September 22, 2017  

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Southern Miss Social Work Students Win Awards at State Conference

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Left to right: Sherry Gilkey, a masters of social work alumna, and Megan Pritchard and Krystal Porter, graduate social work students at The University of Southern Mississippi, presented the poster, “A Novel Approach to Addressing Behavioral Problems Experienced in School Social Work” at the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers conference held last month at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi.

Students in the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi presented and won awards at the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers conference, held March 23- 25 at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi.

Amy Henderson, a senior social work student and College of Health ambassador, won Bachelor of Social Work Student of the Year. Henderson and undergraduate social work student Chelsea King presented the poster “Bridging the Gap: Improving Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents in Mississippi Schools.” King and Henderson received the Best Bachelor of Social Work Poster Presentation award.

Master of Social Work Student of the Year went to graduate assistant Emily Goff. Goff presented the workshop “Trauma Informed Practice for Social Workers: An Overview of Traumatic Stress and Innovative Approaches to Its Treatment,” with master of social work (MSW) student Mary Takewell and Dr. Matthew Vasquez, assistant professor of social work.

I was overwhelmed with gratitude to be selected for the award among other graduate students in the state,” said Goff. “It is such a privilege to be recognized by our faculty and state organization in this way, and I am thankful for the wealth of opportunity that the School of Social Work at USM has given me these last two years.”

Graduate students Megan Pritchard and Krystal Porter, along with staff member Sherry Gilkey a MSW graduate and research, evaluation, statistics, and assessment in education doctoral student won Best Master of Social Work Poster Presentation for their poster “A Novel Approach to Addressing Behavioral Problems Experienced in School Social Work.”

For the second year in a row the school won the “Blow Me Away” Award, for the school with the most students attending.

For more information about the School of Social Work in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, visit www.usm.edu/socialwork