Spring 2020 DSW Professional Notes

May 11, 2020

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

Benjamin T. Bencomo, DSW '19, has been appointed to the CSWE Council on Racial Ethnic and Cultural Diversity beginning in the Fall of 2019. 


Dawn Brubaker, DSW '19, published an article in NASW: Henry, B., Ringler-Jayanthan E., Brubaker, D., & Darling, I. (2019). Challenges of refugess resettlement: Policy and psychosocial factors. Read more: https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=X2QaNfEuJUk%3d&portalid=0


Retchenda George-Bettisworth, DSW '17, published in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work: Brocious, H., Demientieff, L., Renfro, C. & George-Bettisworth, R. (2019). A grow-your-own approach in social work: Shaping Alaska's workforce. Journal of Baccalauerate Social Work.


Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein, DSW '17, interviewed on Connected Roots podcast through the Humane Education Coalition. Interview related to my banded dissertation focus about social work and humane education. Read more here: https://www.hecoalition.org/podcast. Additionally, Cini serves as a fellow for the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics https://www.trnty.edu/academic-program/social-work/above-beyond/

Brenda Mack, DSW '20, was a keynote speaker at the 2020 Washington State University's Annual Women in Ag Conference to an audience of 680 participants. Bemidji State University (BSU) featured an article at https://www.bemidjistate.edu/news/2020/01/27/brenda-mack-co-present-to-audience-of-600-female-farmers-at-annual-women-in-agriculture-conference/


Rex Rempel, DSW '19, published two articles in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work and the Social Work Education: Rempel, R. J. (2020). Truth in labeling? An initial evaluation of Associate in Social Work programs. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work; and Rempel, R. J. (2020). The forgotten history of CSWE’s shift away from community colleges. Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2019.1662896 


Susan Schmidt, DSW '17, published a book chapter publication: Schmidt, S. (2019). Welcoming the stranger: The ethics of policy and practice with migrant and refugee populations [Book chapter]. In S. Marson & R. McKinney (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values. London: Routledge.

Additionally, Dr. Schmidt presented in Rome, Italy. Presentation: Schmidt, S. (2019 July). Trauma inflicting or trauma informed? Comparing current US policies towards migrant children, and towards children who have experienced maltreatment. International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Rome, Italy. Click to read more: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Social-Work-Ethics-and-Values-1st-Edition/Marson-McKinney-Jr/p/book/9781138343931


Beth Young, DSW '21, published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases: Alemu, B.T., Baydoun, H.A. Olayinka, O., Young, B (in press). Opioid Use Disorder among Pregnant Women in the 2000-2014 North Carolina State Inpatient Database. Journal of Addictive Diseases. March 2020.