Category Archive: Social Work Education

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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