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Sunflower behind U.S./Mexico Border Fence

Social work volunteers share their experiences from Girasol’s spring trip to the U.S./Mexico border. “Heavy, yet hopeful.” “Emotionally challenging but utterly gratifying.” “Chaos and desperation combined with warmth and strength.” This is how it feels today when you go to the U.S./Mexico border. In March of 2019, TXICFW’s Girasol team took a total of eight… Read more »

Welcome to Samantha Zuniga Thompson, LCSW-S, our new Program Specialist!

Samantha Zuniga Thompson, LCSW-S

By Allie Long We recently sat down with Samantha Zuniga Thompson LCSW-S, our newest staff member, to learn a little bit more about her! Samantha is our Program Specialist for the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project. Her professional passion and experience revolves around developing programs and interventions that foster a parent’s ability to parent in a safe… Read more »

News From The Field: March 2019

March 2019

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! This is an extension of the bottom of our newsletter. We will be providing you with some of the latest news, resources, and local & national professional development opportunities. If you haven’t already, sign up to get our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox. This month, we are excited… Read more »

Research Spotlight: Investigating the effects of evidence-based sexual health programs for juvenile justice and child welfare systems

Research Spotlight: Investigating the effects of evidence-based sexual health programs for juvenile justice and child welfare systems

By Allie Long TXICFW’s Monica Faulkner, and Laura Marra, recently published on the first known study that explored ways in which formalized sexual education programs affect youth in juvenile justice and foster care settings. What’s the problem? Research has shown that this population of developing adolescents are more likely to have sex earlier than their… Read more »

Welcome to Allie Long, our new Digital Communications Coordinator!

Allie Long

We recently sat down with Allie Long, our newest staff member, to learn a little bit more about her! Allie is our Digital Communications Coordinator, and will oversee TXICFW’s written content via social media, website updates, and copy editing. She is a professional communicator with experience spearheading marketing efforts, strategic content, website curation, copy writing/editing, social media,… Read more »

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day, as well as National Social Work Month! As researchers within the realm of social work, we are constantly striving to unite the numbers with the stories— the quantitative and the qualitative— in order to comprise a more complete picture of the people we serve. We wanted to honor… Read more »

News from the Field: February 2019

NFTF Feb 2019

Welcome to our monthly feature, News from the Field! This is an extension of the bottom of our newsletter. We will be providing you with some of the latest news, resources, and local & national professional development opportunities. If you haven’t already, sign up to get our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox.         News… Read more »

TXICFW Moves Back to UT’s Campus!

Hargis Hall at Ut Austin

The Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing has moved back on to UT Austin’s campus! This past Monday, the TXICFW team relocated to a new home within John W. Hargis Hall. We are now adjacent to the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, serving as one of several SSW research institutes that will be… Read more »

How to Find the Right Evidence-based Practice Using EBP Clearinghouses

how to find an EBP Image

By Patrick S. Tennant, Ph.D., LMFT Important To Know: EBP clearinghouses and databases exist to help researchers and practitioners sort through the evidence associated with a variety of programs and practices. The best EBP clearinghouses report on degrees of evidence, rather than the false-dichotomy of ‘EBP-or-not’ designations. The Results First Clearinghouse Database by The Pew-MacArthur Results… Read more »