Human Services Today

Dedicated to the Improvement of the Human Condition

The premier, international, peer reviewed, on-line journal disseminating information about current theory and practice in the human service field.

Volume 4, Issue 1
Fall 2007

Janet W. Hagen, Ph.D.

International Editor
Alfred Kisubi, Ph.D.

Technical Editor
Susan R. Cramer, Ph.D.

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From the Editor
Janet Hagen, Ph.D.
 Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2007 edition of Human Services Today.  I think we have a great edition for you with two articles, an invited paper and our usual departments. This issue will premier Leadership Spotlight to highlight leadership issues faced by many of us in our professional life.

In No Grandchildren Left Behind:  Educational Issues Faced by Grandparents, Dr. Josephine Norward and Dr. Carol Williams from the Department of Social Work at Kean University address important perspectives on a couple of fronts:  no child left behind legislation and the increasing number of children who are raised by grandparents.  This article makes that case that significant consideration of the issue must be made by legislators.

Dr. Amanda Coleman Mason from the Department of Human Services and Professional Leadership at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Dr. Paula Lampely, from United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS) in Milwaukee Wisconsin, also address legislative and educational issues in their article Building Self-Efficacy and Higher Education Programming For Welfare Leavers.  This article reports on an innovative program, based on a solid theoretical and practical base, provides for onsite educational opportunities at UMOS, the state’s largest workforce development agency.

We are delighted to have a paper written by John Daniel Bakibinga Ibembe and delivered at the Seminar on Globalization:  Africa’s Experience in Uganda. Dr. Ibembe is a Professor of Development Studies at Busoga University.  His paper addresses one Millennium Development Goal – universal primary education – and explores the role of nongovernmental and governmental agencies toward meeting that goal.

 In the Field usually focuses on a particular agency.  In this issue, the focus has shifted a bit to a case study written by Dr. James Greenstone.  His law enforcement case study about a hostage negotiation has applicability for negotiation in other areas of Human Services.

Web Resource Spotlight, researched and written by Dr. Susan Cramer reports on google docs.  This is excellent, user-friendly resource for students and professionals who collaborate in the development of a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.

In the premier of Leadership Challenges, Dr. Janet Hagen reports on a phenomenon that drains energy and direction from an organization:  Chasin’ Chickens.

No Grandchildren Left Behind: Educational Issues Faced By Grandparents
Josephine N. Norward Ph.D.
Carol J. Williams Ph.D.
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The purpose of the “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001 is “to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.” (PL 107-110, Section 1001) However, in all 9536 sections of this law, the words “grandparent” occurs only five times and the word “grandchild” occurs only once, in the context of Native American tribal issues. In the same law, the word “parent” occurs 651 times with no specific provisions to address the specific issues faced by grandparents raising grandchildren. State policies and local grassroots initiatives that address educational issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren are highlighted in this article.

Building Self-Efficacy and Higher Education Programming for Welfare Leavers
Amanda Coleman-Mason, Ph.D.
Paula Lampley, Ph.d.
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Women leaving welfare seeking self-sufficiency, has been closely examined from an external focus. This article purposes to augment the discussion on self-sufficiency by focusing on an internal factor, i.e., self-efficacy, as it relates to women seeking self-sufficiency; and the construction of higher education programming as a tool in building self-efficacy.

NGOs, Millennium Development Goals and Universal Primary Education in Uganda: a Theoretical Exploration
John Daniel Bakibinga Ibembe, Ph.D.
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Invited Paper Presented at Seminar on Globalization
Faced with poverty in many parts of the world, global stakeholders came together to charter ways of addressing it, thus the Millennium development goals.

In the Field
Negotiating for Success: A Law Enforcement Case Study with Universal Applicability in Human Services
James L. Greenstone, Ed.D
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The success of negotiations is contingent on many factors operating together. This is true regardless of type of bargaining or intervention undertaken. So, what are these factors? Here will be examined several that may have wide use.

Web Resource Spotlight
Susan Cramer, Ph.D.
Collaboration is easier than ever using web-based tools. Are you familiar with Google docs? If not, do yourself a favor and check out this review.
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Leadership Challenges
Janet Hagen, Ph.D.
How many times have you arrived at work with an agenda that needs to be tackled with some alacrity, only to find your self four hours later, hungry, tired and with nothing substantial ticked off to do list? If you have ever experienced that, you may be victim a very common malady that I like to call “Chasin’ Chickens.”
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Upcoming Events and Openings

Assistant/Associate Professor Position
The Department of Human Services and Professional Leadership at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor.  We are a rapidly expanding program with an emphasis on leadership.  Please note that the deadline for application is December 1, 2007.  We do not need letters of recommendation for the initial application, only a list of names of references.  The anticipated start date is Fall, 2008. Dr. Amanda Coleman-Mason, Assistant Professor, Human Services and Professional Leadership will be at the NOHS conference in a few days.  She will have position announcements available.  Additionally, you can view and download the announcement from:

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