Social Work Department University of Wisconsin-Whitewater October 201

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Social Work Department University of Wisconsin-Whitewater October 201


Hello! Professor Crystal S. Aschenbrener moved to Whitewater this past August with her children (ages: 10 and 8) to join her husband, who had moved here in June to assume his position as UWW’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Recruitment and Retention. She is excited to be a member of UWW’s Social Work Department, where she says it is a good fit for her and her professional goals. She is very impressed with the faculty, staff and students. Professor Aschenbrener enjoys her courses and particularly values her role as co-advisor to the Social Work Student Organization (SWSO). [Continued on Page 3].


Social Work students will have an international opportunity in the summer of 2012 to spend a month in the southern tip of Mexico, studying Spanish in the mornings (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and doing community service in the afternoons. Students could earn six academic credits through

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SWSO announces Graduate School Presentation

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Out-of-School Time programming, as well as adult education and community-family events. ESDS strives to advance their students academically, culturally, and personally.

In Spring 2012, UWW students will have an opportunity to join the partnership! Twelve students will travel with Professor Aschenbrener to Waubay, SD, in May (right after finals week) and stay for eight days. While there, these students will be immersed in the ESDS Out-of School Time program, will provide educational activities and lessons on career development, and will lead a “Career Day” event for the 7th and 8th grade students. In addition, UWW students will help with ESDS’ May community-family event as well as the 8th grade graduation ceremony

that ends with a Pow-Wow (Wacipi). Our students will develop a more profound understanding of the strengths, struggles, and the future of the Native American culture from the children as well as the reservation community, including their elders. This partnership will leave a positive impact on the UWW students that will last a lifetime!

If you are interested in learning more about this adventurous partnership, including costs involved, please plan to attend one of the informational sessions on Wednesday, October 26th at 12:30 PM or 5:30 PM in White Hall 0006A.

You MUST bring a current AR to your Advising Session!

***SOCWORK 235-01 Child Welfare***

This hybrid class is a survey of social services for children: the problems treated, an assessment of the effectiveness of current services, and consideration of alternative service programs.

Debra Borquist — July 30 – August 17 ONLINE

***SOCWORK 350-01 Psychopharmacology Basics for the Helping Professional***

This course focuses on introducing students to the basic principles of psychotropic medication and their role when working with clients taking psychotropic medications. Basic neuropsychological principles and diagnostic groups involving various classes of psychopharmacological medications will be discussed. It will introduce the student to medical terminology and the medical field. Sarah Hessenauer- June 18 – July 27 ONLINE

***SOCWORK 496-01/RACEETH 496-01 Immigration Today: Individual, Family, and Community Perspectives***

This course focuses on introducing students to the changes in immigration to the US in recent decades and the controversies surrounding this immigration. Immigrant experiences of Latinos and the Hmong in the Midwest will be emphasized from the individual, family and community perspective. Working with immigrants as a cultural broker (a social work role) will also be stressed. This course meets a 300/400 level requirement for students earning a BA degree AND may count as a Diversity course (this is in progress).

Jim Winship – May 29 – June 15 ONLINE

A Message from your Advisor…

Sarah Hessenauer

Hello Students! I look forward to catching up with all of your adventures. I had a busy summer and a great start to the 2011 – 2012 school year. I was married in July, completed my PhD in August, and got a golden retriever puppy in September! I hope your summer and fall have been just as wonderful. Advising hours have been posted on my door at White 318. Please bring a copy of your AR. Stop by and sign up. Feel free to e-mail me at as well.

Tim Reutebuch

It’s that time again! I have posted a sign-up sheet on my office door (322 White). Please print your AR and bring it to the meeting. I look forward to seeing you!


Greetings Advisees! I will begin spring advising on Monday, October 31st. You will sign-up electronically using Google Docs. Watch for my email on or shortly before Monday, October 31st containing a link to Google Docs and directions for how to sign up. My office is White 316. Advising appointments will be limited to 25 minutes and will begin November 3rd. To prepare for your advising meeting, please (1) review your advising report on WINS and identify areas that require your attention; (2) browse the spring catalog and identify potential classes you will take; and (3) come with ideas about your future. If we have met before, please bring the sheet or forms we completed in previous advising sessions. Bring a copy of your advising report but we will use the electronic version on WINS to guide our discussion. If we have not met before, please feel free to develop a list of questions that you would like answered.

Michael Wallace

Greetings students! I will have a sign-up sheet on my door—327 White Hall—beginning Nov. 1st. Time is designated in 15 minute intervals, but if you feel you need more time, please sign up for two slots. Bring your AR—and bear with me as we try a new online method of advising. If none of the available times is convenient, please call me at 472-1212 or email me at to make other arrangements.

Jim Winship

Advising for spring 2012 will start Nov. 7 & a sign-up sheet will be on my door by Nov 2. The sheet has 15-minute slots; sign up for 1 or 2 depending on how much work is needed. Advisees who have not planned out a course of study, semester by semester to graduation, will need two slots. Much of this can be done before registration, if you wish, stop by 325 White Hall. Bring your AR & a tentative schedule of the courses you want to take. Call me at 472-5304 or drop me an email at, if the times do not fit your schedule.


ADVISING for Spring 2012 will begin on November 7th in the Social Work Department—unless your advisor indicates differently. If you haven’t already done so, sign up with your advisor for an advising appointment and complete your advising EARLY: priority registration begins November 14th. Frequently Asked Questions: (1) Can I register for WINTRIM even if I have not met with my advisor to have the advising hold removed from my WINS account? Yes, you can register for Winterim 2011. The advising hold on your WINS account only prevents you from registering for Spring 2011 until you’ve met with your advisor. If you don’t know your advisor’s name or don’t have an advisor, call Jean in the Department Office (472-1137). (2) Where do I find my WINTRIM 2012 and SPRING 2012 registration start/end times? Click the Details box in your WINS Enrollment Information. (3) Must I complete the Terms & Conditions Agreement for the Winterim and Spring 2012 semesters? Yes! You must comply electronically for Winterim and/or Spring 2012 or you cannot register. Follow the online instructions in your WINS account.

Prior to moving to Whitewater, Professor Aschenbrener and her family lived in Hendricks, MN and she worked as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University; a commute of 30 miles from their home. She taught a variety of social work courses, advised the Human Services Club, and served as an academic advisor. Prior to teaching, she worked as a hospital social worker, school social worker, an executive director of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and a supervisor of case managers at an agency serving clients with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. Professor Aschenbrener values every paid or volunteer experience from the past. They provided proficiency working in rural settings, with Native Americans, women’s issues, macro practice, poverty issues, and people with developmental disabilities.

She and her husband originate from the Twin Cities, where their families live, so the move to Whitewater still makes trips home about the same distance as before. As she and her family are getting accustomed to their new home in the community, she is kept busy running the children to after-school activities and music lessons when not on campus. They enjoy UWW football and volleyball. Her office is located in White Hall, Room #324. Please stop by and introduce yourself!! She looks forward to meeting everyone!

You are strongly advised to save your course syllabi for all the social work courses that you take. If you want advanced standing in graduate school you will need to provide copies of these syllabi. In addition some certification programs (such as AODA

certification) require that you provide copies of these syllabi.

!!!!Human Services Foundations!!!!
The focus of this minor is to enhance student understanding of the issues faced by a particular population of interest to them, as well as enhance their ability to practice effectively within a specialized area of human services. If you’re interested, pick up an updated check-sheet at the Social Work Department Office—White 323, or ask your advisor for more information!

The Social Work Student Organization (SWSO) is a very active service oriented/social group of students who meet on Tuesdays from 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. in UC69. The students are involved in many community activities, raise money for charities, volunteer to work with people of all ages, and have a great time together. Any major interested in joining is welcome! It is a great way to earn volunteer hours and meet new people. Check out our website or email us at

Advisors for the student organization are Professors Jeannine Rowe and Crystal Aschenbrener. Feel free to talk with them, too.

Social work majors benefit substantially from volunteer and paid work experiences in the field of social welfare. Therefore, one of the requirements for passing Social Work Practice I is that each student will have to provide documentation that he or she has had at least 30 hours of volunteer or paid work experience in social welfare. This requirement is on a pass/fail basis. Students who do not meet this requirement will not receive a passing grade in Practice I.

An additional 30 hours of volunteer or paid work experience is required to pass Social Work Practice II. This requirement is also on a pass/fail basis.

As some of you are aware, Introduction to Social Welfare requires a 10-hour volunteer or paid work experience.

Guidelines are listed on the back of the Volunteer reporting forms. See Jean Virnig in the Social Work Office for these forms.

SWSO announces:
Local Graduate Schools are coming to campus on Wednesday, November 2nd!
Many social work students have expressed an interest in pursuing graduate school -- and the faculty and staff are so thrilled about this. To assist students with planning and choosing the “best” school that is right for them, the Social Work Student Organization (SWSO) in collaboration with the Department of Social Work faculty are sponsoring the first Social Work Graduate School Forum and Exhibit. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd from 1pm- 5pm in UC Rooms 68 & 69.
With the forum and exhibit format, each school/program will: (1) give a 30-minute presentation/overview, and (2) have an exhibit table that highlights their program. The presentations will be held in UC 68 and provide an opportunity for each school to share information regarding the application process, give helpful hints, as well as address students’ questions. The exhibit area, which will be held in UC Room 69, will be staffed by Masters’ Social Work Program representatives.
Four local MSW grad schools have confirmed they will be at the event, including (1) University of Wisconsin-Madison; (2) George Williams College; (3) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and (4) Loyola Carthage College. SWSO and Dr. Jeannine Rowe are working on securing a fifth program, which will be determined very soon. The presentation schedule follows:


-          1:30-2:00pm: UW-Madison

-          2:10-2:40pm George Williams College

-          2:50-3:20pm UW-Milwaukee

-          3:30-4:00pm Loyola Carthage College

-          4:10-4:40pm (To be determined: Requests made to UW-Green Bay/Oshkosh joint program and University of Illinois at Chicago-Jane Addams School of Social Work).

SWSO’s goal is to get 100 students to attend the event! Please help them achieve this goal by carving out some time in your schedule to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

The State of Wisconsin passed a Caregivers Act in 1998. You should be aware that this law requires criminal background checks for interns seeking a field placement, and for graduates of a social work program seeking employment in a social service agency. The list of specific crimes that may bar interns from field placement (or may bar graduates from social work employment) has been developed. If you have questions, please contact Tim Reutebuch, Field Placement Coordinator.

Edited by Jean Virnig, ADA

UWW Social Work Department

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