“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax
The 2018-19 academic year for the Portland State University School of Social Work has officially kicked off! Our students, faculty and staff members are looking forward to another year of hope, inspiration, growth, collaboration, and creativity within PSU, and the larger Oregon community.
This summer has been challenging and complex in the SSW, Portland and across the nation. We’ve witnessed children being taken from their parents, violence, and discrimination in our backyards, the loss of life at the hands of police, on top of trials and tribulations occurring in our individual lives.
Although these issues feel daunting, we recognize that there are many of us working towards addressing them in small ways day in and day out. We encourage our community to be proud of the work you’ve been doing, while also acknowledging there’s still much to be done. This year, take care of yourselves, each other, and continue striving to create a more just, equitable and fair society.
Dean and Professor
- Student Spotlight
- SSW Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
- Faculty News and Publications
- 5 Resources for Social Work and Human Services Professionals
Welcoming New Students
The School of Social Work welcomed over 300 new students to its programs during a series of welcoming and orientation events this fall, including our first BSW Hybrid cohort!
Culture and Conversation: Human Rights and Immigration
The Culture & Conversation: Human Rights and Immigration event that the SSW hosted, on August 9th, was a success!
We had a great turn-out, and want to send a special thank you to Catholic Charities of Oregon, and Refugee Assistance and Information Network International, for helping us facilitate a much-needed discussion about unaccompanied children and migration policy.
Potluck with a Purpose: Raising Money for the Student Emergency Fund Donation
“As a full-time student who is not eligible to receive federal grants and loans, the SSW Student Emergency Fund has given me access to resources in times of need. Not all student schedules coordinate with the hours of the food pantry. Some students don’t have access to get downtown daily, and this is why the Student Emergency Fund gift cards are so beneficial to students in need.” – CYFS Student
On September 16, the SSW hosted “Potluck with a Purpose,” a fundraiser for SSW faculty and staff to raise money for students that may be facing extreme hardships. The evening was an opportunity for our school community to enjoy music, food, and fellowship while raising funds for a worthy cause. We collected gift cards for students during the potluck, but are actively seeking donations to reach our fundraising goal of raising $5000 to assist our students in need. Feel free to donate online at: https://giving.psuf.org/sswemergency.
“I have utilized the Student Emergency Fund at least twice during my time as a student in the School of Social Work. During these times, I was either between housing, between jobs, or waiting for financial aid to come through. Having access to the emergency funds has been such a relief for me because I cannot ask my parents for money because they are both unemployed. With this emergency fund, I was able to purchase groceries when I would have gone without. I hope you consider keeping this program for future students in need.” -MSW Student
“I’m so grateful that the gift cards were available. Because I was able to access healthy food, it saved me from a hospital stay due to my inability to control my blood sugar. It also helped me cover my transportation costs. The gift cards are a lifesaver and I’m forever grateful to those that donated them.” -Ph.D. Student
SSW Faculty Appointed To Serve on Committee
Over the summer, our MSW Online Options Coordinator, Lisa Hawash, was appointed to serve on the University Public Safety Oversight Committee due to her advocacy against arming PSU in 2014. This committee is charged by the PSU President to provide recommendations and oversight for safety on campus as well as provide input into the external consultant review process of the killing of Mr. Washington.
Applications Open for MSW/PHD Programs
Applications for our MSW program and Ph.D. programs are now open! Check out our calendar for information sessions, and the program admissions pages for application requirements and deadlines.
SSW Regional Research Institute Partners with Outside In to Expand Mental Health Services for Homeless Youth
“The program is designed to address the unique challenges facing our young people experiencing homelessness. “When we successfully intervene at this critical stage in their development, we help them build futures that encourage wellness and community connections, giving these vulnerable young people a better chance to end the cycle of poverty.” Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute will work with Outside In to evaluate and measure how well the program works.”
Grit & Grace: Multicultural Women’s Mental Health Conference
ASHA International invites you to join us on September 28th at the Grit & Grace: Multicultural Women’s Mental Health Conference, a 1-day innovative program to inspire, educate and empower women to take charge of their mental health and cultivate resilience and wellbeing. You can find the event on Facebook here.
To learn more about the conference and register, please visit: https://myasha.org/grit-grace-multicultural-womens-mental-health-conference/
Witness For Peace Northwest Presents: ‘The Silencing of Dissent: Human Rights and Journalism in Honduras’ by Jennifer Ávila
On Thursday, October 18th, join us in room 212 of the Urban Center Building to hear Jennifer share about the root causes of migration and other struggles Central Americans face due to U.S. & Honduran policy. Journalist, artist, and documentary film-maker, Jennifer Ávila is the Co-founder & Director of Contracorriente, a digital media platform.
Event Co-Sponsors: PSU CLAS Migration Cluster, PSU School of Social Work. For more information, please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interpretation will be provided.
Culture and Conversation: Internment
The PSU School of Social Work has hosted a number of discussions as a part of our Culture and Conversation Series. The next installment will be led by Yoosun Park and focus on the role of social workers during Japanese internment, and the role of social workers in our current political climate.
This event will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in ASRC 620/630.
For more information about this event and registration, please visit our Facebook page.
Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation
The PSU School of Social Work will be hosting a two-day workshop by East Point Peace Academy on nonviolence.
Kingian Nonviolence, the philosophy of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr., has found a home in prisons, jails, schools, law enforcement agencies and social movements in countries around the world. It has helped movements achieve social change, communities transform cultures of violence, and individuals find peace in their hearts and minds. In an era of rising hatred and xenophobia, it is more important than ever to have the skills to respond to individual & systemic forms of violence and injustice. This interactive, transformational workshop will cover topics such as the myths and realities of nonviolence, the dynamics of human conflict, deãnitions of violence., and the methods of nonviolent social change.
This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st. To register please visit eastpointpeace.org
Empowered Youth Development Initiatives Workshop
This workshop encourages the development of strategies and programs that reduce risks and strengthen the protective factors of multi-ethnic children. The audience includes all who have a professional interest in the positive development of multi-ethnic children including: early childhood to high school educators, administrators and principals, curriculum specialists and directors of instruction, school counselors, homeschool coordinators, education directors and staff, social service providers, health directors and staff, community recreation specialists, coaches, and college and university students, faculty and staff.
This event will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 8:00am – 5:30pm at Warner Pacific College There is a pre-registration fee of $99. To register on the day of the event you must pay $109. Only 90 spots are available.
Social Work Education’s Role in Voter Turnout: How Faculty, Field, and Schools Can Support Students and Communities to Vote
Calling all social work educators! Social work students can engage in nonpartisan voter engagement activities as part of their field education training. We will present an evaluated model (piloted at both the University of Connecticut and University of Nevada, Reno Schools of Social Work) as well as innovative and simple ways that schools, faculty, and field education can encourage students and agency partners to support clients and communities to vote.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12:00pm – 2:00pm ET. Register for the 10/3/18 session here
Social Work Leaders: Group Discussion on How Professional Organizations Can Support Their Members, Schools of Social Work a and Communities to Vote
All organizations, including NASW chapters, are invited to attend this webinar to share and learn ways that organizations can encourage voting by their members and communities. We will specifically discuss barriers to voting and how people can become informed voters. Led by Tanya Rhodes Smith, Director, Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work. Guest speakers include: Valerie Arndt, Executive Director NASW NC, Colleen Dempsey, Practice Associate, NASW OH and Allan Wachendorfer, Director of Public Policy, NASW MI.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET. Register for the 10/17/18 session here
We are excited to announce that our Director of Field Education, Julie Kates, has been appointed to a 3-year term on the CSWE Council of Field Education!
The Council on Field Education collaborates with the professional community to improve the quality of field programs. Additionally, the council provides support for field directors and educators and produces and disseminates relevant knowledge.
Julie is looking forward to working with other colleagues in this area to impact field education at a national level and simultaneously learn from her peers. Congratulations!
Staci BokHee Martin
SSW adjunct faculty, and recent GSE Doctoral Graduate Staci BokHee Martin, ’18, is the recipient of the 2018 Carnegie Project of the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice award for her work entitled, Co-Creating Spaces of Critical hope through the Use of a Psychosocial Peace Building Education course in Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Context: Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.
Martin’s research interest is refugee education. For her dissertation project, she spent a total of three months and two weeks with refugees in Kenya, age 18-35, researching their philosophy and pedagogy of hope before, during and after her course on Peace Building Education. She has lived and worked in 15 countries, working with vulnerable populations and youth and has published and presented prolifically.
Martin is invited to attend the CPED Consortium Convening in Phoenix, Arizona in October to receive a monetary award and plaque and will present her work at their luncheon. Martin’s dissertation chair is Dannelle D. Stevens, professor emerita, Curriculum and Instruction Department.
The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is the knowledge forum on the EdD with a membership of over 100 schools of education in the US, Canada, and New Zealand, working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level.
Katie King, our wonderful Development Officer, served her final day at the PSU Foundation on August 31st. She’s served with us since November 1, 2017. In her time with us – we have achieved numerous successes – most recently – reconfiguring and relaunching our Dean’s Circle Philanthropy Advisory Group.
Though Katie is so talented in development, her heart is pulling her back to her first love – athletics. She’s going to become a trainer and head into a new career trajectory. Please join us in thanking Katie for her assistance and dedication to our school this past year. The SSW will miss you and we wish you the happiest of next chapters!
Portland Menstrual Society
Portland Menstrual Society (PMS, get it?) founder and board member Lynn Hager (MSW student) — along with fellow board members and Portland State University students Mason Pierce, Jennee Martinez (BSW ‘18), and Danie Primmer (BSW ‘18) —started the organization because of the lack of menstrual hygiene resources on the PSU campus.
Working alongside like-minded groups like NXT LVL PDX (which throws dance parties to raise funds for PMS) and reusable pad manufacturer GladRags, the group has collected and distributed menstrual hygiene supplies to a slew of campus areas: the Food Pantry, the Resource Center for Students with Children, and the Native American Student Community Center. As the next academic year approaches, PMS plans to redouble its efforts by advocating for safe restrooms on campus and working to increase student and administration awareness about the necessity of providing free menstrual hygiene products on campus.
PMS would like to expand its reach and provide menstrual hygiene products to other centers on campus, including the Pan African Commons; the Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center; and the Disability Resource Center.
Want to help? Get in touch with the group on Facebook or at email@example.com to coordinate a pick-up donation. Or, drop off tampons, cups, and other menstrual hygiene resources at the PSU Food Pantry from 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.
SSW Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
Kate has extensive direct practice experience in community mental health and non-profit social services. She is also a trainer, consultant, and clinical supervisor. She ran a successful private practice for 10 years until she returned to clinical work in community mental health, which is one of her passions. PSU’s SSW has been a primary and adjunct part of her life since 2000. The themes that run through all her work are authentic relationships, collaborative activism, and liberatory practices. Shared power and the promotion of decentered voices is essential to her.
She is well trained in emotionally focused therapy and attachment work. In teaching and practice, she strives to center the voices of those who are frequently left out of access to equitable opportunity. Her training in the latter comes from her clients, friends, and students who have been gracious enough to share their lives with Kate, and she will be learning and unlearning forever.
Personal Interests: Activism, dogs, Netflix, movies, lakes, and naps. She has been “over-working” her entire life, so this small list is growing as her personal life expands.
Education: Mt. Wachusett Community College, University of Oregon, and PSU School of Social Work. All of my clients, students, and friends have also been my educators.
Faculty News, Publications and Presentations
- Ben Anderson-Nathe was appointed to External Program Reviewer: School of Child & Youth CareUniversity of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada and the Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Human Services Clark College, Vancouver WA, USA
- Dora Raymaker has been appointed to Inter-agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Healthcare Workgroup, and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Scientific Review Council (SCOAR)
- Dora Raymaker received an award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Student and Early Career Academic Excellence Scholarship
- SSW now houses two leading academic journals: Affilia and Child & Youth Services
- The CYFS program received a Provost’s Grant for 2018-19 to conceptualize and redesign all core courses to be offered in both online and face-to-face formats, which is being coordinated by Assistant Professor of Practice Hillary Hyde
- RRI (Karen Cellarius as PI) will provide evaluation services for Outside In’s new $2.5 million SAMHSA grant which will expand the availability and type of care to accommodate more diverse populations, triples the capacity of their RISE treatment programs, and expands access to mental health and substance use treatment services for homeless youth in the region.
- The Child Welfare Partnership (CWP) started the fall by welcoming 25 social work students committing to pursuing a career in public or tribal child welfare. Each will receive a stipend and specialized Field Education and coursework through the Child Welfare Education Partnership. Throughout the past year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) the CWP Training unit provided training to 2,703 child welfare staff members entering the child welfare workforce in the Oregon Department of Human Services, using a re-designed training format that includes intensive hands-on learning, real-world simulations, and panels by youth and parents who have been through the system. New Worker training has been a core and evolving component of the Partnership for close to 25 years.
- The CCF Research team is in the first year of a multi-year Research-to-Practice Partnership grant working with national and local partners to support Oregon’s efforts to improve the quality of state-funded pre-kindergarten. With funding from the Gates Foundation and in partnership with the Oregon Social Learning Center and Oregon State University, Dr. Beth Green and her team co-created a statewide learning agenda with the Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) designed to support the state’s key questions about how to best improve preschool quality.
- The CCF System of Care Institute continues to provide coaching and training for the implementation of Wraparound and System of Care governance across Oregon, and over the past year also expanded to work in Idaho. This year the team had great success with a new program called “Ideas to Action” engaging people across multiple agencies to build action plans for their jurisdiction.
- CCF’s Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) is entering its final funded year. As part of the Children’s Bureau’s National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, for the past 8 years, this program has provided training and coaching to over 600 public and tribal child welfare managers around the country, with a focus on leading change and advancing the child welfare workforce. A rigorous evaluation shows significant post-training results.
- Anderson-Nathe, B., DeFilippis, J., & Mehrotra, G. (2018). Deconstructing and reconstructing identity: How queer liberation organizations deploy collective identities. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 45, 85-111.
- DeFilippis, J. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2017). Embodying margin to center: Intersectional activism among queer liberation organizations. In M. Brettschneider, S. Burgess, & C. Keating (Eds.), LGBTQ politics: A critical reader, (pp. 110-133).
- Gharabaghi, K. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2017). Strengths-based research in a deficits-oriented context. Child & Youth Services, 38(3), 177-179.
- Gharabaghi, K. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2017). Troubling the emergent pathology of complexity. Child & Youth Services, 38(4), 269-271.
- Raymaker, D.M. (2018) Hoshi and the Red City Circuit. Argawarga/Autonomous Press. Fort Worth, TX. 978-1-945955-12-9
- Sale, T., Raymaker, D.M., Rija, M., Gould, V., Wall, C., & Melton, R. (2018). Mitigating Early Loss of Community Participation in Early Psychosis Services: State of the Science. Portland, OR: Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University.
- Wahab, S., Dodd, S. J., Slaughter, S., Pari, A., Pettinger-Dunhman, A., W. (2018). Sex Trades and Social Work Practice. Social Work Speaks: National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements 2018–2020, 11th Edition, p. 293-297. NASW.
- Wahab, S., Bhyuan, R., Park, Y. (2018). Feeding the Scyborgs in Social Work: Enduring commitments that sustain. Affilia: Women and social work, 33(3), 281-285.
- Gita Mehrotra and Ben Anderson-Nathe facilitated a workshop at the Social Work and Sexualities Conference in at the University of Montreal in Montreal, Canada “Sexualities, Genders, and Intersectionalities: Expanding Contemporary Social Work Issues”
- Christina Nicolaidis was invited to give a Grand Rounds presentation on “Autism and Reproductive Health” to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University in September, 2018.
- Christina Nicolaidis was invited to give a talk to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Council in Washington DC in September on “the Healthcare Experiences of Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Challenges and Solutions” as part of the Improving Healthcare Outcomes for Adults on the Autism Spectrum symposium.
- Abelson, M., Anderson-Nathe, B., & Scott, E. (2018, June). Queered spaces: Survival strategies and resistance of LGBTQ youth. Presentation at Queering Social Justice Symposium. Portland State University. Portland, OR.
- Ranahan, P., Charles, G., Gharabaghi, K., & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2018, May). De/valuation, conflict-collaboration, and solidarity: Perspectives on interprofessionalism in child and youth care practice. Canadian National Child and Youth Care Conference, Richmond, BC, Canada.
- Raymaker, D.M. (June, 2018). Pregnancy, Disability, and Women’s Decisions: Including Women with Intellectual Disability and Autistic Women in Research and Discussion Around Pregnancy Decisions. Paper presentation. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, St. Louis.
- Raymaker, D.M., Mitchell, A., McDonald, K., AASIRE team. (June, 2018). Intersectional Identities and Employment for Autistic Professionals. Paper presentation. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, St. Louis.
- Nicolaidis, C., Raymaker, D.M., AASPIRE team. (May, 2018). Including Autistic Adults in Research to Develop and Evaluate Services Interventions: Lessons from Long-Standing Academic-Community Partnerships. Poster Presentation. International Society for Autism Research, Rotterdam.
- Raymaker, D.M., Scharer, M., Nicolaidis, C., AASPIRE team. (May, 2018). Narratives of Autism and Skilled Employment: Barriers, Facilitators, and Considerations in Professional Settings. Poster Presentation. International Society for Autism Research, Rotterdam.
- Raymaker, D.M., Sale, T., Valeria, M., Caruso, N., Gould, V. (March, 2018). Empowerment of Individuals Experiencing Early Psychosis through Community-Based Participatory Research and Technology: Lessons Learned from EASA Connections. Paper presentation. 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa.
- Raymaker, D.M. (February, 2018) OHSU Autism Seminar Series, Department of Psychiatry / Institute of Developmental Disabilities Pediatrics – Narratives of Autism and Skilled Employment
- Raymaker, D.M. (September 20, 2018) Book reading and discussion on neurodivergent, queer heroes and representation. Another Read Through Books. Portland, OR.
- Raymaker, D.M., Nicolaidis, C. (May, 2018) Oregon Pediatric Therapists Special Interest Group – Neurodiversity: Rethinking Autism. Shriner Children’s Hospital. Portland, OR.
- Raymaker, D.M., Nicolaidis, C., Zuckerman, K. (February, 2018) PSU-OHSU School of Public Health OHSU Brain Institute, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital – Public Health Portland Style #9 – Neurodiversity: Rethinking Autism. Lucky Labrador Pub. Portland, OR.
- Raymaker, D.M., Nicolaidis, C. (2018). INSAR Summer Institute: Equitable Inclusion of Autistic Adults as Co-Researchers. International Society for Autism Research. https://www.autism-insar.org/page/Nicolaidis
- Raymaker, D.M., Kripke, C. (March, 2018). The AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit. Developmental Disabilities: Update for Health Professionals, San Francisco.
- Wahab, S., Mehrotra, G., Kimball, E., Meyers, K., Ng Ping Cheung, S. (2018). The Braid That Binds Us. Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Annual Conference, May 22, 2018.
5 Resources for Social Work and Human Services Professionals
10 More Documentaries on Netflix for Social Workers
Thousands of social, cultural, historical, and political documentaries are streaming on Netflix, and many provide in-depth looks at subjects relevant to social work practitioners and students. The following list offers some new suggestions for viewers interested in social work topics.
Medical Social Workers Are Essential, But-Under Appreciated
To do their jobs well, medical social workers need to know other health professionals, hospitals, social services, and patients and families well. Each time a medical social worker is lost, it takes months or even years to get a replacement up to speed. In the meantime, patients and families can end up falling through the cracks.
Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color
“Recognizing the vast economic and racial inequalities his students faced, Chicago teacher Xian Frazinger Barrett chose what some might consider a radical approach for his writing and social studies classes, weaving in concepts such as racism, classism, oppression, and prejudice.”
Childhood trauma can change the way your genes behave and leave you more vulnerable to illness
A wealth of medical and scientific research shows the devastating effect separation from a parent can have on children, particularly young children. The distress and upheaval are emotionally and physically overwhelming in the short-term, but such a trauma in someone’s childhood is also connected to long-term biological changes that put them at risk for psychological and medical problems throughout their lives.
BLACKSTREET VEGAN BAKERY BRINGS SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CUPCAKES TO PORTLAND
“The bakery describes itself as a “Black-led vegan pop-up bakery” and has a social justice mission: “to honor the history of Mississippi Avenue as a major part of Portland’s Black community and to expand economic opportunity for Black people in baking.”