College of Health

School of Social Work

Spring 2019

May 22, 2019
DSW Student Professional Notes

Below are some of the many presentations, publications and other professional notes shared by our DSW students and alumni this spring:

Michelle Gricus ’17 DSW published, “Of All the Social Workers ... I’m the Bad One”: Impact of Disciplinary Action on Social Workers in Social Work Research, Volume 43, Issue 1, March 2019.


This spring, Brenda Mack, DSW class of 2020, co-presented the Cultivating Resiliency Webinar Series for Women in Farming and Ranching, aimed at reducing stress and increasing health and wellness. The series of six 90-minute webinars was a joint project of American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension-Women in Ag Network and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).


Marsheila Harris, '17 DSW, presented "Building a Bridge: Integrating and Applying Social Work Knowledge in a Policy Arena," at the Social Work Distance Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas, April 10-12, 2019. Also at the SWDE conference, Anne Adcock, '17 DSW, co-presented an online workshop, "Quieting the Critics: Maintaining Integrity and Rigor in the Online Classroom."


Leah Prussia, class of 2019, participated in a MN Public Radio broadcast on May 22 about climate anxiety and solastalgia, joined by Christie Manning of Macalester College, and Brenda Hoppe from the Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) Climate and Health Program.


ZaDonna Slay, class of 2021, received a Juliette Derricotte Scholarship for Social Group Work from the National Scholarship and Standards Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Angela Pittman, class of 2020, presented "The Neuromanagement of Culture: Cultivating Trust Through Leadership," at the 2019 Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) conference, May 29-31.  Also at the NSWM conference, Toni Jensen, class of 2020, presented, "Developing Social Work Leaders for an Increasingly Complex World."


The DSW program was extremely well-represented at this year's NASW-MN annual conference June 11-12 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.  Joyce Hepscher, class of 2020, presented the poster, "A Call for Trauma-Informed Interdisciplinary Educational Practice in Baccalaureate Curriculum;" Dana Williams, class of 2020, presented the poster, "Not Just a Biller: The Ramifications of Productivity-Driven Mental Health Practice;" Sibyl Beaulieu, class of 2020, presented the poster, "The Training and Mentoring of Social Work Field Directors within the Academy: An Ethical Practice Dilemma or Not?;" Tara Anderson, class of 2020, presented the poster, "What Schools of Social Work are Teaching about Substance Use Disorders: A Content Analysis of MSW Substance Use Course Syllabi;" and Sky Niesen Smith '18 DSW co-presented the poster, "Development of a Child Advocacy Center: Trauma-Centered Opportunities for Child Abuse Investigation," with her students from Mankato State.


Additionally, 9 DSW students and alumni presented at the 2019 Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) meeting in Jacksonville, FL»

Cohort 3, the DSW class of 2019, defended their Banded Dissertations in April»