Everyday Justice: Cultivating intentional connection
Clinician’s Corner 2020 | Everyday Justice: Cultivating intentional connection

Welcome to our third installment of the Clinician’s Corner. Our Institute developed Clinician’s Corner as an effort to connect social work practice and research in a two-way conversation. By cultivating this intentional connection through our work, we aim to highlight the importance of social work practice as it informs research…

By Tanya N. Rollins, MSW, Child Welfare Professional and Lecturer

People sitting together at a table
“If we want to succeed in transforming systems, we must ask ourselves if we really want to sit at the table with community.”

A key aspect of social justice and equity work within systems is community engagement. Unfortunately, systems do not know what it means to engage communities. We hold meetings at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon then ask why persons with…

By Jennifer Lawson, Ph.D., MSSW, Director of Research and Evaluation, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

Magnifying glasses
“Rigorous program evaluation requires an openness to learning that services are not leading to the changes that were expected or desired.”

When considering what it means to pursue social justice, program evaluation is likely not the first thing that comes to mind for many people. While advocacy remains a critical tool in promoting social…

By: Allie Long, Digital Communications Coordinator, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing

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The Black Mamas Community Collective at the Texas Capitol in 2019

“It’s important to note that the experience of Black moms is not monolithic,” shared Nakeenya Wilson, M.A., Executive Director of the Black Mamas Community Collective. …

Interview By: Allie Long, Digital Communications Coordinator, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing

Dr. Scott Sells quote
Dr. Scott Sells, founder of the Family Trauma Institute and the Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) model.

Dr. Scott Sells shared this message to a sold-out training of 150+ engaged social workers in Austin, TX, in late August of 2019. Dr. Sells, a Social Worker and Marriage and Family Counselor, has over 20…

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