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Family and Child Welfare Training Project Prepares New Mexico Students to Serve the Vulnerable across New Mexico

Tina Hancock, Director of the School of Social Work (Photo by Darren Phillips)

Tina Hancock, Director of the School of Social Work (Photo by Darren Phillips)

Tina U. Hancock, the Director of the School of Social Work and Associate Dean for the College of Health and Social Services, received in excess of $1 million for the Family and Child Welfare Training (FCWT) project. The program is funded through the Title IV-E and Title IV-B Child Welfare Training programs of the Social Security Act, as well as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). Through the FCWT project, NMSU’s School of Social Work and New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) collaborate to increase the number of bachelors and masters of social work at NMSU, assist students with taking their licensure examination, and provide employment opportunities with the CYFD. The program also offers the CYFD staff training in child welfare and supervision. In addition to leading the FCWT project, Tina Hancock is also the Principal Investigator on a federally funded program that trains health professionals across New Mexico in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment of vulnerable and underserved individuals who are at risk of substance abuse. This program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the US Department of Health and Human Services. The funding for this program is in excess of $860,000 and is for a three-year period from 2014- 2017.