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Episode 195 - Dr. Deb Ortega, Dr. Ashley Hanna, and Dr. Badiah Haffejee: Lessons from the Immigrant Experience: Where the Erosion of Social Justice Begins (part 1 of 2)
Interviewer: Wooksoo Kim, PhD
Monday, July 04, 2016, 9:13:52 AM
In this first of two episodes, Dr. Deb Ortega, Dr. Ashley Hanna, and Dr. Badiah Haffejee discuss their work chronicling the experiences of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers while examining the history of U.S. policies addressing the needs of these people. Utilizing human rights and social justice as context, they observe that the development and changes in U.S. policy have historically addressed mostly the needs of the dominant culture. Our guests describe the reality for immigrants, the persons most affected by our debate and policies.
Look for Part 2 on 8/1/2016.
Episode 194 - Dr. David Brennan: Online Sexual Health Outreach for Gay and Bisexual Men: Providers' Perspectives
Interviewer: Steven Halady, PhD
Monday, June 20, 2016, 7:40:40 AM
In this podcast, Dr. David Brennan talks about his work in the development and evaluation of online outreach to address issues of gay and bisexual men’s health. To highlight this work, Dr. Brennan describes CRUISElab, a research lab focused on gay and bisexual men's health. He also talks about the "Cruising Counts" study, which has been essential in developing new guidelines for online health outreach to gay men in Ontario.
Episode 193 - Vic Compher and Rodney Whittenberg: "Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain"
Interviewer: Susan Green, LCSW
Monday, June 06, 2016, 7:57:24 AM
In this episode our guests discuss their documentary film exploring the work of professional caregivers, and what they have learned about the caregivers' unique joys and stressors. They want to raise public consciousness of the nature of caregivers' work, the situations of their clients, and the impact of this work on those who provide care and service to people in trying situations. They explore options for caregiver self-care and address organizational structures that provide crucial peer support to help manage the stress experienced by professional caregivers.
Episode 192 - Dr. Caroline Long Burry: "No One Asked About My Children": Voices of Incarcerated Mothers
Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD
Monday, May 23, 2016, 9:42:09 AM
A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that from 1991 to 2007 the number of incarcerated mothers increased by a startling one hundred and thirty-one percent. In this podcast, Dr. Caroline Long Burry discusses a pilot study she conducted with these parents with the hope of better understanding their parenting experiences. Also explored are the mothers' attempts to negotiate the criminal justice system while in their role as parents.
Episode 191 - Dr. Adrienne Dessel, Dr. Michael Woodford, and Kevin Goodman: LGBT Discrimination on Campus and Heterosexual Bystanders: Understanding the Intention to Intervene
Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD
Monday, May 09, 2016, 7:47:06 AM
In this episode, our guests discuss their research related to LGBT discrimination on college campuses and the context in which heterosexual bystanders are most likely to intervene. They highlight the specific skills and attitudes that can be fostered to promote supportive heterosexual bystander involvement and inclusive environments for LGBT individuals.
Interviewer: Jacqueline McGinley
Monday, April 25, 2016, 8:18:05 AM
When addressing the topic of family therapy, the focus is generally on children or adolescents and their parents, or the marital/partner dyad. This podcast, however, looks at a different family system: adult siblings. These relationships are generally the longest relationships we have, but little is known about them. In this episode, Drs. Geoffrey Greif and Michael Woolley discuss their research on and clinical implications for adult sibling relationships.
Episode 189 - Rachel Forbes, Dr. Andrea Nesmith, Meredith Powers, and Dr. Cathryne Schmitz: Environmental Justice
Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD
Monday, April 11, 2016, 8:00:37 AM
In this episode, our guests discuss their contention that environmental social work and environmental justice represent a subset of our traditional conceptualization of social justice. Whether it is the water in Flint, Michigan or the effects of global warming, the disproportionate impact on vulnerable and marginalized communities requires that social workers practice beyond the micro level and enter into the arenas of advocacy, influencing policy-making, social action, and various other social work role sets.
Episode 188 - Dr. Rebecca Mirick: "I Think I Want to Die...": Training Practitioners to Work with People Considering Suicide
Interviewer: Carissa Uschold, LCSW-R
Monday, March 28, 2016, 7:54:53 AM
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Social workers often find themselves working in settings where suicide and parasuicidal behavior are of ongoing and significant concern and, therefore, are in need of specialized skills to address these potentially life-threatening situations. So, does social work education provide social workers with the resources needed to feel confident in addressing suicidal intentions? Have the response protocols in agencies that train and employ social workers kept pace with advances in dealing with suicidal behavior? In this episode, Dr. Rebecca Mirick shares her work developing a suicide intervention training program and the follow-up research she conducted to determine its impact on knowledge and confidence of those receiving the training.
Episode 187 - Dr. Elizabeth Greeno, Mathew Uretsky, and Dr. Patricia Chamberlain: Findings from a Parenting Intervention for Foster and Kinship Families
Interviewer: Annette Semanchin Jones, PhD
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:47:50 AM
In this episode, our guests wonder: How can you improve the quality of life for foster children and parents? They describe what they learned studying a parenting intervention for foster and kinship families. The Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Trained and Supported (KEEP) program is reviewed, and the findings related to the impact on child externalizing behaviors, parent stress, and placement permanency are presented.
Episode 186 - Dr. Ashley Davis and Dr. Allyson Livingstone: The Anti-Racism Project: A Strategy for Preparing Social Work Educators
Interviewer: Berg Miller, MSW
Monday, February 29, 2016, 8:52:37 AM
The NASW Code of Ethics and International Federation of Social Workers’ "Statement of Ethical Principles" call for social workers to challenge discrimination, oppression, and "unjust policies and practices." In the United States, racism remains a lasting and pernicious example of those injustices. In this podcast, Dr. Ashley Davis and Dr. Allyson Livingstone describe the development of their Anti-Racism Project. The discussion includes their experience as the Project's facilitators and group members, research connected to the Project, and their advocacy for the need to include equity work in social work doctoral education. They also identify four important themes that seemed to emanate from their work.
Links to External Resources:
NASW Website – the official website of the National Association of Social Workers provides an essential resource for Social Work on the Internet.
The New Social Worker Online – the New Social Worker is a free online quarterly magazine for social work students, recent graduates, educators, and practitioners. Its focus is career development for professional social workers, and the magazine is available for free PDF download from SocialWorker.com. A blog, forum, and reading recommendations are also available on the site.
SocialWorkChat.org – chat rooms, forums, and bulletin boards all pertaining to Social Work practice, education, research, and just about every aspect of Social Work!
Social Work Podcast – another social work podcast, hosted by Jonathan Singer, LCSW, providing information on topics relevant to social work, including practice, research, policy, education, etc.
Information for Practice Blog – a blog sponsored by the NYU School of Social Work, dedicated to helping social service professionals throughout the world conveniently maintain an awareness of news regarding the profession and emerging scholarship.
The Social Work Portal – an NASW Resource Tool for Social Work, providing information regarding schools of social work, social work organizations, NASW chapters and sites, and employment and career information.
SWRnet – The Social Work Research Network serves the social work research community by providing regular updates on funding opportunities, calls for papers, conference deadlines, and newly published research.
SocialWorkNews - checks dozens of news feeds every two minutes and automatically categorizes, locates, and links Social Work-related news stories to ensure you are able to get to the information you need.
Social Workers of Second Life - a Second Life group dedicated to the virtual world practice of Social Work, including clinical and direct practice, community development, advocacy, and international social work.
Social Work Blog – the official Social Work blog of the NASW, discussing a variety of topics and information related to the social work profession. Users are able to contribute content, make comments, and provide feedback.
NASW WebEd - WebEd is the venue for free online course offerings developed and offered by the NASW National Office. NASW WebEd courses are credited, and social workers who pass the course exam will receive CEUs.
Social Work Career Center – an NASW-sponsored website where social workers can search national job listings, find professional development and training, and access career resources. Furthermore, employers can find and recruit qualified, credentialed, and licensed social workers across the country.
Social Workers Speak – gives you a chance to influence how the entertainment industry and news media depicts the social work profession and issues social workers care about. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) developed this site to allow social workers and the general public to critique and improve the way social workers and social issues are covered in the news media, and portrayed in the entertainment industries.
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Host Peter Sobota is a clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. He is also the Academic Director of the Civic Engagement Academy in UB’s Undergraduate School. He teaches courses related to interventions with individuals, families, and groups. His professional interests include organizational behavior and development, addictions, motivational interviewing approaches to behavior change, public education, engaged citizenship, and social work practice/applications in non-traditional settings.
Host Charles Syms is a clinical associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. His teaching includes social work intervention, human rights, trauma informed care, and alcohol and other drug treatment. His professional experience includes work in child welfare, domestic violence intervention, forensic mental health, and substance use disorders. He has held a variety of positions from child protection worker to child welfare program director, and the coordination of two community based, university/public school collaboration violence prevention projects. Professor Syms' current professional interests include the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders, particularly the impact of alcohol and other drugs on people with mental health problems, and those involved with the child welfare system.
Our production crew (left to right, top to bottom): Julie Hasselbeck, Tony Guzman, Charles Syms, Peter Sobota, Dave Coppola, Yishin (Vivian) Chu Wu, Steve Sturman
Founding host Adjoa Robinson was an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, where she taught Research and Human Behavior courses. Dr. Robinson's research and writing focus on family involvement in service planning for children with serious emotional disturbance and adults, community-based interventions for health promotion in African American communities, and cultural competence. Dr. Robinson's previous broadcasting experience included community radio in Portland, Oregon, where she cohosted KBOO's "Out Loud," a show focusing on local news, culture, and public affairs of interest to the LGBTQ community.
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Howard J. Doueck, PhD, was a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work where he taught in both the PhD and MSW programs. He received his MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Washington and his BA and MA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Doueck was past Director of the PhD program and Associate Dean for Faculty at the School. He is an author, a former Washington State child protection social worker and trainer, and his research interests have included CPS risk assessment, decision making in child protection, the impact of mandated reporting on clinical practice, and – more recently - transitional services for individuals with disabilities. His contribution to the podcast series is significant! He founded the Living Proof podcast series at the school back in 2008 and served as the leader of the podcast committee for its first four years. His passion for social work issues and interests in technology blossomed into our podcast series of today. He will always be known as "Podcast Leader Emeritus" around our crew.
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