inSocialWork Podcast Series
inSocialWork (formerly "Living Proof") is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. inSocialWork features conversations with prominent social work professionals, interviews with cutting-edge researchers, and information on emerging trends and best practices in the field of social work.
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Episode 119 - Dr. Dona Reese: "A Friendly Face:" Addressing Barriers to Hospice Care for African American Clients by Hiring African American Social Workers
Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW
Monday, May 13, 2013, 8:59:13 AM
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reported that in 2011 over a million and a half people utilized hospice services in the United States. In this podcast, Dr. Dona Reese talks about the lack of utilization of hospice care by African American patients. This includes identifying variables that influence African American hospice use. One of those barriers is the almost complete absence of African American staff or volunteers in hospices across the nation. Dr. Reese describes a field placement and community intervention project that was a successful first step in accomplishing the goal of increasing African American staff. Additionally, she offers her thoughts on what must be done to expand the number of African American social work professionals in hospice settings.
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
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.
Episode 117 - Kori Bloomquist: Social Worker Self-Care: Practice, Perceptions, and Professional Well-Being
Interviewer: Elaine Hammond, LMSW
Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:51:38 AM
In this episode, Kori Bloomquist discusses research related to social worker self-care practice and perceptions, and professional well-being. Ms. Bloomquist describes social workers' reported self-care practices across five domains as well as their perceptions of self-care. She also discusses relationships between social worker self-care practices and perceptions and indicators of professional well-being, including compassion satisfaction, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. Furthermore, Ms. Bloomquist talks about implications for social work education, practice, and research.
Interviewer: Anthony Guzman, MISM, MNCM
Monday, April 01, 2013, 9:02:37 AM
The internet and social media have created numerous new opportunities for communication, relationships, and learning. Opportunities for the misuse of this technology have accompanied the popularity of these media. In this episode, Dr. Janet Joiner discusses her work with cyberbullying behavior and addresses how modern technology can be integrated safely and productively into social work practice and education.
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
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.
Episode 114 - Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne and Dr. Jayshree Jani: 'Cyber-Marriage': Wartime Military Relationships and Partners' Perceptions of the Impact of Telecommunications
Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD
Monday, March 04, 2013, 8:23:30 AM
In this episode, Drs. Alexa Smith-Osborne and Jayshree Jani discuss their work studying the impact of technological advances in communications on relationships experiencing separation related to military deployment. Focusing on the perspective of the female partners, our guests contrast the experiences of the target population with those of civilian women in long-distance relationships. Protective factors as well as risk factors of the multiple modes of communication are explored.
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
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.
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
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.
Interviewer: Marjorie Quartley, LCSW-R
Monday, January 21, 2013, 12:15:03 AM
In this episode, Professor Marion Bogo discusses research she has conducted on innovative methods for educational outcomes assessment in social work. She describes a program of research that looks at conceptualizing and assessing social work students’ competence. She also reviews some of the challenges in assessing students in their field experience. Finally, Professor Bogo discusses the development and testing of two innovative assessment methods: 1) an online tool for use in field evaluation and 2) the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) adapted for social work student assessment.
Episode 110 - Dr. Kathryn Chernack: Social Media Use and Social Work Practice: Boundary and Ethical Considerations
Interviewer: Steven Schwartz, PhD Candidate
Monday, January 07, 2013, 6:35:22 AM
In this episode, Dr. Kathryn Chernack discusses the common ethical issues and dilemmas encountered by social workers when using social media. Dr. Chernack describes the opportunities and challenges for social workers as the profession responds to the widespread use of social media in our private and professional lives, as well as the increasing presence on social media sites of the organizations for which we work.
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.
SocialWorkChat.org – chat rooms, forums, and bulletin boards all pertaining to Social Work practice, education, research, and just about every aspect of Social Work!
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.
The Social Work Portal – an NASW Resource Tool for Social Work, providing information regarding schools of social work, social work organizations, NASW chapters and sites, and employment and career information.
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 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' current professional interests include the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders, particularly the impact of alcohol and other drugs on people with mental health problems, and those involved with the child welfare system.
Our production crew (left to right, back to front): Steve Sturman, Tony Guzman, Dave Coppola, Charles Syms, Richard Amantia, Rebecca S.R. Polmanteer, Yishin (Vivian) Chu Wu, Peter Sobota
Founding host Adjoa Robinson is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, where she teaches Research and Human Behavior courses. Dr. Robinson's research and writing focuses 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 includes 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, is a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work where he has 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 is 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.
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