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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

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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 225 - Dr. Joy Learman: Gender-Based Violence and HIV Infection: Experiences of HIV-Positive African Immigrant Women

Interviewer: Eusebius Small, PhD

Monday, October 09, 2017, 7:43:57 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Joy Learman describes the underlying dynamics that can increase a woman's risk of being HIV-positive and failing to obtain treatment. She discusses her research involving contextual factors and personal experiences of HIV-positive African immigrant women. Dr. Learman emphasizes the need for support for at-risk groups and the development of policies that promote women's reproductive health and decrease their risk of HIV.

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Episode 224 - Janelle Goodwill: How Media Influences Young Black Men's Conceptualization of Masculinity

Interviewer: Chris St. Vil, PhD

Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:18:36 AM

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In this episode, our guest Janelle Goodwill, MSW, describes her work on the YBMen Project, which studies what is unique about how media affects young black men in college. Exploring their preferences and learning how young black men use media for support, our guest discusses how media affects their mental health and their view of Black masculinity.

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Episode 221 - Dr. Jennifer Cullen and Dr. Jolynn Haney: Understanding and Treating Autism in Women: Using Lived Experiences to Shape Practice

Interviewer: Gretchen Bennett, MA

Monday, August 14, 2017, 7:28:52 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Jennifer Cullen and Dr. Jolynn Haney discuss gender differences in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the reasons why obtaining an accurate diagnosis may be difficult for females. They describe their research involving the socialization process of women diagnosed with ASD within an online community and how social workers can more effectively assist these individuals.

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Episode 219 - Beth Kanter: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Creating a Self-Care Culture Within the Workplace

Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD

Monday, July 03, 2017, 7:31:02 AM

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In this episode, Beth Kanter, author of "The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit," offers strategies to help both individuals and nonprofit organizations obtain impact without burnout and create a culture of self-care within the workplace. She discusses creative techniques to promote organizational changes that are designed to advance employees' well-being.

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Episode 217 - Kimberly Washington: Therapeutic Patient Navigation: Filling the Gaps for Clients with Neurodegenerative Disorders

Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD

Monday, June 05, 2017, 9:26:00 AM

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In this episode, our guest Kimberly Washington of the St. Jude's Project at Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C. discusses her "Therapeutic Patient Navigation" community-based project. She describes how this evidence-based intervention was developed to fill the gaps in services that support patients with Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Alzheimer's diseases.

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Episode 209 - Dr. Omid Safi: "Islamophobia" in America

Interviewer: Isok Kim, PhD

Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:40:38 AM

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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.

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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 206 - Dr. David Gerber: The Continuing Relevance of Immigration History

Interviewer: Wooksoo Kim, PhD

Monday, January 02, 2017, 8:31:33 AM

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Episode 196 - Dr. Deb Ortega, Dr. Ashley Hanna, and Dr. Badiah Haffejee: Lessons from the Immigrant Experience: Where the Erosion of Social Justice Begins (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Wooksoo Kim, PhD

Monday, August 01, 2016, 7:40:48 AM

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In the second of a two-part podcast, Dr. Deb Ortega, Dr. Ashley Hanna, and Dr. Badiah Haffejee continue their conversation chronicling the experiences of immigrants and examining the history of U.S. policy addressing the needs of these people. In this episode, they explore common myths that characterize our popular and policy discussions about immigrants and describe how these policies affect lives in our communities. Our guests conclude with recommendations for skills needed by social workers who provide services to these clients.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Episode 185 - Dr. Pablo Arriaza: Spanish Language Self-Efficacy Beliefs Among Spanish-Speaking Social Workers

Interviewer: Julie Hasselbeck

Monday, February 15, 2016, 8:25:47 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Pablo Arriaza argues that simply speaking and understanding another language does not equate to language competency. He describes what he learned about Spanish-speaking social workers' beliefs about their own self-efficacy with the Spanish language and their need for support, validation, and quality supervision. Dr. Arriaza explains why bilingual social workers are crucial in assisting the profession to act on its core values.

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Episode 176 - Adalberto Méndez López and Dr. Filomena Critelli: Globally Connected Classrooms: Partnership, Technology, and Human Rights

Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD

Monday, September 28, 2015, 7:39:58 AM

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In this episode, our guests Adalberto Méndez López and Dr. Filomena Critelli discuss their experience of bringing their students together via technology to co-instruct a new course titled "Disability and Human Rights from the Perspective of Law and Social Work". Along the way, they tell what they learned while bridging the gap between disciplines, cultures, degrees of technological know-how, and geographical locations.

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Episode 174 - Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson: Post-Traumatic Growth and Moments of Resonance: Narratives on Ebola in West Africa

Interviewer: Robert Keefe, PhD

Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:09:41 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson describes the systemic impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She articulates what she is learning about post-traumatic growth as part of the narrative for both individuals and larger systems as they make meaning of their experiences.

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Episode 171 - Dr. William Wipfler: Human Rights and Torture (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Stephanie Sacco

Monday, July 06, 2015, 8:51:02 AM

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In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration's thirty articles outline twenty-four basic rights afforded to all people simply because they are human beings. In this episode, Dr. William Wipfler, having spent more than 60 years advocating for human rights, discusses his human rights work, the issue of torture, and his belief that human rights abuses must always be confronted.

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Episode 169 - Kathrine Bisanz: Social Workers for Reproductive Justice

Interviewer: Gretchen Ely, PhD

Monday, June 08, 2015, 7:23:43 AM

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Reproductive justice is a framework grounded in international human rights that seeks to increase social, political, and economic power and resources so that people can make healthy decisions about gender, sexuality, and families for themselves and their communities. In this episode, Katherine Bisanz, co-founder of Social Workers for Reproductive Justice, describes the organization's mission and the role of social work in this movement.

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Episode 163 - Ken Herrmann and Susan Herrmann: Social Work Education in Another Land: The Brockport Vietnam Project

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW

Monday, March 16, 2015, 9:33:01 AM

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In this podcast, Ken and Susan Herrmann discuss their work with local stakeholders and Danang University in developing and operating an international social work educational program, The Brockport Vietnam Project. The discussion highlights the project’s mission, how it operates, its work in the local communities, and the learning opportunities and takeaways for students. The discussion might well be instructive for institutions or programs considering similar types of programs in developing countries.

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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 155 - Dr. Wendy Haight: Caregivers' Moral Narratives of Their African American Children's Out-of-School Suspensions: Implications for Effective Family-School Collaborations

Interviewer: Annette Semanchin-Jones, PhD

Monday, November 10, 2014, 9:39:43 AM

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A report from 2006 indicates that almost three and half million children were suspended or expelled from American schools. Of additional concern is that black students are suspended or expelled at a rate three times that of their white peers. In this podcast, Dr. Wendy Haight explores this problem through the experiences and perceptions of those students' caretakers. Dr. Haight's work provides a different view and offers another opportunity for social work to address this complex problem.

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Episode 154 - Dr. Toba Kerson and Dr. Judith McCoyd: In Response to Need: An Analysis of Social Work Roles Over Time

Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD

Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:08:03 AM

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In this episode, based on a research article published in the journal Social Work in 2013, Drs. Toba Kerson and Judith McCoyd discuss their latest work re-examining interviews conducted in 1976 with the pioneers of health-related social work. They compare those with themes they identified with current workers in the healthcare field and describe how the distinctive way that social workers respond to needs remains consistent with our core values and skill set.

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Episode 153 - Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz and Laurie Cook Heffron: Modern Slavery: Social Work's Role in Addressing Human Trafficking

Interviewer: Hilary Weaver, MS, DSW

Monday, October 13, 2014, 8:04:28 AM

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The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking estimates that there as many as 2.5 million people in forced labor at any given time. The U.S. State Department estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. There may be as many as 27 million slaves in the world today. In this episode, Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz and Ms. Laurie Cook Heffron examine these disturbing issues and describe social work's role in addressing them.

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Episode 151 - Arati Maleku: Human Migration in the 21st Century: Implications for the Social Work Profession

Interviewer: Isok Kim, PhD

Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:26:17 AM

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Human migration is a natural phenomenon as old as humanity. Some people leave their places of origin to escape natural or human-caused calamities. Others leave to find better economic circumstances. And, for some, it may be the adventure of new and exciting experiences. In this episode, Arati Maleku discusses current trends in human migration, explains some of migration's challenges and opportunities, and offers suggestions on social work practice with migrant populations.

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Episode 146 - Dr. Venus Tsui: The Invisible Ones: Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW

Monday, June 23, 2014, 6:36:36 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Venus Tsui describes the pervasive shame that male victims of intimate partner abuse experience and their common belief that the services that do exist aren't built for them. The resulting alienation and hopelessness present powerful barriers to seeking support. Dr. Tsui describes the extent to which existing services are utilized by men and which formal and informal helpers they find most beneficial.

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Episode 145 - Jorien Brock and Siobhan Fitzgerald-Cushing: Meeting the Health Needs of Transgender People

Interviewer: Steven Halady, PhD

Monday, June 09, 2014, 9:31:38 AM

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According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, people who identify as transgender are estimated to comprise between one quarter and one percent of the U.S. population. Often targeted for overt discrimination, a transgender person may, rightly, feel the need to protect themselves from the intolerant or rejecting responses they are subjected to. However, the need to be open and engaged is critical to ensure appropriate health care. In this episode, members of the Pride Center of Western New York discuss how the Center's Transgender Health Initiative meets the health care needs of transgender people.

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Episode 142 - Chandran Chetan: Action and Empowerment in India: National Domestic Workers Movement

Interviewer: Filomena Critelli, PhD

Monday, April 28, 2014, 8:41:06 AM

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In this episode, Chandran Chetan continues our previous discussion of India's "invisible maids" and the human trafficking that is fostered by the demand for these workers. Here, our guest describes how the National Domestic Workers Movement builds institutional support for the workers and how they promote social action and change through the direct participation of the women in speaking out on their own behalf. Fr. Chetan highlights the movement's work in organization and unionization activities and outlines the current activity and challenges on behalf of this exploited population.

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Episode 140 - Christin Mary: India's Invisible Maids: National Domestic Workers Movement

Interviewer: Filomena Critelli, PhD

Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:08:27 AM

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In this episode, Christin Mary of the National Domestic Workers Movement describes her work advocating, organizing, and participating in social action to empower exploited domestic workers in India. Young women, typically from impoverished rural areas, are trafficked into cities, where their human rights are violated. Our guest describes her organization's efforts in organizing and empowering these women, as well as the legislative successes they have realized.

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Episode 131 - Dr. Toni Miles: Health Care Policy: Medicaid Expansion and the Affordable Care Act

Interviewer: Nancy Kusmaul, LMSW, PhD

Monday, November 11, 2013, 8:20:55 AM

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Created in 1965, Medicaid, a form of health insurance, was developed to address the health care needs of low-income families as well as individuals who had a disability, were blind, or were aged. Recently, Medicaid is undergoing change. With the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid offers the opportunity for expanding eligibility. In this episode, Dr. Toni P. Miles discusses health care policy, Medicaid expansion, and the Affordable Care Act.

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Episode 129 - Agnes Williams: Native Americans and a Human Rights and Trauma-Informed Perspective

Interviewer: Filomena Critelli, MSW, PhD

Monday, October 14, 2013, 9:56:42 AM

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In this episode, Ms. Agnes Williams, a member of the Seneca Nation, uses her Nation's experience as a context to discuss cultural appreciation. She also explores the concept of historical trauma as well as the ideals of human rights and social justice, and how those ideals have been compromised. Additionally, she reflects on her work with social work student interns and the need to take affirmative steps to provide support for Native American social work students.

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Episode 128 - Dr. Md. Tuhinul Islam: Residential Childcare: The Experiences of Children in Bangladesh

Interviewer: Filomena Critelli, MSW, PhD

Monday, September 30, 2013, 9:30:01 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Md. Tuhinul Islam takes us on a journey to Bangladesh, where he studies the experiences of children in residential childcare settings. He describes how and why children find their way to these settings and what he is learning about outcomes, including those who leave those institutions.

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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 114 - Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne and Dr. Jayshree Jani: 'Cyber-Marriage': Wartime Military Relationships and Partners' Perceptions of the Impact of Telecommunications

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

Monday, March 04, 2013, 8:23:30 AM

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In this episode, Drs. Alexa Smith-Osborne and Jayshree Jani discuss their work studying the impact of technological advances in communications on relationships experiencing separation related to military deployment. Focusing on the perspective of the female partners, our guests contrast the experiences of the target population with those of civilian women in long-distance relationships. Protective factors as well as risk factors of the multiple modes of communication are explored.

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Episode 113 - Dr. Barbara Jones: Adolescent Cancer Survivors: Identity Paradox and the Need to Belong

Interviewer: Anthony Guzman, MISM, MNCM

Monday, February 18, 2013, 8:54:38 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Barbara Jones discusses the developmental and psychosocial effects of cancer on adolescents and young adults. Dr. Jones speaks to the need to understand the unique needs of the adolescent and young adult. She also explains how these unique needs can complicate the continuum of care as well as important developmental processes. Further, Dr. Jones suggests strategies of intervention to consider when working with this population.

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Episode 112 - Dr. Sandra Butler: Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Home Care Workers and Factors Affecting Turnover and Retention

Interviewer: Diane Elze, Ph.D.

Monday, February 04, 2013, 9:09:15 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Sandra Butler discusses her work and findings with the Maine Home Healthcare Retention Study. Putting a human face on "the centerpiece of our long-term care system," Dr. Butler describes the predictors of turnover and retention and how the workers themselves describe their jobs. She tells us what she has learned about why these workers stay and why significant numbers of them leave their positions.

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Episode 109 - Dr. Luke Shaefer: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) and the Material Well-Being of Low-Income Families with Children

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW

Monday, December 10, 2012, 9:02:00 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Luke Shaefer discusses the effects of the U.S.'s largest means-tested income support program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Recent breakthroughs in research methods have allowed us to better measure these effects, and results suggest that SNAP improves food security among participant households as well as non-food material well-being.

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Episode 108 - Dr. John Brekke, Anthony Fulginiti, and Rohini Pahwa: "For Them, With Them, By Them": A Peer Health Navigator Intervention for Persons with Serious Mental Illness

Interviewer: Anthony Guzman, MISM, MNCM

Monday, November 26, 2012, 8:43:51 AM

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In this episode, Dr. John Brekke, Anthony Fulginiti, and Rohini Pahwa discuss their research with a Peer Health Navigator Intervention aimed at improving the health of persons with serious mental illness. Describing the intervention as a comprehensive engagement and self-management approach, our guests highlight what makes the intervention unique, recent findings from its application, and its benefits for the Peer Navigators as well.

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

Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW

Monday, October 15, 2012, 7:23:20 AM

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In this episode, Drs. Hodge and Sun discuss their study examining the effects of spirituality and the positive aspects of caregiving among Latino family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Episode 104 - Dr. Rachel Fusco: Developmental and Mental Health Screening in Child Welfare: Implications for Young Children in Rural Settings

Interviewer: Rebecca S.R. Polmanteer, MSW

Monday, October 01, 2012, 9:12:04 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Rachel Fusco describes her work with Universal Screening that involves an examination of the developmental and mental health needs of young children involved in the child welfare system. After sharing what she is learning from this research, she discusses the implications for child welfare-involved children and families in rural communities.

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Episode 102 - Bruce Nisbet, LMSW: Health Homes: A Virtual Home of Care Coordination for Medicaid Enrollees with Chronic Conditions

Interviewer: Catherine Dulmus, PhD, MSW

Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 8:09:59 AM

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In this episode, Bruce Nisbet discusses Spectrum Human Services' involvement with Health Homes, a Medicaid health program providing integrated and coordinated services to people in the community who have serious and persistent mental illness or two or more physical health conditions. Mr. Nisbet discusses the inception of the program, services offered, the program's relevance, and implications for social work practice and education.

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Episode 101 - Aster Tecle: Where is 'Home'? Interpreting Youth Discourse and the Politics of Displaced Youth

Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

Monday, August 20, 2012, 9:48:19 AM

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In this episode, Ms. Tecle discusses her current research on the experiences of immigrant youth participating in youth programs. She examines the complexities of identity formation among Horn of Africa immigrant youth and how those youth create place and space in a larger sociocultural structure that often labels difference as "misfitness."

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Episode 99 - Dr. Shelley Craig and Dr. Barbara Muskat: "Bouncers and Jugglers and Firefighters ... Oh My!": A Qualitative Investigation of Social Work Roles in Health

Interviewer: Joan Doris, DSW

Monday, June 25, 2012, 7:33:45 AM

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In this episode, Drs. Craig and Muskat discuss their qualitative study of social work roles in hospital settings. Seven major roles emerged from their analysis: bouncer, juggler, janitor, broker, firefighter, glue, and challenger. Drs. Craig and Muskat draw attention to the importance of understanding and articulating the value added by professionally trained social workers toward understanding and addressing the social determinants of health.

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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 88 - Dr. Manisha Joshi: Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence Among Women in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan

Interviewer: Filomena Critelli, PhD, MSW

Monday, January 23, 2012, 8:03:52 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Manisha Joshi utilizes a unique lens to look at a familiar topic. She describes her research regarding the role of changing attitudes related to intimate partner violence (IPV) in three Central Asian countries. Dr. Joshi discusses what she has learned about the context in which IPV occurs in these countries and its impact on help-seeking and reporting behavior of the women who live there.

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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 84 - Dr. Joshua Miller: Connection and Hope: Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:11:35 PM

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In this episode, Dr. Joshua Miller discusses the many types of disasters that affect people around the world and how to help individuals and communities recover. He highlights the social ecology of disaster and the consequences of different types of disasters on individuals, families, and communities. Dr. Miller proposes an alternative to traditional, individually-focused mental health approaches, called Psychosocial Capacity Building, which is multi-systemic and addresses collective cultural orientations and helps foster access to the social support and connections that exist in groups and communities.

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Episode 76 - Dr. Patricia Shannon: Peeling the Fear from the Past: Building Community Capacities for Healing Refugee Trauma as a Human Rights Strategy

Interviewer: Filomena Critelli, PhD, MSW

Monday, July 25, 2011, 9:01:45 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Patricia Shannon discusses her research related to the impact of war trauma and torture on the mental health of resettling refugee communities. Our guest describes research on the state of mental health screening practices based on a recent national survey and findings from her recent focus groups on the mental health of Karen, Bhutanese, Oromo and Somali refugees. Dr. Shannon describes efforts to develop community capacity for meeting the mental health needs of refugees and how community based healing can be utilized as a strategy to address the larger context of international human rights.

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Episode 73 - Dr. Rebecca Thomas and Dr. Jill Witmer Sinha: Microcredit, Women Entrepreneurs, and Nonprofits in Kolkata: Social Work's Local and International Role

Interviewer: Kathleen Kost, PhD, MSSW, MA

Monday, June 13, 2011, 8:32:24 AM

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Microfinance is recognized as an anti-poverty tool and a conduit for financial assistance and capacity building. In their research, Drs. Rebecca Thomas and Jill Witmer Sinha examine differences between the benefits provided by nonprofit and for-profit microfinance institutions specifically as they pertain to women. Drs. Thomas and Sinha present findings from a case study of one program in Kolkata, India highlighting the array of complementary services offered to microloan clients and their potential for bridging the gap between the "haves and have-nots."

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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 70 - Dr. David Patterson, Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya): Promoting Wellness and Challenging Cultural Narratives in Native American Communities

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, May 02, 2011, 8:19:00 AM

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In this episode, Dr. David Patterson describes the Three Sisters and other core ideas that informed the creation and evolution of the Native American Center for Wellness Research. This discussion explores how the Center builds programs that enhance the educational experiences of Native American students, researches and promotes Native American wellness, and collaborates in peace and social justice ceremonies in the community.

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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 60 - Alankaar Sharma: Tuskegee and the Negro Project: The Intersections of Race, Gender, and Public Health (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, November 29, 2010, 8:33:52 AM

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This is the second of two episodes in which Alankaar Sharma discusses his work comparing and contrasting the well-known Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments and the lesser known Negro Project, both intended to further knowledge related to prevention and reducing the extent of sexually transmitted disease in African-American men. Here, Mr. Sharma concludes his discussion by attempting to answer the question, "Why the immense difference in support and time between the two studies?" He concludes with comments about African-American access to health care services today, and "post-racial" America.

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Episode 58 - Alankaar Sharma: Tuskegee and the Negro Project: The Intersections of Race, Gender, and Public Health (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, November 01, 2010, 11:22:31 AM

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From Tuskegee to current revelations of U.S. experiments in Guatemala in the 1940's, public health research and interventions have been impacted by intersections with race and gender. This is the first of two episodes in which Alankaar Sharma discusses his work comparing and contrasting the well-known Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments and the lesser known Negro Project, both intended to further knowledge related to prevention and reducing the extent of sexually transmitted disease in African-American men. Here, he describes the historical context of the studies and how stereotypical and dominant narratives of Black men influenced the research.

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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 53 - Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr. and Dr. Anne Deepak: Empowerment in Context: Lessons from Hip Hop Culture for Social Work Practice

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, August 23, 2010, 10:20:58 AM

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In this episode, Drs. Raphael Travis and Anne Deepak discuss using Hip Hop as a framework for understanding client populations and educating social work students.

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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 48 - Robert Whitaker: Rethinking Psychiatric Care: If We Follow the Scientific Evidence, What Must We Do to Better Promote Long-term Recovery?

Interviewer: Amy R. Manning, LMSW, PhD Candidate

Monday, June 14, 2010, 8:08:28 AM

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In this episode, author and journalist Robert Whitaker discusses what he has discovered through study of the evidence that is utilized to guide the treatment of psychiatric illness. With a critical eye, he describes the paradoxes in the conventional wisdom and practice in this field and how faithfully "following the evidence" would transform care for the drug-based treatment of mental illness.

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Episode 47 - Dr. Caitlin Ryan: Commitment, Intentionality, and Hard Work: What It Takes To Do Culturally Competent, Ground-Breaking Research

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD, MSSA

Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 9:32:14 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Caitlin Ryan discusses the challenges of breaking ground in new areas of research, especially work that may be considered controversial, and what it takes to do work that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. The conversation ends with advice for those interested in following similar lines of research.

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Episode 46 - Dr. Leopoldo Cabassa: Developing Mental Health Literacy Tools for the Latino Community

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, May 17, 2010, 9:48:18 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Leopoldo Cabassa discusses his research and development of culturally competent interventions for Latinos experiencing mental health issues. He describes his motivation to work with the Latino community and the social work practice implications in developing mental health literacy tools for them.

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Episode 44 - Dr. Lani Jones: Rebuilding Strength Among Black Women: An Evidence-Based, Culturally Congruent Group Intervention

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, April 19, 2010, 10:12:12 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Lani V. Jones discusses her research in the area of evidence-based practice with a focus on psychosocial competence, group work, and positive mental health outcomes with Black women accessing services in mental health settings.

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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 30 - Dr. Paul Smokowski: Acculturation and Adjustment in Latino Adolescents: How Cultural Risk Factors and Assets Influence Adolescent Mental Health

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, October 05, 2009, 12:21:44 PM

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In this podcast, Dr. Paul Smokowski describes his current research exploring the protective and risk factors involved for Latino youth as they attempt to integrate into United States culture. Discover what he learned about the "Critical Aspects of Acculturation" for this fast-growing population.

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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 20 - Dr. Kelly Jackson: What Are You?: The Experience of Multiracial Individuals in a Monoracial World

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, May 18, 2009, 11:10:53 AM

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This podcast features an interview with Dr. Kelly Jackson. Professor Jackson discusses her research on identity development among individuals of mixed heritage. The diverse cultural attachments associated with the shifting identities of mixed race individuals challenge the flawed system of socially constructed racial and ethnic categorization.

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Episode 17 - Dr. Sandra Lane: Structural Violence and Disparities in Health

Interviewer: Bernadette Hoppe, JD, MPH, MA

Monday, April 06, 2009, 10:45:20 AM

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In this podcast, Dr. Sandra Lane discusses how policy and environment promote disparities in health among people of color.

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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 13 - Dr. Erik Nisbet: International Conflict and Social Identity: The Influence of Mass Media on "Us vs. Them" Thinking

Interviewer: Catherine Dulmus, PhD, MSW

Monday, February 09, 2009, 12:29:09 PM

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Dr. Erik Nisbet discusses how perceptions of international conflict and terrorism across national contexts are shaped by the interplay of mass media frames and social identity schema. Dr. Nisbet describes the parallel processes that occur in the United States and the Muslim world.

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Episode 11 - Dr. Shelly Wiechelt: Cultural and Historical Trauma: Affecting Lives for Generations

Interviewer: Susan Green, LCSW

Monday, January 12, 2009, 12:03:52 PM

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People experience trauma in varying ways, from both trauma that occurs within their own lives, to trauma that is transmitted to them from cultural, historical, and intergenerational experiences. In this podcast, Dr. Shelly Wiechelt defines cultural, intergenerational, and historical trauma and discusses its impact on the lives of individuals and their communities.

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Episode 9 - Dr. Hilary Weaver: Culturally Competent Supervision

Monday, December 15, 2008, 10:50:04 AM

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This episode features Dr. Hilary Weaver speaking at the Fourth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, convened in Buffalo, NY, Spring 2008. Dr. Weaver discusses diversity issues in the context of supervision, highlighting the Transactional Model of Identity and the critical role supervisors have in promoting, modeling, and developing cultural competence within human service organizations.

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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 6 - Dr. Karen Sowers: Social Work at its Roots: Using Microenterprise to Promote Health, Social Welfare, and Community Building Among Street Children in Indonesia

Interviewer: Catherine Dulmus, PhD, MSW

Monday, November 03, 2008, 10:44:03 AM

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Dr. Catherine Dulmus, Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research, speaks with Dr. Karen Sowers, Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, about a project aimed at developing microenterprise among street children in Indonesia.

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Episode 3 - Dr. Robert Keefe: Childhood Lead Poisoning and Repeat Teen Pregnancy

Monday, September 22, 2008, 11:43:11 AM

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Adolescents who become pregnant as teens are likely to become pregnant again before their teen years are over. This episode features Dr. Robert Keefe, Professor at the UB School of Social Work, discussing his preliminary research on childhood lead poisoning and repeat teen pregnancy.

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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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