QPR for Suicide Prevention, Ask a question, save a life.

QPR: Question, Persuade, and Respond – Suicide Prevention Training

Thursday, March 7, 2024
4:30-6:30 PM | HILLMAN 120

Ask a question, save a life.

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

This free training is open to all Brown School students with dinner from Chipotle provided before the training begins. Please register so we can order enough food.

Library Bulletin Board

Stop by the bulletin board on the 3rd floor of Brown Hall in March for more information on Social Work in St. Louis. See slideshow below for a virtual version!

Diana Parra-Perez Sound Meditation

Sound Meditation and Relaxation with Dr. Diana Parra-Perez

Tuesday, MaRCH 19, 2024
4:15-5:15 PM | Goldfarb 132

Sound is not only perceived through the ear, but also through vibrations in the body from sound waves that travel through the air. In this session we will use Himalayan singing bowls, a gong, chimes, and bells to promote a state of deep meditative relaxation.

You may experience this session in a seated meditation posture to let the sounds ground you in the present moment and support a meditative state, or laying down for a more restorative experience. It is perfectly normal and ok to fall asleep during these sessions, however, you are also free to keep your eyes open if this feels better for you.

Feel free to bring a yoga mat, pillows, blankets, an eye cover or pillow, anything that will support you in setting up a safe and restorative space for you. You are your own and best guide!

We will provide light grounding snacks and tea after the meditation, so please register.

  • Celia Williamson, PhD MSW
  • Virginia Satir, MSSR
  • George Edmund Haynes, PhD
  • Diana Ming Chan, LCSW, ACSW
  • Antonia Pantoja, PhD, MSW
  • Maurice C. Daniels, PhD MSW
  • Darrell Wheeler, PhD MPH ACSW
  • Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, CSE

Brown Women at Work: Making Social Change

Friday, March 1, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm CT
Virtual on Zoom

Join us as we learn about the work of Brown School alumni committed to social change. Our first guest is Poli Rijos, a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker and community engagement practitioner. Poli brings over 18 years of experience developing and overseeing partnerships and coalitions with non-profit agencies, educational, health, and civic institutions in the St. Louis region.

While serving as the Initiative Lead for the Gun Violence Initiative at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, Poli coordinated the launch of the St. Louis area Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program (Life Outside of Violence) and the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission (VPC). Learn more about her work and passion for the community and social justice.

Sponsored by the Brown School Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Supporting Working Parents: Family-Friendly Business Policies

Supporting Working Parents: Family-Friendly Business Policies

February 28, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm CT

Today, more than two-thirds of American workers still lack access to paid leave, leaving many families with the difficult choice of paying their bills or caring for a new baby or sick family member. Lack of paid leave also strains the already overstretched childcare system as families need care soon after birth and often can’t stay home with sick children. Hear from our panel of experts on why paid leave is critical to create thriving families, a strong childcare system, and successful businesses, and how companies of all sizes can respond.

  • Ellicia Lanier, Executive Director, Urban Sprouts Child Development Center and Clark-Fox Policy Institute Scholar-in-Residence
  • Lakesha Robinson, Senior Advisor on Children, Youth, & Families, City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office
  • MacKenzie Grayson, Interim Executive Director, Gateway Early Childhood Alliance
  • M’Evie Mead, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Missouri Jobs with Justice
  • Merdith Linhardt, Vice President, HR Compliance and Employee Relations, Centene Corporation
Moderated by:
  • Stephanie Andersen, Manager, Clark-Fox Policy Institute and Panel Moderator
Megan Keyes

Losing HER Voice: Mental Health Implications of Abortion Restrictions

March 12, 2024 | 12:30-1:30pm

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022 adversely impacts women on multiple levels. Research indicates loss of personal autonomy regarding reproductive choice can result in mental health problems and reduced well-being. However, these negative repercussions may be more detrimental for specific cohorts of women including members of marginalized communities as well as survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Please join Dr. Keyes to learn more about the various life circumstances, potential stressors and trauma exposure, and mental health issues these women often experience and how abortion denial may further complicate their health and welfare.

Barry Rosenberg

Unpacking Organizational Strategy

March 28, 2024 | 12:30-1:30pm

Human service organizations are admonished to “be strategic.” But what does that mean? In this class, we will examine the purpose, elements and development of organizational strategy to achieve sustainable mission performance. We will review a fascinating case study describing the strategic journey of a nonprofit agency serving children with developmental disabilities

National Association of Social Workers

Empowering Social Workers! That’s the NASW theme for Social Work Month this March and we’re hoping social workers will take this theme to heart as we bring awareness to the life-affirming work that social workers do by sharing your stories across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Our hashtags this year: #SWMonth2024 #EmpoweringSocialWorkers