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GSSW Institutes

Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families

GSSW's nationally recognized Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families seeks to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families through research, education, training and consultation.

The Butler Institute builds child welfare professionalism, and develops and disseminates effective practices and policies for child and family programs. More than 15 faculty members, professional staff and graduate students work on externally funded projects through The Butler Institute.

Institute of Gerontology

The Institute of Gerontology is a multi-disciplinary center of research, training and community service.

The Institute seeks to educate future gerontologists, provide current practitioners with state-of-the-art social service interventions, and assist health and social service agencies in the design and conduct of evaluation research. The Institute focuses on the psychosocial aspects of aging, including the needs of frail elders and older workers, and the positive integration of older adults into society.

Institute for Human-Animal Connection

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection addresses the critically important relationships between animals and people through research, training and education, technical assistance, and advocacy. Multidisciplinary in focus, the Institute is the first program of its kind within a human services academic setting.

Contact Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi, MSSW, LCSW, executive director, for more information.

Center for Effective Interventions

GSSW's Center for Effective Interventions offers training and technical assistance to communities and agencies in Western states that seek to establish evidence-based and promising programs for families, children and youth.