The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Mary Ann Brenden, MSW

Mary Ann Brenden, MSW

Mary Ann Brenden

Associate Professor

mabrenden@stkate.edu
Phone: (651) 690-6928
Fax: 651-690-8821

F-15
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: 301 Fontbonne Hall - SCU

Courses taught in Spring 2014 at UST
SOWK 402-02
21178
Gen Pract II: Large Client Sys 1335-1635 W SCB 324

4 Credit Hours

This course is a continuation of SOWK 401/4010 and the final of four courses in the practice sequence of the social work curriculum. The focus is on prevention/intervention methods based on generalist social-work knowledge that can be applied to client systems of all sizes. A special emphasis is placed on effecting planned change in groups, organizations, communities, and national and global society toward the pursuit of social justice. A combination of lecture, discussion, experiential learning, and small-group activities provide student with knowledge and skills for client advocacy and social change. SOWK 402/4020 is taken with 406/4060 in the spring semester. Prerequisites: SOWK 401/4010. SOWK 402 is the same course as SOWK 4020C at St. Catherine University. -- --

Courses taught in Summer 2014 at UST
GRSW 500-01
30285
History /Phil of Social Work 1600-1900 M W SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

Courses taught in Fall 2014 at UST
GRSW 500-02
40178
History/Phil of Social Work 1640-1905 T SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

GRSW 500C-03
40180
History/Phil of Social Work 1335-1600 W TBD

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

Committees and Positions:

  • NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, board member
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Peace and Justice Committee
  • Legislative Advocacy Partners, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity, Steering Committee (St. Catherine University)
  • Music Thanatology Certificate Steering Committee (St. Catherine University)
  • BSW Program Committee
  • School of Social Work, Promotion and Tenure Committee

Courses Taught:

  • Undergraduate 
    • Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 281)
    • Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SOWK 340)
    • BSW Junior and Senior Fieldwork (SOWK 375/376/378; SOWK 405/406)
    • Social Policy for Social Change (SOWK 391)
    • Generalist Practice for Social Work Action (GRSW 402)
    • The Social Roots of Personal Stories: Exploring Diversity through Literature (INDI 300)
    • The Reflective Woman (CORE 100)
  • Graduate
    • History and Philosophy of Social Work (GRSW 500)
    • Social Policy and Planning (GRSW 691)


Research Interests:

  • Social justice
  • Social policy
  • Human rights
  • Social work/social welfare history
  • Micro/macro/integrative social work practice
  • Catholic identity particularly related to St. Catherine University and the Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Women's issues
  • Leadership
  • Human diversity in literature

Academic Experience:

  • B.A., Cornell University
  • M.S.W., University of Minnesota-Duluth

Practice Experience:

  • Developmental disabilities (program design, evaluation, and regional administration)
  • Foster care social work
  • Child welfare social work
  • School social work
  • Private practice

Publications:

  • M.A. Brenden (2009). “With New Eyes: Rediscovering Mother Antonia McHugh through the Lens of Our Lady of Victory Chapel.” Colleagues: Community Development Newsletter of the College of St. Catherine, Volume 18 (Number 5), 3-4.
  • M.A. Brenden, Tone Blechert and Debra Miner (2009). “Educating Students to Lead and Influence toward a World Made New.” Colleagues: Community Development Newsletter of the College of St. Catherine, Volume 18 (Number 5), 1-2.
  • Brenden, M.A. (2008). Teaching to Catholic Mission in Professional Education: A Comprehensive Model for Integration of Catholic Social Teaching. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 27:1, 2008, 13-31.
  • Brenden, M.A. (2008). Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching.  In M.A. Poe, Instructor’s Resources for Christianity and Social Work (pp. 44-49). Botsford Connecticut, North American Association of Christians in Social Work.
  • Brenden, M.A. (2008). “Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching,” in Christianity and Social Work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice (Third Edition).  Beryl Hugen and T. Laine Scales, editors, North American Association of Christians in Social Worker, Botsford, CT, 139-160.
  • Brenden, M.A. with Barbara Shank (2008). "Social Work for Social Justice: Extending Our Professional Commitment to Justice", Baccalaureate Program Directors, Update Online, Spring 2008.
  • Brenden, M.A. (2007).  “Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work
    Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching,” Social Work and Christianity: An International Journal: Vol. 34, No. 4 (Winter, 2007), 471-497.
  • Brenden, M.A. co-editor with Stephanie Spandl SSND, M.S.W., M.A.T. (2007). “Social Work for Social Justice: A Resource Guide,” School of Social Work of the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Brenden, M.A. (2006) “Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching,” Proceedings of  Summer Seminar in Christian Scholarship: A Conference for Integrating Christian Faith and Social Work Practice, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, July, 2006.
  • Brenden, M.A. (2000). “Revisiting the Collaborative Vision: A Summary of Bloomington’s Familink Family Service Collaborative,” Bloomington, Minnesota: Department of Human Services.
  • Brenden, M.A. (1995). "Girls:  Voices for Equity, Voices for Change,” Achieving Gender Equity in the Classroom and on the Campus-- The Next Steps, Proceedings of the 1995 American Association of University Women Annual Symposium. 
  • Brenden, M.A. with Janice Andrews (1993). "Leading From the Left:  Three prominent Female Social Workers of the Second Generation," Arete 18, Summer, 1993, 1, 20-33.
  • Brenden, M.A. with Marianne Alexander (1993).  "Preparing to Lead:  PLEN's Collaborative Model of Leadership Education for Women", Vision, Voice, Victory:  Gender Issues in the Classroom and on the Campus-Focus on the 21st Century, Proceedings of the 1993 Biennial Conference of the American Association of University of Women, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 18, 1993, 1-7.
  • "Mary Van Kleeck: Social Worker and Leader", From Vision to Action: Social Workers of the Second Generation, edited by Janice Andrews, University of St. Thomas and College of St. Catherine, October, 1992, 75-88.
  • "Pioneering New Support Systems for Non-Traditional Baccalaureate Women:  Interactional Advising and Peer Mentoring", National Academic Advising Association Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, (Winter, 1986), pp. 48-64.
  • "Patterns of Persistence and Non-Persistence of Non-Traditionally-Aged Undergraduate Women", Proceedings of the Adult Education Research Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, March, 1985, 43-48.
  • "Retention of Undergraduate Women of Non-Traditional Age:  Patterns, Strategies, and Services", Journal of the National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Spring, 1985), pp. 22-27.
  • "Design and Implementation of a Baccalaureate Social Work Program in a Weekend Time Frame", with Barbara Shank, Selected Papers from the Third Annual Conference on Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, July, 1985, 39-44.
  • "Persistence of Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students:  Factors and Strategies", Selected Papers from the Third Annual Conference on Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, July, 1985, 295-300.
  • "Pioneering New Support Systems for Non-Traditional Baccalaureate Women:  Interactional Advising and Peer Mentoring", Proceedings of Women in Higher Education:  Traditions, Transitions, and (a few) Revolutions, St. Louis University, January, 1985, 489-495.
  • "Blending Liberal Arts and Professional Education for the Non-Traditional Student:  A Program Model" with Barbara Shank in Selected Papers from the Second Annual Conference on Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, June, 1984.
  • "Educating Rural Social Workers:  A Program Model" with Barbara Shank,  Ninth Annual International Institute for Social Work in Rural Areas, University of Maine, Orono, July, 1984.
  • "The Role of Women in Social Development" with Nancy Hooyman.  Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Newsletter, January, 1976.
  • "New Roles for Women in Social Work:  Skills for Change" with Nancy Hooyman and Judith Kaplan.  Social Work Continuing Education Yearbook, Summer, 1976.
  • "The Importance of the Role of Women in Social Development" with Nancy Hooyman.  International Social Work, Vol. 19, No. 1 (1976), 18-22.

Presentations:

  • Brenden, M.A. “Our Lady of Victory Chapel: History & Architecture.” Five Presentations to the tailored to the following audiences: St. Catherine University Alumnae Association, June 19, 2009; St. Catherine University Major Donors, September 23, 2009; Introduction to Art History students  (ARTH 1110), November 4, 2009; St. Catherine University Parents and Family Program, November 11, 2009; Sisters of St. Joseph Consocium, Christmas Vespers Program, December 14, 2009.
  • Brenden, M.A. and B.W. Shank. “Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Social Justice Competency” with Dean Barbara Shank, North Amer. Assoc. of Christians in Social Work Annual Convention, Indianapolis, October 29, 2009. 
    o Brenden, M.A. and Rebecca Hawthorne. “Cultivating a Culture of Leadership throughout the University”, The National Leadership Forum, Chicago, August 6, 2009. (Peer reviewed)
  • Brenden, M.A. “The Legacy and Leadership of Mother St. John Fontbonne”, CSJ St. Joseph Worker Program, August 3, 2009.
  • Brenden, M.A. and B.W. Shank. “Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Social Justice Principles.” Paper presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, October 31, 2008, Philadelphia, PA. (Peer reviewed)
  • Brenden, M.A., A. Miller and  S. Clark. “Living Your Values in Your Daily Work.” Presentation at Catholic Elder Care, Minneapolis, MN, May 14, 2009. (Invitational presentation)
  • Brenden, M.A., Catherine Steffens CSJ and Linda Taylor CSJ. “A Tribute to Mother St. John Fontbonne.” Presentation/art dedication for the School of Social Work Faculty and College of St. Catherine Community, April 16, 2009 and Bethany Convent, May 11, 2009.
  • Brenden, M.A. “Social Work: A Fiat for Justice.” Beta Epsilon Initiation, School of Social Work, College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas,  March 1, 2009,  St. Paul, MN. (Invitational presentation)
  • Brenden, M.A. “Integrating Catholic Social Teaching into the Curriculum: Why and How.” Round table discussion facilitator for the Higher Education Wrap Around, Association of Catholic College and University, February 23, 2009, Washington, DC.
  • Brenden, M.A. “With New Eyes: Appreciating Mother Antonia McHugh’s Vision through the Lens of Our Lady of Victory Chapel and the Cathedral of St. Trophime.” Presentations with the following audiences at the College of St. Catherine: Alumnae Reunion, June 19, 2009; Development, External Relations and Communications Staff, September, 29, 2008; Bethany Convent, September 26, 2008; College of St. Catherine Admissions Office Staff and Student Ambassadors; Sisters in Faith Residence Community, December 3, 2008.
  • Brenden, M.A. and C. Scanlon.  “Educating Professionals to Live the Commitment to Advocacy: An Integrative Model.” Presentation at the College of St. Catherine Health Care Summit, October 27, 2008, St. Paul, MN. (Invitational presentation)
  • "Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching." Workshop presentation (with Barbara Shank), North American Association of Christians in Social Work, 58th  Annual Convention and Training Conference, February 8, 2008, Orlando, Florida. (Peer reviewed)
  • "Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching." Workshop presentation (with Barbara Shank who did the presentation), Baccalaureate Program Directors, 25th Annual Conference, March 6, 2008, Destin, Florida. (Peer reviewed)
  • "Social Work for Social Justice: Extending Our Professional Commitment to Justice." Workshop presentation (with Barbara Shank who did the presentation), Minnesota Social Service Association, 113th Annual Training Conference & Expo, March 27, 2008, Minneapolis, MN. (Peer reviewed)
  • “A Comprehensive Model of Teaching to Mission: Social Work for Social Justice,” with Amata Miller IHM, PhD, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri, August 13, 2007 and January 24, 2007. (Invitational Presentation)
  • "Social Work for Social Justice."  Poster presentation (with Barbara Shank and BSW students Amanda Henry, Kathleen McCahey, Natalie Oglesby and Brook VonBank) at the Minnesota Council on Social Work Education, Annual Fall Conference,  October 5, 2007, Farmington, MN.
  • (Invitational presentation)
  • “Social Work for Social Justice: A Comprehensive Model of Teaching to Mission,” with Barbara W. Shank PhD., Social Work for Social Justice: A National Conference, School of Social Work, College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 5, 2007. (Invitational Presentation)
  • “Social Work for Social Justice: A Comprehensive Model of Teaching to Justice,” with Barbara W. Shank, PhD., National Association of Social Workers Minnesota State Annual Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, June, 7, 2007.
  • “Teaching to Mission…Teaching Social Justice: Transforming Professional Education through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching,” with Barbara W. Shank, PhD., University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees, St. Paul, Minnesota, February 22, 2007.
  • “Making the Catholic Mission Explicit in the Curriculum,” with Andrea J. Lee, IHM, PhD and Amata Miller IHM, PhD, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., February, 2007.
  • “Making the Catholic Mission Explicit: The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity,” with Amata Miller IHM, PhD, College of St. Catherine Board of Trustees, St. Paul, Minnesota, February 26, 2007.
  • “Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Social Justice Principles,” poster session with Barbara Shank, PhD., North American Association of Christians in Social Work: Annual Convention and Training Conference, Dallas, TX, March 9, 2007.
  • “Connecting our Souls to our Work: How does Institutional Mission Inform Social Work Education?” North American Association of Christians in Social Work: Annual Convention and Training Conference, Dallas, TX, March 9, 2007.
  • “Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching,” Returning to our Roots: Social Work, Faith-Based and Community Services, and Beyond, North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Philadelphia, PA, October 27, 2006.
  • “Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching,” Summer Seminar in Christian Scholarship: A Conference for Integrating Christian Faith and Social Work Practice, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, July, 2006.
  • “Achieving Collaboration within and between Communities: The South Hennepin Family Service Collaborative,” presentation to joint school board meeting of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and Eden Prairie, March, 2000.
  • “3 x 3 Dailies for Effective, Ethical and Enduring Social Work,” Phi Alpha Chapter Initiation of Beta Epsilon Social Work Honor Society, April, 2006
  • “Revisiting the Collaborative Vision: The Bloomington Family Service Collaborative,” presentation to joint city council meeting of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and Eden Prairie, January, 2000.
  • "Girls:  Voices for Equity, Voices for Change,” Achieving Gender Equity in the Classroom and on the Campus-- The Next Steps, American Association of University Women Annual Symposium, Orlando, Florida, June, 1995.
  • "Mothers Empowering Girls and Changing Society,"  A Symposium for Young Women, Their Parents and Mentors, Smith College Alumnae Association, St. Paul, Minnesota,  April 29, 1995. 
  • "Graduate Education and Leadership Development at the College of St. Catherine," address presented at the College of St. Catherine Opening Faculty Meeting, September, 1993.
  • "Preparing to Lead:  PLEN's Collaborative Model of Leadership Education for Women" with Marianne Alexander, 1993 Biennial Conference American Association of University of Women, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 18, 1993.
  • "Common Views of Leadership:  Women in Russia and the United States," Minnesota-Russia Women's Leadership Program, Moscow and Novosibirsk, Russia, May, 1993.
  • "New Leadership Models for Women in Organizations," Renewing Our Leadership:  A Personal Development Retreat sponsored by the College of St. Catherine Institute for Leadership and Continuing Education, Riverwood Conference Center, April 2, 1993.
  • "Teaching Social Welfare History:  Innovative Approaches," panel presentation, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, New York, New York, February 23, 1993.
  • "Women's Leadership:  A Russian Experience,"  Women & Leadership: International Perspectives, Institute for Leadership and Continuing Education, College of St. Catherine, March 12, 1992.
  • "Profiles of Leadership:  Students and Alumnae of Women's Colleges," Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN, Annual Meeting, Washington DC., March 6, 1992.
  • "Three Progressive Female Social Workers of the Second Generation" with Janice Andrews, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Kansas City, March 1, 1992.
  • "The Leadership Challenge Across Cultures" (January 15, 1992) and "Prevalent Approaches to Leadership of Women in Russia and American Cultures" (January 20, 1992), The Minnesota-Russia Women's Leadership Program, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • "Women's Leadership: A Russian Experience," College of St. Catherine Alumnae Association Leadership Conference, College of St. Catherine, September 27, 1991.
  • "Current Leadership Programs and Initiatives at the College of St. Catherine," Public Leadership Education Network, Washington, D.C., February, 1991.
  • "US-USSR Women's Leadership:  Program, Purpose and Prospects," US-USSR Women's Leadership Program, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, January, 1991.
  • "The Tradition Continues..and Grows:  Leadership at St. Catherine's," College of St. Catherine Alumnae Leadership Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, October, 1990.
  • "Educating for Ethical Leadership," Preparing Educational Leaders, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, February, 1990.
  • "Baccalaureate Education for Women:  A Leadership Development Model," Public Leadership Education Network, Washington, D.C., February, 1990.
  • "Educating Women for Leadership" at Second Annual International Conference for Women in Higher Education,  sponsored by The University of Texas at El Paso, San Diego, California, January, 1989.
  • "Leadership Development at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels" at National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June, 1988.
  • "World Peace and Justice:  A Women's Issue" with Dorothy Van Soest at Women in the World, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, April, 1986.
  • "Maximizing Learning Through Feedback:  The Parallel Process of Field Instructor as Educator and Model" with Dorothy Van Soest and Serene Thornton at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Miami, Florida, March, 1986.
  • "Strengthening the Linkage Between Policy and Practice:  Reaffirming Our Commitment to Social Justice" at National Association of Social Workers Annual Professional Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, November, 1985.
  • "The Catch in Praise:  Criticism Fatal or Favorable" with Serene Thornton at Third Annual Conference on the Art of Field Instruction, University of Minnesota, October, 1985 (workshop presentation).
  • "The Fine Art of Field Instruction:  Giving and Receiving Feedback" with Serene Thornton, at Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education, Winona, Minnesota, October, 1985 (workshop presentation).
  • "Design and Implementation of a Baccalaureate Social Work Program in a Weekend Time Frame" with Barbara Shank at Third Annual Conference on Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, July, 1985.
  • "Persistence of Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students:  Factors and Strategies" at Third Annual Conference on Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, July, 1985.
  • "Patterns of Persistence and Non-Persistence of Non-Traditionally-Aged Undergraduate Women" at the Adult Education Research Conference, Arizona State University at Tempe, March, 1985.
  • "Sustaining Enrollment through Improved Retention:  Strategies and Services" at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C., February, 1985.
  • "Interactional Advising and Peer Mentoring:  Expanding Support Services for Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students" at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C., February, 1985.
  • "Pioneering New Support Systems for Non-Traditional Baccalaureate Women:  Interactional Advising and Peer Mentoring" Women in Higher Education:  Traditions, Transitions, and (a few) Revolutions, St. Louis University, Orlando, Florida, January, 1985.
  • "Patterns of Persistence and Non-Persistence of Non-Traditionally-Aged Undergraduate Women" at Women in Higher Education:  Traditions, Transitions, and (a few) Revolutions, St. Louis University, Orlando, Florida, January, 1985.
  • "Educating Rural Social Workers:  A Program Model" with Barbara Shank, at Second International Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas, University of Maine, July, 1984.
  • "Blending Liberal Arts and Professional Education for the Non-Traditional Student:  A Program Model" with Barbara Shank at Second Annual National Conference on Non-Traditional/Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University, Washington, DC, June, 1984.
  • "Women Changing Places:  A Renewal of Activism" at Women's Place: A Research Conference, University of South Dakota, April, 1984.
  • "Quality Social Work Education for Part-Time Students:  A Comparative Analysis" with Barbara Shank at National Symposium on Part-Time Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Detroit, March, 1984.
  • "Defining Present Roles Through the Legacy of the Past" at Regional Women's Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, Minneapolis, May, 1982.
  • "Making the Connection:  Social Action in the Classroom" at Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, March 8, 1982, New York City.

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, Consociate
  • North American Association of Christians in Social Work
  • Council on Social Work Education