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Episode 235 - Dr. Mandy Davis: Trauma Informed Oregon: A Statewide Initiative to Change How Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences are Perceived and Addressed

In this episode, our guest Dr. Mandy Davis describes Trauma Informed Oregon, a statewide collaborative whose purpose is to prevent and ameliorate the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults, and families. She discusses challenges and barriers to promoting and sustaining trauma-informed policies and practices, and emphasizes the need to train and provide social work students with the skills required to understand the impact of trauma.


Episode 234 - Dr. Tasha Ford: Emotional Eaters and Cultural Competency: A Collaborative Practice (part 1 of 2)

In the first of a two-part podcast, our guest Dr. Tasha Ford describes her work with clients who engage in emotional eating. Dr. Ford defines the behavior and describes the unique relationship that some people develop with food. She explores the role of socialization and culture in the development of emotional eating and the personal narratives clients develop about their relationship with food.


Episode 233 - Dr. Amy Krings: Austerity Politics: What Social Workers Need to Know About Emergency Management Laws

In this episode, our guest Dr. Amy Krings discusses the increasing use of emergency management laws as a response to fiscal crises and how these policies disproportionately affect individuals residing in urban communities, particularly poor and minority populations. She describes the challenges that urban austerity measures and emergency management practices present and suggests actions that social workers can take to help improve communities, mitigate harm, and shape public policies.


Episode 232 - Dr. Elizabeth Allen: Women and Mass Incarceration: Unique Needs and Challenges

In this episode, our guest Dr. Elizabeth Allen discusses her experiences as a practitioner and researcher, exploring the unique needs of women involved in the correctional system and how to promote their successful reintegration into their families and communities. Dr. Allen describes the importance of not only focusing on women's individual resources but also accounting for the socio-political structural factors that must be addressed if women are to reconnect with their families and...


Episode 231 - Dr. Allan Barsky: Practice Standards on Social Work and Technology: Changes, Challenges, and Ongoing Debates

In this episode, our guest Dr. Allan Barsky discusses updates and enhancements that were recently made to the practice standards involving the use of technology. He describes how the standards can provide guidance when utilizing technology in micro, mezzo, and macro level interventions and in developing policies that address the benefits, challenges, and risks associated with the use of technology in practice.


Episode 230 - Dr. Jessica Greenawalt: Predicting Coalition Success and Failure: A 25-Year History of Leader Experience

In this episode, our guest Dr. Jessica Greenawalt discusses her research examining twenty-five years of coalition leaders' perceptions of their effectiveness and how time has affected their appraisals of their activity. She describes what she discovered, the implications for current social change efforts, and what constitutes effective leadership of alliances for combined action.


Happy Holidays 2017 from the Podcast Team!

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

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.


Episode 228 - Dr. Deb Ortega and Dr. Ashley Hanna: Why DACA? Why Now? (part 2 of 2)

In the second of a two-part episode, our guests Dr. Deb Ortega and Dr. Ashley Hanna discuss the narratives commonly associated with DACA recipients and immigrants, arguing that these narratives need to be reconstructed. They share the more rarely discussed but accurate stories of these individuals, including the trauma and retraumatization they face. Our guests conclude part two by hypothesizing what DACA recipients can expect in the future and what social workers are called to do now.


Episode 227 - Dr. Kristie Seelman: Sexual Minority Older Adults: Addressing Health Disparities and Promoting Healthy Aging

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.


Episode 226 - Dr. Deb Ortega and Dr. Ashley Hanna: Why DACA? Why Now? (part 1 of 2)

In the first of a two-part episode, our guests Dr. Deb Ortega and Dr. Ashley Hanna discuss all things DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). What is it, who are the people affected, and why does DACA find itself in the political crosshairs? Our guests conclude part one by describing why DACA is a concern for the social work profession and its practitioners.


Episode 225 - Dr. Joy Learman: Gender-Based Violence and HIV Infection: Experiences of HIV-Positive African Immigrant Women

In this episode, our guest Dr. Joy Learman describes the underlying dynamics that can increase a woman's risk of being HIV-positive and failing to obtain treatment. She discusses her research involving contextual factors and personal experiences of HIV-positive African immigrant women. Dr. Learman emphasizes the need for support for at-risk groups and the development of policies that promote women's reproductive health and decrease their risk of HIV.


Episode 224 - Janelle Goodwill: How Media Influences Young Black Men's Conceptualization of Masculinity

In this episode, our guest Janelle Goodwill, MSW, describes her work on the YBMen Project, which studies what is unique about how media affects young black men in college. Exploring their preferences and learning how young black men use media for support, our guest discusses how media affects their mental health and their view of Black masculinity.


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

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.


Episode 222 - Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino: At My Core, I'm Not the Same: Spiritual Injury and Military Trauma (part 2 of 2)

In part two of a two-part podcast, our guests Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino continue their discussion related to spiritual injury and military trauma. They describe the conception and process of creating their program. Observing that traditional evidence-based treatments did not easily address the existential issues they were hearing about from their clients, our guests explain how they developed the key components of their program. Feedback from participants and...


Episode 221 - Dr. Jennifer Cullen and Dr. Jolynn Haney: Understanding and Treating Autism in Women: Using Lived Experiences to Shape Practice

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.


Episode 220 - Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino: At My Core, I'm Not the Same: Spiritual Injury and Military Trauma (part 1 of 2)

In the first of two episodes, our guests Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino differentiate between religion and spirituality, and their role in meaning making. They use the images of shattered spirituality and wounding to emphasize the depth of traumatic experiences by service veterans. Our guests discuss their research and what they are learning about the impact of spiritual risk and protective factors on healing spiritual injury and wounding.


Episode 219 - Beth Kanter: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Creating a Self-Care Culture Within the Workplace

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.


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

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.


Episode 217 - Kimberly Washington: Therapeutic Patient Navigation: Filling the Gaps for Clients with Neurodegenerative Disorders

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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