I am interested in topics related to diverse populations. This semester, I am beginning a study to look at anxiety and empathy as they relate to professional helpers.
I approach teaching as an experienced practitioner and a master’s level licensed clinician, with over 17 years of direct practice service. I believe that students need to be grounded in theory but also strong in application. I model for my students what it is like to be an educator and a practitioner. I am authentic and genuine and often share ideas for self-care. I encourage reflection as means to enhance the learning potential. I follow all the core values of a social worker as outlined in the NASW Code of Ethics (2008). I value the dignity and worth of every student. I spend significant time in communication with students by e-mail, telephone, or in person in order to provide support and feedback.
Fall 2019SOWK 300 HUM BEHAVIOR SOCIAL ENVIRO I (Fall 2019)Examines human development in the social environment using the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores developmental theories to help inform social work assessment at the micro and mezzo levels of practice. Examines both the developmental and problematic aspects of the stages of the life cycle. Discusses the social systems of individual, family, group, community and society. Develops foundation assessment skills. Prerequisites: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.SOWK 650 ADV PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUAL (Fall 2019)Familiarizes the practitioner with strengths assessment and theories used when intervening with individuals. Utilizes concepts of theory-based intervention strategies tying accurate assessment to intervention plans. Specific assessment techniques, including qualitative and quantitative instruments, are explored. Emphasis on advanced interview skill techniques. Prerequisite: Specialization Status or permission of department. Three hours per week.SOWK 654 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (Fall 2019)Provides extensive knowledge of the major forms of mental illness and its treatment. Develops competence in mental health assessment by mastering the accepted diagnostic code, DSM-5. Provides skills in development of appropriate and contemporary treatment plans. Explores the factors associated with mental illness such as age, race, ethnicity and gender. Prerequisites: Specialization Status or permission of department. Three hours per week.Winter 2020SOWK 602 ETHICAL FOUNDATION OF SOWK (Winter 2020)Focuses on ethical issues in social work practice including a theoretical framework and ethical problem-solving model to systematically evaluate values and resolve ethical dilemmas found in social work practice. Provides tools and methodologies for reflection and analysis. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Three hours per week.Spring 2020SOWK 300 HUM BEHAVIOR SOCIAL ENVIRO I (Spring 2020)Examines human development in the social environment using the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores developmental theories to help inform social work assessment at the micro and mezzo levels of practice. Examines both the developmental and problematic aspects of the stages of the life cycle. Discusses the social systems of individual, family, group, community and society. Develops foundation assessment skills. Prerequisites: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.SOWK 599 SPECIAL TOPICS (Spring 2020)Provides opportunities for investigating special themes or issues of interest to students and the social work profession. May be repeated once under a different subtitle. Three hours per week.SOWK 610 THEOR ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR I (Spring 2020)Focuses on the individual, family, and peer group as a social system, and assessment using a bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores human development through the lifespan. Presents analysis of several theories which explain human behaviour and inform social work practice. Focus on privilege, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination. Develops foundation assessment skills. Prerequisite: For graduate study only. Three hours per week.SOWK 680 ADV PRACTICE WITH GROUPS (Spring 2020)Builds upon theoretical perspectives from human behavior and the social environment, knowledge and skills from generalist practice courses, and theory and skills from the specialized practice curriculum. The course familiarizes the practitioner with the concept of the group as a therapeutic community and introduces theories and evidence-based models appropriate for group practice with diverse populations. Prerequisite/Corequisite: SOWK 650 with a grade of C or better or permission of department. Three hours per week.
- Professional MembershipsNational Association of Social WorkersProfessional association for social workers.
- Licensures and CertificationsLicensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical (LCSW-C), Maryland Department of Health, State Board of Social Work ExaminersHighest level of license available to practice social work in the state of Maryland.
Certified Direct Services Worker, Pennsylvania Department of Public WelfareMet all training and experience requirements to receive the certification.
Certified Direct Services Supervisor, Pennsylvania Department of Public WelfareMet all training and experience requirements to be a direct services supervisor.
- PresentationsBlack Students at Primarily White Institutions: School Size and Geographic Location as Context.April, 14 2018American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York
- Service Activities and Community Relations
I am currently on the new faculty committee which helps to orient new faculty members to the University and community.
I am also on the Fulton Public Humanities Committee. Here is a brief description from the website for the program: "The Fulton Public Humanities Program (FPHP) exists to support, organize, and develop academic programs and events that promote public awareness and understanding of marginalized groups, moments, and events in history (up to the present)".
- Professional Memberships