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Episode 93 - Dr. Elizabeth Strand: Veterinary Social Work: "One Health" in Action

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Episode 229 - Dr. Lauren Reed: Digital Dating Abuse Among Adolescents: Understanding the Role of Gender and Developing Effective Strategies for Prevention

Interviewer: Carol Scott, MSW

Monday, December 04, 2017, 8:05:59 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Lauren Reed discusses her research on digital dating abuse among adolescents and why females are differentially impacted by this form of dating violence. She describes how the use of participatory action research has led to effective prevention strategies, and highlights the need to include digital media when assessing for dating violence.

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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 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 214 - Nicole Clark: Social Work Entrepreneurship

Interviewer: Connor Walters

Monday, April 24, 2017, 7:42:04 AM

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In this episode, our guest Nicole Clark, LMSW, describes her journey from agency practitioner to self-employed, independent consultant. Ms. Clark discusses how she embraced the entrepreneurial spirit, moved forward, and eventually made a headlong leap into beginning her own business.

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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 190 - Dr. Geoffrey Greif and Dr. Michael Woolley: Adult Sibling Relationships

Interviewer: Jacqueline McGinley

Monday, April 25, 2016, 8:18:05 AM

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When addressing the topic of family therapy, the focus is generally on children or adolescents and their parents, or the marital/partner dyad. This podcast, however, looks at a different family system: adult siblings. These relationships are generally the longest relationships we have, but little is known about them. In this episode, Drs. Geoffrey Greif and Michael Woolley discuss their research on and clinical implications for adult sibling relationships.

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Episode 188 - Dr. Rebecca Mirick: "I Think I Want to Die...": Training Practitioners to Work with People Considering Suicide

Interviewer: Carissa Uschold, LCSW-R

Monday, March 28, 2016, 7:54:53 AM

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The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Social workers often find themselves working in settings where suicide and parasuicidal behavior are of ongoing and significant concern and, therefore, are in need of specialized skills to address these potentially life-threatening situations. So, does social work education provide social workers with the resources needed to feel confident in addressing suicidal intentions? Have the response protocols in agencies that train and employ social workers kept pace with advances in dealing with suicidal behavior? In this episode, Dr. Rebecca Mirick shares her work developing a suicide intervention training program and the follow-up research she conducted to determine its impact on knowledge and confidence of those receiving the training.

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Episode 180 - Dr. Howard Lipke: HEArt for Veterans: Identifying the Hidden Emotion

Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, LCSW

Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:43:15 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Howard Lipke describes what he calls the Hidden Emotion Articulation (HEArt) Program, a contrast to traditional anger management programs. This approach, developed especially for the unique needs of veterans, helps clients identify the hidden emotion that lies beneath their feelings. Dr. Lipke contends that identifying the hidden emotion can help vets understand and prepare for sensitive situations in which they may be triggered into anger (and, for many vets, rage).

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Episode 166 - Lynn Thomas: Equine Assisted Therapy

Interviewer: Julia Fierle, LCSW

Monday, April 27, 2015, 9:27:38 AM

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In this episode, our guest Lynn Thomas describes her work with Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP), an experiential approach that integrates horses into the treatment experience. Ms. Thomas discusses what EAP is and is not, and articulates a framework for facilitation and standards for using horses in psychotherapy.

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

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

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

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Episode 149 - Dr. Lawrence Shulman: Integrating Science and Art in Evidence-Based Practice

Interviewer: Peter Sobota

Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:57:48 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Lawrence Shulman discusses the influence of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) on practice behavior. He describes how to integrate EBP concepts and interventions while maintaining Social Work's unique role as well the worker's personal artistry. Dr. Shulman addresses the "false dichotomy" of science vs. art with a number of anecdotes and practice examples.

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Episode 148 - Dr. Erin Kelly: Workplace Violence and Staff Well-Being: Everyday Hassles and Acute Crises

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz

Monday, August 04, 2014, 8:16:42 AM

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While working at an inpatient psychiatric facility early in her career, Dr. Erin Kelly became interested in workplace violence, struck by the tension of maintaining staff and patient safety. She also developed an appreciation of the importance of building relationships with patients and other staff in such a challenging environment. In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses her research on the impact of workplace violence on staff at a large psychiatric hospital. Dr. Kelly suggests a number of strategies to ameliorate staff conflict as one method of reducing staff-patient conflict. She also makes suggestions for the individual clinicians working in settings with elevated levels of conflict.

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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 139 - Dr. Robert Keefe and Dr. Barbara Rittner: The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): A Conversation

Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:01:22 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Robert Keefe and Dr. Barbara Rittner engage in a conversation about the recently released DSM-5. Their discussion reviews many of the important changes to the manual. They also discuss several of the challenges and concerns identified with this edition.

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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 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 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 122 - Bonnie Fader Wilkenfeld, Dr. Kenneth Robey, and Eileen Murray: Impact of the Arts on Identity Structures of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Interviewer: John Keesler, LMSW, PhD Student

Monday, June 24, 2013, 9:08:54 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss their study of the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities, whose ability to engage in self-actualizing and fulfilling experiences is often limited by conventional perceptions held by service providers and caregivers. Specifically, our guests discuss their work examining the link between a facilitated arts program and the participants' sense of self.

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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 115 - Dr. Allan Barsky: Online Social Work with Individuals, Families, and Groups: Ethical Issues and Responses

Interviewer: Anthony Guzman, MISM, MNCM

Monday, March 18, 2013, 8:53:54 AM

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As more social work practitioners and educators incorporate the online environment into their work, it is essential that they understand the associated ethical implications. In this episode, Dr. Allan Barsky explores managing the ethical and practice issues related to online social work practice. His discussion includes topics on confidentiality, professional boundaries, competence, informed consent, documentation, and work with high-risk clients.

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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 103 - Dr. Reginald York: Dodo Birds and Psychotherapy: The Controversy over Evidence-Based Practice Versus Practice-Based Evidence

Interviewer: Denise Bronson, PhD

Monday, September 17, 2012, 8:51:22 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Reginald York discusses the emerging controversy in clinical practice about how best to use evidence to inform psychotherapy. Dr. York describes two perspectives, evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, noting their similarities and differences, and examines the evidence in support of each.

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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 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 85 - Dr. Stella Resko: Risk Factors for Early Treatment Dropout Among Women with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and PTSD

Interviewer: Amy R. Manning, PhD, LMSW

Monday, November 28, 2011, 9:50:51 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Stella Resko discusses her research examining the role of substance use, PTSD, and environmental barriers in contributing to early treatment dropout.

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Episode 83 - Dr. Carol Tosone: Shared Traumatic Stress: Challenges and Opportunities for Clinicians Living and Working in a Post-Disaster Environment

Interviewer: Whitney Mendel, MSW

Monday, October 31, 2011, 9:46:46 AM

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Dr. Carol Tosone discusses shared traumatic stress, the experience of mental health clinicians dually exposed to a traumatic experience, both primarily as citizens and secondarily through the trauma narratives of their clients. Dr. Tosone discusses results and implications of her research examining the long-term impact of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina on Manhattan and New Orleans clinicians respectively. Implications include possible shifts in professional boundaries, including increased self-disclosure and therapeutic intimacy, as well as the need for training and self-care for clinicians living and working in a traumatogenic environment.

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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 78 - Dr. Lawrence Shulman: Leading Mutual Aid Support Groups: Exactly How Can People with the Same Problems Help Each Other?

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, August 22, 2011, 9:26:34 AM

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It's our third anniversary, and in this special episode Dr. Lawrence Shulman returns to our series to discuss his research and experience with Mutual Aid groups and group practice. Dr. Shulman's extensive research and experience are complemented by numerous examples that illustrate his points and practical recommendations for effective mutual aid group leadership. Seasoned professionals and those just getting started in group work will find a useful framework and concrete ideas from a leader in the field.

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Episode 74 - Dr. Brian Bride: Collateral Damage: The Impact of Caring for Persons Who Have Experienced Trauma

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

Monday, June 27, 2011, 9:28:50 AM

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As the field of traumatology has grown, it has become increasingly apparent that the effects of psychological trauma extend beyond those that directly experience traumatic events. In this episode Dr. Bride discusses the term Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) and the conceptual issues that arise when talking about and researching STS. He provides an overview of current research on prevalence, risk, and protective factors associated with STS and concludes by addressing implications and recommendations for practice.

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Episode 59 - Dr. Gail Steketee: Too Much Stuff: Understanding and Treating Compulsive Hoarding

Interviewer: Kathryn Kendall, LCSW

Monday, November 15, 2010, 9:02:52 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Gail Steketee, Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at Boston University, discusses compulsive hoarding behavior. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Steketee has co-authored an accessible monograph about hoarding and hoarders in a way that will have us thinking about the "stuff" of our own lives.

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

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

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

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

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

Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW

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

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

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

Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW

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

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

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

Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW

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

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

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Episode 24 - Dr. Frederic Reamer: Ethical Dilemmas in Contemporary Social Work: Trends and Challenges

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz, PhD Candidate

Monday, July 13, 2009, 7:33:15 AM

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This discussion highlights a wide range of complex and challenging ethical issues in contemporary social work. Frederic Reamer introduces listeners to an array of ethical dilemmas that arise in clinical social work, supervision, administration, and advocacy. He shares his insights about the ways in which ethical standards in social work have changed over time and summarizes what he believes is essential ethics-related knowledge for every social worker.

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Episode 21 - Dr. Denise Bronson: Doing Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

Interviewer: Howard Doueck, MA, MSW, PhD

Monday, June 01, 2009, 11:01:05 AM

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In this episode, Professor Bronson gives her thoughts on evidence-based social work practice as both a philosophy of practice and an approach to practice. She discusses the steps in the EBP process, and describes the importance of practitioner/researcher collaboration in response to the age-old question, "What works, with whom, under what circumstances?"

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Episode 5 - Dr. Lawrence Shulman: Models of Supervision: Parallel Processes and Honest Relationships

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, October 20, 2008, 12:31:04 PM

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What is supervision? Peter Sobota, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UB School of Social Work, speaks with Dr. Lawrence Shulman, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the UB School Of Social Work, about the nature of supervision in direct practice and administration. During their conversation they touch upon issues of power, authority, trust, and role clarity, to name a few.

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