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Resources and Initiatives

We engage deeply with practitioners, policymakers, and our field instructors and community partners. Learn more about the trainings, resources, initiatives and programs that connect the Brown School and the wider community.

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Professional Development

The Brown School offers professionals, alumni, students and the community a constantly changing array of courses pertinent to clinical practice, management, evaluation and human services. We promote innovation, encouraging professionals to renew their skills and put new ideas into practice. Discover day-long workshops, intensive training institutes and online resources.

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Clark-Fox Policy Institute

Established by the Brown School, the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute is a center for public policy engagement. Its mission is to advance social and economic justice by working collaboratively to connect evidence-based policy solutions to public awareness, practitioner training and policy decision-making.

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Community Engagement

We are committed to being a resource and asset to the communities we live and work in. We’ve partnered with community-based organizations and initiated projects designed to maximize the effectiveness of their services. Our faculty and students are also engaging on a local level to fight social, economic, racial and health disparities through strategic, evidence-based practices. We’re proud of the work being done. Take a look at some of our recent initiatives or find out how the Brown School can be an ally in your work.

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Field Instructor Resources

The Brown School has active affiliations with more than 300 field education sites throughout the St. Louis area and across the world each semester. Our students complete more than 200,000 hours of fieldwork a year, and they benefit from on-site instructors who are dedicated to students' professional growth. Discover key resources for current instructors, or learn how to become a part of our network and team up with our passionate students.

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Open Classroom

We invite you to our “Open Classroom”: a series of free, one-hour workshops and lectures taught live online by our faculty and alumni. These offerings will allow you to connect with experts regarding content related to the pandemic and its fallout, develop your professional skills or learn about something new. Open Classroom sessions are recorded and posted on the site for future learning. We’ve also curated other online resources that may be beneficial to the fields of social work, public health and social policy.

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Post-Master’s Certificates

The Brown School provides opportunities for alumni and other post-master's professionals to affordably pursue a focused credential to deepen, broaden or refresh your expertise. Offerings include management, evaluation, and clinical topics.

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Next Move

Discover your encore career. As we live longer and healthier lives, most people have not just one career, but several different careers. In the latter half of their working years, many are determined to apply their energy to efforts that make a difference or support a cause. This new model, which combines work, service, and social impact, is called an "encore career." Learn more about resources we offer through our Next Move program.

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Grand Challenges for Social Work

The Brown School is a sustaining sponsor of the national Grand Challenges for Social Work. The initiative identifies a course to address 12 Grand Challenges dominating the social context in the United States by using science and research to correct the most serious societal ills. Learn more about the work we are doing to meet these challenges.

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