inSocialWork® is the UB School of Social Work’s monthly 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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Group of abortion rights protestors outside of US Supreme Court.

Abortion is no longer a constitutionally-protected right. What are the implications for the field of Social Work, our clients, and where do we go from here?

To the surprise of pretty much no one, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Dobbs case, finding that the Constitution does not confer any right to an abortion, and for good measure, went on to overrule both Roe v. Wade and the Casey precedents. The ruling literally takes away the legal right granted to women by the court almost 50 years ago.

In anticipation of the court’s decision, we reached out to guests Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt and Dr. Mery Diaz, who agreed to record this episode four days after the June 24th decision. Our guests are two scholars who, for the last decade, have each advocated, written, trained and taught Reproductive Justice. In this conversation, Peter Sobota steps aside and passes the microphone to Hyatt and Diaz, who are long-time friends and dedicated Social Workers. They discuss their initial reactions; what the decision’s impact on vulnerable communities is likely to be; what is needed now from the greater community of social workers; and, what are the most practical ways social workers and others can take action in the near and long-term future.

Our Featured Podcast

Episode 283 - Dr. Robin Leake: Child Welfare and COVID-19: Ensuring safety and well-being in a global pandemic

In this episode, our guest Dr. Robin Leake - Project Director for National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative (NCWWI) discusses how social workers are navigating the impact of the Coronavirus on child welfare systems, the people they serve, and the workers who serve them. She details how workers are attending to their core mission, how they are supporting families, and how they are struggling with the impact on their own lives as they adapt to the severe disruptions the pandemic has introduced.

Technology in Social Work

Technology in Social Work Resource Center.

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 opportunities, 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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