The Department of Social Work at the
University of Memphis Announces:
In the News
From the Commercial Appeal, October 13, 2014
Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, associate professor in the department of Social Work, and
assistant professors Dr. Elena Delavega and Dr. Susan Elswick have been awarded a
Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education
and Training for Professionals grant. The award is $473,892 during the first year,
with a possible $1.4 million over a three-year period.
The grant will fund the establishment of the Mid-South Social Work Professional Development
Initiative, which plans to train 102 students seeking a masters in social work. Students
participating in the program will receive training while providing direct services
to children, adolescents or transition-age adults.
The grant is part of a White House “Now is the Time” initiative. The goal is to train
more behavioral-health professionals with a commitment to serve populations who are
at risk or have developed a behavioral health disorder.