School of Social Work Centers
Our centers generate leading research, provide technical help and training, and create new educational content for the University and community.
Director: Traci LaLiberte, PhD
CASCW is the premiere source of child welfare information and training in Minnesota. With the MN Department of Human Services and other public child welfare agencies, we identify, assess, and distribute effective practice information. Through our Title IV-E program and Area Training Centers, we coordinate child welfare training for MSW and PhD students, current child welfare workers, and supervisors statewide. Our extensive network allows us to capture up-to-date child welfare practice information and integrate it into graduate program curriculum. CASCW staff conduct and publish research on a broad range of child welfare topics.
Director: Professor Mark Umbreit, PhD
Since 1994, CRJP has supported restorative justice dialogue, practice, and principles through training and research. CRJP programs and materials have reached over 6,000 participants worldwide, with conflict resolution programs in Northern Ireland, Latin America, and Israel and Palestine.
Chair: Professor Wendy Haight, Ph.D.
The mission of the Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare & Youth Policy is to serve the children and families of Minnesota by understanding community needs, conducting nationally significant research responsive to these needs, providing technical assistance and consultation locally and nationally, and educating and training service providers, administrators, and policy makers in the field of child welfare and youth policy.
Director: Associate Professor Lynette Renner, PhD
The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) is a leader in innovative violence-related education, research, and Internet publishing.
Director: Piper Meyer, PhD, HCP-P
The Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health helps clinicians change lives for the better by enhancing their recovery-oriented knowledge and practical skills. The center strives to be an avenue for life-long learning, helping clinicians and the public keep up with the explosion of research and treatment methods in the field.
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) was formed in 1993, when a group of scholars, including Professor Oliver Williams, and practitioners agreed that the “one-size-fits-all” approach to domestic violence services being provided in mainstream communities would not suffice for African Americans. IDVAAC closed in September 2016, but is maintaining a website of the information and resources that the organization developed.