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February: 2010 / Capital T is a monthly newsletter from Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) designed to share the events and news of Temple's involvement and activities in the capital region. | View this newsletter online

NASW-PA Announces Social Workers of the Month Winter 2009/10

Temple University Harrisburg's Link Martin was named the NASW's December Social Worker of the Month. Link Martin, MSW, Director, Temple University Harrisburg, Assistant Dean for Extension and International Programs, has been with Temple University Harrisburg since 1996. In his current role, Mr. Martin oversees all aspects of the operations of the Temple regional campuses including the expansions to offer the MSW program in Pottsville, Huntingdon, Lancaster, and as of fall 2009, DuBois. He has presented nationally and internationally for the Council on Social Work Education, Conference of Caribbean and International Social Work Educators, Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, National Association of Social Workers, and the Brazilian Youth Advocates/Odebrecht Foundation Youth Conference. Mr. Martin continues to serve the community as a volunteer on the board of two community services he helped create: the Penn Gardens Community Food Pantry and the Lower Paxton Youth Center. Because of Mr. Martin's ongoing support of professional social work locally and internationally, as well as the expansion of MSW programs statewide, he is NASW's Social Worker of the Month for December. Congratulations Link!

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NASW Newsletter recognizes Kristin Federici Bowser

In the winter 2009 edition of the New Social Worker Magazine published by NASW Temple University Harrisburg alumni Kristin Federici Bowser was honored. Kristin, a.k.a. the orginal KFed, was a 2008 MSW graduate at Temple University Harrisburg that died Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Harrisburg, PA as a result of an automobile accident at the age of 28. Kristin was remembered and honored by NASW for her tireless work within the community.

Read the full article on Kristin at nasw-pa.org

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TUH Faculty quoted in the Chicago Tribune

Dr. Ronald Costen, faculty in School of Social Work

Dr. Ronald Costen, faculty in School of Social Work based at Temple Harrisburg and Director of Temple's Institute for Protective Services is quoted in the January 26th Chicago tribune's report about sexual violence in nursing homes.

"For their part, police sometimes drop their investigations too quickly when faced with the host of obstacles from both victims and facility employees, said Ronald Costen, a former criminal prosecutor who directs Temple University's Protective Services Institute."

"You have to treat these cases of sexual assault in a long-term care setting like coming across a dead body on the side of the road - you have to look for hard, forensic evidence," Costen said.

Read the full article

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January 2010 Temple Harrisburg Graduation

Temple Graduates Spring 2010

On January 28th, Temple University Harrisburg held the 2010 January graduation celebration. There were a total of 23 TUH graduates for January. 13 attended with family and friends for a total of 81 people that filled the TUH lecture hall. There were 7 social work graduates and 6 education graduates. The graduates were filled with relief to be done with their studies, gratitude to family and friends that supported them throughout their educational journey and some excitement to be moving on to the next chapter of their lives. Keynote speakers were Lynn Notestine, Temple University Harrisburg Assistant Director and Dr. Thomas Stapleford, Coordinator of Graduates Program for the College of Education at TUH.

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Temple Harrisburg becomes new home of national family worker credentialing program

Temple Harrisburg becomes new home of national family worker credentialing program

Temple University Harrisburg has become the new home of the national Family Development Credential (FDC) program, a professional development course and credentialing program for frontline family workers such as home visitors, case managers, family resource center workers, community health workers and teacher aides from a wide range of government, private, and not-for-profit agencies.

The FDC emerged more than a decade ago from a research-policy collaborative between Cornell University, New York State´s Council on Children and Families, and an interagency work group on Family Support and Empowerment.

Today there are approximately twenty states using the FDC model. In its role as national steward, Temple will work to expand the role of the FDC to offer a national standard in the credentialing process. As a first step, Temple Harrisburg has begun hosting a series of meetings of state coordinators from around the country. This group will serves as the National FDC Advisory Committee, which will provide guidance to the development and expansion of the FDC program both nationally and internationally.

For more information about the FDC program please contact Lynn Notestine, TUH Assistant Director and FDC Coordinator at notestin@temple.edu.

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TUH partnering with Community Action Commission offering free tax preparation

For the 5th year in a row, Temple University Harrisburg has partnered with the Community Action Commission to offer free tax preparation services to low income members of the community. This program offered at TUH is the VITA program, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing. Temple University Harrisburg is happy to be a part of this community effort.

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Managing Community Collaboration

On January 27, 2010 Dr. Claudia Dewane Associate Professor and Adjunct Faculty Liaison for the School of Social Work presented Managing Community Collaboration: A Solution Focused Approach to 65 Dauphin County Human Service Agency Directors and Supervisors at their 5th Annual Supervisor's Forum.

Optimal collaboration among human service professionals in the community can be hampered by differing missions, priorities, and expectations thus limiting strategic alliances and possibly interfering with effective client service provision. Supervisors may find themselves trying to manage inter-agency conflicts among workers.

Dr. Dewane presented this 3 hour workshop focusing on using collaboration theory, mediation principles, solution-focused management, alternative ways to manage conflict and build consensus among community partners. A four-step model of solution-focused management in the organization was identified and participants had the opportunity to apply these management principles to real-life scenarios.

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Upcoming Events at Temple University Harrisburg:

  • 02/16/2010: Essentials of a Nonprofit Website Workshop
  • 03/10/2010: Central Region Basic Level Enrichment Training
  • 03/16/2010: Board Development
  • 04/21/2010: Master of Social Work Access to Excellence for the Adult Student
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