“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy
Happy New Year from the Portland State University School of Social Work! We recently closed out a tense and tiring year of social injustices, as well as another term of overwhelm, hectic schedules, papers, tests, and an almost never-ending list of assignments. But we survived last year just like we always do, and are better prepared to take on what’s coming in 2019.
As we begin this new term, I want to recognize that although this work is challenging, what makes it worthwhile is our deep commitment to continue learning more about what moves us, what drives us, and what interests us both in and out of the classroom.
Life is full of opportunities, both good and bad, that we can examine to find meaning and shape what we do in the social work world, as well as who we are as a person. In 2019, I encourage you to be led by your interests and allow them to fuel the change you wish to create in this world. Read more about what I’m doing below.
Dean and Professor
- Student Spotlight
- SSW Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
- Faculty News and Publications
- 5 Resources for Social Work and Human Services Professionals
Witness For Peace Northwest Presents: ‘The Silencing of Dissent: Human Rights and Journalism in Honduras’ by Jennifer Ávila
On October 18th the PSU School of Social Work hosted The Silencing of Dissent: Human Rights and Journalism in Honduras by Jennifer Ávila.
The event was amazing and attracted many guests! It was important and insightful to learn about the root causes of migration and other struggles Central Americans face due to U.S. & Honduran policy. We want to thank our co-sponsor, the PSU CLAS Migration Cluster, and Witness for Peace Northwest for preparing this event.
Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation
We want to thank East Point Peace Academy for providing this two-day workshop focused on teaching methods of Kingian Nonviolence, the philosophy of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Methods for nonviolent social change and activities designed to practice nonviolence were implemented for students to get hands-on learning experiences.
Veteran 101 Training
On November 7th, the SSW hosted a Veteran 101 Training by the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs. This training gave PSU SSW alumni members a free opportunity to learn veteran service skills.
Social workers must often work with veterans over the course of their careers. For this reason, it is important to understand the different needs veterans may have.
SSW Faculty Attends CSWE
In November, Dean Nissen, alongside various SSW faculty and staff members, attended the National Council of Social Work Education conference in Orlando, Florida.
Dean Nissen gave a presentation at a NAAD meeting exploring how social workers can increase their impact through futures frameworks.
(Pictured) Assistant Professor of Practice, Eddie May, Director of Field Education, Julie Kates, and Associate Professor of Practice/MSW Online Coordinator Lisa Hawash gave a presentation on Racial Equity in Field Education.
Lisa Hawash also gave a presentation on Re-imagining Collaboration for Social Justice for the Association for Community Organization and Social Action. BSW Program Director, Stephanie Bryson gave a talk about Conducting a Racial Equity Curriculum Review, as well as a presentation about the Canadian IPE Model: Social Work Intensive in Settings in Healthcare.
PSU Day of Giving 2018
The 2018 PSU Day of Giving was a success! We set out to raise $1,000 each for the School of Social Work Scholarship Fund and the Student Emergency Fund. We were able to raise over $2,325 for the SSW Scholarship Fund and $1,250 for the Student Emergency Fund!
We want to thank all of our generous donors for your contributions to these funds. Your donation really does make a difference, as students in need have regularly accessed our Student Emergency Fund to help supplement things such as food, clothing, and other essential needs.
We also want to acknowledge the work of one of our 2018 BSW alum Rosa Garcia. Rosa was the top social ambassador of the day, and due to her engagement on social media, we won a $1000 challenge that was designated to the Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund has similarly helped students with financial need by supporting their pursuit of higher education.
If you didn’t get a chance to donate on the day of giving, don’t worry. There will be another happening in February where you’ll have the opportunity to support.
Signing With Seoul Metro Government
The Director of our PhD program, Junghee Lee (far left), has launched a partnership with the Seoul Metropolitan Government!
Pictured is the review and signing of a proposal to approve MOU for 5 years to admit 2 social work students on a yearly basis for a year of professional development experience. These visiting scholars are employees of the SMG who are in an MSW program in Seoul. They will take our MSW classes to experience social work education in the United States.
Exploring the Future: Skills for the Next Chapter
What if there was a way to think about the future in a better way?
On Monday, January 14th, join us for a conversation about a recent “walk in the future” with a report from Dean Laura Nissen, School of Social Work at Portland State University, from her recent attendance at the 50th Anniversary Institute for the Future conference in Palo Alto, CA, and her ongoing work in this area.
This event will be held from 12 – 1 pm, OAI Room M209, (1825 SW Broadway). This event is free, but you must register.
Open Position and Call to Volunteers: 2019 Point-in-Time Homelessness Street Count
The RRI is partnering with the Joint Office of Homeless Services to conduct the 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Street Count during the week of January 23 – 29, 2019. We are in need of volunteers and applicants for our Team Lead position.
It would be much appreciated if you could forward this flyer to your networks to help get the word out.
Now Hiring for the School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is currently looking to expand our family! Current positions we have available are as follows:
- The SSW is searching for a new Dean
- The BSW program is hiring for an assistant, associate, or full professor
- The CYFS program is hiring for an assistant professor
- The MSW program is hiring for two assistant, associate, or full professors
To learn more about these open positions, please visit pdx.edu/ssw/jobs, and direct any interested parties there as well.
Dr. Maria Talbott (middle) retired at the close of fall term. Since joining Portland State University in 1984 as an Assistant Professor, Maria has contributed to all levels of our social work programming. She has been a cornerstone of not only our aging partnerships and scholarship, but a steady and important contributor to the aging field nationally among many other important aspects of her distinguished career.
We want to congratulate Dr. Talbott on a truly amazing career and wish her the best in her days of retirement!
SE Portland Vigil – Janet Benitez, William Polikoff, Evie Willis-Cash, & Gabrielle Yelland
This fall term a student group from the SW 539: Social Justice in Social Work course decided to focus their work on pedestrian justice in East Portland. MSW students Janet Benitez, William Polikoff, Evie Willis-Cash, and Gabrielle Yelland co-developed and co-implemented a vigil with non-profits organizations Oregon Walks and Rosewood Initiative. The vigil was held following two traffic-related fatalities in SE Portland. While the focus was primarily on the remembrance of the victims, the group also voiced their concerns that changes must be made to improve pedestrian safety.
“We just wanted to recognize the disproportionality in East Portland of how many traffic fatalities are happening in this area in comparison to the rest of Portland,” – Janet Benitez
Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program Master’s fellows for the 2018-2019
The MFP Master’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The one-year fellowship provides stipend, training, and professional development supports. Fellows are direct-practice focused students dedicated to providing mental health or substance abuse services to underserved racial/ethnic minority communities and have committed to working in direct behavioral health practice for two years after graduation.
Ruth Chapman Portland State University
Maria Elena Fernandez Portland State University
Karina Guzman-Ortiz Portland State University
Andrea Padilla Portland State University
Danica Brown, a doctoral candidate in the PhD Program in Social Work and Social Research successfully defended her dissertation Friday, Oct. 19 at the PSU Native American Student and Community Center.
SSW Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
Kirsten will be serving as the AY 18-19 Generalist MSW Intern for the Office of the Student Inclusion Coordinator. Kirsten will be working on lots of different projects centered around equity, inclusion, and student support. Kirsten has worked in higher education/student affairs for nearly a decade and we are so lucky to draw upon their skill set and expertise.
Kirsten is the Director at the Queer Resource Center and is passionate about centering the students in their vision for the future of the QRC. Their work is informed by their previous experience serving as the QRC’s Assistant Director for 5 years and as the interim CARE Team Case Manager. Kirsten’s educational background is in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Educational Leadership and Policy.
Kirsten is in their second year of their Master’s of Social Work Program. Kirsten is thrilled to be working with Marina Barcelo to support the work of inclusion for all students at the School of Social Work for their field placement.
Faculty News, Publications and Presentations
Appointments, Presentations, and Proposals
- Blakeslee, J. E., & Keller, T. E. (2018). Long-term evaluation of the My Life mentoring program. Reflections on Research podcast series of the National Mentoring Resource Center. Available at: https://nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/index.php/learning-opportunities/reflections-on-research-podcast.html
- Bryson, S., & Rodriguez-JenKins, J. (2018, November). Using Multiple Professional Perspectives to Conduct a Racial Equity Curriculum Review. Interactive Workshop at the Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting (APM), Orlando, Fl.
- McBeath, B. was appointed a Visiting Professor of the Beijing Normal University Faculty of Education (China), beginning Summer 2018.
- McBeath, B., Hopkins, K. (Univ. of Maryland SSW). Co-editors-in-chief of the journal, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance as of January, 2018.
- Furrer, C. J., Duong, T., Holman, J., Sorenson, J., Fredericks, S., & Welch, J. (October 2018). Child welfare workforce development and values-based practice. Workshop presented at the International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement, Vail, CO.
- Hoffman, J. submitted an NIH Loan Repayment Program proposal titled, “Postpartum Experiences of Low-Income Women: Quality of Life and Service Use.” If I receive this award it will pay off a significant portion of my student loans.
- Hoffman, J. submitted and received an Academic Innovation Mini-Fund (AIM; $1000) through the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) to work on incorporating open education resources into one of my courses (SW 540).
- Keller, T.E., & Spencer, R. (2018). The STAR study of mentoring relationship endings. Reflections on Research podcast series of the National Mentoring Resource Center. Available at: https://nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/index.php/learning-opportunities/reflections-on-research-podcast.html
- Klawetter, S., Neu, M., Greenfield, J.C., Roybal, K., Scott, J., Protentis, R., & Hwang, S. (2018, September). A qualitative approach to exploring barriers and facilitators to maternal engagement in the NICU. Poster Presentation. CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference. Portland, OR.
- Meinhold, J. presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations in November in San Diego, CA. The conference theme was: Families and Cultural Intersections in a Global Context: Innovations in Research, Practice, and Policies. Details of presentation: Meinhold, J. L., Feeney, S., Cancel-Tirado, D. (2018, November). Building authentic relationships with students from diverse backgrounds: Reflections and Recommendations. Roundtable presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
- Meinhold, J. served as the Board President of the Northwest Council on Family Relations (since 2015) the NW affiliate of NCFR.
- Raymaker, D.M., Mitchell, A. (2018). Presentation academic: Autism and Skilled Employment. Paper Presentation. TASH Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
- Raymaker, D.M. Presentation Community/practice: 2018 – 2018 Washington Autism Advisory Council Meeting: Improving Health through Trauma-informed Approaches for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities, their Families and Caregivers – professional expert panelist and guest speaker
- Raymaker, D.M. Proposal Submitted: National Institute of Mental Health R21 PA-18-400 Exploratory study on autistic adult burnout and suicide behavior. PI: Raymaker; Role: Principal Investigator (submitted)
- Raymaker, D.M. Proposal Awarded: OHSU-PSU Collaborative Research Program; Title: Pilot study on autistic adult burnout and suicide behavior; Performance Period: 9/28/2018 – 9/30/2019; Role: PI; $50,000; Project’s Goals: Exploratory mixed-methods pilot to begin characterizing autistic burnout and developing a measure for use in a larger NIH-funded grant to examine autistic burnout and suicidal behavior.
- Raymaker, D.M., Nicolaidis, C. (2018). training session: INSAR Summer Institute: Equitable Inclusion of Autistic Adults as Co-Researchers. International Society for Autism Research. https://www.autism-insar.org/page/Nicolaidis
- Rodriguez-JenKins, J. (2018, November). Early childhood parenting context for Latina mothers vulnerable to child welfare involvement. Paper presentation at the Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting (APM), Orlando, Fl.
- Rodriguez-Jenkins, J. Understanding parenting context and beliefs for Latino parents with young children vulnerable to the child welfare system. (Submitted 11/2018). National Institutes of Health Health Disparities Research Mentored Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Mentor: Roberto Orellana, PhD. Role: Principal Investigator.
- Thurber, A. (2018, September). Cultivating community-engaged scholars and practitioners: Lessons from a participatory counter-narrative project. Race and Pedagogy National Conference. Tacoma, WA.
- Blakeslee, J.E. & Keller, T.E. (2018). Assessing support network stability with transition-age foster youth: Measuring change over time. Research on Social Work Practice, 28, 7, 857-868
- Bienen, L., Crespo, C.J., Keller, T.E., & Weinstein, A. (2018). Enhancing institutional research capacity: Results and lessons from a pilot project program. Journal of Research Administration, 49, 2, 64-90.
- Green, B. Recently co-authored a publication focused on outcomes from a statewide randomized trial of the Healthy Families Oregon home visiting program that showed that the program supports improved access to preventive health care and insurance for low income, diverse mothers and infants. The article is available here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329383953_Effects_of_Home_Visiting_Program_Implementation_on_Preventive_Health_Care_Access_and_Utilization_Results_from_a_Randomized_Trial_of_Healthy_Families_Oregon
- Hughes, R. B., Robinson-Whelen, S., Raymaker, D.M., Lund, E. M., Oschwald, M. M., Katz, M., Starr, A., Ashkenazy, E., Powers, L. E., & Nicolaidis, C., and the Partnering with People with Disabilities to Address Violence Consortium (in press). Peer-reviewed publication: The relation of abuse to physical and psychological health in adults with developmental disabilities. Disability and Health Journal.
- Jarjoura, G.R., Tanyu, M., Altschuler, D., Forbush, J., Herrera, C., & Keller, T.E. (2018). Evaluation of the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program: Technical Report. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research. Available at: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/grants/252167.pdf
- Mitchell Dove, L. & Powers, L. E. (2018). Exploring the complexity of hair and identity among African American female adolescents in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 95, 368-376. Here’s a link to the publication https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Y3QchNfKhWGM
Top 5 Resources for Social Work and Human Services Professionals
PSU School of Social Work Holds Suicide Prevention Workshop
The training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches individuals how to spot someone who may be at risk for suicide, and how to appropriately intervene to help keep the person safe. As stated on the LivingWorks Education website, the workshop is “ideal for child welfare, education, counseling, community justice, domestic violence, healthcare, senior services, other social service providers, and concerned citizens who want to know more.”
PSU program helps transgender students gain confidence by finding their voice
Those who participate in the program will work on techniques like breathing, articulation, and pitch among other things. The clinic is free and open to anyone.
Conn hopes it will help not only those in the transgender community, but all of us accept people for who they are.
Bezos Gift To Portland Nonprofit Means Big Boost In Help For Homeless Families
The grant is for direct aid to families living in cars, on the street, or in motels and emergency shelters. It covers services for the next four years.
Workshop Helps Portland High School Students Tackle Tough Topics
The idea, according to the students, is to get people talking about social issues openly. By starting the discussion about blackness and centering the ways black people are marginalized, Commodore said, students can learn to get comfortable with addressing difficult topics like racism.
Transparency demanded in hiring of Portland police psychologist
In an Oct. 9 letter to the City Council and Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, advocacy organizations asked that the hiring process be transparent and competitive and that there be a group of psychologists – not just one – who evaluates Portland police officers. That group should also be culturally diverse, said the organizations – Portland Copwatch, the Albina Ministerial Alliance, and the Portland chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild.