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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.

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW)

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.

Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking

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.

Gamble-Skogmo Land Grant Chair in Child Welfare & Youth Policy

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.

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC)

Co-directors: Professor Oliver J. Williams, PhD, and Shelia Hankins

An interdisciplinary clearinghouse and forum for scholars, practitioners, and observers of family violence in the African American community. With support from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, and collaborative assistance from a nationwide network of communities, the Institute studies problems from the ground up. We conduct community forums, review service delivery and intervention mechanisms, and tabulate pioneering data, toward our goal of identifying appropriate and effective ways to prevent and reduce family violence in the African American community.

Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse

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.

Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

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.