inSocialWork is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice, practice to research. inSocialWork features conversations with prominent social work professionals, interviews with cutting-edge researchers, and information on emerging trends and best practices in the field of social work.
Episode 293 - "Making Whiteness Strange": Exploring Anti-Racist Social Work Education: Dr. Donna Jeffrey
Join us as we speak with Dr. Donna Jeffery about the challenges encountered as Social Work education attempts to develop anti-racist methods and practices of teaching. Dr. Jeffrey describes the tension between "being" and "doing" and the obstacle this tension poses for Social Work students and educators. What are Social Workers to do? What is the most practical application of anti-racist content encountered in Social Work education, especially given that content is frequently experienced as overly theoretical and disconnected from the demands of practice? Dr. Jeffrey offers her insights on navigating the path forward through this apparent double-bind.
Episode 292 - Public Perceptions of Marijuana Use, Legalization, and Community Health Risks: Stella Resko, PhD., Jennifer Ellis
In this episode, our guests Dr. Stella Resko and Jennifer Ellis discuss differences in federal and state policy pertaining to marijuana use, the topic of legalization, and positive and negative attitudes towards marijuana use. They consider public health risks and safety concerns associated with marijuana use, including implications pertaining to perceived cannabis potency, health care utilization, driving ability, and employee safety. Future research and interventions needed in this area are described.
Episode 291 - Talking (or Not) about Sexual Violence within Mainstream Media: Millan AbiNader, PhD
In this episode, our guest Dr. Millan AbiNader discusses her research examining how mainstream media conversations pertaining to sexual violence have changed between 1991 and 2018, including shifts in language regarding how the accused and accuser have been characterized. Details and implications pertaining to findings from her qualitative thematic analysis are described, and suggestions for heightening attention to how sexual violence is conceptualized within the media are considered. Resources pertaining to sexual violence are provided.
Episode 290 - The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Subjective Well-Being: Examining the Role of Economic and Non-Economic Factors: Katrina Cherney, PhD
In this episode, Katrina Cherney discusses her research examining the relationship between student loan debt and subjective well-being over time, and how student loan debt is stratified across the socioeconomic spectrum and compounds inequalities and disparities. She summarizes the history of student loans and their role in financing education, describes the concept of the ‘dual quality of debt’, and considers the implications of the growing student loan debt crisis for social work practice, specifically, and for practice and policy.
Episode 289 - PC-Care: In-Home PCIT Intervention for Children: Lindsay Armendariz, M.S. & Brandi Hawk, Ph.D.
In this episode, Lindsay Armendariz and Brandi Hawk discuss Parent-Child Care (PC-Care), a brief intervention designed to respond to the needs of parents, foster parents and children in the child welfare system. They will tell you how they assessed the climate and needs of the foster care system in Sacramento County, CA, conducted research and responded with an adapted intervention - PC-Care. Implications for placement stability and other outcomes are described.
Episode 288 - Mapping the Federal Legislative Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Elizabeth Bowen, PhD, & Andrew Irish, MSW
In this episode, Dr. Elizabeth Bowen and Andrew Irish discuss the results of their research on mapping opioid-related public policy, published in their 2019 article "A policy mapping analysis of goals, target populations, and punitive notions in the U.S. congressional response to the opioid epidemic" in the International Journal of Drug Policy. They consider why is it important for social work practitioners and policy makers to understand issues associated with opioid-related policy, and the implications of their research for future policy initiatives that are intended to address the opioid epidemic.
Absolutely love being able to learn and stay current in a timely fashion! I listen on my way to/from work!
Good for staying current in the wide field of Social Work for those of us who have been out of school for a while. Interesting interviews on diverse topics.