DSM V. Findings examined the connection and potential crossover of symptoms and provided information that can help professionals apply improved treatment methods and explore preventative measures against developing an eating disorder as a direct or in-direct result of BPD symptoms.

Photo of Christie-Lee Griffin receiving the E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship

Christie-Lee Griffin Receives E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship

Congratulations to Christie-Lee Griffin, NKU MSW student, for receiving the E. Kathleen Cooke scholarship.   

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The scholarship is under the umbrella of Epsilon Lambda Sigma Alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The mission of the E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation is to provide support to the Greater Cincinnati Youth and Young Adults through Enrichment, Educational and Leadership Development Initiatives. In addition, they are purposed to support the underserved populations through outreach activities.

The mission of the foundation is accomplished by collaborating with other organizations who demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of the Greater-Cincinnati community.  Christie-Lee was awarded $1,000 towards her tuition for this year for her 3.9 GPA, community service, and essay submission.  Congratulations!

Photo of PCWCP program application deadline of April 15, 2022.  Contact Nycole Brundidge with questions at brundidgen@nku.edu

Public Child Welfare Certification Program Applications for 2022

BSW Students may apply to be a part of the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP), which provides an opportunity to receive advanced training in the areas of child welfare protection and permanency.  A scholarship, stipend, living expenses, and travel related to the program are awarded.  Applications are due two dates per year, April 15th and October 15th. Contact Nycole Brundidge for more information at brundidgen@nku.edu.

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The purpose of the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) is to provide BSW students the opportunity to receive advanced training in the areas of child welfare protection and permanency. Students accepted into PCWCP receive a scholarship that pays either the last three or four semesters of their in-state tuition, including a $1,300-per-semester stipend for books, living expenses and travel related to the program.  Requirements are: 

· Full-time BSW social work major.

· Overall cumulative 2.5 or above GPA.

· Cumulative 3.0 or above GPA in social work courses.

· Receives no less than a “B,” satisfactory or pas in the required PCWCP course and field practicum(s).

· Minimum of three but no more than four semesters left before graduation.

· Completion of social work practice course before second PCWCP course.

· Currently not employed with the Cabinet of Health and Family Services.

· Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

SPACE IS LIMITED, SO APPLICANTS ARE CHOSEN FROM A COMPETITIVE SELECTION POOL. 

APPLY BY APRIL 15 BY 5 P.M.

Contact Nycole Brundidge PCWCP Site Coordinator at brundidgen@nku.edu or (859) 572-7504.

pcwcp.eku.edu. 

 

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Ivy Turner - Social Work Student, Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Congrats to Ivy Turner, NKU Social Work Major, for being named the Horizon League Nike® Horizon League Women's Basketball Player of the Week. 

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Dr. Katherina Terhune Preserving a Legacy by Giving Back

Preserving and Legacy

Catch up with MSW Program Director, Katherina Terhune, on how she preserves her sister's legacy by giving back.

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Jason Merrick and KCDC Substance Abuse Program Celebrates Six Years of Success

Jason Merrick and the Kenton County Detention Center Substance Abuse Program Celebrates Six Years of Success

Celebrate NKU School of Social Work Alum and Adjunct Faculty member Jason Merrick's KCDC Substance Abuse Program. The program has had six years of success helping more than 500 inmates per year since 2015.  Check out the What's Happening in Kenton County article from the Spring/Summer 2021 issue to find out all about the program.

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2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award Winners -  Sarah Martin & Tala Al Masri

2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award Winners

The school of social work graduate students, Sarah Martin and Tala Al Masri, have been selected as NKU’s winners of the 2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award! Excellence in research has earned and supported through Dr. Suk-hee Kim’s two funded research projects in the School of Social Work. 

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2021 School of Social Work MSW graduate, Justin Sanford, wins the 2021 Online Celebration Award

Justin Sanford wins 2021 Online Celebration Award

We are pleased to share that Justin Sanford’s research project was selected as the best presentation at the 2021 Online Celebration by a committee of faculty and staff reviewers. Congratulations to Justin – we are all so proud! Justin's exploratory, cross sectional study aimed to provide a picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting mental health outcomes. 391 adults provided data through a self-administered survey. The survey revealed the depth of the mental health crisis we are in while providing insight for how social work clinicians can impactfully respond. 

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Dr. Suk-hee Kim Awarded NIH Federal Grant Subaward through University of Cincinnati

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives NIH Federal Grant Subaward through University of Cincinnati

Congratulations to Dr. Suk-hee Kim on receiving the NIH Federal Grat Subaward through the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

The HEALing (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Communities Study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Optimizing HEALing in Ohio Communities is a project with Addiction Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Department, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Northern Kentucky University has been sub awarded to conduct essential functions to carry out the proposed study. Dr. Suk-hee Kim, associate professor, in the CHHS’ School of Social Work at NKU, will closely work with the University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Intervention Design Team, provide expertise in the implementation of evidence-based practices in criminal justice settings, and serve as the County Lead for the Criminal Justice Intervention Design Team in Guernsey County in Ohio over the study period.

 

Dr. Suk-hee Kim Awarded CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Suk-hee Kim for winning this prestigious award, which recognizes a social work educator's exemplary achievements

within the last 10 years in at least two areas; research and scholarship, pedagogy and curriculum development, and organizational leadership. 

 

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives the National CORSW Community Impact Award

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives the National CORSW Community Impact Award

Congratulations to Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Suk-hee Kim, who received the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work

Education (CORSW) Community Impact Award, a national recognition that celebrates feminist leadership models in social work education.  See the link for more details about her significant accomplishment!

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Dr. Katie Terhune Pioneers Age-Friendly University Initiative

Dr. Katie Terhune's work made Northern Kentucky University the first institution in Kentucky to join the global age-friendly university initiative.

Congratulations to Dr. Katie Terhune, who is involved in the global initiative along with 31 other universities, who highlight the role higher education can play in responding to the opportunities and challenges associated with our aging population.

 

Dr. Kevin Lotz Presents "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter Annual Conference

Dr. Kevin Lotz Presents "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter Annual Conference

Congrats to Dr. Kevin Lotz, who presented  "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter at the 66th Annual CSWE Conference, which discussed how to help equip and engage in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion to transform challenges into assets, and also how to navigate matters of intersectionality and cultural sensitivity.

 

Photo of Christie-Lee Griffin receiving the E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship

Christie-Lee Griffin Receives E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship

Congratulations to Christie-Lee Griffin, NKU MSW student, for receiving the E. Kathleen Cooke scholarship.   

READ MORE

The scholarship is under the umbrella of Epsilon Lambda Sigma Alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The mission of the E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation is to provide support to the Greater Cincinnati Youth and Young Adults through Enrichment, Educational and Leadership Development Initiatives. In addition, they are purposed to support the underserved populations through outreach activities.

The mission of the foundation is accomplished by collaborating with other organizations who demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of the Greater-Cincinnati community.  Christie-Lee was awarded $1,000 towards her tuition for this year for her 3.9 GPA, community service, and essay submission.  Congratulations!

Photo of PCWCP program application deadline of April 15, 2022.  Contact Nycole Brundidge with questions at brundidgen@nku.edu

Public Child Welfare Certification Program Applications for 2022

BSW Students may apply to be a part of the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP), which provides an opportunity to receive advanced training in the areas of child welfare protection and permanency.  A scholarship, stipend, living expenses, and travel related to the program are awarded.  Applications are due two dates per year, April 15th and October 15th. Contact Nycole Brundidge for more information at brundidgen@nku.edu.

READ MORE

The purpose of the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) is to provide BSW students the opportunity to receive advanced training in the areas of child welfare protection and permanency. Students accepted into PCWCP receive a scholarship that pays either the last three or four semesters of their in-state tuition, including a $1,300-per-semester stipend for books, living expenses and travel related to the program.  Requirements are: 

· Full-time BSW social work major.

· Overall cumulative 2.5 or above GPA.

· Cumulative 3.0 or above GPA in social work courses.

· Receives no less than a “B,” satisfactory or pas in the required PCWCP course and field practicum(s).

· Minimum of three but no more than four semesters left before graduation.

· Completion of social work practice course before second PCWCP course.

· Currently not employed with the Cabinet of Health and Family Services.

· Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

SPACE IS LIMITED, SO APPLICANTS ARE CHOSEN FROM A COMPETITIVE SELECTION POOL. 

APPLY BY APRIL 15 BY 5 P.M.

Contact Nycole Brundidge PCWCP Site Coordinator at brundidgen@nku.edu or (859) 572-7504.

pcwcp.eku.edu. 

 

Photo of Ivy Turner, NKU women's basketball player named Horizon League player of the week

Ivy Turner - Social Work Student, Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Congrats to Ivy Turner, NKU Social Work Major, for being named the Horizon League Nike® Horizon League Women's Basketball Player of the Week. 

Read More

Dr. Katherina Terhune Preserving a Legacy by Giving Back

Preserving and Legacy

Catch up with MSW Program Director, Katherina Terhune, on how she preserves her sister's legacy by giving back.

Read More

Jason Merrick and KCDC Substance Abuse Program Celebrates Six Years of Success

Jason Merrick and the Kenton County Detention Center Substance Abuse Program Celebrates Six Years of Success

Celebrate NKU School of Social Work Alum and Adjunct Faculty member Jason Merrick's KCDC Substance Abuse Program. The program has had six years of success helping more than 500 inmates per year since 2015.  Check out the What's Happening in Kenton County article from the Spring/Summer 2021 issue to find out all about the program.

Read More

2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award Winners -  Sarah Martin & Tala Al Masri

2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award Winners

The school of social work graduate students, Sarah Martin and Tala Al Masri, have been selected as NKU’s winners of the 2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award! Excellence in research has earned and supported through Dr. Suk-hee Kim’s two funded research projects in the School of Social Work. 

Read More

2021 School of Social Work MSW graduate, Justin Sanford, wins the 2021 Online Celebration Award

Justin Sanford wins 2021 Online Celebration Award

We are pleased to share that Justin Sanford’s research project was selected as the best presentation at the 2021 Online Celebration by a committee of faculty and staff reviewers. Congratulations to Justin – we are all so proud! Justin's exploratory, cross sectional study aimed to provide a picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting mental health outcomes. 391 adults provided data through a self-administered survey. The survey revealed the depth of the mental health crisis we are in while providing insight for how social work clinicians can impactfully respond. 

Read More

Dr. Suk-hee Kim Awarded NIH Federal Grant Subaward through University of Cincinnati

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives NIH Federal Grant Subaward through University of Cincinnati

Congratulations to Dr. Suk-hee Kim on receiving the NIH Federal Grat Subaward through the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

The HEALing (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Communities Study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Optimizing HEALing in Ohio Communities is a project with Addiction Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Department, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Northern Kentucky University has been sub awarded to conduct essential functions to carry out the proposed study. Dr. Suk-hee Kim, associate professor, in the CHHS’ School of Social Work at NKU, will closely work with the University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Intervention Design Team, provide expertise in the implementation of evidence-based practices in criminal justice settings, and serve as the County Lead for the Criminal Justice Intervention Design Team in Guernsey County in Ohio over the study period.

 

Dr. Suk-hee Kim Awarded CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Suk-hee Kim for winning this prestigious award, which recognizes a social work educator's exemplary achievements

within the last 10 years in at least two areas; research and scholarship, pedagogy and curriculum development, and organizational leadership. 

 

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives the National CORSW Community Impact Award

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives the National CORSW Community Impact Award

Congratulations to Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Suk-hee Kim, who received the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work

Education (CORSW) Community Impact Award, a national recognition that celebrates feminist leadership models in social work education.  See the link for more details about her significant accomplishment!

Read More

Dr. Katie Terhune Pioneers Age-Friendly University Initiative

Dr. Katie Terhune's work made Northern Kentucky University the first institution in Kentucky to join the global age-friendly university initiative.

Congratulations to Dr. Katie Terhune, who is involved in the global initiative along with 31 other universities, who highlight the role higher education can play in responding to the opportunities and challenges associated with our aging population.

 

Dr. Kevin Lotz Presents "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter Annual Conference

Dr. Kevin Lotz Presents "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter Annual Conference

Congrats to Dr. Kevin Lotz, who presented  "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter at the 66th Annual CSWE Conference, which discussed how to help equip and engage in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion to transform challenges into assets, and also how to navigate matters of intersectionality and cultural sensitivity.

 

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