The Center for Child and Family Wellbeing

In 2002, The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research launched the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing. It has been built around the mission to foster an interdisciplinary focus on a broad range of issues and challenges faced by today's children and families. Through educational and training opportunities the Center fosters collaboration amongst the students, faculty and professionals who work to support the well-being of children and families in a variety of contexts.  The Center seeks to utilize a bio-psychosocial perspective to further the understanding of the diversity of family life in multiple social contexts.


Launched in 2003, the G. Mildred and A. Foster Scott Lecture Series is an externally funded program that brings a diverse range of speakers to the GSSWSR. Reflecting the mission of the Center, speakers in the Scott Lecture Series address issues relevant to practice, policy and research in the broad area of child and family well-being. Past topics have included intergenerational family violence, developmental consequences of homelessness and bullying of LGBTQ youth. The Scott Lecture Series open to the public and provides valuable opportunities for students to meet peers, faculty members and community based professionals who share common interests in the wellbeing of children and families.


OVERVIEW: The CFWB Junior Fellowship is open to students in both the clinical and community practice, policy, and advocacy concentrations within the MSS program and is specifically designed to explore the integration of practice, research and policy as a way of deepening students’ capacity to work effectively with children and families across the life cycle.

Junior Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in an integrative seminar that meets five times during the academic year. Each of the integrative seminars is three-hours and held on Saturdays. The integrative seminar is an activity of the CFWB and not a course offered as part of the MSS curriculum.

APPLICATION: Full and part-time students can apply to the fellowship program. Students who complete two years as a Junior Fellow will receive a certificate of achievement, and have this milestone noted on their academic transcript. Applications to the Junior Fellows program can be completed once students are accepted into the MSS program.

For more information on the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing:

  • Scott Lecture Series or
  • Junior Fellow Certificate and Academic Milestone