Professor and Chair
Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, 546
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.
(Note: These are samples. Currently enrolled students should not rely on these syllabi.)
· Morris, T., Mathias, C., Swartz, R., Jones, C.A., and Klungtvet-Morano, M. (2014). The Pathway Program: How a Collaborative, Distributed Learning Program Showed Us the Future of Social Work Education. Chapter 18 in Kurzman, P.A. & Maiden, R.P. Distance Learning and Online Education in Social Work. New York, NY: Routledge.
· 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. (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.
· 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.
Swartz, R. (1999). Relative Influence
Swartz, R. (1999). People and Problems.
· 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: