The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Sarah M. Ferguson

Sarah M. Ferguson

Sarah M. Ferguson, MA, MSW, Ph.D.

BSW Program Director, Associate Professor of Social Work

smferguson@stkate.edu
Phone: (651) 690-6296

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

Office Location: 303 Fontbonne Hall - SCU

Courses taught in Spring 2014 at UST
GRSW 682-04
20180
Applied Research Seminar 1920-2145 R SCB 325

0 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.

Courses taught in Fall 2014 at UST
GRSW 682-04
40197
Applied Research Seminar 1920-2145 R 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: SCU - Fridays from 1:00 - 3:00, UST - Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:30

Committees and Positions:

  • BSW Program Director
  • BSW Program Committee
  • Institutional Review Board, St. Catherine University
  • Supervision Institute, School of Social Work at the St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas

Courses Taught:

  • SOWK 380 Group Work Skills
  • GRSW 500 History and Philosophy of Social Work
  • GRSW 505 & 506 Field Practicum and Seminar I & II
  • 625 Social Policy and Planning
  • GRSW 650 Clinical Services Supervision and Program Management
  • GRSW 681 Social Work Practice Research
  • GRSW 682 Applied Research Seminar and Clinical Research Paper

Academic Experience:

  • BA, Drake University
  • MA, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
  • MSW, University of Minnesota
  • PhD, University of Minnesota

Current Research Interests:

  • Supervision (clinical and administrative)
  • Administration
  • Supervision in Child Welfare
  • Social policy
  • Policy analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Social Work Education

Practice Experience:

  • Project Director, Destination 2010 Evaluation Project, Gamble-Skogmo Land Grant Chair in child Welfare and Youth Policy, 1 year
  • Area Training Manager, Minnesota Child Welfare Training System, 2 years
  • Program Director, Crisis Nursery of Washington County, Children's Home Society 2.5 years
  • Policy Advocate, Family & Children's Services, ½ year
  • Child Protection Worker, Dakota and Washington Counties, ½ year
  • Children's and Youth Advocate, Tubman Family Alliance, 3 years

Publications & Presentations:

  • Ferguson, S.M . (2010) Transformational leadership: Investigating the latest management craze. Paper presented at Synergy: Revitalizing for generations to come, the 117th Annual Training Conference and Expo for the Minnesota Social Service Association, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2010, February). Clinical Supervision within the Agency Context. Training presented for Hennepin County through the Supervision Institute of the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas Training, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2009) Clinical supervision in child welfare. In C. C. Porter & C. Brittain (Eds.), Child Welfare Supervision. New York, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2009, May) Consultation on supervisee assessment and contracting. Consultation presented for the Supervision Institute of the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas Training, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2009) ME ROBOTS Project: Evaluation Report for Summer 2009, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2009, Winter) Supervision and the beginning worker: An additional note. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's Practice Notes, Supervision: The Key to Strengthening Practice in Child Welfare. 22, 7.
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2009, October) Organizational culture: Thinking of the organization as your client. Training presented for the Supervision Institute of the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas Training, St. Paul, MN.
  • Hill, K.; Erickson, C; & Ferguson, S. M. (2009, November) AMPSW: A replicable model for engaging macro practice social workers. Paper presented at the 2009 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Toft, J.; Brommell, S.; Ferguson, S. M.; & Kuechler, C. (2009, November) Snapshot of social work students' attitudes, attributions, and responses regarding poverty. Paper presented at the 2009 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2009, June) Policy Analysis: examining how legislative decisions affect clients, practice, and the community. Paper presented at the 2009  NASW-MN 19th Annual State Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2009, April) Supervisee assessment and contracting: A comprehensive-systems model of agency-based supervision. Training presented for the Supervision Institute of the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas Training, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2009, March).Clinical Supervision within the Agency Context. Paper presented at How do you like us now?, the 116th Annual Training Conference and Expo for the Minnesota Social Service Association, Bloomington, MN.
  • Ferguson, S.M. & Erickson C. (2009, March). Creating Healthy Organizational Culture:
    Defining It, Achieving it, and Maintaining it. Paper presented at How do you like us now?, the 116th Annual Training Conference and Expo for the Minnesota Social Service Association, Bloomington, MN.
  • Caron, K. & Ferguson, S. M. (2009, March). MSW Weekend Cohort Program: The School of Social Work at the College of St. Catherine and University of St. Thomas. Presented at How do you like us now?, the 116th Annual Training Conference and Expo for the Minnesota Social Service Association, Bloomington, MN.
  • Ferguson, S.F.; Fleming, J.; & Walters, K. (2009, January) Human Subjects Protection& The Institutional Review Board. Training presented at the Grant Institute at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.
  • Cheung, C.; Ferguson, S.M.; & Olson, A. (2009, January) Leadership through Evaluation: Survey Design A Presentation at "Leadership at the Crossroads", A Teaching Learning Network Conference at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • Ferguson, S.F.; Olson, A.; & Peterson, J. (2009, January) Developing an Evaluation Plan. Training presented at the Grant Institute at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2008, September). Creating Healthy Organizational Culture:
    Defining It, Achieving it, and Maintaining it. Keynote presentation for NASW Fall training Creating Healthy Organizational Culture, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2008, September). Clinical Supervision within the Agency Context. Training presented for Wilder Foundation through the Supervision Institute of the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas Training, St. Paul, MN.
  • Cheung, C.K., Ferguson, S.M., Schug, V. L, & Walters, K. (2008, August) Focus group basics: research, program evaluation and project development. Paper presented at the 2008 Faculty/Staff Opening Workshop of the College of St. Catherine.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2008). Project for Pride in Living's (PPL) Non-Custodial Parents (NCP) Housing Program: Evaluation Report, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2008) ME ROBOTS Project: Evaluation Report for Summer 2008, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2008, June) Balancing Macro & Micro Practice Social Work. Paper presented at the 2008 NASW-MN 18th Annual State Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • Ferguson, S. M. & Johncox-Hurley, J. (2008, April)Clinical Supervision within the Agency Context. Supervision Institute of the School of Social Work at the College of St. Catherine and University of St. Thomas Training
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2007, October) Policy analysis from three perspectives: policy science, theory of justice, and Catholic Social Teachings. Paper presented at the 2007 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Erickson, C. & Ferguson, S. M. (2007, October) The state of macro social work practice. Paper presented at the 2007 Minnesota Council on Social Work Education, Annual Conference.
  • Bomstad-Miller, A., Bosch, L., Crudo, T., Ferguson, S. M. & Franck-Meyer, A. (2007, June) Macro practice social work: Where it's at and where it's going. Paper presented at the 2007 National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter Seventeenth Annual State Conference, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2007, March) Role conflict in public child welfare supervision: Information for the field. Paper presented at the 2007 Minnesota Social Service Association 114th Annual Training Conference and Expo, Bloomington, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2007) Policy Analysis from two perspectives: A social justice framework based on Catholic social Teachings and a policy science framework. Paper presented at the 2007 Social Work for Social Justice Conference, School of Social Work at the College Of St. Catherine and the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2007) Bloomington Public Schools after School Programs: Basics of supervision for child care managers.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2006). [Review of the book Child welfare and social policy: An essential reader]. International Journal of Sociology and the Family.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2006, June) The transition from co-worker to supervisor: Can't we still be friends?. Paper presentation at the 2006 National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter Sixteenth Annual State Conference, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2006, February) Post-graduate group consultation for macro practice social workers. Paper presented at the 2006 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2006) Area Training Managers meeting of the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System: Information from dissertation on public child welfare supervision.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2006) Washington County, Minnesota. Data to information: Using data to provide performance information and knowledge
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2005 & 2006) University of Minnesota, School of Social Work, Policy Class: Guest Lecturer on Social Work Licensure
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2005, February) Balancing accountability and casework supervision in public child welfare supervision. Paper presented at the 2005 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, New York, NY.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2005) Washington County, Minnesota. Data to information: Using data to provide performance information and knowledge
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2005) Washington County, Minnesota. Data to information: Data analysis
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2005) Moderator of "How are children and families impacted by recent budget cuts?" sponsored by MN-NASW at the Minnesota Social Service Association.
  • Ferguson, S.M. (2004) Moderator of "How are the children and families impacted by recent budget cuts?" sponsored by MN-NASW.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (Ed.) (2002). Proceedings from the professional education to advance child welfare practice: An invitational working conference September 20 and 21, 2002. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota, School of Social Work, College of Human Ecology.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (2002, June). Child welfare outcomes and supervision: Challenges to studying a connection. Paper presented at Child Welfare League of America's Finding Better Ways, Managing the Workforce Crisis: Promising Practice and Emerging Research, St. Louis, MO.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (1998, November). Who knows best: A community-based, family-centered model for family support and child abuse and neglect prevention. Paper presentation at the National Resource Center for Respite and Crisis Care Services' Tenth Annual National Conference of Respite and Crisis Care Programs, Washington D.C.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (1996) A community response to child neglect: Position paper for the coalition for action to prevent child abuse and neglect. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Ferguson, S. M. (1995) Report of the Minnesota Children's Justice Act: A survey of county services for child protection. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Consultation Experience:

  • Access for Success projects (2009 to present)
  • Program evaluator for Project for Pride in Living's Non-Custodial Parents Housing Project. (2008)
  • Program evaluator for the ME ROBOTS, mechanical engineering for girls. A science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at the College of St. Catherine.  (2008-2009)
  • Data collection tools for the International Institute for Women Entrepreneurs at the College of St. Catherine. (2008) 
  • Statistical Consultation on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A longitudinal, Quantitative Perspective (2008-2009)
  • Scholarship Application Reviewer for the Center for Advance Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota, Social Work Department. (2007)
  • Curriculum Review, Minnesota Child Welfare Training System (2003 - 2007)

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Association of Macro Practice Social Workers
  • Association of Community Organization and Social Administration

Other Activities:

  • While not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy running, biking, cross-country skiing, and knitting but not necessarily in that order.