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

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

Interviewer: Caitlin Beck

Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:40:10 AM

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Human sex trafficking is the largest illegal trade in the world, and the issue has gain increased attention over the last several years. In this episode, Amber McDonald describes her research involving vulnerable minors' involvement in sex trafficking and the reasons why youth engage in trading and selling sex. She summarizes current federal legislative initiatives targeting sex trafficking and discusses implications for social work practice.

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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 215 - Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr.: The Economics of Urban Segregation (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Caitlin Beck

Monday, May 08, 2017, 7:57:42 AM

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In this episode, the second of a two-part discussion on the economics of urban segregation, Dr. Henry Louis Taylor introduces the concept of the "just city." He illustrates the contrasts between the just city and the underdeveloped urban communities that permeate the United States today. He also outlines the important role that social work must play in the development of just communities. Finally, using his research and experience in Cuba as a framework, Dr. Taylor describes how a society with very limited resources has been able to create highly developed communities to meet the needs of its inhabitants and, in doing so, place people over profits.

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Episode 213 - Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr.: The Economics of Urban Segregation (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Caitlin Beck

Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:40:37 AM

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With over 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas, it is crucial for social workers to consider how the development of cities in the United States has played a role in creating and maintaining the social and economic segregation that is so deeply woven into the fabric of most cities today. In the first of two episodes, Dr. Henry Louis Taylor argues that there is an intentionality to how cities are built that produces the "underdeveloped" neighborhoods that we see, where marginalized populations find themselves forced to live. Further, institutions put into place to solve the problems facing these communities are failing in their mission and have shifted to simply easing the suffering and misery of the communities' inhabitants.

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Episode 211 - Sarah Beck Buchanan, Wright Kaminer, and Dr. Roger Nooe: The Community Law Office: An Integration of Social Work and Criminal Defense

Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD

Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:32:43 AM

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In the United States, there are more than ten million criminal arrests each year. It is well known that many of those arrested also have a number of personal and environmental issues that not only shape their daily lives but can also be influential in their arrests and affect their defense and sentencing. In this episode, Sarah Beck Buchanan, Wright Kaminer, and Dr. Roger Nooe of the Knox County Public Defender's Office discuss their program, which has social workers working in collaboration with public defense attorneys with the goal of producing better legal outcomes by addressing the psychosocial needs of their clients.

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Episode 202 - Dr. Wonhyung Lee, Meera Bhat, and Nurul Widyaningrum: Microfinance in India, Indonesia, and the United States: Implications for Social Work

Interviewer: Shaanta Murshid, PhD

Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:37:00 AM

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Scholarly literature and practice experience have shown that low-income people around the world can use credit responsibly, make timely payments, and save to make their lives more manageable. In this episode, Dr. Wonhyung Lee, Meera Bhat, and Nurul Widyaningrum discuss the range of financial services called microfinance, which provides low-income persons access to affordable and quality financial services to promote empowerment and the building of assets.

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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 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 197 - Dr. Larry Davis: "Why Are They Angry with Us?": A Discussion on Race and Racism in America

Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD

Monday, August 15, 2016, 7:41:35 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Larry Davis engages in a wide-ranging discussion on race and racism in America. The topics he addresses include his use of cognitive dissonance theory to understand racism and racist behavior. He explores how implicit racism affects all members of American society and defines a concept he refers to as "relative deprivation." Dr. Davis also explains why multiculturalism is insufficient as the principal method of addressing racism.

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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 192 - Dr. Caroline Long Burry: "No One Asked About My Children": Voices of Incarcerated Mothers

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD

Monday, May 23, 2016, 9:42:09 AM

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A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that from 1991 to 2007 the number of incarcerated mothers increased by a startling one hundred and thirty-one percent. In this podcast, Dr. Caroline Long Burry discusses a pilot study she conducted with these parents with the hope of better understanding their parenting experiences. Also explored are the mothers' attempts to negotiate the criminal justice system while in their role as parents.

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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 186 - Dr. Ashley Davis and Dr. Allyson Livingstone: The Anti-Racism Project: A Strategy for Preparing Social Work Educators

Interviewer: Berg Miller, MSW

Monday, February 29, 2016, 8:52:37 AM

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The NASW Code of Ethics and International Federation of Social Workers’ "Statement of Ethical Principles" call for social workers to challenge discrimination, oppression, and "unjust policies and practices." In the United States, racism remains a lasting and pernicious example of those injustices. In this podcast, Dr. Ashley Davis and Dr. Allyson Livingstone describe the development of their Anti-Racism Project. The discussion includes their experience as the Project's facilitators and group members, research connected to the Project, and their advocacy for the need to include equity work in social work doctoral education. They also identify four important themes that seemed to emanate from their work.

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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 178 - Dr. Devonya Havis: "Stand Your Ground" Legislation and Implications for State-Sponsored Racism

Interviewer: Steven Halady, PhD

Monday, October 26, 2015, 7:50:57 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Devonya Havis describes how "Stand Your Ground" legislation, intended to safeguard our society's most vulnerable members, has been utilized in ways that perpetuate and even exacerbate existing disparities experienced by persons of color. She discusses implicit bias, the bidirectional relationship between blackness and crime, "reasonable belief", and how these forces combine to shape individual behavior as well as societal institutions and systems.

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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 165 - Dr. James Mulvale: Basic Income: An Anti-Poverty Strategy for Social Work

Interviewer: Gretchen Ely, PhD

Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:34:35 AM

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In this episode, Dr. James Mulvale explains the idea of a basic income. He offers reasons for instituting a basic income and reviews some of the typical objections. Dr. Mulvale also provides a rationale for why this is an anti-poverty model that social work should embrace.

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Episode 164 - Dr. Richard Smith: A Social Worker's Report from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Interviewer: Shaanta Murshid, PhD

Monday, March 30, 2015, 9:08:45 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Richard Smith describes his attendance and experiences at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Highlighting Social Work's long history of working to improve environmental conditions, end poverty, and foster social development, Dr. Smith discusses the conference's takeaways and the implications for social work practice.

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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 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 152 - Dr. Mimi Abramovitz: Changes in U.S. Social Welfare Policy: The Effects of Privatization on Human Services (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Wooksoo Kim, PhD

Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:47:48 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Mimi Abramovitz continues her discussion of the rise of New Public Management (NPM) and the privatization of human services. She concludes by discussing her research on the impact of NPM on persons in the front lines of human service agencies and the services they provide.

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Episode 150 - Dr. Mimi Abramovitz: Changes in U.S. Social Welfare Policy: The Effects of Privatization on Human Services (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Wooksoo Kim, PhD

Monday, September 01, 2014, 5:45:56 PM

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In this episode, Dr. Mimi Abramovitz discusses the privatization of human services and the rise of New Public Management. She reviews evolving economic conditions, historical changes in U.S. social welfare policy, and the subsequent impact on human service agencies, their workforce and, ultimately, the clients they serve.

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Episode 147 - Dr. Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak: Social Entrepreneurship as a Social Work Practice

Interviewer: Kelly Patterson, PhD

Monday, July 07, 2014, 9:57:36 AM

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When asked about the word "entrepreneurship," most people are likely to think about business-oriented activities, perhaps, more specifically, using business innovation as a route to develop or enhance a business enterprise. However, most people probably have not considered using social consciousness as a foundation for engaging in entrepreneurial activities. In this podcast, Professors Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak will explore using entrepreneurship as a method to address social change.

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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 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 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 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 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 126 - Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey and Robin McKinney: Financial Social Work: Advancing the Economic Stability and Capability of Individuals, Families, and Communities

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, September 02, 2013, 10:02:28 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey and Robin McKinney discuss their work with the Financial Social Work Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Maryland CASH Campaign. They discuss how social workers can work to improve and sustain clients’ financial capability, while collaborating with community members and professionals from a variety of disciplines, to improve economic conditions for individuals and communities through direct practice, advocacy, policy development, and research.

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Episode 125 - Dr. Michael Reisch: The State of Social Work Education (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Hilary N. Weaver, MS, DSW

Monday, August 19, 2013, 9:03:02 AM

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In this episode, the first of two parts, Dr. Michael Reisch describes the role that social work education has in facilitating the emerging professional’s understanding of the institutional and structural inequalities facing oppressed and disenfranchised people. He also discusses the necessity for social work to reconnect with its historical mission of directly addressing social injustice.

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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 121 - Dr. Christina Sogar: Beyond Diagnosis: The Dynamics of Disability and Disruptions in Parenting

Interviewer: Kathleen A. Knaak, LMSW

Monday, June 10, 2013, 9:18:57 AM

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It has been suggested that there are between 4.1 and 9 million parents who have a disability. In this episode, Dr. Christina Sogar discusses how characteristics of disability (e.g., onset and symptom variability) impact and shape the parenting process and can increase the likelihood of child welfare involvement.

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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 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 106 - Dr. Yunju Nam: Asset-Based Policy: A New Direction in Social Welfare Policy

Interviewer: Kelly Patterson, PhD

Monday, October 29, 2012, 9:30:50 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Yunju Nam describes her research in Asset-Based Policy, an alternative to our current income maintenance policies that attempt to respond to the needs of social welfare recipients. She describes how this new paradigm addresses the long term needs of persons living in or near poverty. In addition, Dr. Nam discusses the psychological benefit that asset ownership has on a person's hope, motivation, and quality of life.

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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 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 81 - Jessica Greenawalt: Using Social Capital to Achieve Goals in a Low-Income, Immigrant Community

Interviewer: Kathleen Kost, PhD, MSSW, MA

Monday, October 03, 2011, 8:41:53 AM

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Jessica Greenawalt discusses her work with the Chelsea Collaborative Social Capital Campaign to improve community-level outcomes. The Collaborative used participatory action research methods to assess the community's needs and develop initiatives to meet those needs through civic engagement.

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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 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 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 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 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 64 - Dr. Anna Santiago, Dr. George Galster, and Renee Nicolosi: Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention

Interviewer: Kelly Patterson, PhD, MS

Monday, February 07, 2011, 9:56:54 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss their research that attempts to respond to and understand how housing policy influences not only its clients, but the neighborhoods in which they reside. They describe, amongst other programs, the Home Ownership Program in Denver, Colorado; their longitudinal research; their findings; and the continuing challenges to sustaining home ownership and its effect on poverty.

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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 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 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 36 - Dr. Claude Welch: Spotlight on Human Rights: Economic Rights in the United States

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, December 28, 2009, 8:38:41 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Claude Welch, Jr. explains his contention that human rights can be violated as a result of economic structures. Currently, the issues involved in our response to the economic crisis and U.S. health care reform speak to our society's commitment to protect the human rights of its citizens. Dr. Welch describes the economic conditions that underlie problems such as poverty, housing, and working conditions that create inequality in a wealthy, capitalist society such as the United States.

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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 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 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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