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Research Centers

Center For Clinical Social Work (CCSW)
UTA School of Social Work is dedicated to building community and individual well-being through The Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW). CCSW provides strengths-based clinical services and culturally-sensitive parenting programs to clients. The center also supports post graduate education and training to professional social workers in an effort to continue its tradition of community service. In addition, the CCSW contributes to the knowledge base by conducting clinical research to establish empirically-based practice and effective clinical interventions.

Center for Child Welfare (CCW)
The Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare serves as a research and resource center for Texas, the Southwest, and the nation in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge to improve the conditions of vulnerable children and their families. Research, education, and dissemination efforts address the basic rights of children to be nurtured and protected by their families with the support of their communities.

The Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies (CARS)
CARS provides researched, evidenced-based, trauma informed services in prevention, intervention and recovery support services; trains social workers ready to impact changes in oppressed populations; and adds to addiction and recovery practice knowledge through collaborative research. This is accomplished through programs offered in the Dallas and Tarrant counties, instituting a comprehensive student intern training program for BSW, Micro/Macro and Advanced Placement social work interns, and collaborating with researchers from the School of Social Work and the community.

The Center for Advocacy, Nonprofits and Donor Organizations (CAN-DO)
The Center for Advocacy, Nonprofits and Donor Organizations (CAN-DO) assists advocacy groups, human service nonprofits and donor organizations function more effectively and efficiently. The Center conducts research to increase empirically-supported practices at the organizational level; educates leaders in the field through degree programs, continuing education and training opportunities and provides linkages between students and community agencies. Taking a social and economic perspective, the Center promotes the pivotal role of this sector in supporting flourishing, civically engaged, healthy communities. The CAN-DO’s purpose is to improve nonprofit sustainability through research, management training, student recruitment and education, and improving understanding of the unique relationship between nonprofits and donor organizations.