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The School of Social Work was established at the University of Minnesota in 1917, the first graduate social work program among the land-grant universities in the United States. Located in a state known historically for its progressive innovations in human services and social reform, it has always emphasized social service and social justice in shaping its teaching, community service and research goals.

Building on the University of Minnesota's and College of Education and Human Development's land-grant mission of education, research, and service, the mission of the School of Social work is threefold:

  1. to educate ethical competent social work practitioners and scholars in direct practice, community practice, teaching, theory development, policy development and evaluation;
  2. to promote scholarship and research to expand social work knowledge, and to provide professional outreach locally, nationally and globally.
  3. As the oldest public school of social work in the United states, the University of Minnesota School of Social Work promotes this mission through a tradition of scholarship, leadership, and commitment to the public good, social justice, and the empowerment of oppressed peoples.

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The GADE Guide: A Program Guide to Doctoral Study in Social Work

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Beltran, Raiza (Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, 2016)

A comprehensive alcohol and drug testing policy in the workplace as an intervention in the mining sector

Maretha, Maree; Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Ananias, Janetta (Journal of Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences., 2016)
The abuse of alcohol and drugs can negatively affect the workplace. The testing of workers for substances is a sensitive, yet effective intervention to minimise the percentage of workers who test positively for substance ...

The Inclusion of Disability as a Condition for Termination of Parental Rights

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Hill, Katharine; LaLiberte, Traci (Child Abuse & Neglect, 2010)
The number of families headed by a parent with a disability has increased substantially during the past century, particularly those headed by parents with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (Tymchuck, Llewellyn, ...

Exploring the relationship between HIV and alcohol use in a remote Namibian mining community

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Maree, Maretha; Ananias, Janet (African Journal of AIDS Research, 2009-09)
In southern Africa, the use of alcohol is increasingly seen as creating a context of risk for HIV transmission. This qualitative study investigates the links between alcohol use and higher-risk sexual behaviours in a remote ...

Disentangling over-representation of parents with disabilities in the child welfare system: Exploring child maltreatment risk factors of parents with disabilities

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Slayter, Elspeth (Children and Youth Services Review, 2014-12)
The study explores the risk factors for child maltreatment and self-reported child maltreatment among a population-based sample of parents with disabilities. Drawing on a nationally-representative, population-based data ...

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