Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change
Research, Rural Social Work, Dementia, Policy Advocacy - Nicole Ruggiano, PhD, MSW

Research, Rural Social Work, Dementia, Policy Advocacy - Nicole Ruggiano, PhD, MSW

April 2, 2018

Episode 3
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Nicole Ruggiano, PhD, MSW

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In this episode, I talk with Dr. Nicole Ruggiano, who is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama. We talk about Nicole’s research on dementia and how it led to working with the community of Tuskegee, where there is a history of unethical and racist practices by researchers. Nicole shares about the challenges facing rural communities and the importance of researchers, academics, and practitioners in supporting self-determination among individuals, families, and communities. Nicole urges listeners to get involved with policy advocacy and provides examples of how to do so. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

 Nicole’s email: nruggiano@ua.edu

Consulting, Reproductive Justice, Racial Equity - Nicole Clark, LMSW

Consulting, Reproductive Justice, Racial Equity - Nicole Clark, LMSW

March 19, 2018

Episode 2
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Nicole Clark, LMSW

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In this episode, I talk with Nicole Clark, of Nicole Clark Consulting. Nicole is a licensed social worker in Brooklyn, New York. We talk about Nicole’s consulting work – program design, program evaluation, strategic planning, and trainings – with an emphasis on how she keeps social justice, racial equity, and reproductive justice as her focus. Nicole shares how she decided to study social work and how she started her own business. She provides a brief overview of the Reproductive Justice framework. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Nicole’s website: http://nicoleclarkconsulting.com/

Mental Health, Trauma, Self-Care, Advocacy - Jonathan Foiles, LCSW

Mental Health, Trauma, Self-Care, Advocacy - Jonathan Foiles, LCSW

March 5, 2018

Episode 1
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Jonathan Foiles, LCSW

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In this episode, I talk with Jonathan Foiles, who is a clinical social worker in Chicago, Illinois. We talk about Jonathan’s clinical work with clients who have experienced trauma, cross-cultural practice, whiteness, and self-disclosure. Jonathan shares how he got into this work. We discuss self-care, which for Jonathan includes writing about social policy issues and their impact on clients, using clients’ stories and his experience as a way to show the reality of how policy decisions negatively impact people’s lives. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Link to Jonathan's article: http://beltmag.com/fixing-chicago-mental-health-system/

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