Mary Tinucci, MSW, DSW, LICSW portrait

Mary Tinucci, MSW, DSW, LICSW

Visiting Assistant Professor
Degree
BSW, College of St. Catherine
MSW, College of St. Catherine-University of St. Thomas
DSW, St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas

Office
124 Summit Classroom Building - St. Thomas
Phone
(651) 962-5873
Mail
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105
CV

My clinical social work experience focused on working with adolescents and program development in the public school system. My teaching philosophy and pedagogy is informed by critical, feminist, and constructivist paradigms; and by adult learning and transformative learning theories. Central to my teaching philosophy is a focus on how students make meaning—of the course material; themselves; their lived-experience; and their social positions, particularly as each relates to their identities; their roles as a social worker; and their practice with multicultural, marginalized, and diverse communities. I currently teach in the MSW program.


Expertise / Research Interests

  • School social work
  • LGBT youth
  • Foster care/Child welfare
  • Special education/EBD
  • Program development
  • Group work
  • Therapeutic use of poetry, arts, and experiential wellness

Selected Publications & Presentations

Tinucci, M.E. (2017, February). Increasing Understanding Improving Care for LGBTQ Youth. Training presented to mental health providers, Greater MN Family Services, Willmar, MN.

Tinucci, M.E. (2016, March). Navigating Ethical Challenges in Group Work Practice. Training presented for the Group Work Institute of the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

Tinucci, M. E. (2017). Deliberate development of social work educators: Don’t leave it to chance! (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Tinucci, M. E. (2014). Recipe for me: Using poetry to support the social-emotional health of youth in special education. In K. Adams (Ed.), Expressive Writing: Classroom and Community. (pp. 27-52). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.


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


Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 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:

20113 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mary E. Tinucci

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 502 - 20 Theory/Pract of Social Work II See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

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Location:

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Course Registration Number:

20586 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mary E. Tinucci

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SCB 2060800-170003 Feb '18
SCB 2060800-170003 Mar '18
SCB 2060800-170007 Apr '18
SCB 2060800-170005 May '18
GRSW 616C - 01 Clin Practice w/Groups - - W - - - - 1640 - 1905 FBH 211

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

FBH 211

Course Registration Number:

20332 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mary E. Tinucci

This theory-based course develops knowledge and skill for the application of research-informed models of clinical social work with groups. It focuses on the therapeutic factors in group process and the tasks and skills of the clinical social worker in composing groups, facilitating group process on behalf of members, and the skills and techniques for responding to group members' special needs. Special emphasis is placed on cultural and gender-sensitive application of the practice models promoting empowerment processes in groups and their application with special populations at risk. Attention is also given to integrating research in the practice of clinical social work with groups.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 682 - 05 Applied Research Seminar - - - R - - - 1920 - 2145 SCB 205

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1920 - 2145

Location:

SCB 205

Course Registration Number:

20133 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mary E. Tinucci

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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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GRSW 540 - 20 Human Behav & Soc Environment See Details * *

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See Details

Time of Day:

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Location:

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Course Registration Number:

30516 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mary E. Tinucci

This foundation course will explore the dynamics of human behavior and prepare a foundation of knowledge on which to build clinical practice skills. Through a study of systems theory, psychodynamic theory and the identification of the biological, psychological and sociological variables influencing development, students will gain a theoretical base for application to the assessment of client systems. Special emphasis in the course is on the important factors of human diversity (ethnic minorities of color, racism, enthnocentrism, aging, sexism, sexual orientation, and religion/spirituality) as they affect the dynamics of human behavior.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SCB 3241400-173009 Jun '18
SCB 3241400-173014 Jul '18
SCB 3241400-173011 Aug '18

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location