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.
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.
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)".