How “Bachelor in Paradise” can inform social workers about practice with young Black men

You may be asking what a pulpy reality television show about finding a partner could possibly have to contribute to informing social work practice? This season, the “Bachelor” franchise has taken on the topic… Continue reading

Revisiting classroom laptop bans from the intersections of disability, race & ethnicity

I don’t know about you, but I find my students’ use of laptops in the classroom to be a distraction. I really don’t like it. However, there’s more to the story than me,… Continue reading

Why social workers shouldn’t be “servicing” clients

Debates about how to refer to the people social workers support through the provision of care and service referrals ebbs and flows. We have moved on from the medicalized “patient” to the more… Continue reading

A teacher’s response to Charlottesville from a disability perspective

I am currently teaching a course on social work practice with people with disabilities.  The course uses an intersectional lens, acknowledging the fact that people have many intersecting social identities that can result… Continue reading

Soliciting feedback on talk about impact of Trump administration on people with disabilities

I’m looking forward to giving at talk on the potential impact of the Trump administration on disability policy and people with disabilities in general.  I’ve drawn on the expertise of these disability experts and colleagues:… Continue reading

Sharing reflections on U.S. and Russian child welfare and disability services with my graduate students

Recently, I have been wrapping up my Social Expertise Exchange grant from the Eurasia Foundation.  This grant allowed me to engage in an exchange with a Russian colleague who was also interested in youth… Continue reading

Supporting people with disabilities in the U.S. and the Russian Federation: A roundtable from the Eurasia Foundation

We’ve all heard the phrase “great minds think alike,” but this morning’s disability initiatives roundtable sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation’s U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange really blew my mind. I was honored to participate… Continue reading

My comments on disability civil rights highlighted in national NASW News

  I am honored to have been interviewed for an article on disability social work for the national NASW News.  Please see the entire article at this link.  Here is an outtake from… Continue reading

Bringing Vygotsky’s theories to life: A visit to the Center for Curative Pedagogics (центр гечебной педагогики)

  The spirit of Lev Vygotsky’s theory about cultural-historical psychology lives on in a vibrant community center for youth with a range of disabilities in Moscow, Russia.  I had the honor of visiting… Continue reading

On mentoring students with disabilities: A consultation with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow (Старшие Братья Старшие Сестры России)

Nastavniki, otherwise known as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow, is an organization specializing in mentoring young people in the child welfare system – including young people with disabilities.  As I understand it,… Continue reading

Практики, основанные на доказательствах, и оценка программ (On evidence-based practice as a process involving program evaluation)

  On Friday, January 20, 2017, I presented a lecture introducing the social work concept of evidence-based practice as a process that includes program evaluation.  This lecture was presented to the social work… Continue reading

Переосмысливая отношение к людям с ограниченными возможностями: для программ наставничества и социальных проектов (Reframing disability: A training for social workers and mentors)

In this training, presented in Russian (transcript below), I argue that people with disabilities need to be seen in a different light – a more empowering light.  In both the United States and… Continue reading

A family village centered around children with disabilities

My Russian child welfare colleagues are experimenting with a number of different models designed to support children with disabilities in stable family placements.  Today, I visited one of these experimental models, a family… Continue reading

Universal design in action: A school for students with disabilities

The concept of universal design is based on the idea that the production of buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to all – regardless of disability – is a best practice.… Continue reading

Social work bridging cultures: A visit to the Russian New University

As a social work educator, I have been particularly curious about the nature of social work education in the Russian Federation.  Therefore, I was thrilled to receive an invitation – facilitated by the… Continue reading

Reframing disability: A visit to Downside Up in Moscow, Russia

While Russia may face a stereotype that people with disabilities are stigmatized, this does not mean that there is a dearth of social change agents actively working to re-frame the status of this population… Continue reading

An easy bridge to build for supporting children with disabilities in Russia and the United States

As I arrived in Moscow for the first time in 33 years, I wondered what kind of bridge I might need to build between me and my new colleagues.  We were all interested… Continue reading

Disparities in child welfare case substantiation for parents with intellectual disabilities

My new study looks at child welfare system experiences of parents with intellectual disabilities in the United States.  Child welfare involvement of parents  with intellectual disabilities – including disproportionate rates of involvement in that… Continue reading

By any means necessary: Teaching about social injustice in statistics courses

Teaching statistics to social work students can be challenging on the engagement front.  It is critical to help students make important connections between the use of statistics and the practice of social work –… Continue reading

Grant received to study youth with disabilities in U.S., Russian Federation child welfare system

Social Support of Citizens:Youth with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System in the United States and the Russian Federation Dr. Elspeth Slayter was awarded a grant from the Eurasia Foundation to consult with… Continue reading

Statistical overview of youth with disabilities in the U.S. child welfare system

Excited that my new work on youth with disabilities in the child welfare system is coming out  in the Children and Youth Services Review – available for free until 5/5/2016 at this link. … Continue reading

Gender disparities in access to substance use treatment for people with intellectual disabilities

Finally, the last of my dissertation work is out, and it is probably my favorite paper as it addresses gender and disability-related disparities in access to substance use treatment for people with intellectual… Continue reading

Child welfare practice with immigrant families: The effects of fear

My colleague Katrin Kriz and I have a new paper out on the challenges of child welfare practice with immigrant families. This study analyzes child protection workers’ perceptions of the causes of immigrant families’… Continue reading

Risk factors for child maltreatment among parents with disabilities

New work coming out in Children and Youth Services Review with my colleague, Elizabeth Lightfoot at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work…here is the abstract, but you can see the official… Continue reading

Of Twinkies and Treadmills: Obesity Prevention and the Dignity of Risk

That overweight and obesity among adults with intellectual disabilities are matters of great concern is not up for debate. Information about the prevalence of both obesity and overweight (and related factors) are well… Continue reading

“Twinkies for Breakfast” to be published in an anthology on sisterhood!

I am thrilled to announce that a new version of my essay, “Twinkies for Breakfast,” will soon be published as a chapter in the anthology entitled: Sisters Born, Sisters Found: Voices on Sisterhood from… Continue reading

Late to the dance: Embracing a “strengths-based” approach

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that although usually an on-time kinda gal, I’m late to the dance.  What dance, you may ask? The strengths-based dance. For many social work practitioners, researchers and… Continue reading

#DirenTurkiye: The Karagoz Puppets provide a socio-historical cheat-sheet for what led to #OccupyGezi

Originally posted on Slowly-by-Slowly:
The trees in Gezi Parki were really the tip of the iceberg – or the straw that broke the camel’s back about things a large segment of Turks were…

Beyond the #OccupyGezi hashtag in one Turkish-American household

Originally posted on Slowly-by-Slowly:
Slowly, American folks around us have started to tune in to what is happening in Turkey. Some have caught on to this on Twitter via the hashtag #OccupyGezi, referring…

My response to the National Council on Disability’s (wonderful) new report on parents with disabilities

Earlier this morning, the National Council on Disability (NCD) co-sponsored a congressional briefing on ensuring the rights of parents with disabilities. Co-sponsors included the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers and the… Continue reading

On transitional-aged youth: Of brain science and juvenile justice

This is the second post in a series exploring the social policy and human services needs of transitional-aged youth.  You can see the other two posts in this series by clicking here. As… Continue reading

On the “transitional-aged youth” concept

There is a growing consensus amongst youth services practitioners and scholars that the line between youth and adulthood is more demarcated than it might be when it comes to the way our social… Continue reading

On the transformative power of research projects for students

Last weekend, the School of Social Work at Salem State University held a Graduate Social Work Research Symposium.  Twenty-four groups of MSW students presented on their year-long (mostly) community-based research projects.  While the… Continue reading

Fostering alternative leadership skills among child protection workers

Presentation given at the Council on Social Work Research’s Annual Program Meeting…. Moving beyond supervisory leadership:  Fostering alternative leadership skills among child protection workers Mary Byrne, PhD, LICSW, Salem State University Carol Masshardt,… Continue reading

Accommodating students with disabilities in field practicum: Challenges and strategies

I was pleased to be part of a team of social work educators from around the United States who will be presenting “Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Field Practicum: Challenges and Strategies” at… Continue reading

On "fear management" in child protection work with undocumented families

Interested in child welfare practice with non-citizen immigrant families?  Finding only a nascent literature base?  Well, you may be happy to hear that new work is coming out on the topic in 2012. … Continue reading

Suicidality in child protection settings: Implications for social work education

Calling all child welfare folks who may be attending CSWE this October 2011 in Atlanta – please attend our panel entitled “Suicidality in child protection settings: Implications for social work education.” This panel… Continue reading

Child welfare-involved youth with intellectual disabilities: Pathways into and placements in foster care

As I have worked to merge my interests in disability and child welfare, I have started to draw on data from the Adoption and Foster Care Reporting System (AFCARS).  Recently, I worked with… Continue reading

On engaging social work students students in required research courses

Engaging social work students in required research courses is most often not for the faint of heart.  During AY 2010-2011, I participated in a faculty learning community on this topic.  I am sharing… Continue reading

On Methodological, Logistical and Ethical Issues in Research Related to People with Disabilities

Although I am slated to participate in a roundtable on Methodological, Logistical and Ethical Issues in Research Related to People with Disabilities at the Society for Social Work and Research conference with seven… Continue reading

On the recent social service worker death in Massachusetts: Work to create a culture of safety

Last week, we received the horrible news that a young woman working in a community residence for people with mental illness had been murdered by a resident in that residence.  Click here or… Continue reading

Upcoming paper at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting – suicidality and young adults with disabilities

Suicidality and help-seeking behaviors among young adults with disabilities: Implications for suicide prevention Little is known about the prevalence of suicidality among young adults with disabilities. The transition into young adult life is… Continue reading

New article coming out on substance use disorder treatment access, intellectual disability

Coming out in the October 2010 issue of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Medicaid-covered alcohol and drug treatment use among people with intellectual disabilities: Evidence of disparities For some, community inclusion facilitates access to alcohol and… Continue reading

Foster youth with intellectual disabilities, permanency planning goals and case outcomes

Just gave a talk at the National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy on permanency planning and foster care outcomes for children with and without intellectual disabilities…someone snapped this photo, interesting… Continue reading

On demographic and clinical characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders

Little is known about the demographic and clinical characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and substance abuse problems. Drawing on health care billing claims for people with Medicaid coverage aged 12–99 years, the characteristics… Continue reading

Community-based participatory research project on youth with developmental disabilities

Building on a two-year partnership with my colleague Beth Flanzbaum at YOU, Inc., I am starting to work on a new community-based participatory research project entitled “Developing best practices for clinical work with… Continue reading

Family violence and women with disabilities

Violence against women is identified as a top human rights issue by women with disabilities, a population that is more likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) than their counterparts without disabilities. Existing… Continue reading

Access to substance abuse treatment for youth with intellectual disabilities

Very psyched – the first of my dissertation-based articles is out!  The abstract is listed below, but you can access the full article from the Journal of Disability Policy Studies at this link.… Continue reading

Qualitative research on child protection practice and child sexual exploitation

Over the past year, three graduate students from my applied research course (Ellen Calhoun, Melissa Geoffroy and Dominique Gutierrez) designed a qualitative research project to learn more about the experiences of child protection workers engaged… Continue reading

New article in The New Social Worker Online on disability, substance abuse

Check out my article in The New Social Worker Online – it is about identifying substance abuse among people with intellectual disabilities. This work merges my former work as a forensic social worker… Continue reading