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Miu Chung Yan, Ph.D., MSW, Chair, MSW Program, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, School of Social Work 2080 West Mall, Room 235Vancouver, British ColumbiaCanada, V6T 1Z2.

I would like to inform members of ACOSA that I have received a four-year funding from Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to study the roles and functions of neighbourhood houses in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Inherited from the Settlement House movement, neighbourhood house is a place-based multiservice community organizations. Despite its long history in social service and community organizing, NH has not yet received the necessary attention in both academic and policy discourses. Therefore this study is to seek answers for the question that "How do neighbourhood houses, as place-based, multi-service, community-governed, non-profit organizations, affect social equity, collective efficacy, and inclusion, based on the case of Metro Vancouver?" This study is a collaboration between a team of five multidisciplinary researchers from three universities and local neighbourhood houses in Metro Vancouver. A website of this project will soon be created to provide updated information of the project, research findings, community engagement activities, and to engage concerned individuals and groups in discussion. Please stay tune. Cheers, Miu

Associate Professor Scott Harding was recently awarded a University of Connecticut Large Faculty Grant and received the Dean’s Research Incentive Award from the School of Social Work for a research project examining military counter-recruitment organizing in the United States.  According to Harding, because of a reliance on a volunteer military force, military recruitment assumes a dual purpose: ensuring adequate military manpower needs and a latent socialization role.  He notes that U.S. public schools have increasingly become a key site for military recruitment.  For example, due to federal legislation enacted in 2001, public schools must accept military recruiters on campus or else face loss of federal funding.

In a challenge to the growing presence of the military into U.S. education settings, Harding notes, counter-recruitment has emerged as an important grassroots movement.  Utilizing community organizing methods, counter-recruitment activists—students, teachers, veterans, and others—seek to challenge the socialization of youth to a culture of militarism.  In particular, counter-recruitment aims to counteract misinformation spread by military recruiters and ensure that students, who are often from minority or low-income communities, receive information about non-military, post-graduation service opportunities and career options.  While counter-recruitment has existed for more than 30 years, there are few empirical studies of this practice and its role within the larger U.S. peace movement.  Harding and his colleague, Seth Kershner, are currently developing a book on this topic based on interviews with counter-recruitment activists in cities across the United States.


Donaldson, L.P.; Erickson, E.; Ferguson,S.; Hill, K.; & Fogel, S. J. Utility of and Attitudes Toward Advanced-level Licensing for Macro Social Work Practitioners. Funded by:New York Community Trust

Abstract: The impact of advanced-level licensing on macro social work practice is a largely un-researched area. Yet, many questions exist about 1) the utility of licensing for macro social work practice, 2) the effect of licensing on macro practice education in schools of social work, and 3) attitudes and perceptions among social workers toward advanced-level licensing. The objectives of this research project are toexamine these three questions using a mix-methods survey design where respondents include: macro social work practitioners, faculty of accredited MSW programs, and leadership from seven professional social work associations. This research is significant given the lack of consensus regarding advanced level macro licensing within the profession, the questions about its relevancy, and the increasing number of regulations impacting how service providers interact with their constituents. This research will enable social workers to engage in more informed discussions about how we best prepare future macro social work professionals.

For information, please contact Linda Plitt Donaldson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Jerry Marx: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children, Youth, and Families. Awarded $561,222 to continue the N.H. Center for Professional Excellence in Child Welfare. Principal Investigator.

 Dr. Uma Palanisamy, Jeffery Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences,  Monash University Sunway Campus. Awarded a competitive grant from CIMB Foundation ( for community development activities. Description of the project Communication Camp.