USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                  October 17 - 23, 2016

Dr. Scott Young and Mr. Paul Smits Receive Five-Year Award to Develop, Implement, and Evaluate Low Demand, Harm Reduction Based Housing in VA-Funded Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Programs

The University of South Florida partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs in a five-year $291,221 contract (one year with four option years) to offer GPD providers an opportunity to revise their program designs using a Low Demand/Harm Reduction model to better accommodate chronically homeless Veterans with substance use and/or mental health disorders who were unsuccessful with traditional housing programs. Under the direction of Dr. Scott Young (Principal Investigator) and Mr. Paul Smits (Senior Policy Analyst) this project will design, implement, evaluate, refine, and provide technical assistance to GPD housing programs that are converting all or a portion of their beds to a Low Demand model. Low demand programs do not place sobriety or treatment participation requirements on residents for admission to and continued stay in the programs, but they expect residents to make steps towards securing permanent housing solutions. Minor infractions (e.g., curfew) are not typically grounds for dismissal from Low Demand programs, though such instances are used as opportunities to engage Veterans. Case management and motivational interviewing strategies are used to help engage residents over time.

Supervisor Speaker Series 2016 - Effective Employee Coaching
The 2016 Supervisor Speaker Series is a series of workshops designed to address the most pressing issues that our supervisors face on a daily basis. Supervisors and staff who provide support to HR functions may attend any or all of the workshops throughout the year to help develop skills as a supervisor.

In this seminar, Gabi Harmon will discuss appropriate strategies for managing employee performance issues. Providing structure, communicating expectations clearly, and providing constructive feedback to employees is critical to achieving goals and creating a functional, thriving workplace where employees have the guidance and understanding needed to succeed.

Friday, October 21, 2016
MHC 1636
9:00am - 12:00pm

Seating is limited. Participants must register via email to Your registration will be confirmed. A wait-list will be established if demand exceeds space availability. If you need to cancel your attendance, please email this address as well. This will help to ensure that all available seats have been assigned.
Social Work 40th Anniversary: Celebrating The Past, Present & Future

The USF School of Social Work is proud to celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year. This event will celebrate our 40 years of social work education at USF by honoring distinguished alumni that have impacted our School and communities we serve. There will be a panel of executive level community partners discussing trends in the future of social work. Funds raised at this event will be invested in the future of the USF School of Social Work by increasing the Social Work Student Scholarship Fund.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center - Tampa Campus

To sponsor a table or purchase tickets for this event, please visit the registration website at, call 813-974-3164 or email
Symposium: Empowering People with Disabilities to Lead the Lives they Choose

FCIC WorkshopIf you are interested in learning about employment supports and services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, don't miss this event. Each presenter will discuss their organization's employment supports and services for this population

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

12:30 - 5:30 pm
MHC 2129 

SAS Presentation and Round Table

CommuniqueCharlotta Nilsen, MS, will present "The Role of Midlife Work Stressors in Health and Aging" on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 12:00pm in MHC 1506. Charlotta is a Doctoral student at the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. She holds a master's degree in gerontology and bachelor's degree in public health science with a focus on gender, epidemiology, and health economics. Charlotta's research focus is psychosocial work environment, in particular work stressors and a variety of coping mechanisms in late midlife related to health and mortality in older adulthood.

CBCS In the News

UMD Police say pepper spray investigation's publicity doesn't set precedent
The Diamondback
Lorie Fridell, a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, who is coordinating the training, said she is working with the department to schedule command-level training sessions in 2017.

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