The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Serene Thornton

Serene Thornton

Serene B. Thornton

Instructor of Social Work

sbthornton@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5805

SCB 201
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: 305 Summit Classroom Building - UST

Courses taught in Spring 2014 at UST
SOWK 406-02
22238
Sr Fieldwork/Social Work 1055-1320 W SCB 326

4 Credit Hours

Concurrent registration in SOWK 402/4020 is required. SOWK 406 is the same course as SOWK 4060C at St. Catherine Univeristy

Committees and Positions:

  • University Committee on Studies

Courses Taught:

  • SOWK 281: Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWK 340: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOWK 355: Communication & Interview7ing skills
  • SOWK 375, 376: Junior Fieldwork in Social Work
  • SOWK 401: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Groups and Families
  • SOWK 405, 406: Senior Fieldwork in Social Work
  • GRSW 501: Theory & Practice of Social Work I
  • GRSW 540: Human Behavior & the Social Environment
  • GRSW 541/SOWK 441: Family Resilience and Diversity

Academic Experience:

  • B.A., Concordia College
  • M.S.W., University of Denver

Current Research Interests:

  • Family Resilience
  • Spirituality in social work practice
  • Mutlicultural practice and family issues
  • Human behavior
  • Family treatment
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Strengths perspective      

Practice Experience

  • Child Welfare, 2 years
  • Child Guidance Center, Psychiatric Social Work, 1 year
  • Medical Social Work, 6 years
  • Social Service Administation, 2 years

Publications & Presentations:

  • Shank, B. & Thornton, S. (2006) Marketing the BSW Program:  A Blend of Creativity, Ideas, and Resource.  In Baccalaureate Program Directors Update.
  • Thornton, S. (2000). "Family Resilience and Diversity" Teaching Racial, Ethinic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work:A Collection of Model Course Outlines.Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
  • Thornton, S. & Garrett, K. (1995, Winter). Ethnography as a bridge to multicultural practice. Journal of Social Work Education, 31(1), 67-74.
  • Thornton, S. (1994). The idea of a social work department within a Catholic university. The Idea of a Catholic University Summer Seminar, University of St.Thomas, 53-55.
  • Garrett, K. & Thornton, S. (1993, April). Teaching cross-cultural social work through ethnography. Ethnotes, 3(1), 3-7.
  • Garrett, K. & Thornton, S. (1993). Helping social work students overcome homophobic attitudes. Council on Social Work Education 40th Annual Program
  • Meeting Final Program, March 5-8, 1994.
  • Andrews, J. & Thornton, S. (1991). Adjustment isseus of non-traditional female graduate students: Changing our institutions to meet their needs. Selected papers from the Ninth Annual Conference on Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary program, 121-131.
  • Cochrane, S., & Thonton, S. (1990). The process of adjustment in field placement: Implications for baccalaureate field educators. Proceedings of the Eight Annual BPD Conference, 61-69. Minnesota.

Consultation Experience:

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • National Association of Social Workers
    • Committee on Nomination and Leadership (term 1991-1994)
    • Committee on Inquiry (1994-2000)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Site Visitor (1995-2005)
  • Minnesota Council on Social Work Education
    • Elected Board Member 1987-89
    • Newsletter Editor (1989-1991)
  • Minnesota Women in Higher Education
    • Board Member (1987-1989)
    • Board Secretary (1987-1989)
  • Alph Delta Mu- National Social Work Honor Society
    • Faculty Advisor (1984-1987)

Other Activities: