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Episode 283 - Dr. Robin Leake: Child Welfare and COVID-19: Ensuring safety and well-being in a global pandemic
Interviewer: Annette Semanchin-Jones, PhD
Tuesday, June 02, 2020, 10:30:07 AM
Welcome back! In this episode, our guest Dr. Robin Leake - Project Director for National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative (NCWWI) discusses how social workers are navigating the impact of the Coronavirus on child welfare systems, the people they serve, and the workers who serve them. She details how workers are attending to their core mission, how they are supporting families, and how they are struggling with the impact on their own lives as they adapt to the severe disruptions the pandemic has introduced.
Episode 282 - Dr. Felicity Northcott: International Social Service: The Social Worker for Social Workers
Interviewer: Kathryn McClain-Meeder, MSW
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:52:27 AM
In this episode, Dr. Felicity Northcott, an expert in international child welfare, describes her work with International Social Services - USA. ISS is a global child protection and social service network of social workers and lawyers who connect vulnerable children, adults and families separated by an international border to the support, information and services they need.
Episode 281 - Dr. Kelly Jackson and Dr. Gina Miranda Samuels: Multiracial Attunement: Shifting Social Work Towards a Culture of Inclusivity
Interviewer: Josal Diebold, PhD Candidate
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 8:43:09 AM
In this episode, our guests Dr. Kelly Jackson and Dr. Gina Miranda Samuels discuss the topic of multiracial cultural attunement and deliberate why the issue of multiraciality lacks prominence in social work literature and research. Given the growing multiracial population, the importance of going beyond the black-white dichotomy is emphasized in order to address the disproportionate challenges and risks multiracial individuals and families face. The episode concludes with a discussion on Multiracial Cultural Attunement, a book designed to help social workers apply skills and tools to leverage the strength and resilience of multiracial individuals and families.
Interviewer: Beth Tripi, PhD Candidate
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 8:44:06 AM
In this episode, our guest Elaine Birchall, MSW describes her work with this under-researched and under-served population. Challenging myths, she defines the disorder, reviews prevalence data, describes risk and safety concerns and the prognosis for those afflicted. Referencing human rights, Ms. Birchall discusses key assessment criteria and the treatment process.
Episode 279 - Dr. Ashley Curry: "I Don't Want a New Worker. Where's My Old Worker?": Relationship Disruptions Between Youth and Child Welfare Professionals
Interviewer: Annette Semanchin Jones, PhD
Friday, January 24, 2020, 12:21:24 PM
In this episode, our guest Dr. Ashley Curry discusses her research exploring turnover within the child welfare system and the lived experiences of individuals impacted by relationship disruptions. Originating from a multi-method qualitative approach, Dr. Curry’s findings highlight the perspectives of three distinct groups experiencing turnover within a child welfare organization: specifically, agency administrators, agency workers, and youth receiving care. Key implications and recommendations for child welfare organizations undergoing worker turnover and staffing changes are considered.
Episode 278 - Dr. John Gallagher: It's all about relationships: Drug Courts - what are they and how do they work? (part 2 of 2)
Interviewer: Caitlin Rudin
Monday, January 13, 2020, 8:33:42 AM
In the second of a two-part podcast, our guest Dr. John Gallagher elaborates on the racial disparities his research is revealing related to drug court outcomes. He describes the four main themes he has identified via qualitative research with African-American drug court participants and recommendations for practice based on this work.
Monday, December 30, 2019, 9:02:32 AM
The inSocialWork® Podcast Series is taking a break for the holidays. This short message, recorded by our hosts, offers holiday wishes on behalf of our team.
Episode 277 - Lakshmi Iyer: Exploring Opportunities for Social Impact and Social Innovation through Public-Private Partnerships
Interviewer: Gokul Mandayam, PhD
Monday, December 16, 2019, 8:33:12 AM
In this episode, our guest Lakshmi Iyer discusses her work at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm that is dedicated to advising corporate, foundation, and nonprofit leaders. She describes how philanthropy and corporations can be viewed skeptically and are often misunderstood by social work and explains how for-profit organizations can help solve social issues and create an impact through collaborative partnerships. Models of social innovation and entrepreneurship are summarized and examples of how social workers can serve as change agents are discussed. Social change approaches utilized by organizations and their connection to social work education, research and practice - including how these strategies address current silos - are explored.
Episode 276 - Dr. John Gallagher: It's all about relationships: Drug Courts - what are they and how do they work? (part 1 of 2)
Interviewer: Caitlin Rudin
Monday, December 02, 2019, 9:04:29 AM
In the first of a two-part podcast, Dr. John Gallagher discusses his teaching, practice and scholarly activity with drug courts and their outcomes. Beginning with an overview of drug courts and how they work, he introduces a conversation related to racial disparities in outcome studies that he will elaborate on in part two of this podcast.
Episode 275 - Victoria Grinman: Exploring the Possibilities and Opportunities for Post-Traumatic Growth Among Parents of Children with Autism
Interviewer: Kathleen Knaak, PhD, LMSW
Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:57:53 AM
In this episode, our guest Victoria Grinman describes the history, logistics, and aspects of post-traumatic growth, and the difference between post-traumatic growth and resilience. She discusses her research involving post-traumatic growth experiences among parents of young adult children with autism, and emphasizes the importance of training practitioners to identify the signs to post-traumatic growth as well as consider relational aspects in order to treat the family and child more holistically.
Links to External Resources:
NASW Website – the official website of the National Association of Social Workers provides an essential resource for Social Work on the Internet.
The New Social Worker Online – the New Social Worker is a free online quarterly magazine for social work students, recent graduates, educators, and practitioners. Its focus is career development for professional social workers, and the magazine is available for free PDF download from SocialWorker.com. A blog, forum, and reading recommendations are also available on the site.
Social Work Podcast – another social work podcast, hosted by Jonathan Singer, LCSW, providing information on topics relevant to social work, including practice, research, policy, education, etc.
Information for Practice Blog – a blog sponsored by the NYU School of Social Work, dedicated to helping social service professionals throughout the world conveniently maintain an awareness of news regarding the profession and emerging scholarship.
SWRnet – The Social Work Research Network serves the social work research community by providing regular updates on funding opportunities, calls for papers, conference deadlines, and newly published research.
SocialWorkNews - checks dozens of news feeds every two minutes and automatically categorizes, locates, and links Social Work-related news stories to ensure you are able to get to the information you need.
Social Workers of Second Life - a Second Life group dedicated to the virtual world practice of Social Work, including clinical and direct practice, community development, advocacy, and international social work.
Social Work Blog – the official Social Work blog of the NASW, discussing a variety of topics and information related to the social work profession. Users are able to contribute content, make comments, and provide feedback.
NASW WebEd - WebEd is the venue for free online course offerings developed and offered by the NASW National Office. NASW WebEd courses are credited, and social workers who pass the course exam will receive CEUs.
Social Work Career Center – an NASW-sponsored website where social workers can search national job listings, find professional development and training, and access career resources. Furthermore, employers can find and recruit qualified, credentialed, and licensed social workers across the country.
Social Workers Speak – gives you a chance to influence how the entertainment industry and news media depicts the social work profession and issues social workers care about. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) developed this site to allow social workers and the general public to critique and improve the way social workers and social issues are covered in the news media, and portrayed in the entertainment industries.
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Host Peter Sobota is a clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. He is also the Academic Director of the Civic Engagement Academy in UB’s Undergraduate School. He teaches courses related to interventions with individuals, families, and groups. His professional interests include organizational behavior and development, addictions, motivational interviewing approaches to behavior change, public education, engaged citizenship, and social work practice/applications in non-traditional settings.
Host Louanne Bakk is the director of the Institute on Innovative Aging Policy and Practice and a clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is skilled in teaching in seated, hybrid, and online environments and has taught several different courses in the social work curriculum, including research, program evaluation, social welfare policy, aging policy, community social work in action, administrative skills in social work practice, and social work practice with communities, groups, and organizations. Dr. Bakk’s research interests are in aging, with an emphasis on policy initiatives designed to assist older adults, disparities in later life, community-based intervention programs and services, and technology and older adults.
Our production crew (left to right, top to bottom): Peter Sobota, Louanne Bakk, Steve Sturman, Caitlin Beck, Dave Coppola, Ziv Noam
Founding host Adjoa Robinson was an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, where she taught Research and Human Behavior courses. Dr. Robinson's research and writing focus on family involvement in service planning for children with serious emotional disturbance and adults, community-based interventions for health promotion in African American communities, and cultural competence. Dr. Robinson's previous broadcasting experience included community radio in Portland, Oregon, where she cohosted KBOO's "Out Loud," a show focusing on local news, culture, and public affairs of interest to the LGBTQ community.
The inSocialWork® Podcast Team would like to thank Dr. Robinson for her valuable contributions as a podcast host and team member over our first four years. Her intelligence, practice experience, and research expertise were greatly appreciated. We want to thank Dr. Robinson for her time, energy, effort, and guidance. She will be missed on our team but never forgotten!
Howard J. Doueck, PhD, was a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work where he taught in both the PhD and MSW programs. He received his MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Washington and his BA and MA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Doueck was past Director of the PhD program and Associate Dean for Faculty at the School. He is an author, a former Washington State child protection social worker and trainer, and his research interests have included CPS risk assessment, decision making in child protection, the impact of mandated reporting on clinical practice, and – more recently - transitional services for individuals with disabilities. His contribution to the podcast series is significant! He founded the Living Proof podcast series at the school back in 2008 and served as the leader of the podcast committee for its first four years. His passion for social work issues and interests in technology blossomed into our podcast series of today. He will always be known as "Podcast Leader Emeritus" around our crew.
Charles Syms is a clinical associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. His teaching includes social work intervention, human rights, trauma informed care, and alcohol and other drug treatment. His professional experience includes work in child welfare, domestic violence intervention, forensic mental health, and substance use disorders. He has held a variety of positions from child protection worker to child welfare program director, and the coordination of two community based, university/public school collaboration violence prevention projects. Professor Syms joined the podcast in December 2012 and hosted a total of 53 episodes over the course of approximately four years. His impact on the podcast is one that will not be forgotten. Through his contribution, the podcast reached nine years of research based biweekly episode releases. Our crew is immensely grateful for all of his hard work.
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