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The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is dedicated to working toward a more just and humane society through research, teaching, and service to the community. As one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate schools of social work, SSA prepares working professionals to handle society's most difficult problems by developing new knowledge, promoting a deeper understanding of the causes and human costs of social inequities, and building bridges between rigorous research and the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better quality of life.

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The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is dedicated to working toward a more just and humane society through research, teaching, and service to the community. As one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate schools of social work, SSA prepares working professionals to handle society's most difficult problems by developing new knowledge, promoting a deeper understanding of the causes and human costs of social inequities, and building bridges between rigorous research and the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better quality of life.

    Everyday Trauma: Perspectives from Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

    Everyday Trauma: Perspectives from Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

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    Mark Epstein, M.D. presented the 2015 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration on March 9, 2015.

    If there is one thing Buddhism and psychoanalysis can agree upon, it is this: Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people, it happens to everyone.

    Many in Western psychology teach that if we understand the cause of trauma, we might move past it, while those drawn to Eastern practices often see meditation as a means of rising above, or distancing themselves from, their most difficult emotions. Both of these tendencies fail to recognize that trauma is an indivisible part of life. Fortunately, dissenting voices occur in both camps. Resisting trauma is pointless, these voices council, and only makes it worse.

    Today’s presentation brings this perspective forward. Ranging from the contributions of analysts like D.W. Winnicott, Philip Bromberg and Robert Stolorow to the undercurrent of loss in the Buddha’s own biography—today’s discussion holds that not only do the ‘Little T’ traumas of early life condition how we respond to the ‘Big T’ traumas all around us but that we can use the traumas of daily life to open our minds and hearts.

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    William R. Miller on Motivational Interviewing and Quantum Change

    William R. Miller on Motivational Interviewing and Quantum Change

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    William R. Miller, PhD, the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico presented the 2014 Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Miller wove together two major themes from his research career that illuminate the human potential for personal transformation. The first is motivational interviewing (MI), a collaborative counseling style he developed in the 1980s to help clients with alcohol problems overcome their ambivalence about behavior change. The second theme is quantum change—his study of transformations of the “Ebenezer Scrooge” variety that are sparked by epiphanies or sudden insights.

    For more information about the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration or to apply to our programs, please visit: www.ssa.uchicago.edu.

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    SSA's Clinical Practice Track Field Placement

    SSA's Clinical Practice Track Field Placement

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    Students at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration conduct fieldwork and attend classes at the same time, experiencing constant interplay between theory and practice while they develop their professional social work identity. This video features Connor Williams, AM '14. His second-year Clinical Practice field placement was at the University of Chicago Medicine/Care2 Prevent Program in Chicago, Illinois.

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    School of Social Service Administration Excellence in Field Education

    School of Social Service Administration Excellence in Field Education

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    The heart of learning to become a social worker involves field education. The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) continues to improve an intensive field education model that began taking shape a decade ago.

    Learn more about SSA excellence in field education and how you can donate at https://ssa.uchicago.edu/excellence-field-education

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    Election '12: Coming Together or Coming Apart

    Election '12: Coming Together or Coming Apart

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    The 2012 Pastora San Juan Cafferty Lecture on Race and Ethnicity in American Life featured William Schneider, the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. It was held on October 18, 2012, at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.
    Schneider is a foremost authority on politics and public opinion and is regularly featured as a CNN election analyst for “The Situation Room," “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” “American Morning,” and CNN International.

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    Poverty, Inequality, and the Role of Government

    Poverty, Inequality, and the Role of Government

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    Evelyn Brodkin, associate professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, leads a discussion on the politics, practices, and possibilities of the government's involvement and impact on poverty and inequality.

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