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Horwitz, Shelley; Briar-Lawson, Katharine – Journal of Social Work Education, 2017
To prepare students to work competently with financially at-risk individuals, families, and communities, social work schools need to bring economic literacy skills into the curriculum. This article describes an ambitious financial capability education initiative in New York City. It reports on a unique collaborative effort to develop, use, and…
Descriptors: Intercollegiate Cooperation, Capacity Building, Social Work, Professional Education
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Briar-Lawson, Katharine – Research on Social Work Practice, 2012
This article addresses key challenges posed by critical realism, proposed by Longhofer and Floersch, as a philosophical underpinning for a science of social work. As a response to Longhofer and Floersch, it is argued that critical realism may be instructive in debates about structural conditions that dictate more inclusive interventions and…
Descriptors: Realism, Social Work, Researchers, Neoliberalism
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Briar-Lawson, Katharine; Leake, Robin; Dickinson, Nancy; McCarthy, Mary; Anderson, Gary; Groza, Victor; Gilmore, Grover C. – Research on Social Work Practice, 2016
Responding to David Stoesz's invited article criticizing the Children's Bureau and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), the author's inaccurate assertions are challenged, and new information is provided about the significant work underway to support the child welfare workforce. The Children's Bureau has made historic investments…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Labor Force Development, Criticism, Reader Response
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Caringi, James C.; Lawson, Hal A.; Strolin-Goltzman, Jessica; McCarthy, Mary; Briar-Lawson, Katharine; Claiborne, Nancy – Research on Social Work Practice, 2008
Workforce turnover in public child welfare is a national problem. Individual, supervisory, and organizational factors, individually and in combination, account for some of the turnover. Complex, comprehensive interventions are needed to address these several factors and their interactions. A research and development team is field testing one such…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Social Work, Labor Turnover, Organizational Development
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Briar-Lawson, Katharine; Korr, Wynne; White, Barbara; Vroom, Phyllis; Zabora, James; Middleton, Jane; Shank, Barbara; Schatz, Mona – Social Work Research, 2008
Research administrative supports must parallel and reinforce faculty initiatives in research grant procurement. This article features several types of developments that draw on presentations at the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work meetings. Key changes in social work programs are addressed, including the…
Descriptors: Social Work, Research, Development, Change
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Behrman, Gary; Mancini, Michael; Briar-Lawson, Katharine; Rizzo, Victoria M.; Baskind, Frank; Valentine, Carl – Journal of Social Work Education, 2006
Changing U.S. demographics and family composition are challenging social work education programs to reposition and reconsider how to prepare students for practice in the field of geriatrics. Implications for future social service and health care needs include ongoing training and education of students with competencies in serving geriatric…
Descriptors: Health Needs, Geriatrics, Social Work, Work Study Programs
Briar-Lawson, Katharine, Ed.; Zlotnik, Joan Levy, Ed. – 2003
Few fields of service command as much public attention as child welfare. Workforce development is often a less visible yet critical response to service delivery crises and efforts to improve child and family outcomes. In the late 1980s, a campaign was undertaken to rebuild public child welfare systems with trained social workers. The subsequent…
Descriptors: Caseworkers, Child Welfare, Children, Higher Education
Briar-Lawson, Katharine, Ed.; Zlotnik, Joan Levy, Ed. – 2002
While research shows that trained social workers were better prepared to produce more effective outcomes in child welfare than those with other degrees, only an estimated 3 to 28 percent of the public child welfare workforce comprised trained social workers. A social work effort to promote workforce development and to promote professional social…
Descriptors: Caseworker Approach, Caseworkers, Child Welfare, Higher Education
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Briar-Lawson, Katharine – Social Work, 1998
Highlights social work legacies and how they will impact 21st-century practice. Provides several examples to help inform integrative social and economic foundations for practice, policy, and human well-being. Importance of these and other income-support and capacity-building strategies is featured against the challenges associated with welfare…
Descriptors: Family Life, Family Programs, Integrated Services, Parent Empowerment
Lawson, Hal; Briar-Lawson, Katharine – 1997
This report describes the outcomes of research that investigated school reform, school-linked services, parent involvement, and community school programs in schools in 36 states. Results found that services were often added on to school sites without any intent to integrate them with school reform; teachers were not directly involved in services;…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Disabilities
Lawson, Hal A.; Briar-Lawson, Katharine; Lawson, Michael – Universities and Community Schools, 1997
Challenges confronting children, youth, and families in the current socioeconomic environment are examined, and the role of the university-assisted community school in addressing them is explored. Comprehensive, collaborative change strategies that support and strengthen families and nurture children and youth in addition to providing education…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Community Schools, Educational Change, High Risk Students
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Briar-Lawson, Katharine; Lawson, Hal A.; Collier, Connie; Joseph, Alfred – Social Work in Education, 1997
Draws on interviews and site visits in 36 states, a literature review, and other data to contrast first-generation and second-generation school-linked comprehensive partnerships. Discusses characteristics of each partnership and concludes that school-linked services can be transformational tools, especially when tied to family and community…
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship