Annual Creating Caring Connections Conference
The Center for Social Welfare Research & Assessment (CSWRA) was established in July 2007 within the Department of Social Work. Its work is intended to support the practice community by conducting research and evaluation while also supporting the goals of the Department by offering hands-on learning opportunities for students.
Our Mission:The Center for Social Welfare Research and Assessment (CSWRA) works to enhance and support the initiatives of our community partners through research, training, program development/evaluation, and technical assistance.
The CSWRA adheres to these core principles:
Graduate students interested in gaining experience in research can apply for a Research Assistant position in the CSWRA. For more information, visit Student Employment. BSW and MSW students interested in child welfare can apply to participate in the Child Welfare Scholars Program, operated by the CSWRA.In addition to the services above, every fall, the CSWRA and the Department of Social Work host the annual Creating Caring Connections Conference. The annual conference began through a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Community Long Term Care & Behavioral Health Services and the CSWRA. Its purpose is to share the research findings that have been done on behalf of the Bureau and the clients they serve. As a result, professionals providing long term care services have an opportunity to learn about research that can then be applied into practice.
Creating Caring Connections has also proven to be a great forum for discussions about topics and trends that impact our communities. As its name implies, we also hope it serves as an opportunity to establish and renew alliances among those committed to providing long term care services. Creating Caring Connections completed its 6th year in September 2012 in with just over 300 people in attendance. For more information, visit the Conference Web page.