James A. Forte, PhD, MSW

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Office: TETC 254-P
Phone: 410-677-5428
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Appointment Year: 2003

Courses Taught:
Social Work Practice III
Evaluation of Social Work Practice
Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Research/Practice Interests:
HBSE Education
Group Work
Mental Health and Illness

Institutions Attended:
PhD - Virginia Commonwealth University
MSW - Virginia Commonwealth University
BS - Fordham University

National Association of Social Workers, Maryland Chapter (NASW-MD), Social Work Educator of the Year (2010)
Outstanding Virginia Social Work Educator Award, Virginia Social Work Education Consortium (1994)
President's Award for Outstanding Teaching at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia (1996)

Other Credentials:
Member, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups
Member, Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors
Member, Council on Social Work Education
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Member, Social Welfare Alliance (Bertha Capen Reynolds Society)
Member, Society for Social Work and Research
Member, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Recent Additional Experience:
Interim Graduate Program Coordinator, SU, Department of Social Work, Master of Social Work Program

Scholarship and Creative Works: Books
Forte, J.A. (2006) Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Models, Metaphors, and Maps for
     Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Practice.
Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Forte, J.A. (2001) Theories for Practice: Symbolic Interactionist Translations. University Press of
     America, Lanham, Maryland.

Scholarship and Creative Works: Recent Papers
Forte, J. A. (2010). Transformation through interaction: A meta-ethnographic synthesis of studies
     of mutual aid groups. Qualitative Social Work. 9(2), 151-168.

Forte, J. A. (2010), Symbolic interactionism, naturalistic inquiry, and education. In P. Peterson, 
     E. Baker, & B. McGaw, (Eds.) International encyclopedia of education (Vol. 6, pp. 481-487). 
     Oxford: Elsevier.

Forte, J.A. (2009) Adding the "Symbolic" to Interactionist Practice: A Theoretical Elaboration
     of William Schwartz' Legacy to Group Workers, Social Work with Groups. 32(1/2), 80-95.

Forte, J. A. (2009) Teaching human development: Current theoretical deficits and a
     theory-enriched ‘Models, metaphors, and maps’ remedy. Journal of Human Behavior in the
Environment, 19(7), 932-954.

Forte, J. A. (2009). Translating theory and research for interactionist practice: A signs, symbols,
     and social worlds approach. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 32(1), 86-122.

Forte, J. A. & Moula, A. (2009). Symbolic interactionism’s relevance for social Work 
     (Den symboliska interaktionismens relevans for socialt arbete). In A. Moula (Editor), 
     Theory and model in empowerment-oriented social work (Empowermentorienterad 
     socialt arbete) 
(pp. 27-42). Lund, Sweden: Studentlitteratur.

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