Ronnie Swartz

 

Chair, Department of Social Work

Professor

Department of Social Work

Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA 95521

(707) 826-4562

Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, 546

swartz@humboldt.edu

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I am engaged in practicing and teaching social work to facilitate change for individuals, families, organizations, and communities. I am particularly interested in the living wisdom and knowledge people have developed, and the processes through which this wisdom and knowledge is marginalized by dominant cultural discourses. I believe social work requires a commitment to highly ethical and effective practices that privilege people's ways of thinking, feeling, acting, and being in the world rather than universalizing experience and totalizing people's identities.

 

My work in communities has focused on inclusive services that maintain youth and family relationships and minimize out-of-home placements. This has largely taken the form of Wraparound planning in education, mental health, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse and child welfare settings. I am committed to socially just practices that assist people in the realization of their preferred ways of being in the world.

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

Course Syllabi

(Note: These are samples. Currently enrolled students should not rely on these syllabi.)

 

Undergraduate

 

 

 

SW 104: Introduction to Social Work and Social Work Institutions 

 

SW 255: Volunteer Experience

 

SW 330: Social Policy

 

SW 340: Social Work Methods I

 

SW 341: Social Work Methods II

 

SW 355: Social Agency Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SW 431: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

  

SW 442: Narrative Approaches to Social Work Practice

 

SW 442: Drugs, Justice, & Harm Reduction

 

SW 455/456: Social Work Field Experience/Field Experience Seminar

 

SW 480: The Roots of Poverty and Violence

  

SW 494: Social Justice Through Folk Song

 

SW 494: Beyond Left and Right - The Non-Violent Social Action of Michael Moore

 

SW 494: Beyond Left and Right II - Non-violence, Social Action ,and Michael Moore

 

 

 

 

Manuscripts (Published):

·        Swartz, R. (2010). Medical marijuana users in substance abuse treatment. Harm Reduction Journal, 7 (3) .

·        Swartz, R. (2009). Affirming the "S" in HBSE through the Socio-Cultural Discourses of Lev Vygotsky, Barbara Myerhoff, Jerome Bruner, and Ken Gergen. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 19(7). Note: The linked version is an earlier version. The published version is referenced here.

·        Swartz, R. (2009). "Reflections on Power and Privilege." In Congress, E., Black, P., & Strom-Gottfried, K. Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource, Second Edition . Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education Press.

·        Swartz, R. (2009). "Values and Ethics: The Philosophy of Social Work - MSW Course." In Congress, E., Black, P., & Strom-Gottfried, K. Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource, Second Edition . Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education Press.

·        Swartz, R. (2008). Some will rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen: social work education and the ecological folk wisdom of Woody Guthrie. MERLOT.

·        Swartz, R. (2007). Social Work Values in An Age of Complexity. Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, 4(3).

·        Swartz, R. (2005). Making The Most With The Time You've Got: Myths and Real Experiences in Human Service Systems. In Gordon, L. J., Tullis, K., Hanson, A., Sowders, S. (Eds.). Building on family strengths: Research and services in support of children and their families. 2004 conference proceedings. Portland, OR: Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. 117-121.

·        Swartz, R. (2004). Narrative Work in Public Social Services through Wraparound Planning. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 23(2), 51-67.

·        Swartz, R. (2004). The Spirit of Brief Work in the Human Services. In Gordon, L. J., Tullis, K., Hanson, A., Magee, A., Everhart, M., & Bradley, J. (Eds.). Building on family strengths: Research and services in support of children and their families. 2002 conference proceedings. Portland, OR: Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. 179-182.

·        Swartz, R. (1999). Relative Influence Questioning. Humboldt County Celebrates, 32, 2-3.

·        Swartz, R. (1999). People and Problems. Humboldt County Celebrates, 41, 2-3.

 

 

Manuscripts (Unpublished/Drafts):

·        Swartz, R. (2004). Construction Zone: Approaching Social Justice in the Classroom. Unpublished

 

 

 

Professional interests (clicking on the topic will bring up a list of other websites):

Narrative work - A particular way of thinking about people, the world, and people's relationships to the world

 

Wraparound and System of Care - A set of beliefs of human service work, institutional structures in support of these beliefs, and specific strategies for working with individuals, families, communities, and organizations

 

Competency-based therapeutic conversations - in contrast to taken-for-granted therapeutic approaches that consider people's lives and relationships in terms of failure, deficit, illness, pathology, and broken-ness, these are ways of working with individuals, families, organizations, and communities that focus on success, achievement, ability, and purpose.

 

Mediation - How conflict might be resolved, in dissolved, in transformative and meaningful ways

 

Post Modern/Post Structural/Social Constructionist/Systemic perspectives - Alternative ways of thinking about one's self, the world, and one's relationship to the world

 

Pro-feminism - As a man, I recognize that there are obvious and not-so-obvious ways in which I benefit from historical (as well as contemporary) marginalization of women (not to mention certain privileges I enjoy in relation to race and ethnicity, financial situation, sexuality, age, national origin, ability, and more).

 

Social Policy - There are, I think, two prevailing ways of thinking about changing the world. One suggests that the best way to change the world is to drop out from "mainstream" society and craft one's own vision for being. The other attempts to facilitate change from within existing institutions. These websites assist those interested in the latter.

 

 

 

Other things I find interesting:

Arcata, California and Humboldt County in general...the place I call home

·        City of Arcata

·        County of Humboldt

·        Arcata.com

·        Humguide

·        Simple Directions: The Humboldt Community Switchboard

·        Index of Economic Activity

·        First 5 Humboldt

·        The Headwaters Fund

·        Prosperity! The North Coast Strategy

 

Woody Guthrie

·        The Songs of Woody Guthrie

·        Woody Guthrie Foundation