Renee A. Hepperlen, AM, PhD, LICSW portrait

Renee A. Hepperlen, AM, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor
Degree
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
AM, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Minnesota
Office
114 Summit Classroom Building - UST
Phone
(651) 962-5802
Mail
SCB #201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
CV

My research to date has comprised three interest areas: quality of life, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychometric measurement theory. In addition, I am interested in maternal and child health concerns and disability policy.


Expertise / Research Interests

  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Psychometric measurement theory
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Maternal and child health
  • Disability policy
  • Multidisciplinary practice training

Selected Publications & Presentations

Hepperlen, R. (2014, October). Implications of prenatal genetic screening: A parent perspective. Paper presented at the Midwest LEND Symposium. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Bogenschutz, M., Hewitt, A., Nord, D. & Hepperlen, R. (2014). Direct support workforce supporting individuals with IDD: Current wages, benefits, and stability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(2), 317 - 329

Hepperlen, R. & Nord, D. (2013, November). The evolution of Olmstead: Advancement through litigation and state planning. Paper presented at Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Hepperlen, R. (2012, May). Direct support staff wages, benefits, turnover and vacancy: A preliminary look. Paper presented at the School of Social Work Research Symposium. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.


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
GRSW 500 - 04 History/Phil of Social Work - - - R - - - 1640 - 1905 SCB 324

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

SCB 324

Course Registration Number:

41560 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

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

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 500C - 01 History/Phil of Social Work M - - - - - - 1920 - 2145 MNH 102

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1920 - 2145

Location:

MNH 102

Course Registration Number:

40190 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

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

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 501C - 01 Theory/Pract of Social Work I M - - - - - - 1640 - 1905 MNH 411

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

MNH 411

Course Registration Number:

40193 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

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

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 540C - 02 Hum Behav & Soc Environ - - W - - - - 1640 - 1905 FBH 213

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

FBH 213

Course Registration Number:

40196 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

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, ethnocentrism, aging, sexism, sexual orientation, and religion/spirituality) as the affect the dynamics of human behavior.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

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 502C - 01 Theory/Prac of Soc Wk II M - - - - - - 1640 - 1905

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20106 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

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 681C - 01 Social Wk Pract Research - T - - - - - 1335 - 1600

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1600

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20120 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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