MAY 31 – JUNE 2, 2018




­­­­­­­Thursday, May 31

2:00-6:00 PM        Registration                        Clark-Fox Forum

5:00-6:00                Light Reception                 Clark-Fox Forum

                                    Drinks and snacks                                                                              

6:00-7:30                 Opening Plenary               Clark-Fox Forum

Sponsored by the USC Suzanne
Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Sunny Harris Rome
President, ISP
George Mason University                                    

Social Policy Change:  Aligning Our Thinking, Doing and Being

Jeanette Mott Oxford
Executive Director, Empower Missouri                         

Friday, June 1

7:30-9:00 AM         Registration                               Clark-Fox Forum

8:00-8:45                  Continental Breakfast           Clark-Fox Forum

8:00-8:35                 Poster Presentations              Clark-Fox Forum

Problems and Politics: A Multiple Streams Analysis of the Excellence of Mental Health Act of 2014
The Multiple Streams framework is used to study the legislative success of The Excellence in Mental Health Act. This analysis examines how policy entrepreneurs were helped by a national focusing event in finally getting their policy solution to the desk of politicians and made into law.

Megan Leopold
University of Kansas

Down the Drain: Using a New Framework to Analyze Bathroom Bills
The nationwide backlash from North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” resulted in a quick repeal. Examining the nature of those arguments led to the development of the SALE model, a framework that can be used to evaluate a bill’s alignment with critical social policy and to explain how political power is weaponized.

Julie Walsh
Indiana University

Dream On: Predictors of Attitudes toward Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
This research explored the relationships among race, gender, generational status, religious fundamentalism, and racial prejudice, on undergraduate social work students’ attitudes towards children of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Gracen Williams
Western Kentucky University

8:45-9:45                 Plenary Session                        Clark-Fox Forum

Co-sponsored by the Graduate College
of Social Work, University of Houston

Policy and Equity: What Cities Can Do to Expand Opportunity and Access

Nicole Hudson
Deputy Major for Racial Equity and Priority Initiatives
City of St. Louis

Moderator: Gary Parker
Policy Conference 2.0 Planning Committee
Director, Clark-Fox Policy Institute

9:45-10:00                  Break

10:00-11:00                Concurrent Sessions (See below)

Session A: Presentations
Hillman 120

Pick Your Platform: Social Media Advocacy
An MSW-level required, macro course used a social media assignment to teach skilled and ethical cause/policy advocacy. The assignment assessed CSWE Competencies 1 and 8. There was a statistically significant increase in competency and knowledge of social media platforms’ written/unwritten rules. We discuss experiences with and recommendations for assignment implementation.

Julia Kleinschmit                            Stephen Cummings
University of Iowa                          University of Iowa

Networked Governance and Policy Implementation
The network model of governance is responsive to implementing policy solutions to address complex social problems. This presentation describes the background, design and findings of a network analysis study that examined the implementation of a statewide systems change for the provision of publicly funded children’s behavioral health services.

Jill Manit
University of Nevada – Reno

Session B: Presentations
Hillman 130

The Persistence of Residential Segregation by Race: The Role of Social Policy
Does Federal housing policy promote residential segregation? Using the Isolation Index (Bell, 1954) and analytic frameworks, we compare post-WWII-Keynesian and Neoliberal eras. That segregation rose steadily (1940-1970), plateaued at high levels (1970-2010), but remained higher in 2010 than in 1940 creates the urgency for influencing future social policy starting today.

Mimi Abramovitz
Hunter College

Systematic Review of Implementation & Outcomes from TANF: Evidence from Social Work Research
This systematic review will (a) describe TANF components, including eligibility and responsibilities, lifetime-limits, and sanctions; (b) synthesize evidence on employment, income, and penalization of recipients; and (c) recommend changes that social workers can advocate around. These recommendations include elimination of lifetime limits and administrative bias and expansion of work activities.

Robert Bennett
Indiana State University

Session C: Workshop
Hillman 110

Using Specification Grading to Foster Student Engagement and Empowerment in Policy Practice
This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of specification grading. This grading method motivates student learning and engagement by giving them control of their own progress towards learning outcomes. Implemented in a policy classroom, it mirrors CSWE’s commitment to competency-based education, and supports students’ development into empowered policy advocates.

Katharine Hill
University of St. Thomas

Session D: Workshop
Hillman 300

Doing Policy Practice Research within an Ethic of Care Framework
The ‘ethic of care’ policy practice framework (Cummins, Byers, & Pedrick, in press) will be applied to prevalent social issues (aging, immigration, and women’s health care), focusing on shifting paradigms from market driven policies, toward a future of inclusive caring policy opportunities within social welfare policy and social work practice.

Linda Cummins                       Katharine Byers
Northcentral                             University Indiana University

Session E: Workshop
Hillman 370

A Semester with the Millers: A Simulation on Law and Policy
Students being trained in social work benefit from an exposure to both law and policy. In order to heighten interest and engagement in undergraduate classes, faculty can employ the use of role play and simulation as a pedagogical tool to create interest in social work policy or law classes.

Jeffrey Thompson
Austin Peay State University

11:00-11:15              Break

11:15-12:15               Concurrent Sessions (See below)

Session A: Presentations
Hillman 120

Including Neighborhood Violence in an Analysis of TANF Receipt
TANF policy often features efforts to move recipients from benefits to employment, with a focus on personal rather than structural barriers. While violence exposure, through toxic stress, is known to cause barriers to employment, there is a research gap in evaluating the connection between violence and TANF receipt. Using data from the Welfare, Children, and Families Three-City Study, I find that including violence in analysis of barriers to TANF changes the impact of multiple variables traditionally included in TANF research.

Rachel Kirzner
Stockton University

School-to-Prison Pipeline: Current Education Policy and Future Implications
The school-to-prison pipeline is an area of concern and has an impact on academic outcomes. The removal of students from schools into the criminal justice system is problematic. This paper focuses on the impacts of discipline in five Missouri school districts: Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant RII, Hazelwood, Ladue, and St. Louis City.

Maya Williams
Washington University

Session B: Presentations
Hillman 130

What Difference Does It Make? MSW Students’ Attitudes Toward Elected Office
Survey results from 545 MSW students and 200 JD students indicate the more social workers see elected office as a way of contributing to the community, the more interested they are in running for office. However, law students have a higher regard for elected office’s difference-making potential to begin with.

Patrick Meehan
University of Michigan

Maximizing Social Policy’s Impact in a Changing Political Landscape
This presentation highlights the goals and recommendations from a Policy Practice Summit focused on strengthening attention to social workers as policy practitioners, highlighting partnership potential between advocacy organizations and social work educators, and identifying action steps for sustaining attention to policy practice into the future.

Joan Levy Zlotnik
National Association of Social Workers

Session C: Workshop
Hillman 110

Group-Based Policy Practice Utilizing an Integrated Policy Model for Teaching Advocacy Skills
Policy practice is a core competency for social work education. This workshop shares a unique approach to teaching policy advocacy through a groups-based course with an integrated advocacy project. Students develop a policy brief, around which an advocacy plan is designed and implemented. Presenters will share models and lessons learned.

David Beimers
Minnesota State University

Session D: Workshop
Hillman 300

ACEs Science and Social Policy Catalysts for Community Change
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) science has the potential to transform the work of the social work profession. This presentation will discuss connections between ACEs, neuroscience, toxic stress, and implications for social policy. Presenters will describe their experiences with an initiative that combines micro, mezzo, and macro practice advocacy.

Anne Vande Berg                                  Ruth Charles
Winona State University                     Winona State University

Session E: Roundtable
Hillman 370

2020 Census: Engaging Social Workers to Make People Count
The 2020 Census will impact critical policy, voting, and funding decisions for at least the next 10 years. This facilitated roundtable will invite participants to brainstorm outreach, education and advocacy strategies for involving social workers in Census 2020 and ways to engage our clients, students, allied professionals and community members.

Amy Murphy-Nugen
Western Carolina University

12:15-12:45 PM      Lunch                                           Clark-Fox Forum

12:45-1:30   Plenary Session: News from the Profession  Clark-Fox Forum

Curriculum Guide for Specialized Macro Practice
Sunny Harris Rome                           Suzanne Pritzker
George Mason University                 University of Houston

National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign
Katharine Hill                                     Mimi Abramovitz
St. Thomas University                       Hunter College

Tanya Rhodes Smith
Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work

Moderator: Shannon Lane
Policy 2.0 Planning Committee
Sacred Heart University

1:30-1:45                          Break

1:45–2:45                        Concurrent Sessions (See below)                        

Session A: Presentations
Hillman 120

Four Dimensions of Connecting Social Policy Education with Social Work Practice
A conceptual study highlights four dimensions to connect social policy education and social work practice: social policy as a context of social work practice; social policy as a context of clients’ experiences; social policy as an intervention in social work practice; social policy as an intervention to clients’ treatment.

Xiaoran Wang
Fordham University

Pay for Success: Critical Interdisciplinary Insights to Inform Social Work’s Response
Pay for Success (PFS) is a new, innovative, outcomes-based financing mechanism for social services. Grounded in critical theory, this presentation highlights key normative and pragmatic questions about PFS that social work must interrogate when determining its stance towards this innovation. Implications for policy practitioners and educators are highlighted.

Kevin Cherry
Portland State University

Session B: Presentations
Hillman 130

Dynamics of Disability, Food Security, Health and SNAP Participation
This study examines how the transition to adulthood may affect food security, health, and access to healthcare for youth with disabilities, and it also estimates the effects that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has on this group in those turbulent years.

Baorong Guo                                       Jin Huang
Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis              St. Louis University

Shirley Porterfield
University of Missouri – St. Louis

The Earned Income Tax Credit: Leaving Money on the Table
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a well-regarded anti-poverty program that promotes self-reliance and work. However, many qualifying people fail to claim it. Social work has an important role to play in disseminating information about this program and increasing participation among low-income families.

Elena Delavega
University of Memphis

Session C: Workshop
Hillman 110

Fostering Student Engagement and Competency in Social Welfare and Policy Practice
This interactive workshop provides a model of social welfare/social policy course elements designed to enhance student engagement and competency in understanding, assessing, and applying critical thinking and advocacy to advance human rights through policy practice and interdisciplinary engagement. Examples are provided and an interactive discussion of strategies will be facilitated.

Sean Camp                                           Susan Egbert
Utah State University                        Utah State University

Session D: Workshop
Hillman 300

Teaching Ethical Decision-Making in Policy Practice
Policy practitioners often face complex ethical dilemmas. This workshop presents a method for teaching ethics in the classroom, walking participants through the application of three ethical decision-making frameworks (Reamer, Reisch & Lowe, and Loewenberg & Dolgoff) to navigate scenarios representative of ethical dilemmas one may experience in policy practice.

Suzanne Pritzker                                 Shannon Lane
University of Houston                        Sacred Heart University

2:45-3:00                      Break

3:00-4:00                      Invited Sessions (Choose one)

Solving the Licensing Dilemma: Forging a Path for Macro Students and Practitioners
Hillman 120

In many states, clinical licensing laws are among the factors keeping interested students from pursuing macro specializations. A national task force has been seeking solutions to this licensing dilemma. Hear what is being considered – and add your voice to the discussion around how best to provide a viable path to professional macro practice.

Sunny Harris Rome                    Katharine Hill
George Mason University          St. Thomas University

From Case to Cause and the Voter Mobilization Campaign
Hillman 130

Lessons obtained from social work’s Grand Accomplishments and the Case-to-Cause framework (designed to balance social work’s micro-macro divide) suggest that making civic participation more central to social work education can help to “set the stage” for influencing social policy in next 20 years. Describes Voter Mobilization as an example.

Mimi Abramovitz                  Margaret Sherraden
Hunter College                       University of Missouri – St. Louis

4:15-5:30 Panel Discussion with ISP Founding Members   Clark-Fox Forum
Sponsored by the Social Work Department, Sacred Heart University

Lessons from the Past and Priorities for the Future
This year marks ISP’s 20th Anniversary. As we examine the role of the social work profession in shaping policy and recognize our achievements of the past, we also take this opportunity to think, collectively, about how to tackle the challenges ahead. Join some of ISP’s founding members in a stimulating conversation!

Anthony Bibus                Katharine V. Byers
Professor Emeritus        Associate Professor of Social Work (retired)
Augsburg University      Indiana University

Robert L. Schneider
Professor Emeritus
Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael Sherraden
Founding Director, Center for Social Development
Washington University

5:30-6:30                         ISP Anniversary Celebration
Music, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres                           Clark-Fox Forum

Saturday, June 2

7:30-9:00 AM     Registration                           Clark-Fox Forum

7:45-8:45        Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:45       ISP Annual Membership Meeting    Clark-Fox Forum

Join us as we review highlights from the past year, vote on our new Board of Directors, and recognize the winners of this year’s ISP awards. [Please see next page.]

8:45              Wear orange and gather for a group photo to support “Wear Orange 2018” to recognize individuals and communities impacted by gun violence.



University of Washington students
Faculty Advisor: Claudia Sellmaier

Sarah K. Smith, Carly Dunn, Ana Campos, Tiffani Williams,
Mariah Boutte, Matthew Lang, Ambers Pangburn, Tana Berry

Minnesota State University students
Faculty Advisor: David Beimers

Michelle Anklan, Lorelei Tinaglia, Jeffrey Matejcek

“The Blame Index: Exploring the Change in Social Work
Students’ Perceptions of Poverty”

Elena Delavega, Peter Kindle, Susan Peterson, Charles Schwartz

9:00-10:00                      Concurrent Sessions (See below)

Session A: Presentations
Hillman 120

A Qualitative Study Exploring Barriers and Solutions in Changing State Legislation Related to Clinical Social Work Practice
The session will introduce attendees to a theory developed from a qualitative grounded theory study related to understanding barriers and solutions used to overcome barriers experience by states in their efforts to change state legislation regulating clinical social work practice.

Diana Cooper-Bolinskey
Capella University

The Underutilized Instrument: Social Workers’ Abandonment of Elected Office in Michigan
This study uses licensure to determine the proportion of social worker candidates in the population of social workers in the six largest counties in Michigan. It compares this proportion to the proportion of lawyer candidates, and finds social workers are far less likely to run for office than lawyers.

Patrick Meehan
University of Michigan

Session B: Workshop
Hillman 130

Resources for Teaching the Landscape of Environmental Justice
While social workers bring community organizing and policy advocacy skills to the environmental field, it is imperative that we learn environmental language and major policies. A resource guide for environmental justice curriculum development and discussion of environmental justice issues, activities and assignments will be offered to workshop participants.

Donna McIntosh
Siena College

Session C: Workshop
Hillman 110

Developing Curriculum to Decrease Income Inequality: A Case Example
Relatively few schools have developed courses that analyze strategies for reducing the Grand Challenge of Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality. This interactive workshop will provide curriculum materials, PowerPoint slides, a new text, and an Internet site to attendees, who will also hear feedback from two students in this class.

Bruce Jansson                                           Monique Holguin
University of Southern California         University of Southern California

Sara Semborski                                         Jose Reyes
University of Southern California         University of Southern California

Session D: Roundtable
Hillman 300

Connecting Research, Practice, and Social Policy through Implementation Science
Social workers advocate for policy changes by articulating how cost-effective and research-informed practices improve community outcomes. This roundtable explores implementation methods that strengthen research relationships with innovative and sustainable practices to promote data-driven dialogue with policy makers. Implications for micro and macro social work practitioners are discussed.

Danielle Galvin
University of Nebraska-Omaha

10:15-11:15        Concurrent Sessions (See below)

Session A: Presentations
Hillman 120

Policy Change to Support Trauma-Informed Care in Child Welfare
Child welfare systems have begun to adopt trauma-informed approaches to service delivery that represent an understanding of trauma and its impact on children. This presentation describes an organizational policy adaptation process undertaken in Connecticut’s child welfare system to sustain an initiative to become more trauma-informed.

Kim Campbell
Child Health and Development Institute

Poverty Related Child Maltreatment: Implications for Policy and Practice
Results from a statewide evaluation of Connecticut’s Differential Response approach to delivering child welfare services indicates that systemic factors, specifically poverty, play a significant role in reports/re-reports of child maltreatment. Evaluation results provide a context to redefine child protective services from both a policy and practice perspective.

Patricia Carlson
University of Connecticut

Session B: Workshop
Hillman 130

Social Media and Policy Discourse
This session tangible tools for social policy influencers to become more effective in social media environments by increasing understanding of how these platforms operate and how to use idiosyncrasies of social media culture to maximize policy change impact.

Linda Schmidt
Western Michigan University

Session C: Workshop
Hillman 110

Advancing Macro-Level Practice through Service-Learning Projects
A trend noticed by CSWE and the NASW is a shift of interest toward micro level social work and away from macro level practice. Learn how to create a service-learning project to increase student interest and efficacy in macro level social work. Benefits, challenges, and logistics of project discussed.

Dana Branson
Southeast Missouri State University

Session D: Roundtable
Hillman 300

Notes from the Field: Social Work’s Important Role in Voter Turnout
The discussion will begin with an overview of empirically-tested voter engagement programs the facilitators have used within social work agencies, community partners and MSW/BSW curricula. With this foundation, participants will be asked to share their own experiences with voter engagement for a group discussion of goals, solutions and next steps.

Katharine Hill                              Shannon Lane
St. Thomas University                Sacred Heart University

Danielle Hubley                           Tanya Rhodes Smith
University of Connecticut          University of Connecticut

11:15-11:30                 Break

11:30-12:30               Concurrent Sessions (See below)

Session A: Presentations
Hillman 120

Basic Finance in the Information Age: Moving Toward the Public Good?
The information age and growing financialization offer promise in terms of efficiency and inclusion. However, in practice, they have contributed to rising income and wealth inequality. This paper explores the expansion of basic finance in everyday life, the effect on low-income populations, and proposes a policy solution.

Michael Sherraden                  Jin Huang                        Margaret Sherraden
Washington University          St. Louis University        Washington University

Beyond Cash Assistance: Examining TANF as a Funding Mechanism
In this paper, I discuss the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program as a funding stream providing states wide leeway over resource use. I examine correlates of state expenditure patterns, including factors such as the salience of race to state politics and government political ideology.

Vincent Fusaro
Boston College

Session B: Workshop
Hillman 130

Strengthening Civil Engagement and Advocacy Skills through Public Dialogue and Deliberation
This workshop explores benefits of engaging students about social policy issues through dialogue and deliberation. The faculty lead and three Community Engaged Student Assistants will share how to use dialogue and deliberative techniques in classes and events, lessons learned, and tips for student and community engagement on social policy issues.

Donna Aguiniga                    Margaret Herbert                    Jaina Willahan
University of Alaska             University of Alaska                University of Alaska
Anchorage                              Anchorage                                 Anchorage

Session C: Workshop
Hillman 110

Making It Local
Teaching social policy in an online asynchronous platform, though common, creates challenges for connecting students to the material. The session will describe a series of assignments that require students to explore various social policy aspects of their home communities and therefore ground the content in their local community.

Suzanne McDevitt
Edinboro University

Session D: Roundtable
Hillman 300

Courageous Conversations: Using Practice Skills in Policy Advocacy Work
How to apply social work skills to advocacy is difficult for social work students to grasp. Let’s share ideas and experiences used in the classroom that allow students to explore making people feel heard as a first step to building relationships as we strive to create a more tolerant society.

Bruce McCallister
Indiana University

12:30-12:45 p.m.                  Lunch                                    Clark-Fox Forum

12:45-2:00                              Panel Presentation         Clark-Fox Forum
Sponsored by the Clark-Fox Policy Institute

Social Media. Social Action. Social Policy

Jonathan Schwabish                              De Andrea Nichols
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute            Social Media Entrepreneur

Hawk Newsome
President, NY Chapter
Black Lives Matter

Gary Parker
Policy Conference 2.0 Planning Committee
Director, Clark-Fox Policy Institute