Social workers are on the forefront of providing trauma-informed services and have the potential to reach millions of Americans who are at high risk of firearm-related injuries and deaths. In the upcoming talk, Drs. Mickey Sperlich and Patricia Logan-Greene of University at Buffalo School of Social Work will discuss the role of social workers in firearm injury prevention, policy debates that affect those who work in mental health, and tools and techniques social workers can utilize to address gun violence with their clients.
Mark your calendar for every third Tuesday of the month at noon PT for more brief talks on firearm injury prevention.
Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM
Dr. Sperlich is on faculty at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is an experienced midwife and researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges related to reproduction. She is committed to developing trans-disciplinary approaches to address the sequelae of sexual violence and other trauma by contributing to the advancement of trauma-informed care, examining the social work response to gun violence, and developing and evaluating interventions which address issues experienced by survivors of trauma which are directed at interrupting intergenerational cycles of violence.
Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD
Dr. Logan-Greene is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo. She takes a trauma-informed approach to violence and childhood adversity. Her research projects involve the examination of the effects of childhood maltreatment on aggression, delinquency, and health and mental health outcomes throughout the lifespan. She is also working on an NIH-funded grant to examine the effects of child neglect and poverty on adolescent outcomes. Recently, she has shifted her attention to the prevention of gun violence, especially how social workers can leverage their knowledge and skills to intervene with those most at risk of injury.