This course focuses on current social welfare policy, policy analysis and advocacy, connections between policy and practice, and social welfare program development. The content and effects of current social welfare policy are examined in the course, and policy analysis and the skills for policy advocacy are emphasized. The course carefully considers the connections between policy and clinical practice. A major focus of the course includes learning the stages of program development, which culminates in a group program proposal and presentation. Emphasized in the course are the frameworks of social justice, diversity and cultural contexts, and the application of research skills to all parts of policy and program practice.
The topics course will vary each semester and provide an in-depth study of particular issues, concerns and trends in social work. Topics have included: Mental Illness, Clinical Issues and Practice, Interprofessional Leadership Seminar and Clinical Practice for the Treatment of Trauma.
This course identifies and examines central concepts, theories and models of clinical supervision and program management. Strategies and techniques for establishing, improving, and maintaining the supervisory relationships as a mechanism for maximizing service to clients are considered. Special attention is given to organization dynamics and structure, to delineating the management function, and to issues of power and authority. Emphasis is on the dynamics of supervision, ethical and value principles, professional boundaries and supervision as a leadership function.
Committees and Positions:
Social Policy and Program Development;
Supervision and Program Management
Health Care Policy, including end of life care; Organizational Development;
Cross-Cultural Care, Supervision and Licensing.
3 years Clinical Faculty and 16 years as adjunct at St. Thomas/St. Kate School of Social Work;
10 years as instructor at University of Minnesota School of Medicine.
United Hospital: Family Therapist, Rehab Social Worker, Director of Social Work;
Park Nicollet Clinic – Creekside: Behavioral Science Faculty, Medical Social Worker, Psychotherapist.
Johnson, Amy & Baboila, George. (1996). Integrating Culture and Healing: Meeting the Health Care Needs of a Multicultural Community. Minnesota Medicine ,79, 41-45.
Wagner M, Fischer V, Baboila G, Leino M, and Sykora T. (2005). Abstract #4: Incorporating End-of-Life Care into a Family Medicine Residency. In Weissman, David et al., National Residency End-of-Life Education Project: Project Abstracts and Progress Reports. Journal of Palliative Medicine vol 8 #3.
Park Nicollet Performance Development & Grand Rounds 2001-2007 “Providing Culturally Competent Care”
Association Memberships & Affiliations:
President, National Association of Social Workers – MN chapter;
Board Member, MN Coalition of Licensed Social Workers;