Faculty Development Institutes (FDIs)

A Faculty Development Institute (FDI) is a preconference workshop in which individuals with special expertise share information for the purpose of enhancing the knowledge and skills of social work educators. It focuses on topics in social work education with a broad appeal for the development of knowledge and skills.

2011 APM Offerings
Thursday, October 27

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Morning Sessions—9:00 am–12:00 pm

A. Advanced Statistical Techniques: Applications for Social Work Educators

In the past 15 to 20 years many advanced statistical methods have been introduced to social work. Yet many social work educators have not had the opportunity to learn these techniques. This faculty development institute will cover basic assumptions, uses, statistical packages, and writing results using five new methods.

FDI Teacher:
Susan Neely-Barnes, University of Memphis

B. Designing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to Assess Social Work Student Competencies

Social work educators need standardized, valid, and reliable methods for assessment of students’ practice competence. This FDI will provide an overview of OSCE methodology; examine issues of reliability and validity; and offer pragmatic guidelines for adapting, designing, implementing, and testing of OSCEs for social work.

FDI Teachers:
Mary Rawlings, Azusa Pacific University
Marion Bogo, University of Toronto
Carmen Logie, University of Toronto
Ellen Katz, University of Toronto

C. Launching a Social Work Online Program: Is It Right for You? 

It can be challenging for departments considering distance programming to find candid and useful information. This workshop will provide both practical information and helpful tools in a “hands-on” interactive format to help faculty assess “goodness of fit” and readiness for adopting a distance program at their own institutions.

FDI Teachers:
Thomasine Heitkamp, University of North Dakota
Carol J. Schneweis, University of North Dakota
Carenlee Barkdull, University of North Dakota

D. “Making Room” for Political Diversity: Conceptual Framework and Pedagogical Strategies

This FDI provides participants with a conceptual framework and practical tools for addressing political diversity in the classroom. Participants are invited to reflect on their pedagogy to nurture an atmosphere wherein political diversity can thrive. Some of the challenges associated with negotiating an ideologically based profession are discussed.

FDI Teachers:
Mitch Rosenwald, Barry University
Alexa Smith-Osborne, University of Texas at Arlington
Diane R. Wiener, Binghamton University

E. Offering Integrative Health/Mental Health Practices in the Classroom: Increasing Access and Practice

This FDI highlights the significance of introducing evidence-based complementary and integrative body–mind–spirit health/mental health strategies to social work students. Highly interactive, this workshop presents theoretical and skill-based methods, content, techniques, and strategies for teaching social work students ways to use integrative health/mental health interventions with clients and/or self-care.

FDI Teachers:
Susan C. Tebb, Saint Louis University
Mo Yee Lee, Ohio State University
Pamela P.Y. Leung, University of Hong Kong
Maria Napoli, Arizona State University

Afternoon Sessions—1:30 pm–4:30 pm

F. Publish, Don't Perish: Everything You Wanted to Know About Journal/Book Publishing

This skills-based workshop will help participants learn the basics of writing a publishable professional paper or book. Guidelines will be provided to help attendees become published authors. Participants are encouraged to come with specific ideas of what they would like to publish or actual drafts of papers.

FDI Teachers:
Shulamith Lala Straussner, New York University
Carol Tosone, New York University

G. Re-Envisioning Curriculum in the Context of the 2008 EPAS: A Community Collaborative Approach

This workshop presents the context, process, and outcomes of a curriculum development effort that engages the community and responds to the current 2008 EPAS. Presenters will discuss useful tools including World Café and concept mapping in engaging and motivating the community, faculty, and other stakeholders in the curriculum development process.

FDI Teachers:
Mo Yee Lee, Ohio State University
Tom Gregoire, Ohio State University
Tamara S. Davis, Ohio State University
Jennie Babcock, Ohio State University
Lisa Durham, Ohio State University

H. Using Problem-Based Learning to Accelerate Adoption of Evidence-Based Practice Skills

This workshop will introduce participants to the value of problem-based learning (PBL) as a pedagogical approach for social work curriculum development and illustrate a variety of classroom strategies for the implementation of PBL in team learning formats.

FDI Teachers:
Robert Abramovitz, City University of New York
Virginia C. Strand, Fordham University

I. Virtual Reality and Interactive Technologies for Education and Research

Virtual reality and interactive technologies have seen increased use in education and research settings. Virtual reality-based applications exist and are being successfully used in social work education and research. This presentation will provide an overview of current technologies and offer demonstrations of both research and education based applications

FDI Teacher:
Patrick Bordnick, University of Houston

J. What Does “Decolonization” Have to do With Social Work?: Exploring Non-Eurocentric Methods of Teaching Social Work

Building on the 2010 APM think tank session, presenters will share their own struggles and successes in problematizing Eurocentric assumptions and “opening up” the classroom space for other ways of knowing (including indigenous/aboriginal ways of knowing), all toward ultimately decolonizing social work education. This interactive workshop encourages attendees’ participation.

Izumi Sakamoto, University of Toronto
Billie Allan, University of Toronto
Akua l. Benjamin, Ryerson University
Lorraine Gutiérrez, University of Michigan