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College of Social Work Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series to Feature Human Trafficking Expert

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:55am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — As part of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work's Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at the University of Texas at Austin, will be on campus discussing human trafficking in the United States on Feb. 27.


Busch-Armendariz will deliver her talk on current and key issues related to the trafficking of adults and children in the United States from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the President's Room at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.


“Human trafficking is an ongoing and growing international and domestic phenomenon involving the enslavement, fraud and coercion of adults and children alike. It is a demoralizing and devastating violation of human rights for victims and survivors who have endured the abuses and cruelty involved in this ongoing global and domestic market," said Amanda West, assistant professor in the College of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker. "Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that this area be discussed, and that we educate ourselves and our community on its impact on all levels."


The professor and associate dean of research at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin has been working within the area of human trafficking for over a decade, and has more than 20 years of experience working to end interpersonal violence. She has authored a number of scholarly publications on the topic, currently writing a textbook on human trafficking, and recently received a $500,000 grant to map the trafficking of domestic minors in the state of Texas.


A licensed social worker and editor-in-chief of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, Busch-Armendariz is regularly called as an expert witness in criminal, civil and immigration cases. She has also directed research totaling more than $5.3 million dollars in external funding for the National Institute of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Office on Violence Against Women, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.


“We are fortunate to have the prolific scholar Dr. Busch-Armendariz visit our campus.  I highly encourage the UK and Lexington community to attend and weigh in on this timely topic,” said Ike Adams, College of Social Work dean and Dorothy A. Miller Professor in Social Work Education.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

Grant Will Train Social Work Grad Students to Meet Demand for Behavioral Health in Primary Care

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:05pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Social Work in collaboration with the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine has been awarded a $1.4 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant that will be used to train graduate social work students to meet the rising demand for social workers trained in primary behavioral health with children, adolescents and transitional aged individuals (ages 18-25).


The federal grant will provide $10,000 stipends that will allow the College of Social Work and the Department of Family and Community Medicine to create an integrated behavioral health track. This track will train 92 clinical social work students in a fully integrated model of primary behavioral health care over a three year period. Second year graduate social work students will practice intensive case management, behavioral health interventions and secondary prevention screening for children/teens/and transitional age young adults at risk for mental illness, family violence, trauma, substance misuse, and risky sexual behavior. Students will serve at-risk and underserved populations including rural, impoverished, refugee, immigrant and inner city clients, including families.


Compared nationally, Kentucky has higher poverty rates, child and adolescent risk of illegal substance use, youth suicides, and child obesity. Kentucky's high school youth experience higher rates of violence, and have had higher rates of child abuse fatalities in recent years. Kentucky was also an early state to experience targeted gun violence in schools.


“This is really a great opportunity to increase interdepartmental collaboration here at UK for preparing social work graduate students to meet the critical shortages of behavioral health care professionals across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I cannot imagine a more community engaged project.” said Carlton D. Craig, associate professor in the College of Social Work and the project's principal investigator.


 The collaborative team working on the project also includes William Elder, professor in the College of Medicine, David Royse, professor in the College of Social Work and Pamela Weeks, associate clinical professor in the College of Social Work.




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or