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Episode 223 - Amber McDonald: The Underground Sex World and Vulnerable Youth: A Professional Social Worker's Perspective

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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 218 - Dr. Charnetta Gadling-Cole and Dr. Cathy McElderry: The Development School Partnership: Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Interviewer: Annahita Ball, PhD

Monday, June 19, 2017, 7:33:54 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss the Development School Partnership, a collaborative effort and intervention to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. By offering wraparound services to students in need of comprehensive behavioral health services, the project hopes to create strong support systems for vulnerable students at risk of not completing their education.

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Episode 216 - Dr. Ande Nesmith: Text-Based Crisis Intervention Counseling: A Promising Venue to Reach Underserved Young Clients

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW/ACSW

Monday, May 22, 2017, 9:06:26 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Ande Nesmith takes the path of least resistance and most user-friendly access by utilizing text-based intervention counseling to reach and assist younger clients. She describes her program, her research, and what she is learning about the differences between in-person and text-based counseling formats.

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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

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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.

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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 191 - Dr. Adrienne Dessel, Dr. Michael Woodford, and Kevin Goodman: LGBT Discrimination on Campus and Heterosexual Bystanders: Understanding the Intention to Intervene

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD

Monday, May 09, 2016, 7:47:06 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss their research related to LGBT discrimination on college campuses and the context in which heterosexual bystanders are most likely to intervene. They highlight the specific skills and attitudes that can be fostered to promote supportive heterosexual bystander involvement and inclusive environments for LGBT individuals.

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Episode 187 - Dr. Elizabeth Greeno, Mathew Uretsky, and Dr. Patricia Chamberlain: Findings from a Parenting Intervention for Foster and Kinship Families

Interviewer: Annette Semanchin Jones, PhD

Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:47:50 AM

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In this episode, our guests wonder: How can you improve the quality of life for foster children and parents? They describe what they learned studying a parenting intervention for foster and kinship families. The Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Trained and Supported (KEEP) program is reviewed, and the findings related to the impact on child externalizing behaviors, parent stress, and placement permanency are presented.

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Episode 183 - Dr. Michael Pelts and Dr. David Albright: Wounded Bonds: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual (GLB) Military Service Members and Veterans

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

Monday, January 18, 2016, 10:07:46 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Michael Pelts and Dr. David Albright discuss their recent work examining the history and context of the U.S. military's treatment of GLB service members and veterans. They describe their review of the social work profession's literature related to this population over the past twenty-plus years, implications for social work education and practice, and the training needed by social workers to competently serve this population.

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Episode 167 - Ronjonette Harrison: Innovative Change for Juvenile Offenders Through Legislation and Intervention

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD

Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:32:02 AM

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In the majority of U.S. states, individuals age 16 or 17 who are arrested will have their cases heard in juvenile or family courts. However, in the states of New York and North Carolina, 16 and 17 year olds who are arrested find their cases handled in adult criminal court. In New York State, the "Raise the Age" campaign is an effort to change that state's law and move cases involving 16 and 17 year old offenders out of the adult courts. In this episode, Ms. Ronjonette Harrison explains why raising the age is important and describes an alternative to adult court.

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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 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 144 - Michael Langlois: Gamer-Affirmative Practice: Today's Play Therapy

Interviewer: Anthony Guzman, MISM, MNCM

Monday, May 26, 2014, 9:50:52 AM

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In this episode, our guest Michael Langlois addresses the pervasiveness of technology -- specifically video games -- in our clients' day-to-day lives. Concurrently, he notes how direct social work practitioners have been largely hesitant and dismissive about utilizing video games in their work. Speaking from a cultural competency perspective, Mr. Langlois describes how he utilizes video games in his clinical work and builds an argument for their use in a 21st century practice environment.

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Episode 143 - Lesley Barraball and Carlos Neves: Carizon: One Agency's Experience Integrating Trauma-Informed Care

Interviewer: Steven Halady, PhD

Monday, May 12, 2014, 8:29:14 AM

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In 2013, two agencies (Kidslink, a children’s mental health provider, and Mosaic Counseling, which offered a variety of services to children, men, and women) merged to form Carizon Family and Community Services. Our guests in this podcast explore the newly-formed agency’s experience incorporating trauma-informed care into its treatment philosophy and provision of service.

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Episode 138 - Dr. Robert Duran: "Smile Now, Cry Later": Gang Life - An Insider's Journey

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz

Monday, March 03, 2014, 8:54:16 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Robert Duran discusses what he has learned in 20 years of being involved in, observing, and researching gangs. His unique perspective lends him multiple lenses to inform and challenge conventional wisdom related to what gangs offer their members, the contexts in which they form, and what holds them together.

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Episode 136 - Dr. Brian Kelly: Superman in the Smallest Place: Exploring a Music Studio for Young People Experiencing Homelessness

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz

Monday, February 03, 2014, 8:27:48 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Brian Kelly describes his experience and research with homeless youth. Specifically, he looks into the effectiveness of utilizing a music studio in a transitional living program to engage young people's strengths and promote their resilience.

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Episode 135 - Chris Veeh: Traumatic Brain Injury and Incarcerated Youths: A Role for Social Work

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW/ACSW

Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:52:51 AM

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In this episode, Chris Veeh discusses how early life head trauma can play a role in behavior that leads to incarceration. He also suggests that the number of incarcerated youth with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is significant. Tools to screen and assess for TBI history in adolescents as well as evidence-based interventions that the social work practitioner can employ are identified.

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Episode 132 - Dr. Doyle Pruitt: Understanding and Responding to Youth Who Engage in Sexual Harm

Interviewer: Molly R. Wolf, MSW, PhD Candidiate

Monday, November 25, 2013, 8:13:12 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Doyle Pruitt discusses the possibility of changing the narrative of youth and adolescents who engage in sexual harm. She argues that current perceptions of this population frame their situation in unhelpful ways and describes intervention approaches that can be used effectively with them.

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Episode 130 - Michael Boucai: The Impact and Ramifications of the Recent Supreme Court Rulings Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD

Monday, October 28, 2013, 10:17:22 AM

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In this episode, Law Professor Michael Boucai discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. He describes the specifics of those rulings and the practical effects the rulings produce at the level of people's everyday lives and social practices.

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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 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 118 - Dr. Jonathan Singer: The Use of Creative Arts as a Community-Based Suicide Prevention Effort

Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:02:50 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Jonathan Singer describes his work drawing on the creative arts that by its nature is a community-based effort at preventing suicide. He argues that traditional prevention efforts, while effective at addressing the stigma associated with suicide on a person-at-a-time basis, do little to address the larger public stigma that is so prevalent and alienating for this population.

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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 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 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 95 - Dr. Janis Whitlock: The Cutting Edge: Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults

Interviewer: Rebecca Eliseo-Arras, MSW

Monday, April 30, 2012, 9:29:35 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Janis Whitlock discusses the disturbing phenomenon of self-injurious behavior among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Whitlock discusses the causes, prevalence, and risk factors of self-injurious behavior and explains its active though maladaptive coping dimension as well as the challenge of finding effective treatment.

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Episode 91 - Dr. Shelley Craig and Dr. Brett Engle: Motivational Interviewing Implementation and Practitioner Skill Acquisition in an Agency Serving Sexual Minority Youth

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, March 05, 2012, 8:59:26 AM

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In this episode, Drs. Engle and Craig discuss their training and research study in which they adapted Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills to a strengths-based case management already in place at an agency. They describe their experience in developing MI skill acquisition in service staff, the unique needs of this population, and MI's broader applications based on their findings.

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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 89 - Dr. Eugene Walls: School Engagement Among Sexual Minority Students: Allies, Alliances, and Academic Outcomes

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD, MSSA

Monday, February 06, 2012, 8:29:45 AM

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In this podcast, Dr. Eugene Walls discusses his research on school engagement among sexual minority students. His research is aimed at understanding the contributing roles of school climate, adult allies, and gay-straight alliances in predicting academic outcomes.

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Episode 82 - Dr. Jeffrey Edleson: Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Margaret Coombes, PhD

Monday, October 17, 2011, 8:24:53 AM

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Dr. Jeffrey Edleson, a nationally known researcher in the field of domestic violence and its effect on children, concludes his discussion by interpreting longitudinal research related to the impact of early exposure to violence and risk factors influencing future experience with violence. He explains the "comprehensive community response" to children who are exposed to DV and the potential protective factors that can be utilized in communities.

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Episode 80 - Dr. Jeffrey Edleson: Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Margaret Coombes, PhD

Monday, September 19, 2011, 8:02:02 AM

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Dr. Jeffrey Edleson of the University of Minnesota is well known for his research on adult domestic violence, particularly how it affects children in the home. In this episode, Dr. Edleson describes his work and that of his colleagues over the past two decades in their efforts to study, raise awareness of, and change both policies and practices focused on children exposed to domestic violence.

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Episode 71 - Katherine Montgomery: Individual and Relational Factors Associated with Delinquency Among Throwaway Adolescents

Interviewer: Charles Syms, MSW

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:08:56 AM

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In this episode, Katherine Montgomery, MSSW and doctoral student, reports on the findings and implications of her recent study on domain-specific factors that distinguish "throwaway youth" from delinquent youth. Ms. Montgomery also describes how understanding specific individual and relational factors may inform more individualized, evidence-based treatment planning among this unique population of adolescents.

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Episode 67 - Dr. Poco Kernsmith and Dr. Roger Kernsmith: I <3 U Send Pix: Addressing Youth Sexting

Interviewer: Nicole M. Fava, MSW, PhD Candidate

Monday, March 21, 2011, 10:19:49 AM

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Behaviors like sexting are not new phenomena. However, technology increases the ease and risks of such behaviors. This podcast explores the prevalence of sexting and discuss an appropriate and balanced approach to practice and policy intervention.

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Episode 63 - Dr. Faye Mishna: Bullying in the Cyber Yard: Old Problems, New Contexts

Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, MSW

Monday, January 24, 2011, 10:17:58 AM

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Dr. Faye Mishna discusses her research on cyber bullying among youth, its prevalence, its effects, and what social workers can do to begin to address this growing problem.

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Episode 61 - Dr. Lenore Walker: The System is Broken: Challenges to Trauma-Informed Approaches with Parents and Children Affected by Domestic Violence

Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, MSW

Monday, December 13, 2010, 8:22:30 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Lenore Walker discusses the current social, political, and legal dynamics that challenge a trauma-informed approach to the health and safety of children affected by domestic violence. Dr. Charles Ewing of the University at Buffalo Law School joins in the conversation.

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Episode 54 - Joyce James, LMSW-AP and Carolyne Rodriguez, MSW: Addressing Disproportionality: Promising Practice Innovations

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, September 06, 2010, 10:39:06 AM

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In this episode, Joyce James of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services and Carolyne Rodriguez of Casey Family Programs' Texas State Strategy systems improvement initiative discuss how their collaboration is addressing disproportionality statewide through promising practices and innovations in undoing racism trainings, values-based leadership development, and community engagement strategies.

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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 49 - Susan Mangold: Child Welfare Services: Does the Source of Funding Matter?

Interviewer: Kathleen Kost, PhD, MSSW, MA

Monday, June 28, 2010, 9:54:53 AM

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In this episode, Professor of Law Susan Mangold discusses how child welfare services are funded, and reviews her findings as she "follows the money." She goes on to describe how the type or source of funding impacts outcomes and quality of child welfare services to a larger degree than the amount of that funding.

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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 33 - Dr. Caitlin Ryan: Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Youth: The Critical Role of Family Support

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD, MSSA

Monday, November 16, 2009, 10:01:40 AM

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Dr. Caitlin Ryan discusses her work on the Family Acceptance Project, the first major study of LGBT youth and their families. Findings from the project will be used to develop training and assessment materials for human service providers working with LGBT youth and families and to develop a new model for family-related care to improve health and mental health outcomes for all LGBT adolescents.

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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 26 - Dr. Jeffrey Jenson: Using Principles of Prevention Science to Promote Healthy Youth Development: The Denver Youth Empowerment Projects

Interviewer: Susan Green, LCSW

Monday, August 10, 2009, 7:45:50 AM

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In this podcast, Dr. Jenson describes recent advances in the field of prevention science that have led to efficacious approaches to promoting healthy youth development. Examples from two investigations aimed at reducing aggressive behavior and enhancing academic performance among high-risk youth are used to illustrate key prevention principles.

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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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