inSocialWork® is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. inSocialWork® features conversations with prominent social work professionals, interviews with cutting-edge researchers, and information on emerging trends and best practices in the field of social work.
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Interviewer: Connor Walters
Monday, April 24, 2017, 7:42:04 AM
In this episode, our guest Nicole Clark, LMSW, describes her journey from agency practitioner to self-employed, independent consultant. Ms. Clark discusses how she embraced the entrepreneurial spirit, moved forward, and eventually made a headlong leap into beginning her own business.
Interviewer: Caitlin Beck
Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:40:37 AM
With over 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas, it is crucial for social workers to consider how the development of cities in the United States has played a role in creating and maintaining the social and economic segregation that is so deeply woven into the fabric of most cities today. In the first of two episodes, Dr. Henry Louis Taylor argues that there is an intentionality to how cities are built that produces the "underdeveloped" neighborhoods that we see, where marginalized populations find themselves forced to live. Further, institutions put into place to solve the problems facing these communities are failing in their mission and have shifted to simply easing the suffering and misery of the communities' inhabitants.
Look for Part 2 on 5/8/2017.
Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7:34:11 AM
In this episode, our guests Dr. Matthew Epperson and Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis discuss their research and efforts to provide an alternative to the mass incarceration movement in the United States. Both are scholars and leaders of the Smart Decarceration Initiative, and they describe their mission and goals. They argue that our current system of mass incarceration should be replaced with effective and sustainable alternatives that protect society as well as assist people who have committed crimes.
Episode 211 - Sarah Beck Buchanan, Wright Kaminer, and Dr. Roger Nooe: The Community Law Office: An Integration of Social Work and Criminal Defense
Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:32:43 AM
In the United States, there are more than ten million criminal arrests each year. It is well known that many of those arrested also have a number of personal and environmental issues that not only shape their daily lives but can also be influential in their arrests and affect their defense and sentencing. In this episode, Sarah Beck Buchanan, Wright Kaminer, and Dr. Roger Nooe of the Knox County Public Defender's Office discuss their program, which has social workers working in collaboration with public defense attorneys with the goal of producing better legal outcomes by addressing the psychosocial needs of their clients.
Episode 210 - Karen Zgoda, Rachel L. West, and Patricia Shelly: Promoting Macro Social Work Through Social Media/Twitter Chats
Interviewer: Annahita Ball, PhD
Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:30:43 AM
In this episode, our guests Karen Zgoda, Rachel L. West, and Patricia Shelly describe how they are using macro social work Twitter chats to promote support for and education about all forms of macro practice activities. They discuss what Twitter chats are, why they matter, and why social workers are producing and participating in them.
Interviewer: Isok Kim, PhD
Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:40:38 AM
Muslims have been part of the fabric of America for more than five hundred years. There were likely Muslim members of Columbus's crew when they arrived in the American hemisphere in 1492. Trans-Atlantic slavery would have certainly brought to this country Africans who practiced Islam. During the ratification of the United States Constitution, concern was voiced that one day there might be a Muslim president. Yet in the early 1800's, the Ramadan fast was once ended in the White House. In this podcast, our guest Dr. Omid Safi examines the complex history of Muslims in America. In doing so, his discussion helps us to more fully understand the impact of "Islamophoboia" in the United States.
Interviewer: Jacqueline Mcginley, MSW
Monday, January 30, 2017, 7:45:29 AM
In this episode, our guests Dr. Nancy Kusmaul and Lisa Kendall discuss the possible impacts of traumatic experiences as people transition into older adulthood. They describe specific applications of a trauma perspective with elders and what helping professionals might observe in their clients to warrant further assessment. Dr. Kusmaul and Ms. Kendall highlight the distinctive opportunities and manifestations for re-traumatization with the older adult population, and the trauma-informed care implications for organizations and caregivers serving older adults.
Episode 207 - Dr. Julie Dodge, Dr. Christie Bernklau Halvor, and Dr. Sonja Vegdahl: Using Gamification in Social Work Education
Interviewer: Steve Sturman
Monday, January 16, 2017, 9:17:05 AM
Online coursework is now a mainstream approach to the delivery of education and training to professional social workers in the United States. As online courses and programs grow, more and more faculty will be asked to teach using platforms and instructional methods that they may be unfamiliar with. One of these methods is known as gamification. While it should not be confused with game-based learning, it uses game-like features in the educational setting. In 2015, three members of the Concordia University social work faculty decided to incorporate some gamification elements into one course each was teaching. In this episode, Drs. Julie Dodge, Christie Bernklau Halvor, and Sonja Vegdahl explore that experience.
Interviewer: Wooksoo Kim, PhD
Monday, January 02, 2017, 8:31:33 AM
In this episode, Dr. David Gerber applies a lens of immigration history in the United States and helps us understand the reticence to reform our immigration policy and laws. He highlights how the popular narrative we have about immigrants and refugees stands in sharp contrast to what is really happening in our society.
Monday, December 19, 2016, 7:34:29 AM
The inSocialWork® Podcast Series is taking a break for the holidays. This short message, recorded by our hosts, offers holiday wishes on behalf of our team.
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): Caitlin Beck, Michelle Brikker, 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.
The inSocialWork® Podcast Team would like to thank Dr. Robinson for her valuable contributions as a podcast host and team member over our first four years. Her intelligence, practice experience, and research expertise were greatly appreciated. We want to thank Dr. Robinson for her time, energy, effort, and guidance. She will be missed on our team but never forgotten!
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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