The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Lance Peterson Ph.D., LICSW

Lance Peterson Ph.D., LICSW

Lance T Peterson

Assistant Professor

pete2703@stthomas.edu
Phone: 651-962-5811

2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: SCB 218

Courses taught in Spring 2014 at UST
GRSW 604-05
21439
Meth of Clinical Social Wk II 1335-1600 T SCB 206

3 Credit Hours

This course is part two of a year-long sequence requiring students to keep the same instructor over the academic year. This course provides an overview of theories and intervention methods for social work practice. It is a continuation of GRSW 603. This course focuses on the clinical interview, both with regard to the philosophy and theoretical constructs of the approaches and to the application of those approaches in work with clients from various ages, cultural and ethnic and class backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on differential aspects of assessment and diagnosis of different age groups throughout the lifespan, the formulation of a treatment plan, the therapeutic relationship and the process of treatment. Emphasis is placed on theories and methods of practice with individuals and groups. This course is taken concurrently with GRSW 608.

GRSW 615-02
21027
Clin Prac w/Couples & Families 1215-2115 F SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of theory and models of social work intervention with couples and families. Students learn the philosophy and theoretical constructs of a variety of methods, as well as how to apply those methods to clients. In addition, the course focuses on a few common clinical issues that families face, allowing students the opportunity to apply the methods to particular problem areas. Emphasis is placed on both cultural and gender issues, as well as on working with families with both traditional and non-traditional structures.

GRSW 615-02
21027
Clin Prac w/Couples & Families 1215-2115 F SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of theory and models of social work intervention with couples and families. Students learn the philosophy and theoretical constructs of a variety of methods, as well as how to apply those methods to clients. In addition, the course focuses on a few common clinical issues that families face, allowing students the opportunity to apply the methods to particular problem areas. Emphasis is placed on both cultural and gender issues, as well as on working with families with both traditional and non-traditional structures.

GRSW 615-02
21027
Clin Prac w/Couples & Families 1215-2115 F SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of theory and models of social work intervention with couples and families. Students learn the philosophy and theoretical constructs of a variety of methods, as well as how to apply those methods to clients. In addition, the course focuses on a few common clinical issues that families face, allowing students the opportunity to apply the methods to particular problem areas. Emphasis is placed on both cultural and gender issues, as well as on working with families with both traditional and non-traditional structures.

GRSW 615-02
21027
Clin Prac w/Couples & Families 1215-2115 F SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of theory and models of social work intervention with couples and families. Students learn the philosophy and theoretical constructs of a variety of methods, as well as how to apply those methods to clients. In addition, the course focuses on a few common clinical issues that families face, allowing students the opportunity to apply the methods to particular problem areas. Emphasis is placed on both cultural and gender issues, as well as on working with families with both traditional and non-traditional structures.

GRSW 681-04
20175
Social Wk Pract Research 1640-1905 R SCB 325

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

GRSW 682-10
20868
Applied Research Seminar 1920-2145 R MCH 114

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 Summer 2014 at UST
GRSW 681-01
30290
Social Work Practice Research 1600-1900 T R SCB 326

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

Courses taught in Fall 2014 at UST
GRSW 580-03
41389
Meth of Social Work Research 1640-1905 T SCB 326

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on learning generalist social work research methods and skills. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of research, allowing them to be both critical consumers and novice producers of research. Skills emphasized include critiquing and analyzing research literature, searching for relevant scholarly articles, writing literature reviews, developing research design, and understanding quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

GRSW 603-05
41390
Meth of Clinical Social Work I 1335-1600 T SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course is part one of a year-long sequence requiring students to keep the same instructor over the academic year. This course provides an overview of theories and intervention methods for social work practice. The course focuses on the clinical interview, both with regard to the philosophy and theoretical constructs of the approaches and to the application of those approaches in work with clients from various cultural, ethnic and class backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on differential aspects of assessment and diagnosis of clients of all ages, the formulation of a treatment plan, the therapeutic relationship and the process of treatment. This course is taken concurrently with GRSW 607.

GRSW 682-20
42448
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 301

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.

GRSW 682-20
42448
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 301

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.

GRSW 682-20
42448
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 301

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.

GRSW 682-20
42448
Applied Research Seminar 0800-1700 S SCB 301

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.

Courses Taught:

  • GRSW 580 Methods of Social Work Research
  • GRSW 603-604 Methods of Clinical Social Work I & II
  • GRSW 615 Clinical Practice with Couples and Families
  • GRSW 681 Social Work Practice Research

Academic Experience:

  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • M.S.W., Brigham Young University
  • B.S., Brigham Young University

Current Research Interests:

  • Qualitative research strategies for practice evaluation
  • Competency development for clinical practice with couples and families

Practice Experience:

  • (2000-2001) Randolph Children’s Home: provided case management and counseling for ungovernable youth.
  • (2001-2005) Summit Community Services: provided outpatient mental health services.
  • (2007-2012) LDS Family Services: provided individual, couple, and family counseling.
  • (2012-Present) Peterson Counseling and Supervision: private practice providing individual, couple and family counseling.

Publications & Presentations:

  • Fischer, R. L., Peterson, L. T., Bhatta, T., & Coulton, C. (2013). Getting ready for school: Piloting Universal Prekindergarten in an Urban County. Journal of Students Placed at Risk, 18(2), 128-140. doi:10.1080/10824669.2013.799424
  • Gingerich, W. J., & Peterson, L. T. (2013). Effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy: A systematic qualitative review of controlled outcome studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(3), 266-283. doi: 10.1177/1049731512470859
  • Tracy, E. M., Munson, M. R., Peterson, L. T., & Floersch, J. E. (2010). Social support: A mixed blessing for women in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10(3), 257-282. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2010.500970
  • Peterson, L. T. (2008). Book review: Margaret Sandelowski and Julie Barroso, Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research. Qualitative Social Work, 7(3), 386-391. doi: 10.1177/14733250080070030803
  • “Views of Social Support: Perspectives of women in substance abuse treatment.” Paper presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education, November, 8, 2009, New Orleans, LA (Tracy, E., & Peterson, L. T.).
  • "Husbands' Generosity as a Predictor of African American and White Women's Marital Quality through the Transition to Parenthood." Poster presented at the 13th Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, January, 17, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
  • “Views of Social Support: Perspectives of women in substance abuse treatment.” Poster presented at the 13th Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, January, 16, 2009, New Orleans, LA (Tracy, E., Munson, M., & Peterson, L. T.).
  • “Husband’s Character Friendship and the Transition to Parenthood.” Symposium Presentation at the International Association of Relationship Research Conference, July, 20, 2008, Providence, RI.

Committees and Positions:

  • Member, Spirituality Institute
  • Member, Practice Curriculum Committee
  • Chair, Research Curriculum Committee
  • Member, School of Social Work Doctoral Program Committee
  • Member, School of Social Work Admissions Committee
  • Member, University Grievance Committee

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Member, Council on Social Work Education
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work