Fall 2013

Letter from the Department Chair

Letter from MSW Program Director


This fall I continue in the roll of Interim MSW Program Director.  After a whole year under my belt, it is hoped that I know more about what I’m doing.

We admitted 2 full cohorts of students this year, in the Foundation and Advanced Standing Programs.  In the end the Foundation Program was not completely full since some people we admitted chose to go elsewhere.

There are 3 proposals working their way through the University Curriculum process. One proposal would drop the Research II class; we are making this proposal due to the fact that the Thesis is no longer a requirement of the Program.  The second deals with admissions.  The requirement to be admitted as an Advanced Standing student may change.  At the present time students who have a BSW that is more than 7 years old must enroll in the Foundation track.  The proposed change would allow students whose BSW is more than 5 years old to be admitted as an Advanced Standing student, but they would need to take a summer Foundations class just prior to beginning study I the Fall.  The third proposal will add a Special Topics class to the curriculum; this class will be used to offer Electives that provide clinical content hours for those students and alumni who wish to pursue an LICSW.

We are due for Re-affirmation this year.  Our documents are due in Washington D.C., on April 1, 2014, and then in the fall we will be hosting site visitors.  Since our Program is fairly new, our last accreditation cycle only lasted 4 years.  This Re-affirmation will have us in line to renew our accreditation for 8 years. The final decision on Re-affirmation will be made in February 2015.

We have new faculty working in the Program this year, so I encourage you to read their profiles in this edition of the Catalyst.

I look forward to the year ahead and invite you to come and visit.

Gary S. Whitford Holey




Letter from BSW Director

Thanks again for yet another great year.  The year has been good overall, and the program continues to grow.  We continue to get students either switching their major to social work or inquiring about switching to the program. 

The program continues to have success with our students passing their licensure exams on the first trial.  This is all credited to the good preparation work that our students receive during their studies here.  As usual about 40 new students were accepted into the major this fall.  Our students participated in a day long engagement and discussion with Dr. Larry Davis, who is the Director for the Center on Race and Social Problems in Pittsburgh.  Dr. Davis was very impressed with our students and stated how impressed he was with their questions.  It was very obvious at the meetings how our students are really being prepared as future social workers.

We also had our second BSW Advisory Board meeting which was well attended by community partners.  Board Members showed their willingness to engage with the program in various ways.  The program is currently preparing for re-affirmation and so faculty is participating in various ways to make this happen.

As we get ready for the holidays, I will like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continued support to the program.


Patience Togo Malm

BSW Program Director

News Story

Dr. Larry Davis Visit

In October, The School of Health and Human Services and The Social Work Department welcomed Dr. Larry E. Davis to campus to present “Health and Human Service Delivery in a Changing and Increasingly Racially and Economically Diverse Society.” Dr. Davis currently serves as the dean of the School of Social Work and the director of The Center on Racial and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh. The presentation spoke to the rapidly changing racial demographics of the United States population in the past, present, and future. The socioeconomic disparities among different racial populations were emphasized during the presentation, illustrating the still widening gaps in income and quality of life for minority populations. Dr. Davis accentuated the dynamic of different class systems social work professionals, normally from the dominant culture, have when working with clients of lower socioeconomic classes and the challenge that might present for the professional relationship.

Dr. Davis left the professionals and social work students in attendance with 7 suggestions to consider when working with diverse clients:

1.      Behavior is purposeful; an action which may seem inappropriate or maladaptive to a professional likely has some purpose to the client. We as professionals should examine what the client gets in return from those actions.

2.      Demonstrate respect; especially for those who society holds in low esteem. Often clients from low socioeconomic background have been looked down upon by professionals in a helping relationship, which can be a hindrance on a productive relationship.

3.      Examine our past attitudes or beliefs; as professionals we must continually examine what we hold to be true and why we hold these truths.

4.      Develop a wide repertoire of knowledge and skills; culturally appropriate knowledge and skills are the foundation of working with diverse client systems.

5.      Be aware of resources; Awareness of the different resources in the community will be important in making sure diverse client’s needs are met.

6.      First impressions are important; making a positive impact on a client during the first meeting can be a springboard for future success in the relationship.

7.      Anticipate success for the client; do not enter a relationship with the client anticipating their failure. Projecting that the client has the power to be successful in interventions will help empower the client.


Following the presentation, students and professionals were invited to stay for a panel discussion featuring Dr. Deola Brumbaugh-Johnson of the Social Work Department, and Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour of the Department of Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy, and Dr. Susan Johnson Warner of the Department of Nursing. The panel spoke about race and diversity from the stand point of faculty on a college campus and in a professional environment. Insight was given by each panelist about helpful tactics coworkers and students have used to ensure appropriate interactions when considering race in a college environment.

Dr. Yeo published paper

Dr. Ana Younsook Yeo received confirmation that her research titled “Healthy Immigrant Effect on Older Adult Immigrants in Relation to Welfare Reform” will be published in the Journal of the Society for Social Work Research. Below is the abstract for the research article:


Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Vol 4, No 3 (2013)


Younsook Anna Yeo, Miriam M Johnson



The term healthy immigrant effect refers to a phenomenon in which immigrants who newly arrived to a host country are healthier than their native-born counterparts, but such advantages disappear with time in the new country. Researchers suggest individuals should consider self-screening for emigration based on their health status in relation to the demands of relocating and the opportunities anticipated in the host countries. However, few researchers have studied whether patterns of the healthy immigrant effect among older adult immigrants are related to the welfare policies of the host countries. To fill this gap, this study uses data from the 1993–1996 (N= 40,479) and 2002–2008 (N = 65,995) National Health Interview Survey. These timeframes reflect implementation of U.S. welfare reforms. Immigrants who enter the United States in the post-welfare reform era are restricted from receiving public assistance, including Medicaid, unless they are naturalized citizens or live in immigrantfriendly states. Study results show older adult immigrants who entered the United State before welfare reforms were implemented reported poorer health than their U.S.-born counterparts, but those disadvantages diminished over time after immigration (i.e., a reverse healthy immigrant effect). However, older adult immigrants entering the United States in the post-welfare reform era report better health than their U.S.-born counterparts, but the advantages disappear 5 to 14 years after immigration. Our findings are consistent with those of earlier studies, and suggest the health trends among immigrants support the idea that older adults considering emigration have begun to include the host countries’ welfare policies and related availability of health care among the factors they evaluate in making their decisions to emigrate.

Dr. Ore publishes 6th Edition of book

The 6th edition of Dr. Tracy Ore’s book The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality was just published by McGraw-Hill. Below is the description of the book from the publisher:


This best-selling anthology surveys how and why the categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality are constructed, maintained, experienced, and transformed. The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality then moves beyond simply discussing various forms of stratification and the impact of these on members of marginalized groups by providing a thorough discussion of how such systems of stratification are formed, perpetuated, and interconnected. Readers are then challenged at the end of each reading with critical thinking questions to relate content to their lives and understand how their own attitudes, actions, and perspectives may serve to perpetuate a stratified system.


For more information please visit: http://shop.mcgrawhill.com/mhshop/productDetails?isbn=0078026903


On September 12th, in cooperation with the Social Work Department, PACER Center presented a workshop titled “Special Education and the Role of Parent” at St. Cloud State. Professionals from the community, university faculty, and students were invited to attend. Social Work students were able to attend as a part of their class instruction for that day. Some of the main topics of the presentation were: how special education and regular education fit together, how the special education process works, purpose and types of evaluation, and client and parental rights.



On September 24th, The MN Children’s Law Center presented a workshop titled “The Rights of Foster Care Children in Minnesota” which was hosted by The Department of Social Work. Approximately 80 social work students attended the workshop as a part of their classroom instruction for that day. Community professionals and university faculty were also in attendance. Topics of the presentation included: an overview of the rights of children and youth in foster care, effective advocacy in courts and public systems, identifying and securing appropriate services, and how to utilize resources and professionals.



The Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education (MCSWE) was held on October 11th at the college of St. Scholastica’s St. Paul campus. During the conference, four faculty members from the St Cloud State Department of Social Work presented on different topics to professionals. Dr. Mary Pfohl and Dr. Consoler Teboh presented on racism in a classroom setting, Professor Sheila Moriarty and Professor Paula Watts Zehringer presented on anti-racism curriculum. As well as presenting Professor Sheila Moriarty was a part of the planning committee for the conference.


On October 17th and 18thThe sixth annual international conference Strangers in New Homelands, was held in Winnepeg, Manitoba. The conference discusses issues surrounding Migration, Refugee Movements, Settlement and Integration Challenges. Dr. Consoler Teboh presented “Newcomer Adjustment and Integration: A Cultural Diplomacy Perspective” and Dr. Consoler Teboh, Dr. Patience Togo Malm, Dr. Sylvester Lamin presented “Student Breadwinners: An Appraisal of Immigrant Student Challenges in the Midwestern Region of the United States.”

Welcome Dr. Ana Younsook Yeo

Dr. Yeo is currently teaching in both the BSW and MSW programs. She received a Ph.D. and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the College of Social Work and a Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) from the Department of Statistics at the University of South Carolina. The target population of interest for her ongoing research is immigrants. Her long-term career goals in research and teaching are to continue to work for the reduction of health disparities by examining barriers and potentials, to work for maximizing immigrants’ full participation in citizenship rights, and to help social work students be culturally competent and be prepared for globalization.


Teaching interests:

Social Work Research Methods, Human Behavior and Social Environment, Marginalized Population, Social Welfare Policy


Areas of expertise:

Health and Health Care Access Disparities, Immigrants Health, Women’s Health, Rural Health, e-Health, Gerontological Social Work


Current research projects:

Welfare Reform and Elderly Immigrants, Health Disparities among Racial/Ethnic Groups, Health Information Technology Use among Marginalized Populations (e.g., Older Adults, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Immigrants)

Shirt Fundraiser

The Department of Social Work will be selling short sleeve t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, and ½ zip pull overs as a fund raiser for students to attend MSSA in the spring. If you are interested in purchasing one or for more information please contact Matt (Graduate Assistant) in the Social Work Office at 320-308-3139 or socworkga@stcloudstate.edu.


Check the social work website for upcoming CEU events and social service job listings, if you know of events or job openings please let us know and we may include them.

Student News

Message from the SWA

The Social Work Association (SWA) is at it again by creating service learning projects and community involvement opportunities. Members of SWA were present and volunteered at the Take Back the Night Rally, which fights against domestic violence by raising awareness of this continued issue. SWA members also organized a campus clean up to remove garbage before the winter season hits St. Cloud. We are also bringing back the Social Work Panel this year by having five social workers from the community come and speak about their experience in the social work profession. We are bringing in professional Social Workers who will speak about working with veterans, mental health, adoption, child protection, and general social work jobs. The social work association is working hard to increase awareness of this club and what the social work profession is involved in. Three SWA members spoke to the incoming social work majors and answered questions about education requirement, what to expect, sixty-hour placements, and internships. The Social Work Association is working as a whole to build a sense of community.

-Jordyn Hubin, SWA Vice President

Message from SWAG

SWAG is made up of graduate students enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at St. Cloud State. The organization is open to anyone interested in social justice and advocacy. We are an active organization within the community that aims at linking our involvement with the six core values of the NASW Code of Ethics. ´╗┐Our mission is to advocate for those that we are fortunate to serve. We are currently getting ready for Social Work Day at the Capital in April 2014.

Classroom Speakers

Listed below are some of the speakers who came to share their professional experience with social work students. 


Justin Terrell a MSW from Take Action MN came to spoke to two cohorts of BSW students about his experiences in the field of social work. Justin touched on diversity issues within the social work practice and his experiences with community organizing.  Justin shared his experience working on “Ban the Box” legislation, which aims to eliminate questions about felony convictions and criminal history from job applications.



Connie Orth from Crisis Nursery in St. Cloud came to speak to about the intricacies of grant writing and the importance of grant writing skills in non-profit organizations. Connie offered real life examples of her successful and unsuccessful attempts in securing funding for vital programming. Connie provided tips and resources for students interested in grant writing to take with them when they enter the world of professional social work.



James Turner a MSW from Sauk Rapids/Rice school district spoke to MSW students about his work with diversity issues in the public school system.  The presentation provided scenarios from his experience and background which created discussion topics for students to expand on. James also incorporated some diversity training tools he uses with his students and clients during his time with the class.



Troy Johnson a MSW with Elk River High School came to speak to MSW students about his work as a cultural liaison for high school students. Troy also provided numerous examples of community organization efforts from his previous position at La Cruz Community in St. Cloud. Troy also made time to speak with students in The Department of Social Work’s democratic citizenship classes on a separate occasion. Troy used his professional experiences to give an example of the many roles a social worker can have in the professional world.


Upcoming BSW Graduates

Congratulations to the students graduating from the BSW program at the end of the Fall 2013 semester. We wish them well in their careers as Social Work Professionals!

Kristin Anderson

Paula Beck

Nyamah Bee

Megan Bekius

Emily Britz

Sasha Christen

Jennifer Marie

Erika Heieie

Kathryn Herring

Bailie Hunstad

Samantha Jakes

Amy Klein

Diane Lucas

Jonathan Mattson

Ornella Mizero

Lauren Mynahan

Cathryn Nakhornsak

Heidi Patrias

Chelse Paulzine

Dorothy Pha

Tijuana Pruitt

Jessica Rosendahl

Jacqueline Scherer

Vanessa Schultz

Lindsey Skow

Susan Spika

Jenna Stromback

Aleisha Sweep

Sara Toenyan

Kayla Trocke

Lisa Twomey

Makenzie Walker

In the Field

Thank you BSW and MSW agencies

BSW Agencies

Prairie View Elementary School (Eden Prairie, MN) – Julie Weeden

Crow Wing County Community (Brainerd, MN) – Stacy Brown

Little Mountain Elementary (Monticello, MN) – Wendy Suddard-Bangsund

Wright County Human Services Center (Buffalo, MN) - Marianne Charbonneau

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Iowa) – Amy Campos

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN (St. Cloud, MN) – Bethany Theisen

Ramsey County Mother’s First (St. Paul, MN) –Megan Mitchell

Youth First Community of Promise (Anoka, MN) – Heidi Geiss

Kandiyohi County Family Services (Willmar, MN) – Brenda Sondrol

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (St. Paul, MN) – Tracy Hilke

Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt (St. Paul, MN)

Girl Scouts (Waite Park, MN) – Leah Voss

Girl Scouts-MWLP (Waite Park, MN) – Leah Voss

Downey Side (Sauk Rapids, MN) - Nicole McGraw

Benton County Victim Services (Foley, MN) – Mary Radunz

Hands Across the World (St. Cloud, MN) – Ruth Weichman

St Cloud Children’s Home (St. Cloud, MN) –Brady Hughs

City Life 742 (St. Cloud, MN) – Janette Long

RSVP Program-Whitney Center (St. Cloud, MN) – Jennifer Wucherer

Pearl Crisis Center (Milaca, MN) – Judy Pearson

Morrison County Social Services (Little Falls, MN) – Gail Miller

Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg Public Schools (Murdock, MN) – Joquel Molenaar

St. Michael/Albertville High School (Albertville, MN) – Ginger Stoehr-Fealy

St. Benedicts Senior Community (St. Cloud, MN) – Brenda Turner

Twin Lakes Elementary/Rogers High School (Rogers, MN) – Nicole Johnston

Stearns County Human Services (St. Cloud, MN) – Allison Hendrickson

Cook Counseling Services (St. Cloud, MN) – Kelly Cook

Royalton School District (Royalton, MN) – Eric Goodrich

Sherburne County Health & Human Services (Elk River, MN) – Sara Stenseng

United Way of Central MN (St. Cloud, MN) – Betty Schnettler

Tri-County Action Program (Waite Park, MN) – Patrick Shepard


MSW Agencies

Greater Minnesota Family Service (Willmar, MN) – Tom Braatz

Amicus (Minneapolis, MN) – Joseph Heinz

Riverwood Centers (Braham, MN) – Eric Trudell

Village Ranch Child and Family Services (Cokato, MN) - Barb Jochum

Knutson Counseling & Seminars Inc (Willmar, MN) – Ellie Knutson

Wright County Human Services (Buffalo, MN) –Christine Treichler

Casa Guadalupe (Cold Spring, MN) – Mayuli Bales

Intermediate District 287 (Plymouth, MN) – Linda Seifried

Mille Lacs Academy-Nexus (Onamia, MN) – Jeffery Breer

Morrison County Social Services (Little Falls, MN) – Karla Nornberg

Project Pathfinder Inc (St. Paul, MN) – Zac Olson

Northern Pines (Brainerd, MN) – Kimberly Westaway

Crow River Family Services (Litchfield, MN) – Kara West

Minnewaska Area Mental Health/Day Treatment (Starbuck, MN) – Gail Swart

Minnewaska Area Mental Health/Day Treatment (Starbuck, MN) – Leah Oeltjen

Kindred Family Services (Waite Park, MN) – Gretchen Welch

Goodwill Easter Seals (Waite Park, MN) – Lisa Jensen

Robbinsdale Area Schools District 281(Robbinsdale, MN) –Barbara Swaiman

Northeast Metro 916 (White Bear Lake, MN) – Sue Bugel

Senior Community Services (Minnetonka, MN) – Adele Mehta

University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview (Minneapolis, MN) – Sara Lantz

Northern Pines Mental Health Center (Little Falls, MN) – Kristina Blake

Crow River Family Services (Litchfield, MN) – Kara West

Northern Pines (Little Falls, MN) – Nicole Kempenich

Lutheran Social Services of MN (St. Cloud, MN) – Susan Fuchs-Hoeschen

Mille Lacs County Community and Veterans Services (Milaca, MN) – Char Kohlgraf

Ridgeview Medical Center (Waconia, MN) – Mary Jordan

Crow Wing County Community Services (Brainerd, MN) –Kara Griffin

St Cloud Area School District 742 (St. Cloud, MN) – Philicity Messman

Central MN Mental Health Center (Monticello, MN) – William Affeldt

Wadena County Human Services (Wadena, MN) – Naomi Van Batzvia

St. Cloud State University Women’s Center (St. Cloud, MN) – Sheila Johnson

Title IVE

BSW Title IV-E Stipend Program Update

The Minnesota Child Welfare Consortium is happy to announce the additional of Metropolitan State University to the list of member schools. The member schools now include: Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota, and Winona State University. The Social Work Departments of the member schools are committed to increasing and retaining the numbers of trained social work professionals in public child welfare services. For more information about the program please contact Dr. Mary Pfohl (mlpfohl@stcloudstate.edu).


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