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GSSW Students Are Valued Team Members at RCSDF

January 26, 2015

Since opening its doors in 2013, the University of Denver’s Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (RCSDF) has had a significant impact on the community, providing legal education, dispute resolution, and therapeutic and financial consultation services to more than 80 families with a combined total of more than 118 children. The Graduate School of Social Work is one of the Resource Center’s founding partners, along with Colorado’s Judicial Branch and DU’s Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Sturm College of Law and Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS).

Besides being an invaluable community resource, RCSDF also provides experiential learning opportunities for student interns from the Center’s partner schools and programs across campus. GSSW interns play key roles on RCSDF's interdisciplinary teams, as two recently published articles describe:

The first program of its kind in the United States, RCSDF is based on an interdisciplinary out-of-court model resulting from the “Honoring Families Initiative” that IAALS developed.  The Resource Center is a pilot project, testing whether this is an effective model for helping families through the transition of separation and divorce.

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