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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.
Episode 205 - Dr. Joseph Richardson and Dr. Christopher St. Vil: Who Shot Ya?: A Novel Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program
Interviewer: Steven Schwartz
Monday, December 05, 2016, 8:13:44 AM
In this episode, Dr. Joseph Richardson and Dr. Christopher St. Vil discuss their use of a longitudinal, ethnographic study of young Black men admitted to the hospital for treatment of violent injury to inform development of a hospital-based violence intervention program. They also report on research that they have conducted to better understand nonfatal use of force by police. From the findings of these two studies, they offer specific recommendations that have implications for programs as well as policy.
Episode 204 - Dr. Annemarie Gockel: Practicing Presence: A Curriculum for Integrating Mindfulness Training into Direct Practice Instruction
Interviewer: Elaine Hammond
Monday, November 21, 2016, 7:36:30 AM
In this episode, Dr. Annemarie Gockel describes her work, research, and experience as a social work educator who integrates mindfulness training with students into her social work courses. She discusses what mindfulness can look like in a classroom setting and how to introduce this method in this context.
Episode 203 - Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Dr. Kristie Holmes, and Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr.: Wanted: Social Workers on Capitol Hill
Monday, November 07, 2016, 7:43:19 AM
For a variety of reasons, social workers in the United States, unfortunately, often avoid becoming actively engaged in the political process. In this podcast, Drs. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Kristie Holmes, and Charles E. Lewis, Jr. discuss the importance of social workers pushing past their reticence and becoming more involved in the political process. The panel shares their thoughts and suggests a range of approaches from advocacy to running for political office.
Episode 202 - Dr. Wonhyung Lee, Meera Bhat, and Nurul Widyaningrum: Microfinance in India, Indonesia, and the United States: Implications for Social Work
Interviewer: Shaanta Murshid, PhD
Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:37:00 AM
Scholarly literature and practice experience have shown that low-income people around the world can use credit responsibly, make timely payments, and save to make their lives more manageable. In this episode, Dr. Wonhyung Lee, Meera Bhat, and Nurul Widyaningrum discuss the range of financial services called microfinance, which provides low-income persons access to affordable and quality financial services to promote empowerment and the building of assets.
Episode 201 - Dr. Steven Halady, Erin DeWolfe, and Jessica Bonczar: Multisystemic Therapy: A Strengths-Based, Collaborative Approach for Working with Negative Adolescent Behaviors
Interviewer: Julie Hasselbeck, MSW
Monday, October 10, 2016, 7:57:48 AM
Anyone working with the disruptive behaviors of a challenging adolescent understands just how difficult that work can be. When these problematic behaviors are present, successful resolution may require involvement from several of a child's networks. Multisystemic therapy (MST) is an intensive intervention that works with the adolescent and their family, while also engaging the other important systems in the child's life. In this episode, Dr. Steven Halady, Erin DeWolfe, and Jessica Bonczar describe what MST is and how its ecological foundation informs and directs its application.
Episode 200 - Dr. Sandra McGee, Teresa Hobson, Karen Gale, and Sandra Breault: Enhancing Relationships Forums: People and Law Enforcement Agencies Moving Change Forward
Interviewer: Kelly Patterson, PhD
Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:40:54 AM
In this episode, Dr. Sandra McGee, Teresa Hobson, Karen Gale, and Sandra Breault discuss their response to the widening divide between the African-American community and law enforcement officials. Following the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, as well as NYPD officers Rafeal Ramos and Wenjian Liu, our guests developed a working group and an action plan. Enhancing Relationships Forums is the tangible result, and it brings together representatives of law enforcement personnel, the Social Work profession, members of the African-American community, and the community at large for empathic dialog. Here, they describe the process, lessons learned, and recommendations for community action in communities everywhere.
Episode 199 - Karen Zgoda, Dr. Melanie Sage, Dr. Jonathan Singer, and Dr. Lauri Goldkind: Technology-Mediated Assignments for Real World Learning
Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD
Monday, September 12, 2016, 7:44:53 AM
Have you considered incorporating technology or social media into your courses? If you have, then you are not alone. However, it can be daunting, given that there seems to be an increasing push to use these digital tools but not much direction as to how to do it. In this podcast, four social work educators talk about how they have used digital tools in their teaching. Professors Karen Zgoda, Melanie Sage, Jonathan Singer, and Lauri Goldkind offer examples from their work as they share thoughts about, and experiences with, integrating technology-mediated assignments into their coursework.
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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