I am pleased to announce that for the 2017-2018 academic year, the School of Social Work will be graduating over 400 students across all of our programs. Our Masters of Social Work program continues its tradition of being one of the largest masters programs at Portland State University, graduating more than 200 students, and making up 14% of all masters degrees awarded for the year. Additionally, 192 students in our undergraduate programs will be graduating, as well as four PhD students.
Among these undergraduate students is Shayla Adkins, who has been chosen to speak at Portland State University’s Professional Schools and Colleges Commencement Ceremony at the Moda Center on June 17th. If you are unable to make the ceremony, be sure to watch it live at pdx.edu.
We are so proud of our students and recognize the hard work that went into them achieving their degrees. Thank you for being a part of another successful school year and being a part of our community at the School of Social Work.
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PSU SSW Spring Highlights
People of Color Professionals Navigating Predominantly White Spaces
On May 30th, Director of Student Affairs, Cimone Schwoeffermann (left), and our
Student Inclusion Coordinator, Marina Barcelo (center), led a panel discussion titled “People of Color Professionals Navigating Predominantly White Spaces,” at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education in New Orleans. NCORE is the leading national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education.
The panel was organized by Isaac E. Dixon, PhD, Associate Vice President, Human Resources Portland State University and Debra “Debi” Jenkins (right), AAS, BA, MA, MS, PhD, Behavioral Sciences Chair, Clark College.
The session examined the experiences, stories, and strategies regarding working in systemically dominant environments as higher education professionals. The purpose of the session was to provide insight, clarification, and tools to navigate white space on developmental, professional, and organizational levels without having to lose one’s authentic self.
Politics & Social Work: Macro Practice in Action
Thank you to State Representative Diego Hernandez for visiting the School of Social Work and presenting “Politics & Social Work: Macro Practice in Action” as part of our Culture & Conversation series. Students, faculty, staff, and community members enjoyed learning more about his educational journey and path to the Oregon State Legislature. We are proud to have Diego as part of our alumni network!
Social Work Comedy Night at Curious Comedy Theater
The School of Social Work in partnership with the Portland State Alumni Association held a Social Work Comedy Night at Curious Comedy Theater in support of student scholarships and building community among alumni of all of our programs.
The School raised over $600 from the night’s ticket proceeds and silent auction. This money will go directly to the School of Social Work Scholarship fund for current and future students. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for this night of laughs and thank you especially to Curious Comedy Theater and its performers for hosting such a fun event!
If you missed the event but still want to donate to the School of Social Work please visit the following link: https://www.pdx.edu/ssw/give
SMG Closing Ceremony
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) official delegates celebrated with the SSW a closing ceremony, acknowledging the ongoing partnership between our two institutions. The Short-Term Development Program was instituted earlier in November of 2017 and was meant to encourage educational cooperation and high quality training through expanded field sites between SMG and the School of Social Work. This year marks the third year of this exchange. We continue to value the presence of our visiting scholars from this program.
President’s Diversity Awards
Congratulations are in order for the three esteemed members of our SSW community who are receiving the 2018 President’s Diversity Awards! These awards went to Dr Ghita Mehrorta – Distinguished Faculty Category, Marina Barcelo – Distinguished Staff Category, and Keela Johnson – Distinguished Graduate Student Category. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments nor grateful for their contributions!
Celebrating Dr. Pam Miller: Thursday, June 14 from 4-6 pm in ASRC 620/630 – Join us in celebrating Dr. Pam Miller’s career accomplishments as she retires from the PSU School of Social Work. Pam Miller has been at the PSU School of Social Work from December 1992 – June 2018. Pam will be giving a farewell colloquium focused on her career-long commitment to end of life care, health policy, and international social work. Reception to follow. -> Please RSVP online
Rae Stevenson, a CYFS minor who is also a McNair scholar, is the selected student speaker for the PSU Multicultural Graduation!
Rae Stevenson is a senior at PSU and an educator in Portland, Oregon. Rae has had the privilege of working with learners from a variety of age groups and backgrounds, supporting education nonprofits from Portland, Oregon to Jacmel, Haiti.
Through her work with children and young adults, Rae has developed a passion for building dynamic, inclusive learning communities where every student’s story is valued and integrated. She brings this passion to academia as a Social Science major, where her interdisciplinary course of study has centered feminist, critical and cultural pedagogy, and the voices of underrepresented groups.
Through the McNair scholars program, Rae is currently working on research exploring how students of color describe their experiences of racial identity development in predominantly white school systems in Portland, Oregon. Rae aspires to a career in educational leadership, where she can work with others to address issues of inequity in education.
Alexis Lawrence, a graduate student in the School of Social work and graduating this year with her Master of Social Work Degree, spoke Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at Portland State University’s Black Graduation Ceremony.
Alexis is a Portland native, and attended the University of Oregon with a major in Family and Human Services. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and enjoys giving back to her community. Alexis interned with the Sexual Assault Resource Center as a Sexual Assault Advocate and Prevention Educator last year. This year she interned at the Randall Children’s Hospital in the Labor and Delivery Center as a social work case manager. After graduation, she will continue to pursue licensure in the Medical Social Work field with a focus on Mental Health and Addictions services.
The first Black Graduation that happened at Portland State University was in 2016. Ebony Oldham came from the University of Oregon and wanted to bring something similar to PSU. She was apart of the Black Cultural Affairs Board at PSU, and noticed that everyone was having their own graduation, except those who identified as Black/African/African American. On social media, Black students have been criticized and penalized for celebrating their excellence as they crossed the stage. Black grad was created to honor black students, without policing them for their actions. Its a ceremony put on by the students, for students, to celebrate Black Excellence and Black Achievements, because graduating is a huge milestone.
SSW Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
Eddie May, MSW, LCSW, has been hired into the new Assistant Professor of Practice position in the Master of Social Work Program in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. Eddie will continue as the Assistant Director of Field Education and MSW Distance Option Coordinator through the end of summer and begin his new role beginning September 16, 2018 with some period of transition during Fall 2018.
Eddie brings extensive clinical, supervisory, management, and teaching experience to his new role within the MSW faculty. Eddie specializes in clinical interventions with those who have experienced trauma and centers intersectional identity and anti-oppressive practices in his work with individuals, couples, and families. His teaching focuses on the cultivation of relationships within learning spaces to allow self-analysis and contextual meaning-making to occur deeply, frequently, and fluidly. He seeks to help others challenge, strengthen, and more deeply understand their personal and professional meaning and the meaning of those around them. In the classroom, private practice, and in training/consulting roles, Eddie believes focus on implicit/explicit bias and socialization informed by existentialist and narrative frameworks can support the process of unpacking each knapsack carried in our day today.
Eddie has spent the last three years as the Assistant Director of Field Education and Distance Option Coordinator at the School of Social Work where he enhanced student and field instructor education statewide. He holds a deep commitment to our school’s future, to the breadth and depth of the education we provide, and to the students and field partners in our Ashland, Bend, Eugene, Salem, Portland and Online communities. He is humbled and excited to begin this new role teaching and contributing to the explicit curriculum and looks forward to supporting the development of direct practice skills in the advanced clinical concentration, integrating and elevating the practices and voices of targeted communities, and continuing to support the critical work of Field Education.
Brea Watts, MFA, joined the SSW as our new Marketing and Communications Manager in May. Brea is a marketing and communications professional, storyteller, social justice advocate and entrepreneur. Her strengths are in developing strategic communication plans and writing engaging content across a variety of platforms. Brea is a first-generation college graduate from East Oakland, California who’s committed to using her voice and experience in marketing communications to work with people from marginalized communities.
Outside of working with the SSW, Brea loves music, dancing, baking and writing poetry. Before relocating to Portland she ran a small baking business, and recently completed a book that creatively explores how race, class, and gender impacts the lives of Black women. Brea lives by the motto that “self-care is an act of political warfare,” and is excited to join the School of Social Work to align her personal interests and professional background to advocate for social change
Lakindra Mitchell Dove, Ph.D, has been hired as a fixed term Instructor for the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work Programs in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. She will begin her new role beginning September 16, 2018.
Dr. Lakindra Mitchell Dove earned her Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University in 2015. She also earned her Master of Social Work from PSU in 2004. Since 2015, she has served as an adjunct instructor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and the Bachelor of Social Work program. She is also a field liaison and faculty advisor in the Master of Social Work program.
Lakindra has extensive direct service experience, working primarily with children and families. She has spent the last decade working as a medical social worker, specializing in child abuse and neglect. She also has experience in community-based mental health, child welfare, health care, and research and evaluation.
Lakindra is a native Oregonian who is passionate about giving back to the African American community in Portland. This community played an instrumental role in her life as a child. She has a long work history in the areas of racial equity and social justice. She co-facilitated a national training addressing educational equity for children of color and her dissertation focused on the cultural needs of African American youth in foster care. She is an active member of her community, serving in various roles such as mentor, board member, committee member, and the co-facilitator of a support group for professional black women.
She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends. In her spare time, she likes to read, watch documentaries, dance, travel (domestic and international), and spend time alone.
Crystallee Crain, Ph.D., has joined the School of Social Work at Portland State University as an assistant professor of practice in the Child, Youth and Family Studies program. Crystallee has a well-established career in justice-seeking service with a passion for equity and access for low-income communities and communities of color. Crystallee’s professional experience includes leadership development and capacity building for organizations that work to bring access to marginalized groups. Crystallee earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Sciences (concentration in Sociology) from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelors in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. In 2013 she received Advanced Post-doctoral training in Health and Human Rights in the School of Public Health at Harvard University.
In January 2011 she received the Inaugural Norman Lear Leadership Award from People for the American Way Foundation (presented by Young People For). Her organizing work was highlighted in TIME magazine Person of the Year in 2011 in The PROTESTOR issue in December. She was published in Women in Today’s World, a multimedia encyclopedia on Women’s issues in the 21st Century. Recently she published an op-ed in the Portland Tribune titled: Workplace has a vital part in #MeToo Movement. Crystallee has a history of LGBTQ organizing, violence prevention, and policy advocacy on issues of child welfare and protecting children from abuse. She has served on the Board of Directors of COLAGE (Children of Lesbian’s and Gays Everywhere), OneLife Institute, and the American Red Cross. Nationally she has been engaged with groups like the National Black Justice Coalition that works to eradicate homophobia and racism.
Prior to moving to Portland, Crystallee served as a member of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission. She currently serves on the Multnomah County Community Budget Advisory Council for Human Services. Dr Crain is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Child, Youth & Family Studies program in the School of Social Work at Portland State University.
Josh Goodson began his position as the Office Coordinator at the School of Social Work in January 2018. Josh transferred from Clackamas Community College with an Associates of Arts and is currently working on completing his B.S. in Psychology at Portland State University.
Josh’s academic goal is to obtain a master’s degree in Educational Counseling. He enjoys working with students and would like to ultimately become a School Counselor in the public school system and higher education. He is passionate about the impact that each school system has on developing young adults and is eager to be a part of their development process.
Prior to the SSW Office Coordinator position, Josh was working in the Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services (CCF) as an Office Assistant. In addition, Josh has ten years supervisory experience as a manager at Game Stop.
When he is not working, Josh likes to walk and play with his mini Australian shepherd, Patch. He enjoys hiking, playing soccer, writing, and reading. During the summer, he especially enjoys camping and swimming.
Amie Thurber, Ph.D., will begin her position as a professor at Portland State’s School ofSocial Work in Fall 2018. Amie Thurber’s research, practice and teaching interests involve transforming social inequality in neighborhoods and developing best practices for community-engaged teaching and research.
Amie completed her Ph.D. in Community Research and Action at Vanderbilt University. Her current work involves the development and study of the Neighborhood Story Project, an action research project designed to amplify resident-led resistance to gentrification.
Other recent work includes a study of white activists organizing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter; a report on Equitable Development for the city of Nashville; and a number of projects with Cayce United, a resident-led tenant organizing effort in Nashville’s largest remaining housing project that’s now slated for redevelopment.
Amie is also the lead editor of A People’s Guide to Nashville, forthcoming through the University of California Press. This alternative guide to the city was collaboratively written by more than 120 Nashvillians and documents sites of social justice struggle in Nashville.
Amie received her MSW from the University of Montana, and spent 15 years directing a non-profit training organization addressing racial and social disparities throughout Montana. She has 14 years teaching experience in departments of social work, psychology, and human and organizational development.
Born and raised in Portland, Amie is excited to return to the northwest and join the PSU community.
Faculty News, Publications and Presentations
Marina Barcelo was recently named the new vice president of the board of directors of the ACLU of Oregon. She was also just voted in as the newest member of Oregon Community Foundation’s Latino Partnership Program Advisory Council.
2017-2019 Bryson, S., Principal Investigator, Portland, Oregon, Testing an Asset Building Framework in Child Welfare Practice Faculty Enhancement Grant, $15,000
2016-2018 Bryson, S., Principal Investigator, Vancouver, British Columbia, How Do Mothers and Caseworkers Develop Care Capital: Testing an Asset Building Framework in Child Welfare Practice, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, $68,691. Co-Investigator Natalie Clark.
-Autism in Adulthood Editor-in-Chief: Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH
ISSN: 2573-9581 | Online ISSN: 2573-959X | Published Quarterly | Current Volume: 0 (Associate Editor Dora Raymaker)
-Lisa Hawash, featured on program of Digital learning Idea Lab at the PSU Office of Academic Innovation 5/8/2018
Just published or in press
- Englander, H., Collins, D, Peterson-Perry, S., Rabinowitz, M., Phoutrides, E., Korthuis, T., Nicolaidis, C. “We’ve learned it’s a medical illness, not a moral choice:” a qualitative study on the effects of a multi-component addiction intervention on hospital providers’ experience. Journal of Hospital Medicine. Online first April, 2018, DOI 10.12788/jhm.2993.
- Englander, H., Wilson, T., Collins, D., Phoutrides, E., Weimer, M., Korthuis, P.T., Calcagni, J., Nicolaidis, C. Lessons learned from the implementation of a medically enhanced residential treatment (MERT) model integrating intravenous antibiotics and residential addiction treatment. Substance Abuse. Online ahead of print, March 2018. DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2018.1452326.
- Keller, T.E., Overton, B., Pryce, J.M., Barry, J., Sutherland, A., & DuBois, D.L. (2018). “I really wanted her to have a Big Sister”: Caregiver perspectives on mentoring for early adolescent girls. Children & Youth Services Review, 88, 308-315.
- Christina Nicolaidis presented the following: Nicolaidis, C. and Raymaker, D. (May 2018) “Neurodiversity: Rethinking Autism.” Speaker. Oregon Pediatric Specialist Special Interest Group. Portland, OR, May 2018.
- Christina Nicolaidis presented the following: Nicolaidis, C. (May 2018) “The AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit.” Invited speaker, International Society for Autism Research Community Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
5 Resources for Social Work and Human Services Professionals
Social worker: Don’t neglect role of food in mental wellness
Healthy eating has a powerful effect on mood and other aspects of teens’ mental health, clinical social worker Heather Monroe writes. Citing data, she extols the psychological benefits of gardening and cooking as well as the health benefits of fresh fruits and
Mapping Segregation in Portland
Portland State University and the city of Portland are collaborating this spring to research the history of racist housing policies in Portland, and they’re looking for help from the public. Greta Smith, a graduate student in PSU’s public history program, has collected about 30 restrictive covenants from housing deeds around Portland and created an interactive map of the addresses where covenants were used.
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Meghan’s mom is a social worker
Despite all the royal craziness over the past few months, [Doria] Ragland reportedly still works at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Culver City, California. The organization’s mission statement reads, “Didi Hirsch transforms lives by providing quality mental health and substance abuse services in communities where stigma or poverty limit access.”
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One year later: Monroe, Snohomish County’s new approach to homelessness
A Community Outreach Team that pairs a social worker with a law enforcement officer is helping connect homeless people with services in Snohomish County, Wash. People who might have been arrested in the past are now steered to drug treatment and other programs.
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Abuse victims find respite in Children’s Advocacy Centers
Since their debut three decades ago, Children’s Advocacy Centers have provided a therapeutic, comforting alternative for young abuse victims who would otherwise have had to tell their stories multiple times to investigators. The CACs spare children from further traumatization as well as curbing false accusations, experts note.
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