I believe in an approach to learning that values adult learning theory. I see adult learners as self-directed, and I blend experiential classroom activities with supplemental lecture where appropriate. I encourage students to be in charge of their own learning through questioning, advocating, and practicing.
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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 630 THEOR ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR II (Spring 2020)
Examines the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is a major component. Reflects social work's unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented. Develops macro assessment skills. Prerequisite: SOWK 610 or permission of department. 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.
I am currently the Chair of the University Committee on Promotions.
I serve as a member on the Graduate Council.
I serve on the Continuing Education Committee for Delaware National Association of Social Workers.