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Episode 25 - Dr. Mark Fraser: Intervention Research: Developing Social Programs
Episode 286 - Constructing Pathways of Change: Using Implementation Science to Advance Social Work Practice and Address Research-to-Practice Gaps: Dr. Julia Moore
Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 9:37:23 AM
In this podcast our guest, Julia Moore, PhD, discusses why implementation science is relevant to the advancement of the Social Work profession and she addresses the research-to-practice gaps that currently exist. Dr. Moore explains what implementation science is, and how implementation science models, theories, and frameworks can be applied to increase the uptake and use of programs, services, and supports. Examples of how social workers can approach practice challenges differently by applying implementation science are provided, including how implementation science can help reduce inequities in care.
Episode 272 - Tracey Feild and Cynthia Weiskittel: Better Decisions for Better Results: Continuous Quality Improvement
Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW/ACSW
Tuesday, October 01, 2019, 9:23:22 AM
In this episode, our guests Tracey Feild and Cynthia Weiskittel describe their experience with programs they implemented that utilize data-driven processes to measure the quality and impact of service delivery. They discuss the challenges to using data and fostering buy-in to measuring service provision. Our experts conclude with describing how providers can bring this process to bear in their own organizations.
Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD
Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:17:11 AM
In this episode, our guest Dr. Lawrence Palinkas discusses his research seeking to identify the best methods not only to develop evidence-based practices for helping people but also to be sure that these practices are implemented in practice. From a transdisciplinary and social justice perspective, he describes his interest in solving social problems that are rooted in cultural differences, with emphasis on promoting evidence-based practices and social responses to extreme environments in the context of child welfare services.
Episode 246 - Dr. Michael Kelly: How "Grand" Are the Grand Challenges?: A Critical Discussion on the Evidence Supporting Social Work's Grand Challenges Initiative
Interviewer: Peter Sobota, MSW
Monday, August 27, 2018, 8:04:48 AM
In this episode, our guest Dr. Michael Kelly explores current criticisms pertaining to the formation of the 12 Grand Challenges for the field of Social Work. He describes his research examining whether compelling evidence exists to support addressing the defined problem areas within 10 years. The episode concludes by arguing that a more rigorous approach is needed to inform the Grand Challenge initiative and to develop and discuss social work issues.
Episode 244 - Dr. Julian Ford: New Perspectives on Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Its Treatment
Interviewer: Mickey Sperlich, PhD
Monday, July 30, 2018, 7:54:14 AM
In this episode, our guest Dr. Julian Ford describes assessment with trauma survivors and evidence-based treatment options for PTSD. He discusses strategies that can be incorporated by clinicians at critical turning points in therapy, matching treatment modalities with clients and personal styles, and mitigating secondary PTSD.
Interviewer: Tom Nochajski, PhD
Monday, August 29, 2016, 7:28:51 AM
In this episode, Dr. Jeane Anastas and Dr. Cynthia Franklin discuss how our profession attempts to integrate practice and research. Framing the profession's commitment to evidence-based practice as an ethical and accountability issue, these long-term practitioners and academics look back and then forward at Social Work's response to the science of social work practice. Our guests comment on the factors that complicate practitioners' adoption of evidence-based practices, discuss the struggle for those in the trenches of practice, and acknowledge the professional dynamics that limit social work research and who gets to initiate the questions.
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
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.
Interviewer: Peter Sobota
Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:57:48 AM
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.
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
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.
Episode 79 - Brian Farragher: The Sanctuary Model: Changing the Culture of Care - Transforming Human Services (part 2 of 2)
Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, MSW
Monday, September 05, 2011, 9:01:52 AM
Changing the culture of care in an organization is a challenging, continuous, and transformational process. In this episode, Brian Farragher discusses the work of the Sanctuary Institute, which has trained over 200 agencies worldwide in the principles and methods of the Sanctuary Model.
Episode 77 - Brian Farragher: The Sanctuary Model: Changing the Culture of Care - It Begins with Me (part 1 of 2)
Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, MSW
Monday, August 08, 2011, 1:07:38 PM
Brian Farragher, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Andrus Children's Center, discusses the impact of trauma and repetitive stress on staff and organizations and the quality of service they provide. Mr. Farragher presents the Sanctuary Model as an antidote to trauma and describes the process and outcomes of the organization-wide transformation to reflect Sanctuary Model principles at Andrus.
Episode 68 - Dr. Michael Reisch: How Did Social Work Get Here?: The Historical Narratives That Shape Social Work Research and Practice (part 2 of 2)
Interviewer: Hilary Weaver, DSW, MS
Monday, April 04, 2011, 9:21:13 AM
This is the second of two episodes in which Dr. Michael Reisch describes how the past is the present, and how "master narratives" about historical events have come to frame how the social work research agenda has been set, how its been done, and how its findings have been implemented. Dr. Reisch continues his historical overview from the 1930's to present day, touching on the eras of McCarthyism, Marxsim, Scientific Positivism, and Post-Modernism. He concludes with provocative observations and challenges for current research and practice.
Episode 66 - Dr. Michael Reisch: How Did Social Work Get Here?: The Historical Narratives That Shape Social Work Research and Practice (part 1 of 2)
Interviewer: Hilary Weaver, DSW, MS
Monday, March 07, 2011, 8:37:49 AM
This is first of two episodes in which Dr. Michael Reisch describes how "the past is the present" and how "master narratives" about historical events have come to frame how the social work research agenda has been set, how it's been done, and how its findings have been implemented. Dr. Reisch begins with the Progressive Era and concludes part one with the New Deal period.
Interviewer: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, LMSW
Monday, July 26, 2010, 10:06:34 AM
In this episode, Dr. Jean Kutner discusses the history and role of evidence-based practice in hospice care, changes in hospice care, and barriers and facilitators to building an evidence base.
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
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.
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
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.
Episode 39 - Maria Cristalli and Dr. Catherine Dulmus: University-Community Partnerships: A Match Made in Social Research and Human Services Heaven
Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, MSW
Monday, February 08, 2010, 8:44:11 AM
This episode features a conversation between Catherine Dulmus, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Research Center Director at UB's School of Social Work, and Maria Cristalli, Hillside Family of Agencies' Chief Strategy and Quality Officer. They discuss the formation of their Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) project to promote research to practice and practice to research.
Episode 37 - Dr. Claudia Coulton: Location, Location, Location: Using Technology to Address Social Problems in Context
Interviewer: Kelly Patterson, PhD, MS
Monday, January 11, 2010, 8:23:00 AM
Social problems have specific physical and social contexts. Dr. Claudia Coulton discusses how social work practitioners, researchers, and students can use technology such as geographic information systems (GIS) and other analytic tools to understand social problems, improve service delivery, and promote community and social development.
Interviewer: Howard Doueck, MA, MSW, PhD
Monday, June 01, 2009, 11:01:05 AM
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?"
Monday, April 20, 2009, 2:10:26 PM
This podcast is a recording of a lecture by Professor Bruce Thyer on the roots of the evidence-based practice process. He grounds it in the best tradition of clinical social work, from the early development of scientific social work to empirically supported treatments.
Monday, February 23, 2009, 11:25:20 AM
This is the second of two episodes in which Dr. Stoltenberg talks about the art of clinical supervision. In Part 2, Dr. Stoltenberg tackles the question, "How do we evaluate what's occurring in supervision and how is it affecting work with clients?" Stoltenberg suggests that supervision should be concerned with tracking what clinicians are implementing with clients, how are they implementing it, and how effectively it is working.
Monday, January 26, 2009, 11:12:33 AM
This is the first of a two part podcast by Dr. Cal Stoltenberg about the art / science of clinical supervision. In this episode, Dr. Stoltenberg addresses the difference between supervision and clinical work with clients. He cautions against becoming too focused on distinct competencies, and recognizes the need to implement quality training. In addition, Stoltenberg notes that there are different models of supervision, and that individual characteristics and culture must be factored into the clinical supervision relationship.
Episode 8 - Dr. Deborah Waldrop: End-of-Life Care for Our Nation's Elderly - In Their Own Words (part 3 of 3)
Monday, December 01, 2008, 1:48:30 PM
This is the third of three episodes in which Dr. Waldrop discusses her research on end-of-life care decision-making begun in 2007. In this episode, Dr Waldrop gives us a status report on the progress she's made in her research on end of life care decision-making and what she has learned thus far, sharing with us participant experiences in their own words.
Episode 7 - Dr. Deborah Waldrop: End-of-Life Care for Our Nation's Elderly - Methods and Challenges (part 2 of 3)
Monday, November 17, 2008, 12:11:34 PM
This is the second of three episodes in which Dr. Waldrop discusses her research on end-of-life care decision-making begun in 2007. In this episode, Dr. Waldrop explains her research aims and methodology and some of the challenges to conducting this type of research.
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