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Tulane enjoys Winter Break from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2

Tulane University will close for Winter Break from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan. 2. We will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5. TSSW will close on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at noon.

During this time, the school's facilities will be closed to the public and students but will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5. Should you need to contact anyone during this time, please see the school's faculty and staff pages for that person's direct contact information. Since this time is a university holiday, that person may not be able to return your message until Jan. 5.

The School of Social Work would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and new year!


TSSW to offer dual masters degree with Disaster Resilience Academy beginning this Fall

Tulane University has announced the establishment of a new dual-degree program that combines graduate studies in social work with training in disaster resilience and global humanitarian leadership.

Beginning in the fall, students seeking a master's degree in social work may also earn a master of science degree in disaster resilience leadership, a program of the Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy.

The five-semester program aims to prepare graduate students for careers that focus on planning, managing and delivering services in communities vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, either overseas or in the United States. Students may also add a social work certificate in disaster mental health or global social work.

Read the full story here...

To learn more about the program's requirements and structure, click here.

Doctorate of Social Work Program now accepting applications for Fall 2014

The Tulane School of Social Work is proud to announce that it is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for its new Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) Program.

The Tulane University Doctorate in Social Work, which has received full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is ideally suited for working professionals seeking training in advanced clinical practice and advanced practice leadership. It is the only program of its kind in the Gulf South, and one of only a small number of advanced professional practice degrees in clinical social work nationwide. With its intensive, accelerated curriculum, students can satisfy all degree requirements in three years, without career disruption.

Individuals interested in advancing their clinical knowledge and becoming leaders in clinical social work practice should apply to this competitive program. To be considered for admission to the doctoral program, applicants must have a Master's Degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited school as well as three [3] or more years of social service agency employment or the equivalent experience post-masters.

For more information about the program and the application process, please click here.

Third Floor Reception

School of Social Work readies for move into state-of-the-art facility

The Tulane School of Social Work is proud to announce that the School is scheduled for an exciting move in August 2014. The School will be moving into a fully-renovated, state of the art facility located at 127 Elk Place, which is in the heart of Tulane’s Downtown Campus.

The current School of Social Work building contains 7,000 square feet over three floors, but this move will allow nearly triple the School's space to nearly 20,000 square feet on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Elk Place building. 127 Elk Place is one building off of Canal (next to the Joy Theater) and was built in the early 1900’s as the headquarters for the Elk’s lodge. Over the years, it has served as the headquarters for Gulf Oil and many other uses. Originally, there was a swimming pool and full gymnasium. Now, fully owned by Tulane University, the University is investing to bring this building back on line as a central presence in the very quickly developing downtown medical corridor. The third and fourth floors have already been gutted and construction is about to begin. The award winning architectural firm of Eskew, Dumez and Ripple (EDR) is overseeing this multi-million dollar renovation. Donahue Favret have been selected as the contractors.

The School has set up a web site, which will be updated as the project progresses with photos and messages from Dean Ron Marks.

To see the proposed floor plans along with some rendering of the spaces, please click here.

Charmaine Neville

Social work grad's passion for policy, reproductive rights highlight stellar class, atmosphere at December Commencement

121213_VanKampen_220_JHAs Bethany Van Kampen joins 94 classmates on Friday (Dec. 13) for the Tulane University School of Social Work winter commencement, the march will mark the culmination of three years of hard work.

Van Kampen, a dual degree student who also completed a Global Social Work Certificate and is currently in her third year at Tulane Law School, says the choice to pursue both degrees was simple.

"I think the nexus of law and social work is good policy making, and … the social work perspective gives a face and a human element to make policy real," she says. "It's easy to make policy removed from the people, but it's not going to be informed or effective. Social work is what bridges that gap."

Read the full story about graduate here....


Internationally known couples therapist visits Tulane

"We cannot experience life in its fullness unless we have an intimate relationship with another human being and, beyond that, a feeling of connection with the world around us," said Harville Hendrix, an internationally known couples therapist.

Thanks to a partnership with the Tulane University School of Social Work's Porter-Cason Institute, Hendrix conducted a three-hour workshop on the uptown campus about how to build better relationships through Imago Relationship Therapy.

Read the full story about his visit here...

From left Gloria Bryant Banks (MSW ’64), Pearlie Hardin Elloie (MSW ’65), and Marilyn Piper Riley (MSW ’64) were the first black students to graduate from the Tulane School of Social Work.

School of Social Work remembers its role in desegregation

When Tulane University integrated in 1963, some of the first African American students to matriculate did so through the Tulane School of Social Work, a distinction celebrated last week during the school’s annual field instructor workshop.

With 2013 marking 50 years since the university’s integration, the workshop featured a panel of the first black students to enroll in social work. They were Gloria Bryant Banks (a 1964 graduate), retired secretary for the Louisiana State Department of Social Services; Pearlie Hardin Elloie (a 1965 graduate), director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families at Total Community Action, Inc.; and Marilyn Piper Riley (a 1964 graduate), retired head of child protection for the state of Louisiana and former adjunct professor at TSSW.

Banks, Elloie and Riley are part of a documentary film about the university’s desegregation that is currently in production. Workshop participants also viewed an excerpt of the film, which can be seen here.

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Scenes from the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Visit

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Tulane celebrates His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's visit with resilience conference

The Tulane School of Social Work is to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama to New Orleans on May 16-19, 2013. The theme of this historic visit -- initiated at the School's invitation -- will be "Resilience: Strength through Compassion and Connection", and highlights will include a day-and-a-half long conference and two city wide public events.

All information about the event will be distributed through the event web site -- For information, call the "Information Hotline" at 504-293-2656. While most of the public events are sold out, there will be several citywide watching parties, which will be free of charge.

We hope to see you at one of the many event related to His Holiness' historic visit.

George Faller Training Session

Therapists learn new techniques in repairing relationships

After a disaster, much of the rebuilding conversation centers on immediate tasks — fixing homes, opening businesses, repairing roads. But relationships also need attention, a leading trauma expert recently told a group of therapists during a training session sponsored by the Porter-Cason Institute in the Tulane School of Social Work.

Couples and families bear a heavy burden during times of trouble, said George Faller, who led the four-day Outreach Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy at the Bea Field Alumni House on the Tulane uptown campus.

Click here for the rest of the story....

TSSW Faculty Featured in Special Video about Katrina Anniversary

The Tzu Chi Foundation a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) produced a special short film on how New Orleans is doing seven years after Katrina. Below is a link to the part one of their film, which features Dr. Charles Figley along with some other members of the Tulane community.

The Tzu Chi foundation focuses on four major missions: charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture. The foundation also engages in international disaster relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism, and environmental protection. “Tzu Chi” means “compassion and relief.”

View the film by clicking here...

Visiting Rwandan Professors

Processing trauma from Rwandan genocide

Nearly 20 years after the Rwandan genocide, social work is an emerging field in the country. Beata Mukamurenzi and Charles Kalinganire, two social work professors from the National University of Rwanda, shared their stories about the role of social work in a postgenocide society during a presentation at Tulane University.

The duo spoke on Tuesday (July 10) to more than 50 students and faculty as part of an annual study tour sponsored by the School of Social Work and the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane. The professors attend classes, work with field agencies and interact with Tulane faculty to learn about best practices.

Read the full story here...


Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy joins School of Social Work on July 1

The Tulane School of Social Work is pleased to announce that the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), which has been a unit within the Tulane University Law School through its Payson Center for International Development, will be moving to the School of Social Work effective July 1, 2012.

The Academy was established with a grant from the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in 2009 that called for establishing a center for excellence in disaster management with special emphasis on leadership toward community resilience and sustainability. Following a research and development program in collaboration with seven major universities and five international humanitarian organizations, the Academy established a set of 50 competencies in disaster resilience leadership as a framework for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This framework was first tested in Haiti in response to the January 2010 earthquake that got the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation that led first to a planning grant and then, late last year, to one of largest disaster grants funded by the Gates Foundation. The Academy was awarded a $5 million grant from the Gates Foundation to strengthen disaster resilience leadership capacity in or near disaster-prone regions in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia through local universities. The Academy will establish a network of education and development programs in disaster resilience and leadership.
DRLA joins the School of Social Work following the completion of a 3-year start-up grant from the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Within this three year period the DRLA has met or exceeded its goals, culminating in joining the School of Social Work. More information about this exciting new partnership will be released in the coming months.

For more information about DRLA activities or for admissions information, please visit


When the pressures of classes and exams abound, a yoga class can be the perfect way to relax and clear the mind. Students from the School of Social Work head under the trees outside the school for an afternoon yoga break. The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association as part of its on-going self-care offering to students.

School of Social Work Rocks the World

The cover story of the Fall issue of the Tulanian is titled “175 Ways Tulane Has Rocked the World.” The article identifies individuals who have been affiliated with Tulane over this period of time who have made a real difference in their own unique ways. I’am delighted to report that the School of Social Work is noted six times among the 175 listings.  Following are the six entries with a brief update for each.

Click here to view the six entries and where those TSSW graduates are today.

Do Work That Matters.


Now more than ever before, New Orleans is a living laboratory, with social work front and center in the recovery of one of America’s greatest cities. Tulane School of Social Work, the first program for social workers in the deep South, is on the ground working in partnership with numerous non-profit organizations to rebuild our city. Join Tulane School of Social Work, and do work that matters.

Tulane School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, New Orleans, La. 70112  1-800-631-8234