University of Utah Grand Challenges for Social Work Series: The Promise of Social Work Education

Born in response to numerous challenges, the field of social work continues to serve a critical, yet often under-valued role in society today. The professionalization of social work is rooted in a rigorous and nuanced education that promises a standard of care, ethics, and values. Halaevalu Vakalahi, president and CEO of the Council on Social Work Education, shared insights from her own story and discuss the state of social work education today, as well as the role of her national organization in living up to the promise of social work education. This event was originally presented live on March 20, 2024, as part of the University of Utah College of Social Work’s Grand Challenges for Social Work series.

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Previous events in the University of Utah College of Social Work’s Grand Challenges for Social Work series:

My Two Aunties: Rethinking what Success Means for Child Welfare in Indian Country  – View the Recording

Men’s Mental Health MattersView the Recording

Why Hardening Schools is Failing Kids: Shifting Toward Effective Approaches to School SafetyView the Recording

Living Our Legacy: A Pathway to Survivors’ WellbeingView the Recording

Seeking Wisdom: An Indigenous JourneyView the Recording

Settler Colonialism & the Mechanisms of AI/AN Inequality in Child Welfare Across U.S. StatesView the Recording

Understanding Isolation During A Pandemic And Beyond: Connecting Art and ResearchView the Recording

Exploring The Impact Of Gender-Based Violence On Sexual & Gender Minority Women: Information For PractitionersView the Recording

What a Drag: Health Disparities Among Diverse Sexual & Gender IdentitiesView the Recording

Survival of the Wealthiest: How COVID-19 Exposed the Effects of Economic Inequality on the Health of Populations of ColorView the Recording

Healing the Opioid Crisis with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement: Clinical Efficacy and Biobehavioral MechanismsView the Recording

Smart Decarceration: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Driving Mass Imprisonment – View the Recording

Homelessness in Utah: Partnering to Develop Strategy View the Recording


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