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Episode 105 - Dr. David Hodge and Dr. Fei Sun: Positive Aspects of Caregiving Among Alzheimer's Family Caregivers: The Roles of Ethnicity and Spirituality

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Episode 227 - Dr. Kristie Seelman: Sexual Minority Older Adults: Addressing Health Disparities and Promoting Healthy Aging

Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD

Monday, November 06, 2017, 7:53:57 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Kristie Seelman discusses the unique challenges that lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults face, as well as the need for services that are culturally competent and account for their unique realities. She describes her current research emphasizing coping strategies and differences in mental, cognitive, and physical health among sexual minority older persons.

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Episode 222 - Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino: At My Core, I'm Not the Same: Spiritual Injury and Military Trauma (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Thomas Nochajski, PhD

Monday, August 28, 2017, 7:52:07 AM

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In part two of a two-part podcast, our guests Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino continue their discussion related to spiritual injury and military trauma. They describe the conception and process of creating their program. Observing that traditional evidence-based treatments did not easily address the existential issues they were hearing about from their clients, our guests explain how they developed the key components of their program. Feedback from participants and continuing evaluation efforts conclude the conversation.

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Episode 220 - Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino: At My Core, I'm Not the Same: Spiritual Injury and Military Trauma (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Thomas Nochajski, PhD

Monday, July 31, 2017, 8:14:58 AM

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In the first of two episodes, our guests Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino differentiate between religion and spirituality, and their role in meaning making. They use the images of shattered spirituality and wounding to emphasize the depth of traumatic experiences by service veterans. Our guests discuss their research and what they are learning about the impact of spiritual risk and protective factors on healing spiritual injury and wounding.

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Episode 208 - Dr. Nancy Kusmaul and Lisa Kendall: Impacts of Trauma in Later Life

Interviewer: Jacqueline Mcginley, MSW

Monday, January 30, 2017, 7:45:29 AM

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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.

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Episode 161 - Bonnie Collins and Elaine Hammond: Integrating Spirituality Into Social Work Practice: A Conversation (part 2 of 2)

Monday, February 16, 2015, 7:56:28 AM

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This is the second of a two-part discussion on integrating spirituality into social work practice. In this continuing conversation, Bonnie Collins and Elaine Hammond talk more specifically about assessment protocols and intervention strategies. They discuss the use of rituals, ceremonies, and meditation in their work. They also identify resources for those wanting information on how to incorporate spirituality into their practice.

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Episode 159 - Bonnie Collins and Elaine Hammond: Integrating Spirituality Into Social Work Practice: A Conversation (part 1 of 2)

Monday, January 19, 2015, 9:50:26 AM

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Every social work student learns about the biopsychosocial model early in his or her social work education. The use of this three-dimensional model underscores the complexity of the client experience. However, social workers are increasingly recognizing and adding an additional dimension. Spirituality has been an often-controversial aspect of social work practice. Social work students as well as seasoned professionals are frequently unsure if, when, or how to introduce this topic. Part 1 of this conversation looks at the difference between spirituality and religion, and how social workers prepare to address this sensitive topic.

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Episode 157 - Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and Kara Thieleman: Witness to Suffering: Mindfulness and Compassion Fatigue Among Traumatic Bereavement Professionals and Volunteers

Interviewer: Nurit Fischer Shemer, MEd, MSW

Monday, December 08, 2014, 8:40:45 AM

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Compassion Fatigue has been the subject of considerable concern in the social work profession. The provision of service to people who are experiencing a highly stressful situation can take a significant emotional toll on those providing assistance. However, few experiences are more stress-invoking that the loss of a child. In this episode, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and Kara Thieleman discuss their research with the professionals and volunteers that provide service to parents who have experienced a child's death.

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Episode 124 - Amanda Hunsaker: Advances in Dementia Diagnostic Technology: Preparing Social Work for a Changing Practice

Interviewer: Rachel Rotach, MSW

Monday, August 05, 2013, 9:25:28 AM

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In this episode, Amanda Hunsaker discusses the current landscape related to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and how advances in diagnostic technology associated with dementia will provide the potential for new insights in the care of these patients. Challenges and opportunities for social work practice are reviewed.

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Episode 123 - Christine Scott: Shadow Grief: Perinatal Loss and Bereavement

Interviewer: Rebecca S. Rouland Polmanteer, MSW

Monday, July 08, 2013, 9:24:17 AM

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In this episode, Christine Scott defines perinatal loss and discusses the impact of perinatal bereavement on the parents and family. Using her personal experience with this type loss as a backdrop, Ms. Scott describes the effect of perinatal bereavement on the individual and family, and offers suggestions for the social work response at all three levels of practice.

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Episode 119 - Dr. Dona Reese: "A Friendly Face:" Addressing Barriers to Hospice Care for African American Clients by Hiring African American Social Workers

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, May 13, 2013, 8:59:13 AM

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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reported that in 2011 over a million and a half people utilized hospice services in the United States. In this podcast, Dr. Dona Reese talks about the lack of utilization of hospice care by African American patients. This includes identifying variables that influence African American hospice use. One of those barriers is the almost complete absence of African American staff or volunteers in hospices across the nation. Dr. Reese describes a field placement and community intervention project that was a successful first step in accomplishing the goal of increasing African American staff. Additionally, she offers her thoughts on what must be done to expand the number of African American social work professionals in hospice settings.

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Episode 117 - Kori Bloomquist: Social Worker Self-Care: Practice, Perceptions, and Professional Well-Being

Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW

Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:51:38 AM

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In this episode, Kori Bloomquist discusses research related to social worker self-care practice and perceptions, and professional well-being. Ms. Bloomquist describes social workers' reported self-care practices across five domains as well as their perceptions of self-care. She also discusses relationships between social worker self-care practices and perceptions and indicators of professional well-being, including compassion satisfaction, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. Furthermore, Ms. Bloomquist talks about implications for social work education, practice, and research.

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Episode 107 - Dr. Allan Barsky: Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making

Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW

Monday, November 12, 2012, 8:06:53 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Allan Barsky focuses on ethical issues in end-of-life decision making. In order to assist clients and families with end-of-life choices, Dr. Barsky argues that social workers need to be aware of ethical issues that may arise in relation to self-determination, informed consent, mental capacity, and principles such as the sanctity of life, client autonomy, and judicious management of resources. He discusses a model for engaging clients, family members, and co-professionals in discussions and problem-solving processes when conflict about end-of-life decision making arises.

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Episode 97 - Dr. Robin Bonifas: Mean Girls at 70: Bullying Among Residents at Assisted Living Facilities

Interviewer: Nancy Kusmaul, LMSW

Monday, May 28, 2012, 10:03:06 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Robin Bonifas discusses her research on senior bullying and relationship changes in assisted living facilities. Dr. Bonifas shares her findings on how seniors experience problematic behaviors in assisted living facilities, how they cope, and their ideas on how to address bullying at the individual and facility level.

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Episode 90 - Dr. Priscilla Gibson: Disproportional Suspension Among African American Youth: The Experience of Kinship Caregivers

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, February 20, 2012, 8:52:13 AM

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Dr. Gibson speaks about her research exploring the experiences of kinship caregivers parenting African American children, who are disproportionately suspended under school zero tolerance policies. Dr. Gibson describes the emotional and relational costs of suspensions on families and strategies to help caregivers (often grandmothers) avoid pitfalls in the education system.

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Episode 87 - Dr. Pam Miller: Oregon's Death with Dignity Act: Hospice Social Work and End-of-Life Decision-Making

Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW

Monday, January 09, 2012, 9:12:51 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Pam Miller discusses her research on social worker attitudes, values, and practices since the enactment of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.

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Episode 86 - Dr. Nicole Ruggiano: Doing It Their Way: Consumer-Directed Long-Term Care

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, December 12, 2011, 9:02:12 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Nicole Ruggiano discusses a client-driven and self-directed approach to consumers' long term health care, providing an alternative to traditional, agency-provided and managed care. She describes the positive outcomes related to the consumer-directed model and anticipates the barriers and costs in embracing the approach.

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Episode 72 - Dr. Jan Ivery and Dr. M. Lori Thomas: Aging in Place on the Streets: Homelessness Among Older Adults

Interviewer: Nancy Kusmaul, LMSW

Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 8:14:14 AM

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Drs. Jan Ivery and M. Lori Thomas discuss the findings of their research with the often overlooked older adult homeless population. Our guests describe the challenges of meeting the unique needs of this population and the contradictions that are raised as the older adult homeless population burgeons.

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Episode 62 - Dr. Jay Wolfson: Head, Heart, and Hope: The Complex Challenges of Decision-Making at End of Life

Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW

Monday, January 10, 2011, 9:46:33 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Jay Wolfson discusses his experience and reflections serving as guardian ad litem for Terri Schiavo, the young woman whose case captured the nation's attention in 2003. Dr. Wolfson describes the clinical, political, and legal issues he encountered and the complex drama between the head (science) and the heart (hope) present as families and professionals make critical decisions that affect the life (and death) of others.

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Episode 57 - Dr. Robert Milch and Dr. Donald Shedd: Good Outcomes at the End of Life: The History of Hospice Buffalo

Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW

Monday, October 18, 2010, 10:56:06 AM

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Drs. Robert Milch and Donald Shedd have been leaders in the hospice movement since its early days. In this episode, they discuss the history of hospice and hospice in Buffalo, NY, the challenges of the early days of hospice, changes in hospice care over the years, and what they see as the future of hospice and palliative care.

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Episode 55 - Dr. Elizabeth Robinson: I Should've Could've Died: Spiritual Change in Recovery from Alcoholism

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, September 20, 2010, 8:30:47 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Elizabeth Robinson discusses her work on spiritual and religious changes associated with recovery from alcohol problems. Dr. Robinson notes changes in client sense of forgiveness and purpose as well as day-to-day religious practices and experiences. Dr. Robinson also offers insights about how to nurture the spiritual quest as part of social work practice behaviors.

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Episode 51 - Dr. Jean Kutner: The Evolution of Evidence-Based Practice in Hospice

Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW

Monday, July 26, 2010, 10:06:34 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Jean Kutner discusses the history and role of evidence-based practice in hospice care, changes in hospice care, and barriers and facilitators to building an evidence base.

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Episode 45 - Dr. Sharon Bowland: Strength and Struggle: Spirituality and Recovery From Interpersonal Trauma (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Elaine Rinfrette, PhD, LCSW-R

Monday, May 03, 2010, 9:38:34 AM

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This is the second of two episodes on spiritually and older women survivors of interpersonal trauma. Dr. Bowland discusses emergent themes such as forgiveness, isolation, and strength in the midst of struggle. Dr. Bowland also notes the utility of a feminist critique of the harmful and helpful aspects of faith traditions in relation to the experience of interpersonal trauma and the need to make space for discussions of religion in social work.

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Episode 43 - Dr. Sharon Bowland: I Believe, But Will It Help?: Spirituality and Recovery from Interpersonal Trauma (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Elaine Rinfrette, PhD, LCSW-R

Monday, April 05, 2010, 9:46:45 AM

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Dr. Sharon Bowland discusses a spiritually-based, psycho-social intervention for older women survivors of interpersonal trauma. In this first of two episodes, Dr. Bowland describes the intervention and reports on the positive mental health and spiritual well-being outcomes.

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Episode 42 - Dr. Mo Yee Lee: Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work - Myth-Busting to Build Accurate Understanding (part 3 of 3)

Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW

Monday, March 22, 2010, 9:43:34 AM

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In this final episode of a three-part series, Dr. Mo Yee Lee address some of the challenges and opportunities of applying the integrative approach in social work research and practice. She explores some of the common misperceptions about meditation and eastern practices, and the role that education and information can play in an accurate adoption of these practices. Dr. Lee highlights issues of empowerment, helping people to help themselves, and the role of complementary interventions in this area to build on our existing knowledge base for practice.

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Episode 40 - Dr. Mo Yee Lee: Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work - Research and Practice with Female Trauma Survivors (part 2 of 3)

Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW

Monday, February 22, 2010, 9:32:30 AM

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In this second of three episodes, Dr. Mo Yee Lee discusses her research with female trauma survivors, many of whom are dually diagnosed, homeless, and exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. She introduces a meditation curriculum, describes the role that self-determination and mindfulness plays for clients, and comments on research related to the physical and neurological benefits of meditation.

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Episode 38 - Dr. Mo Yee Lee: Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work - Core Concepts (part 1 of 3)

Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW

Monday, January 25, 2010, 8:58:41 AM

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This is the first of three episodes in which Dr. Mo Yee Lee discusses her research and clinical work bridging social work practice and an integration of Eastern philosophy/practice with traditional Western approaches to client change. In this episode, Professor Lee introduces the core concepts of the body-mind-spirit approach and its defining characteristics as applied to practice.

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Episode 31 - Dr. Nancy Kelley-Gillespie and Dr. Karen Rolf: Too Old To Care?: Older Adult Caregivers and Their Children with Disabilities

Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW

Monday, October 19, 2009, 10:22:14 AM

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Rising life expectancy over the last two decades has resulted in increases in the number of aging parents caring for adult children with disabilities later in life. Drs. Kelley-Gillespie and Rolf discuss their work to understand the needs of these families toward quality of life improvement, better services, and more informed choices for caregivers.

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Episode 22 - Dr. Lori Wiener: Children with HIV/AIDS: Issues Of Survival, Disclosure, and Transition

Interviewer: Robert Keefe, PhD, MSSA

Monday, June 15, 2009, 9:40:04 AM

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In this podcast, Dr. Lori Wiener discusses her decades of work bridging clinical experience with research methodology to address the needs of children with HIV/AIDS and their families. Dr. Wiener offers guidance to helping professionals and families with regard to current challenges associated with survival and transition to adult care, diagnosis disclosure, child and parental adjustment, and child and parental survival.

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Episode 16 - Dr. Wooksoo Kim: Drinking Behavior Among Elderly Korean Immigrants

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, March 23, 2009, 11:50:30 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Wooksoo Kim discusses her research on alcohol use among elderly Korean immigrants in Toronto, Canada.

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Episode 8 - Dr. Deborah Waldrop: End-of-Life Care for Our Nation's Elderly - In Their Own Words (part 3 of 3)

Monday, December 01, 2008, 1:48:30 PM

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This is the third of three episodes in which Dr. Waldrop discusses her research on end-of-life care decision-making begun in 2007. In this episode, Dr Waldrop gives us a status report on the progress she's made in her research on end of life care decision-making and what she has learned thus far, sharing with us participant experiences in their own words.

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Episode 7 - Dr. Deborah Waldrop: End-of-Life Care for Our Nation's Elderly - Methods and Challenges (part 2 of 3)

Monday, November 17, 2008, 12:11:34 PM

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This is the second of three episodes in which Dr. Waldrop discusses her research on end-of-life care decision-making begun in 2007. In this episode, Dr. Waldrop explains her research aims and methodology and some of the challenges to conducting this type of research.

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Episode 2 - Dr. Deborah Waldrop: End-of-Life Care for Our Nation's Elderly - History of Hospice Care (part 1 of 3)

Monday, September 08, 2008, 11:08:35 AM

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This is this first of three episodes in which Dr. Waldrop discusses her research on end-of-life care decision-making begun in 2007. In this episode, Dr. Waldrop explains the personal nature of studying end-of-life care and answers the questions, "What is hospice care?" and "What is its history?"

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