Happy March to all! Thanks for all the helpful and positive feedback about the blog! It is great to have a place to exchange some ideas and share some information.
Last Month’s Survey Question:
Now that a new dean is in place, what are the ingredients of a healthy, productive and successful transition of the SSW within the next 3-6 months?
I want to express appreciation to all who responded. Your ideas ground our work moving forward with more important and helpful ideas – here is an executive summary of your responses:
Key ideas (set forth by those who submitted) included a vision of sustainability for the school, greater clarity for the parts of our school community, bridging academic, research and field issues, using data to drive decision making, increasing communication, avoid getting bogged down before moving ahead with some new projects, avoiding getting negatively impacted by upcoming budget processes at PSU, more collaboration with PSU graduate certificate programs, activating leadership and addressing anxiety throughout school community, moving ahead with strategic plan that builds on internal needs assessment that honors all voices and perspectives, meaningful engagement and addressing of social justice and equity issues within the school.
All of these ideas will inform our next steps and priorities – more to come on this in upcoming invitations/opportunities to participate in strategic planning for the school.
For those of you who might want to read everything that was submitted in detail – click here.
This Month’s Survey Question
- Doctoral Student Danica Brown just received notification that her entry on Wilma Mankiller has just been published in the NASW Encyclopedia of Social Work. NASW members can click here to access her entry.
- Nissen, L.B. (2014). The power of organizational readiness to boost success with the 2008 EPAS in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 50(1), 5-18.
- Pugh, G.L. (2014). Revisiting the pink triangle exercise: An exploration of experiential learning in graduate social work education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34(1), 17-28.
In early 2011, the PSU Field Office became aware of changes to OAR 309-032-1500 through 1565, entitled Intensive Treatment Services and Supports, which defined Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA) and Professionals (QMHP) in such terms that BSW and MSW interns were precluded from providing mental health services unless under the direct, in- the- room, supervision of an agency based and Licensed QMHP. In response to this change, a large percentage of the statewide community mental health partners with whom we had long-standing relationships as training sites for students in our programs discontinued offering internships in mental health. Field staff, engaged in advocacy efforts with members of the OHA and were assured this was an “unintended consequence” of the revision to the OAR and they would work to remedy this rule.Fast forward to November 2013, at which point the rule had not yet been amended and students in Social Work programs were still experiencing significant limitations in training opportunities in the field of mental health; there was real concern about the impact this might have on workforce development and training for the next generation of social workers. Julie contacted the Quality Improvement and Certification Manager at the OHA to revisit the status of the proposed “remedy.” The QI Manager informed Julie that the OHA was just then in the process of amending the OARs to allow for interns to perform QMHP level duties and he was planning to contact PSU to seek input on the proposed language. Julie was able to engage in a thoughtful conversation and provide input regarding language clarification to allow for this significant change. The OHA asked for specific input regarding the language used to define QMHA and QMHP in order to ensure that students in PSU Social Work programs would be eligible to receive the necessary and adequate training in the field. Ms. Kates’ recommendations were incorporated and on January 22, 2014 the OHA presented the proposed changes at a public hearing in Salem. Distance Option Salem Site Coordinator Michele Martinez Thompson attended the hearing on behalf of the PSU SSW. Ms. Martinez-Thompson presented “written testimony” in the form of a letter signed by myself, which fully supported and applauded the proposed change.The changes were accepted!On February 8th, 2014, the OHA announced the repeal of OAR 309-032-1500 through 1565 and the adoption of OARs 309-019-0100 through 0220 entitled Outpatient Addictions and Mental Health Services; and 022-0100 through 0192, entitled Intensive Treatment Services for Children and Adolescents which formally define QMHA and QMHP in ways that acknowledge and accept students in PSU Social Work programs as being eligible to provide MH services and receive the professional training needing to ensure their competence in the fields of Addictions and Mental Health. Great teamwork to all involved!
Social Work or CFS-Related (Research or Practice)
- Happy Social Work Month!!! Here are some resources from NASW to help you celebrate!!!
- Information about new funding to increase access to mental health services and new protections under the new health care law from the White House.
- New NASW Occupational Profiles for Social Work – FYI.
- Income inequality worse in big cities – interesting study.
- Some new-ish TED resources about “how to talk about mental health” that are in high circulation right now.
- Helpful overview about current federal budget numbers – scroll down for a very useful graphic about relative sizes of different federal spending categories.
- Great brief films from Laura Van Der Noot Linsky from the Trauma Stewardship Institute on dealing with trauma in our work.
- Interested in international social work? Here is a place with a lot going on! The Katharine Kendall Institute at the Council for Social Work Education.
- Great post on how to host a meeting at the White House by Mac Prichard and featuring PSU’s Reclaiming Futures leaders, National Executive Director Susan Richardson and Development Director Donna Wiench.
- Interesting new guide from Taylor & Francis about using Twitter to promote academic research.
- A couple of weeks ago, there was an interesting exchange by high-profile folks on what “being effective in dissemination of academic work” means. One response here and another here. Thought folks might be interested – and could probably add to the discussion in meaningful ways.
- Interesting post on the need to improve the public perception of social work.
- Ann Curry Stevens/ How disparities research can influence policy
- Lisa Hawash/Haley Throckmorton/Access to hygiene resources: The foundation of personal and public health
- Karen Cellarius/ Oregon Partnership for Health Integration (OPHI): Integrated care and wellness program
- Christina Nicolaidis/ Partnering with Autistic adults to improve healthcare
- Laurie Powers, Lee Ann Phillips & Mary Kane/ Youth taking charge of their lives
- Mary Oschwald, Laurie Powers/ Using Audio Computer Assisted Self Interviews (ACASIs) to collect sensitive data.
- Roberto Orellana/ Structural and individual factors related to drug use and HIV vulnerability among vulnerable populations in the U.S. and Latin America
- Jana Meinhold & Ryan Bender/ Community partnership to promote health in Cornelius
- Alma M.O. Trinidad/ People of Color in the non-profit world: Working conditions and health implications
- Interesting article about NIH-Grant Awards racial disparity issues.
- Popular press coverage about student debt in America.
- An article about 25 years of declining state support for public colleges in the United States.
- Great article called “Learning to Think Outside the Box: Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline.” What can our various professional groups learn from this thinking?
- Terrific photo project about LGBT Microaggressions (links to another great piece about Racial Microaggressions)
- Impressive list of social media links for PSU’s rapidly expanding social media efforts.
- PSU is actively engaging in some security planning across campus – for the present and the future. Check out the report, links and note ways to get involved.
The SSW wishes Aaron Pearlman and Crystal Froembling a fond farewell – each has moved onto new jobs! This is a shot from the going away party we had for them in February.
Last but not least – here’s a big shout out to our terrific support staff at the Portland campus academic program. Each of them contributes so much to keep our programs thriving. (Clockwise, LtoR)Diane Coward, Melissa Penners, Roxanne Dinca, Nick Miller, Thet Mar Win, Pauline Duffy, Jessica Slothower Hayes, Lesly Verduin, Erika Gitchell Woods, and Katie Cagle.