MSSW Students: Call for Papers for Shapiro and Borrell Award -$1,000 Prize
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I.J. Shapiro and A.J. Borrell Award for Best MSSW Student Paper

$1,000 Award for Best Paper

Deadline:  Friday, March 1, 2013

Senior Psychcare, a leader in innovative care for age-related problems in nursing homes and assisted living facilities ( and whose mission is to help seniors attain the highest possible level of functional ability while maintaining their quality of life, is sponsoring a UT-MSSW student paper contest on mental health issues and services for older adults.

The purpose of the contest is to solicit ideas from UT-MSSW students on ways to improve geriatric mental health services by making them more innovative, effective, and efficient in coming years. The award for best paper is $1,000.

The graying of America poses serious challenges to geriatric mental health service delivery in both community and institutional settings. Based on your experience working with older adults, their informal caregivers, service providers, and/or policymakers, you can suggest an innovative and feasible model of service delivery.

Service delivery can include a wide range of issues at system, provider, community, and individual client levels in various senior care settings. Some examples include:

  • increasing geriatric mental health workforce
  • training to assist non-geriatric social workers to transition into geriatrics
  • developing and implementing community education to break down stigma about mental health problems
  • integration of evidence-based mental health interventions into healthcare and aging services settings
  • use of technology to increase accessibility and affordability
  • educating and/or assisting caregivers of people with dementia.

To think about innovative health and mental health programs is an important professional duty as a social worker in all fields of practice. We encourage you to accept this challenge.


The paper should not exceed ten pages (excluding references), plus a one-page biographical sketch that includes a description of your clinical experience working with older adults. The paper should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and include the following sections:

  • Title page: Descriptive title of the paper, your name and contact information
  • Introduction (1 page): (1) Citing relevant literature and research and/or your practice experience, describe the scope and severity of the type of mental health problems in the target population group(s) that your paper is focused on (e.g., social work students, aging service providers, nursing home residents, caregivers, policy makers); and (2) a brief statement of the purpose and organization of the paper.
  • Description of the problems (2-3 pages): Discuss the issues of the current program(s) and service delivery. Where do the problems come from? What are strengths and weaknesses and negative and positive consequences of continuing the program(s)?  You may also describe the consequences of a lack of a program and service delivery model despite the importance of dealing with and alleviating certain mental health and related issues for your target population group(s).
  • Proposed programs and service delivery models (5-6 pages):   (1) Describe what you envision to be an innovative, effective, and feasible program(s) and delivery model(s): please clarify who the proposed program is intended for and who you need to influence to bring forth the changes; (2) Why and how your program/model will tackle the problems/issues that you described; (3) Why and how your program/model is superior to the current ones (if any); (4) what your evaluation plans are and expected positive and negative outcomes; and (5) how your program/model may be financed.
  • Conclusions (1 page): Briefly summarize your vision and plan and make some convincing arguments for developing and adopting it.
  • References (no page limit): Follow the APA format.
  • Appendix (Optional): Any data sheets, conceptual/theoretical framework, case stories, public announcement, and so forth.
  • Biographical Sketch (1 page): Provide a brief biographical narrative of your academic and career interests along with a description of your clinical experience in working with older adults.

Submit your paper via email to:

Carol M. Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Director

The Center for Social Work Research

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work




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