December 2018 Educator | Resource

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The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice Educator|Resource is a monthly feature that highlights curricular resources and social work educators that address diversity and justice.

Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability-Competent Care

This month’s Educator|Resource introduces Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Carewhich provides a foundation for integrating disability content into social work courses. The resource has two objectives. The first is to outline how content on disability aligns with specific values and competencies of social work education as defined by CSWE’s 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. The second is to provide specific classroom resources for social work educators. The guide incorporates the framework of the disability-competent care (DCC) model, a person-centered care approach. The DCC model is based on three core values: the individual needs of the participant, respect for the participant’s choices, and the elimination of medical and institutional bias. Educators can draw from the various teaching resources provided here to fit their teaching objectives. Teaching resources include in-class exercises, fact sheets, media examples, assessments, slides assignments, personal stories, and readings, including a searchable database by type of resource and competency. 



Teaching Resources


Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care Webinar: Building Skills to Integrate Disability Competent Practice in the Social Work Curriculum 
Companion Resource Database (searchable spreadsheet version) Webinar Transcript 
Companion Resource Database (accessible version) Webinar PowerPoint Presentation Slides 
EnABLEing the Social Work Curriculum Video  


About the Educators: Dr. Jeanne Matich-Maroney and Dr. Matthew Bogenschutz 

Jeanne Matich-Maroney is an associate professor of social work at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, where she is currently serving as the department chair for social work and marriage and family therapy and director of the baccalaureate social work program. Dr. Matich-Maroney is also co-chair of the CSWE Council on Disabilities & Persons With Disabilities. As a social work educator and researcher, she draws on 15 years of practice experience in mental health and intellectual disabilities and has particular research interest in the trauma impacts of sexual abuse on adults with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Matich-Maroney earned her BS (social work), MSW, and PhD at New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Dr. Matthew Bogenschutz is an assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work. He is currently serving as co-chair of the CSWE Council on Disability and Persons With Disabilities and brings his decade of practice experience with people with disabilities to his work as a social work educator and researcher. He is social work core faculty for the interprofessional Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program and has a research affiliation with VCU’s Partnership for People with Disabilities, where his federally funded work concentrates on policy solutions that can enable full community inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Bogenschutz earned his MSW and PhD at the University of Minnesota.


Educator Q&A

How can I use the Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care to strengthen the breadth of diversity content in my courses?
If you are considering the infusion of disability-related content into your course, we applaud you! The following are a few ways you might consider approaching the use of the Curricular Resource, whether you want to focus on a particular competency or curricular area or use an intersectional framework: simple applications, multiple-duty applications, and intersectional applications. Read the full Q&A.

Interested in contributing to the Educator | Resource of the Month? Please e-mail a short proposal to Dr. Yolanda Padilla, CSWE Diversity Center Director, at [email protected].