The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work



David McGraw-Schuchman

Instructor of Social Work
Phone: 612-803-4699

2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: SCB 201

Courses taught in Spring 2014 at UST
GRSW 628-01
Clinical Practice w/ Immigrant 1640-1905 T SCB 206

3 Credit Hours

This course provides an in-depth study of issues related to clinical social work practice with immigrants and refugees. It is set in the macro context of understanding global trends in immigration, immigration to the U.S. and related public policy responses in terms of their influence on the lives of persons coming to this country and on the service delivery systems intended to serve them. Specific clinical skills and strategies for engaging immigrant and refugee clients in various practice settings are emphasized, along with research findings on service utilization of immigrants and refugees. The role of acculturation processes, issues and problems will be addressed in relation to common social service workers' cultural and ethnic heritage may affect their clinical practice and work with social work colleagues who themselves have immigrant or refugee backgrounds will be addressed.

Courses Taught:
Clinical Practice with Immigrants and Refugees

Academic Experience:
UST School of Social Work: 2008 – present
U of MN Graduate School of Social Work: Taught “Supervision and Consultation” 1989
St. Cloud St. University, School of Social Work: Taught “Introduction to Social Welfare” 1984

Practice Experience:
David Schuchman, MSW, LICSW, has been in the mental health field for over 33 years, 29 of which have been as a supervisor and manager. He was a mental health supervisor at Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in Minneapolis for 15 years. His primary role there was directing the provision of mental health services to Southeast Asians, Latinos and Somalis. For the last nine years there he developed, managed and supervised CUHCC’s Somali Mental Health Program. He is currently Director of Immigrant and Refugee Behavioral Health at Volunteers of America-Minnesota Mental Health Clinics. He teaches “Clinical Practice with Immigrants and Refugees” at the University of St. Thomas graduate school of social work. He has given numerous presentations on refugee and immigrant mental health with an emphasis on Somali mental health and is called on to consult about refugee and immigrant mental health. He has also presented on cross cultural health, communication and supervision. David has been on the Board of Directors of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota for eight years.

David has been a clinical supervisor since 1982. He has supervised a diverse group of clinicians, including Southeast Asian, Somali, African American, Native American, Caucasian and Gay/Lesbian. In addition he has supervised social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses and mental health practitioners. Since 1992 he has primarily supervised immigrant and refugee mental health/social services practitioners.
• McGraw Schuchman, D. and McDonald, C. (2004). Somali Mental Health. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies. 4, 65-77.
• Starkey, M., Lee, H. K., Tu, C. C., Netland, J., Goh, M., McGraw Schuchman, D., & Yusuf, A. (2008). Only Allah can heal: A cultural formulation of the psychological, religious, and cultural experiences of a Somali man. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 33, 145-153.
• Egal Shidad (Somali mental health education video)
• Various radio and newspaper interviews on the subject of Somali mental health

Consultation Experience:
See “Practice Experience” above.

Association Memberships & Affiliations:
American Orthopsychiatric Association, 1976 - present