The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Felicia W. Sy

Assistant Professor
Phone: 651-962-5813
Fax: 651-962-5819

2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: SCB 316

Courses taught in Fall 2014 at UST
GRSW 682-14
Applied Research Seminar 1920-2145 R MCH 231

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.

SOWK 355-02
Comm/Interviewing Skills 1020-1200 M W SCB 205

4 Credit Hours

This course is the first of a four-course practice sequence. The primary focus is on communication theory and skills as applied to social work with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, beginning assessment skills and diversity issues. An integrative approach to generalist social work practice provides the context for intervention on individual, environmental and societal levels. SOWK 355/3550 is taken with SOWK 375/3750 (or 378/3780) in the fall by day students and with SOWK 3760 (or 3780) in the winter by Weekend College students. Prerequisites or concurrent registration with: SOWK 281/2810 and SOWK 340/3400 or by consent of the program director. SOWK 355 is the same course as SOWK 3550C at St. Catherine University.

Office Hours:

Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Thursday 11:30 - 1:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Committees and Positions:

  • Spirituality Institute Committee Member

Courses Taught:  

  • Communication and Interviewing
  • Generalist Practice I: Small Client Systems
  • Jr. Field Practicum
  • Applied Research Seminar

Academic Experience:

  •  University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Doctor of the Philosophy of Social Work, August 2010
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities School of Social Work, Masters of Social Work, January 1998  
  • College of St. Benedict, Bachelor of Arts, major:  Sociology with concentration in Family Studies, second major Theater, January 1998
  • Nine years of instructional experience in the Department of Social Work at the College of St. Benedict

Current Research Interests:

  • Alternative and complementary therapy in social work practice
  • Intercultural competence in mental health

Practice Experience:

  • African American Family Services, Supervison
  • Emergency Psychiatric Services, Boulder, Colorado
  • Family Alternatives, Treatment Foster Care
  • Ramsey County Child Protection

Publications and Presentations: 

·      Jenson, J. M., Dieterich, W. A., Rinner, J.R., Washington, F., & Burgoyne, K.E. (2006). Implementation and design issues in group-randomized prevention trials: Lessons from the Youth Matters public schools study. Children & Schools, 28(4), 207-217.

·      University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN 2006, Guest Lecturer. Topics: Contemporary Race Relations in the U.S., Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, Interethnic Adoption Provisions 1996, Multiculturalism in Social Work Practice.

·      College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN April 2001, Toe the White Line:  Blacks at Predominately White Institutions of Higher Learning, Challenges and Protocols for Promoting Success

·      College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, February 2002, Seeing You Seeing Me An educational workshop that uses drama as a tool for examining the complex roles and relationships unique to college campuses and the sometimes invisible arm of racism that effects our interactions together.  “Seeing You Seeing Me” provides a platform for discussion and examination of this controversial topic and concrete suggestions for making transformation visible in our lives, classrooms, and campus community.

·      National Foster Parent Association, May 2000, Family Alternative’s Kids Capacity Initiative: The Strengths Perspective in Treatment Foster Care

·      Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education, October 1999, Innovative Approaches to Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Learning Through Dramatic Interpretation

Consultation Experience:

·      Dr. Sy combines mindfulness based social work practice and intercultural theory in her work training direct practitioners to work with diverse populations at private agencies throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitain area.

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • NASW

Other Activities:

  • Dr. Sy is a licensed independent social worker and currently maintains a small private practice in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.