Featuring conversations with noted social work professionals and researchers, this podcast series explores emerging trends and best practices in the field.

inSocialWork® is the UB School of Social Work’s biweekly podcast series. The purpose is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. 

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Episode 233 - Dr. Amy Krings: Austerity Politics: What Social Workers Need to Know About Emergency Management Laws

In this episode, our guest Dr. Amy Krings discusses the increasing use of emergency management laws as a response to fiscal crises and how these policies disproportionately affect individuals residing in urban communities, particularly poor and minority populations. She describes the challenges that urban austerity measures and emergency management practices present and suggests actions that social workers can take to help improve communities, mitigate harm, and shape public policies.

Our Featured Podcast

Episode 72 - Dr. Jan Ivery and Dr. M. Lori Thomas: Aging in Place on the Streets: Homelessness Among Older Adults

Drs. Jan Ivery and M. Lori Thomas discuss the findings of their research with the often overlooked older adult homeless population. Our guests describe the challenges of meeting the unique needs of this population and the contradictions that are raised as the older adult homeless population burgeons.

Technology in Social Work

It is an exciting time to be a social worker! New and innovative uses of technology are opening up possibilities for better serving our clients. inSocialWork® and the UB School of Social Work have many opportunities to learn more about creative ways that social workers are using technology and explore the latest information on how you can incorporate technology into your practice.

Listen to the podcasts below to find out more about how social workers are leveraging different kinds of technology to build upon client strengths and increase the impact of their agencies. These podcasts cover a wide range of technologies, ranging from text messaging to social media, and even video games!

You can also check out the Technology in Social Work Resource Center, which contains links to a variety of websites, video, podcats, and articles that explore how technology is making a difference in social work practice. You can even submit your own suggestions for items to include in the Technology Resource Center! 

Trauma-Informed and Human Rights Perspective

Here at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, we are proud of our Trauma-Informed and Human Rights Perespective!

inSocialWork® offers a variety of podcasts on trauma, trauma-informed care, human rights and social justice. You can browse these podcasts at the links below. You can also download flyers highlighting just a few of our podcasts on these topics.

Global Social Work

Social workers need a variety skills and a knowledge base to successfully navigate the diverse landscape of our increasingly global world. The University at Buffalo School of Social Work provides many opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice and global citizenship. Follow the links below to learn more about these oppotunities, and to listen to some of our podcasts on cultural competence and international social work.

Self-Care with inSocialWork®

Self-care is an essential part of sustaining good social work practice.

At inSocialWork®, we encourage social workers to explore, develop, and engage good self-care to enrich both their lives and their profession.

Here, you can find links to our podcasts related to social worker self-care, explore a variety of self-care resources in UB School of Social Work's Self Care Starter Kit, and view inspiring photos of social workers engaging in self-care submitted by listeners to our Self-Care Photo Contest. Be sure to 'Like' our Facebook page for updates on new episodes and information on inSocialWork®!

Most Popular Categories

From mental health to substance abuse, from ethics to cultural competence, there is a variety of podcast topic categories to explore.

Currently, the categories with the most downloads are:

1. Macro Social Work & Community Issues

2.  Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care*

3. Social Work Practice & Interventions*

Enjoy this sample of top picks from among our most popular topics:

Episode 147 - Dr. Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak: Social Entrepreneurship as a Social Work Practice

When asked about the word "entrepreneurship," most people are likely to think about business-oriented activities, perhaps, more specifically, using business innovation as a route to develop or enhance a business enterprise. However, most people probably have not considered using social consciousness as a foundation for engaging in entrepreneurial activities. In this podcast, Professors Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak will explore using entrepreneurship as a method to address social change.

Episode 48 - Robert Whitaker: Rethinking Psychiatric Care: If We Follow the Scientific Evidence, What Must We Do to Better Promote Long-term Recovery?

In this episode, author and journalist Robert Whitaker discusses what he has discovered through study of the evidence that is utilized to guide the treatment of psychiatric illness. With a critical eye, he describes the paradoxes in the conventional wisdom and practice in this field and how faithfully "following the evidence" would transform care for the drug-based treatment of mental illness.

Episode 10 - Dr. Sandra Bloom: The Sanctuary Model: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Treatment and Services

Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., co-creator of the Sanctuary Model, discusses a trauma-informed approach to treatment and systems change. Dr. Bloom describes the paradigm shift needed to understand the psychobiology of trauma and its impact on recovery from mental illness.

Episode 5 - Models of Supervision: Parallel Processes and Honest Relationships

Peter Sobota, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UB School of Social Work, speaks with Dr. Lawrence Shulman, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the UB School Of Social Work, about the nature of supervision in direct practice and administration.

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