Teaching About Current Issues

Impact of Family Separation Policies

A new episode of the podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change, hosted and produced by Shimon Cohen, LCSW, features a conversation with Katherine Ambía, a social worker at a school-based mental health clinic in Queens, New York, about current family separation policies and the impact on students, families and professionals.

Up next for the

Educator | Resource

Prevention Training Modules
for Behavioral Health Practice

Coming up next is a resource to prepare social work students to reduce behavioral health problems in young people with a particular focus on reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in such problems. A set of the training modules will include ready-to-use lecture notes, short videos, activities and discussion questions.

Look for it on December 20th   


The work of the CSWE Center for Diversity is made possible through the support of the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.  

The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice is a resource to prepare social workers with the knowledge and skills to engage in effective practice with diverse populations and to help transform social systems in pursuit of more humane and equitable conditions. 

The Diversity Center is pleased to release the special topic infographic report of the 2017 CSWE Annual Survey of Social Work Programs, Priorities of Social Work Educators Regarding Diversity and Justice. See what social work educators are saying about how to prepare students to engage in diversity and justice practice.



Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability-Competent Care

Educator-Resource-Copy.jpgThis month’s Educator|Resource introduces Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care, which provides a foundation for integrating disability content into social work courses. The resource has two objectives. The first is to outline how content on disability aligns with specific values and competencies of social work education as defined by CSWE’s 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. The second is to provide specific classroom resources for social work educators. The guide incorporates the framework of the Disability-Competent Care (DCC) model, a person-centered care approach. The DCC model is based on three core values: the individual needs of the participant, respect for the participant’s choices, and the elimination of medical and institutional bias. Educators can draw from the various teaching resources provided here to fit their teaching objectives.

Teaching Resources

 Available in a companion Excel database spreadsheet searchable by type of resource and competency (accessible version available here):

        In-class excercises Fact sheets
  Media examples Assessments
  Slides Assignments
  Personal stories Readings



About the Educators: Dr. Jeanne Matich-Maroney and Dr. Matthew Bogenschutz 

Jeanne-Matich-Maroney.jpgJeanne Matich-Maroney is an associate professor of social work at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where she is currently serving as the department chair for social work and marriage & family therapy and director of the baccalaureate social work program. Dr. Matich-Maroney is alsos co-chair of the CSWE Council on Disabilities & Persons with Disabilities.  As a social work educator and researcher, she draws on 15 years of practice experience at the intersection of mental health and intellectual disabilities and has particular research interest in the trauma impacts of sexual abuse on adults with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Matich-Maroney earned her BS (social work), MSW, and PhD at New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Bogenschutz-Picture.jpgDr. Matthew Bogenschutz is an assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work. He is currently serving as co-chair of the CSWE Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities and brings his decade of practice experience with people with disabilities to his work as a social work educator and researcher. He is social work core faculty for the interprofessional Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program and has a research affiliation with VCU’s Partnership for People with Disabilities, where his federally funded work concentrates on policy solutions that can enable full community inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Bogenschutz earned his MSW and PhD at the University of Minnesota.

Educator Q&A

How can I use the Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care to strengthen the breadth of diversity content in my courses?
If you are considering the infusion of disability-related content into your course, we applaud you!  The following are a few ways that you might consider approaching the use of the Curricular Resource, whether you want to focus on a particular competency or curricular area, or use an intersectional framework: simple applications, multiple-duty applications, and intersectional applications.

Read the Full Q&A

Interested in contributing to the Educator | Resource of the Month? Please e-mail a short proposal to Dr. Yolanda Padilla, CSWE Diversity Center Director, at ypadilla@cswe.org.