Baltimore/DC - Staff Information

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Autumn Colbert, MSW
Baltimore/DC Coordinator

 

Autumn received her MSW and BSW from Morgan State University. Autumn's professional experience ranges from public health research to managed care operations. She has a wealth of experience in Medicare services and Instructional Design/Training. She is a Maryland native who recently joined Social Work p.r.n. this year. 

 

To discuss employment opportunities or staffing needs, Autumn can be reached at 443.259.0504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Of Interest

Baltimore Grocery Access Program Fights Limited Food Accessibility 

A new program in the city of Baltimore is working to fight the growing issue of "food deserts". These areas, often found in economically poor neighborhoods, restrict residents from the ability to access healthy food choices. With this new program, the city will partner with Lyft ride services and participating grocers to meet food needs. Read more about this great partnership here


New Textbook Helps Students Understand the Link Between Social Work Theory and Human Behaviors

Recently, two University of Kansas social welfare professors published “Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice”. This textbook helps students understand the link between social work practice and theory. The authors felt there was a need for this type of book that exposed students to new ideas and discussed how theory plays out in human relationships. Learn more about this new book from this article written by the University of Kansas.


Searching For Jobs Outside the Traditional Social Work Setting

Our founder, Joan Upshaw, was a strong believer that social workers could bring value to any position or organization. All of us at Social Work p.r.n. support that belief. This insightful article from USC's online Doctor of Social Work program details the challenges and benefits of moving from the nonprofit world into a corporate setting.


Recognizing the Need For School Social Workers

We encourage you to read this interview with Samantha Boatwright, a licensed clinical social worker who works with public school kids in Georgia. Those in these roles are stretched thin providing much needed mental health services to kids around the country.

In this article, Boatwright shares how she’s hoping to help families struggling to understand mental illness in children and why working with children on their mental health is crucial for development.


Keeping Families Together at the Border

While recent improvements have been made, it is still important to keep up on the situation occurring at our border and stay on top of the issue. Learn more here about what YOU can be doing. 

Also, we encourage you to read the recent statement from the NASW regarding President Trump's executive order regarding family separation. You can view this statement here


Why Companies Need Social Workers

Social workers can fill a variety of roles for companies, but as researchers are finding employing social workers for employees’ mental health can increase overall performance. Having social workers on staff can also help keep management’s decisions in check with ethical guidelines and evolve HR departments. Read this great article to learn more about why companies need social workers.


New training program - Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) 

The Maryland Chapter of NASW under the auspice of National NASW and the John A. Hartford Foundation is announcing a new training program - Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA). The program is designed to improve the delivery of health care and social services to older adults by strengthening the supervision of social work staff providing direct social services. MSWs working as supervisors or as managers providing supervision to staff, in any setting, who provide direct social services to older adults are eligible to apply. Both experienced and novice supervisors are encouraged to seek this advanced training

To apply on-line go to: www.socialworkers.org/sla

For more information and to register, contact Daphne McClellan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Become a member of MD Responds 

The Maryland Board of Social Work encourages social workers to become a member of MD Responds. Administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Office of Preparedness and Response (OPR), MD Responds is the primary resource for emergency public health and medical volunteers for Maryland. For those interested in volunteering, complete the application form online. For more information, visit MD Responds.