Ronnie Swartz, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor and Chair
Arcata, CA 95521
707.826.4562
Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, 546

 

I am particularly interested in the living wisdom and knowledge people have developed, and the processes through which this wisdom and knowledge is marginalized by dominant cultural discourses. I believe social work requires a commitment to highly ethical and effective practices that privilege people's ways of thinking, feeling, acting, and being in the world rather than universalizing experience and totalizing people's identities. As a social worker I have consulted with individuals and their families, adults, and organizations in education, mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, and child advocacy systems. My interests include narrative work, harm reduction, restorative justice, family-centered practices, and social/economic policy. My purpose in practicing and teaching social work is to assist people in the realization of their preferred ways of being in the world.

Manuscripts (Published):

  • Morris, T., Mathias, C., Swartz, R., Jones, C.A., and Klungtvet-Morano, M. (2014). The Pathway Program: How a Collaborative, Distributed Learning Program Showed Us the Future of Social Work Education. Chapter 18 in Kurzman, P.A. & Maiden, R.P. Distance Learning and Online Education in Social Work. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Swartz, R. (2010). Medical marijuana users in substance abuse treatment. Harm Reduction Journal, 7 (3).
  • Swartz, R. (2009). Affirming the "S" in HBSE through the Socio-Cultural Discourses of Lev Vygotsky, Barbara Myerhoff, Jerome Bruner, and Ken Gergen. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 19(7).
  • Swartz, R. (2009). "Reflections on Power and Privilege." In Congress, E., Black, P., & Strom-Gottfried, K. Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource, Second Edition. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education Press.
  • Swartz, R. (2009). "Values and Ethics: The Philosophy of Social Work - MSW Course." In Congress, E., Black, P., & Strom-Gottfried, K. Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource, Second Edition . Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education Press.
  • Swartz, R. (2008). Some will rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen: social work education and the ecological folk wisdom of Woody Guthrie. MERLOT.
  • Swartz, R. (2007). Social Work Values in An Age of Complexity. Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, 4(3).
  • Swartz, R. (2005). Making The Most With The Time You've Got: Myths and Real Experiences in Human Service Systems. In Gordon, L. J., Tullis, K., Hanson, A., Sowders, S. (Eds.). Building on family strengths: Research and services in support of children and their families. 2004 conference proceedings. Portland, OR: Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. 117-121.
  • Swartz, R. (2004). Narrative Work in Public Social Services through Wraparound Planning. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 23(2), 51-67.
  • Swartz, R. (2004). The Spirit of Brief Work in the Human Services. In Gordon, L. J., Tullis, K., Hanson, A., Magee, A., Everhart, M., & Bradley, J. (Eds.). Building on family strengths: Research and services in support of children and their families. 2002 conference proceedings. Portland, OR: Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. 179-182.
  • Swartz, R. (1999). Relative Influence Questioning. Humboldt County Celebrates, 32, 2-3.
  • Swartz, R. (1999). People and Problems. Humboldt County Celebrates, 41, 2-3.

Manuscripts (Unpublished/Drafts):

CV (link)