JSUSSW sponsors the 17th Annual Mississippi Child Welfare Institute Conference February 7-8, 2019 at the Jackson, Marriott, 200 East Amite St.

The conference features a Thursday, Pre-Conference event with presentations on Child Advocacy Studies and Using Motivational Interviewing  for those at risk for Opiod Addiction. On the evening of Thursday, February 7th we will sponsor our Youth Empowerment Session (YES!) Zoombathon and the Parent Academy that will focus on Youth Drug Use and Respite Services for Children with Mental Health Challenges. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

On Friday, February 8th, we will feature over 20 presentations from national scholars and practitioners. 11 CEUs offered (Ethics and Diversity) for the two day event. Come and join us!!!

For registration information, go to

For more information, please call 601-979-8896.












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Catherine Waller Elected to NASW-MS Board

July 29th, 2018 by socialwork

Catherine "Katy" Waller, a 2nd year MSW Student, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Mississippi Chapter. Catherine will serve as Graduate Representative to the board for year 2018-2019. Catherine will be responsible for attending monthly board meetings; she will assist with the planning and implementation of the state conference and local trainings; and she will communicate critical information to graduate students in social work throughout the state of Mississippi.  A native of south Mississippi, Catherine received her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Catherine, an active member of the student body, is married to fellow MSW student, Gary Waller. She is scheduled to complete her MSW degree in spring 2019.

Congratulations Katy!!!

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Congratulations! to Mr. Charles Araujo

April 17th, 2018 by informationtechnology

Congratulations! to Mr. Charles Araujo, Adjunct Instructor for the Bachelor of Social Work Program for receiving the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi, "Social Worker of the Year" Award at its Annual Conference held on March 7, 2018, Golden Nugget, Biloxi, MS.

 The award reads:

For His Courageous Work As Lead Plaintiff To Challenge The Constitutionality Of The Use Of State Tax Dollars And Valorem Taxes To Fund Charter Schools And His Commitment To Policy Practice Program Improvement Community Action, And Maintaining Professional Social Work Practice In Mississippi.


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Year (2016-2017) In Pictures

July 15th, 2017 by socialwork








MSW Class 2016-17 Orientation











2016 Alumni and Friends Homecoming Reception























Dr. Thompson rallying the GSA











Professor Howard and Dr. Anderson, Transfer Day











2017 MCWIC Dr. Marshall and Ms. Muhammad









NASW-MS Lobby Day 2017





























JSUSSW Doctoral Students Present at MVSU










Dr. Pruitt and her daughter Gwen, a JSUSSW dotoral student present at MVSU












Faculty, Staff and Students @ the Ice Cream Social






















2017 Graduation BSW, MSW and PHD




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SBIRT Training ONGOING through Fall 2017

July 1st, 2017 by socialwork

Jackson State University School of Social Work (JSUSSW) is proud to present FREE Screening Brief Intervention Referral Training (SBIRT) for summer/fall 2017!  This project is designed to train primarily social work and psychology (graduate and undergraduate) students; however, this training is open to ALL students in health/mental health related fields (i.e., nursing, counseling, etc.). Additionally, we want to train health/mental health professionals who represent a wide array of disciplines.  The goal of this training is to impart skills necessary to provide screening, brief intervention, motivational interviewing, and referral to treatment to clients who are at risk for a substance abuse disorder (SUD). After completion of this training, each participant will receive a certificate of completion and FREE CEUs.  Refreshments provided.

Follow the link to the registration form:

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SSW Alums Honored by Gov. Phil Bryant

June 30th, 2017 by socialwork

Ms. Latosha Christmas, (BSW '14; MSW '16) won Social Worker of the Year award for the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services (MDCPS) West region of the state. Ms. Regina Lacking, (MSW '15) said "Ms. Christmas has been with the agency for 8 months; that says a lot." The award was presented with the Governor Phil Bryant. Lacking went on to say "I am so proud of her. She represents me and the agency with professionalism and grace. I can go on and on about her. She is a leader, and will go far." In addition to Christmas' award, Governor Phil Bryant honored two other SSW alums, Ms. Melody Vaughn, (BSW '08; MSW '15) and Ms. Tausha Rawls, (BSW '16). Vaughn and Rawls are credited with saving the life a Madison County child whose parents have been charged in what authorities said is one of the worst cases of child abuse they had ever seen. Congratulations on a job well done! (Pictured below: Chirstmas, Lacking and Gov. Bryant; Vaughn in the middle photo; and Rawls).

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SSW Faculty Receive CAST Grant

June 30th, 2017 by socialwork

Drs. Trenia Allen (BSW Program) and Patrice Jenkins (MSW Program) were awarded a $1000.00 grant from the Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi. The Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) grant will be used to enhance child welfare tranining for faculty and students. Congratulations Dr. Allen & Dr. Jenkins!!!

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February 7th, 2017 by socialwork

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UPCOMING Graduate Programs Open House @JSUSSW

December 19th, 2016 by socialwork

The Graduate Programs in the School of Social Work at Jackson State University will host an Open House/Informational Session for individuals interested in the Master of Social Work and PhD Programs in Social Work on Monday, January 30, 2017, from 6pm-7:30pm in Room 2-3A, Universities Center (JSU Lifelong Learning Building), 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.

Sessions topics to include: admissions requirements, program options, curriculum, program concentration, field instruction/placements, program regulations, research opportunities and costs.

Come out and meet faculty, staff and students!
Refreshments served.

To RSVP: Please call Ms. Middlebrook on 601-979-8896 or email:

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The Jackson State University School of Social Work is proud to sponsor a study abroad opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students for summer 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information click 2017-pttw-argentina-flyer.

Also visit the following links:


Application Process:

For more information contact the following:

Professor Ahfiya Howard –

Professor Sherita Tompkins-

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