The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Kari L. Fletcher, Ph.D., LICSW

Assistant Professor

flet1660@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5807
Fax: (651) 962-5810

SCB 201

Office Location: SCB 310

Courses taught in Summer 2014 at UST
GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F MCH 116

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F MCH 114

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F MCH 114

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F MCH 114

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

Courses taught in Fall 2014 at UST
GRSW 603C-01
40187
Meth of Clinical Social Work I 1640-1905 M MNH 306

3 Credit Hours

This course is part one of a year-long sequence requiring students to keep the same instructor over the academic year. This course provides an overview of theories and intervention methods for social work practice. The course focuses on the clinical interview, both with regard to the philosophy and theoretical constructs of the approaches and to the application of those approaches in work with clients from various cultural, ethnic and class backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on differential aspects of assessment and diagnosis of clients of all ages, the formulation of a treatment plan, the therapeutic relationship and the process of treatment. This course is taken concurrently with GRSW 607.

GRSW 645-01
41184
Psychopathology & Hum Behavior 1920-2145 T SCB 325

3 Credit Hours

This course will explore the dynamics of psychopathology in human behavior. Through the identification of the biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual variables influencing behavior, students gain a theoretical foundation for understanding and assessing psychopathology. The impact of diversity, social justice and ageism on behavior and the experience of mental illness will be explored. Special emphasis in this course is on the complexity of psychopathology and the use and practical limitations of diagnostic systems, especially DSM-IV-TR.

GRSW 682-22
42450
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 325

4 Credit Hours

Candidates for the MSW degree must satisfactorily conduct a clinical research project, present the findings, and complete a final written and bound report. The purpose of the clinical research project is to provide the student with an opportunity to independently conceptualize a research problem, formulate a research design, implement the research, analyze the data, address ethical and cultural considerations, and disseminate the findings. The project is a logical extension of required research courses (GRSW 580 and GRSW 681) and requires application, integration, and further development of previously acquired skills and knowledge. The research must be relevant to clinical social work practice. The project must demonstrate an original and clear contribution to the body of social work knowledge in the student's selected area of focus. It should demonstrate the student's ability to integrate social work theory with research findings.

GRSW 682-22
42450
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 325

4 Credit Hours

Candidates for the MSW degree must satisfactorily conduct a clinical research project, present the findings, and complete a final written and bound report. The purpose of the clinical research project is to provide the student with an opportunity to independently conceptualize a research problem, formulate a research design, implement the research, analyze the data, address ethical and cultural considerations, and disseminate the findings. The project is a logical extension of required research courses (GRSW 580 and GRSW 681) and requires application, integration, and further development of previously acquired skills and knowledge. The research must be relevant to clinical social work practice. The project must demonstrate an original and clear contribution to the body of social work knowledge in the student's selected area of focus. It should demonstrate the student's ability to integrate social work theory with research findings.

GRSW 682-22
42450
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 325

4 Credit Hours

Candidates for the MSW degree must satisfactorily conduct a clinical research project, present the findings, and complete a final written and bound report. The purpose of the clinical research project is to provide the student with an opportunity to independently conceptualize a research problem, formulate a research design, implement the research, analyze the data, address ethical and cultural considerations, and disseminate the findings. The project is a logical extension of required research courses (GRSW 580 and GRSW 681) and requires application, integration, and further development of previously acquired skills and knowledge. The research must be relevant to clinical social work practice. The project must demonstrate an original and clear contribution to the body of social work knowledge in the student's selected area of focus. It should demonstrate the student's ability to integrate social work theory with research findings.

GRSW 682-22
42450
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 325

4 Credit Hours

Candidates for the MSW degree must satisfactorily conduct a clinical research project, present the findings, and complete a final written and bound report. The purpose of the clinical research project is to provide the student with an opportunity to independently conceptualize a research problem, formulate a research design, implement the research, analyze the data, address ethical and cultural considerations, and disseminate the findings. The project is a logical extension of required research courses (GRSW 580 and GRSW 681) and requires application, integration, and further development of previously acquired skills and knowledge. The research must be relevant to clinical social work practice. The project must demonstrate an original and clear contribution to the body of social work knowledge in the student's selected area of focus. It should demonstrate the student's ability to integrate social work theory with research findings.

Office Hours:   Tuesdays 2:30 - 4:30 pm. or by appointment

Committees and Positions:

  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Board Member, Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (MPSI) 
  • Coordinator, Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP)
  • Co-President, Minnesota Council on Social Work Education (MCSWE) Board
  • Member, MSW Admissions Committee 
  • Member, Graduate Clinical Practice Curriculum Committee
  • Member, MSW Field Content Committee
  • Member, MSW HBSE Curriculum Committee
  • Advisor, MSW Students

Courses Taught:

  • Current (2013-2014):
    • GRSW 603:  Methods of Clinical Social Work I
    • GRSW 604:  Methods of Clinical Social Work II
    • GRSW 621:  Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy for Social Work Practice
    • GRSW 645:  Psychopathology and Human Behavior
    • GRSW 682:  Applied Research Seminar
    • GRSW 690:  Clinical Practice in Military Social Work
  • Previous Teaching Experience:
    • Adjunct Instructor, University of New England, Portland, ME

Academic Experience:

  • B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College
  • M.S.W., Widener University
  • Ph.D., Smith College School for Social Work  

Current Research Interests:

  • Current projects: 
    • Assessment of needs among military-impacted youth
    • Development of military social work community-and military-based partnerships 
    • Military cultural competency
    • Military social work curriculum development
    • Skype peer-based consultation
  • Research interests:
    • Treatment intervention and support for military service members, veterans, and their family members.
    • Service provision for at-risk veterans.
    • Integration of  competencies into social work curriculum. 

Practice Experience:

  • 2010-2011 Health Sciences Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Minneapolis, MN 
    • Specialization in trauma based therapy using narrative therapy principles (also see current research interests).
    •  Volunteer study therapist on research project Moving Narrative Ideas into Practice: Preliminary Study of a Trauma Manual
  • 2000-2010 Clinical Social Worker, Department of Veterans Affairs, Minneapolis, MN
    • Specialization in MI/CD work; individual, group, and couples therapy; Psychodynamic, CBT, Narrative-based psychotherapy.
  • 2009  Research Project Assistant with Smith College for Sesame Workshop Military Families Coming Home Study remote with Smith College, Northampton, MA.
  • 2008-2009  Field Instruction at the VA for School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, MN.
  • 2008-2009  Doctoral Research Internship with Readiness and Resiliency in National Guard Soldiers (RINGS) Project, Department of Veterans Affairs, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2007-2008; 2008-2009  Doctoral Fellow Clinical Internship,  Department of Veterans Affairs, Minneapolis, MN at the VA in collaboration with PhD Program at Smith College School for Social Work.
  • 1999-2000  Sexual Assault Counselor, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Minneapolis, MN
    •  Specialization in domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, prevention, and outreach.

Presentations:

  • Comer, S. D., Dunlap, A. L., & Fletcher, K. L. (2013, March).  Getting Connected:  The Virtual Holding Environment. Paper presentation at the American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work 2013 conference, Under One Tent: Psychoanalytic Insights, Identities, and Inclusions, in Durham, North Carolina. 
  • Fletcher, K. L. (2013, October).  Military social work advanced practice guidelines within graduate education:  Progress since 2010?  Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society for Council on Social work Education, Dallas, TX.
  • Fletcher, K. L. (2011, October).  Social Work Support to Military Families:  An Educator Perspective.  Paper presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society for Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
  • Fletcher, K. L.  (2009, January).  Understanding Children’s Responses toward Parental Wartime Deployment from an Attachment Perspective.  Paper presented at the VA Medical Center Mental Health Hospital Grand Rounds, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Rooney, R. H., Chovanec, M., Izaksonas, E., & Fletcher, K. L. (2013, October).  Writing While Teaching and Performing Service.  Think tank presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society for Counsel on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.

Publications:

  • Fletcher, K. L. (2013).  Helping children with the psychosocial effects of a parent's deployment:  Integrating today's needs with lessons learned from the Vietnam War.  Smith College Studies in Social Work, 83(1), 78-96.
  • Fletcher, K. L. (2012).  Perspectives on needs of school children within National Guard families from military-affiliated providers and civilian educators:  Implications for school social work.  Ph.D. Dissertation.  Smith College, Northampton, MA.
  • Fletcher, K. L. (2011).  My story:  Blogs by four military teens, by Sherman, M. D., & Sherman, D. M.  Edina, MN:  Beaver’s Pond Press.  (Book Review).   Smith College Studies in Social Work, 81(1), 123-125.
  • Fletcher, K. L., Comer, S. D., & Dunlap, A.  (Article accepted for publication, 2013).  Getting connected:  The Virtual Holding Environment, Psychoanalytic Social Work.

Peer Reviewer/Editorial Experience:

  • Reviewer, Clinical Social Work Journal.  2009 - present.

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW, Minnesota)
  • Member:  American Association for Psychoanalysis in Social Work (AAPCSW)
  • Member:  Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Member:  Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (MICP & P)
  • Member:  Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (MPSI) 
  • Member:  Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work (MSCSW)
  • Member:  National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 
  • Member:  Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (SPS)