Mari Ann Graham, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Mari Ann Graham, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor
Degree
BA, MSW, University of Nebraska at Omaha
PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Office
116 Summit Classroom Building - UST
Phone
(651) 962-5812
Mail
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105
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I am an integral, holistically-oriented, postmodern social work educator who uses music, poetry and other art forms to empower students so that they can empower their clients. I use this approach across the social work curriculum in practice, policy and research courses, as well as a doctoral course, "Pedagogies in Social Work Education." I enjoy serving the School of Social Work and the University in a variety of ways including appointments as Chief Diversity Officer, MSW Program Director, member of Institutional Review Board, and most recently a Strategic Planning Subcommittee:  Embracing Our Diversity. 


Expertise / Research Interests

  • Integral Ethics/Ethics in Social Work Education & Social Work Practice
  • Integral Research (multiple methods of research across a continuum of research paradigms)
  • Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • Diversity Issues in Social Work Education & Social Work Practice
  • Empowering Education and Empowering Practice 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Graham, M.A. (2013).  “Integral ethics in social work education,” peer-reviewed workshop presented at Council on Social Work Education’s 59th Annual Program Meeting, “Global Social Work—The World is Here,” Dallas, TX, November 3rd.

Graham, M. A. (2013).  “Integral ethics in social work education,” peer-reviewed workshop presented at the National Association of Christian Social Workers 63rd Convention, “Social Justice:  Contributions of Faith and Spirituality,” Atlanta, GA, October 19th. This multimedia presentation using visual art and music was video-recorded and made available for on-line education in March 2014.

Graham, M.A. (2013).  “A spiritual approach to teaching research,” peer-reviewed, bi-lingual workshop presented at the 8th international North American Spirituality & Social Work Conference, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, June 20th.             

Graham, M. A. & Geisler, C.  (2009)  “Beyond Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Methods: An Integrative Model for Teaching Research,” unpublished paper used in Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies, St. Catherine University.

Graham, M.A. (1997). Empowering Social Work Faculty:  Alternative Paradigms for Teaching and Learning. The Journal of Teaching in Social Work.


See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement


 

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DRSW 735 - 04 Independent Study - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

43506 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mari Ann Graham

Independent study refers to a type of learning contract in which a registered student and/or professor have the responsibility for defining, organizing and evaluating a special project of limited scope (limited in content and in the time designated for its completion). independent study provides an opportunity for students to receive one-to-one instruction and guidance, while pursuing a subject of special interest. This work is completed independently under the professor's personal direction.

Schedule Details

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GRSW 500C - 03 History/Phil of Social Work - - W - - - - 1920 - 2145 FBH 211

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- - W - - - -

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1920 - 2145

Location:

FBH 211

Course Registration Number:

40191 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mari Ann Graham

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

Schedule Details

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GRSW 501 - 02 Theory/Pract of Social Work I - T - - - - - 1920 - 2145 SCB 329

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- T - - - - -

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1920 - 2145

Location:

SCB 329

Course Registration Number:

40192 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mari Ann Graham

This course provides the first year MSW student with the knowledge and skills needed for generalist social work practice. Students develop communication and interviewing skills, which are used in work with client systems of all sizes. It is taken concurrently with a field placement, which serves as a practice lab for applying theory and skills learned in the classroom. This first course in a year long sequence (students are expected to stay in the same section both semesters) focuses on understanding the generalist and integrative models of practice, social work values and ethics, the strengths perspective, empowerment principles and basic principles of ethical reasoning. Student self- awareness and self-assessment are especially important since they facilitate the development of an authentic style of practice.

Schedule Details

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GRSW 682 - 01 Applied Research Seminar - - - R - - - 1920 - 2145 SCB 104

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- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1920 - 2145

Location:

SCB 104

Course Registration Number:

40476 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mari Ann Graham

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.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GRSW 502 - 02 Theory/Prac of Soc Wk II - T - - - - - 1920 - 2145 SCB 329

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- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1920 - 2145

Location:

SCB 329

Course Registration Number:

20105 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mari Ann Graham

This course is a continuation of GRSW 501 and is also taken concurrently with a field placement which serves as a practice lab for theory and skills learned in the classroom. This course focuses on several practice applications: group theory and process (both task and treatment groups), agency change, and understanding the dynamics of unintended discrimination and oppression. As with the first course, student self-awareness and self-assessment are critical to developing a solid foundation for authentic practice.

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GRSW 609C - 01 Spirit Dimen of SW Practice M - - - - - - 1640 - 1905

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M - - - - - -

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1640 - 1905

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Course Registration Number:

20360 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mari Ann Graham

This course conceptualizes social work practice as consisting of seven interrelated elements: use of theory, goals of practice, context for practice, nature of helping relationship, assessment, intervention and ethical guidelines. These interrelated elements will be explored in the context of religion, spirituality, and various practice settings. Social work assists people in achieving their full potential within their environmental contexts by adopting a holistic, person-in-environment perspective. Since its inception, the profession has recognized that a holistic perspective requires attending to biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual human needs. Current trends in social work education support the inclusion of content on religion and spiritual diversity. In accordance with professional policy, this course is an elective that provides an introduction to the spiritual dimension of social work practice.

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