Ronnie Swartz, Ph.D., LCSW

Ronnie Swartz Ph.D., LCSW

Department Chair, Professor
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Behavioral and Social Sciences 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.

My work in communities has focused on inclusive services that maintain youth and family relationships and minimize out-of-home placements. This has largely taken the form of Wraparound planning in education, mental health, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse and child welfare settings. I am committed to socially just practices that assist people in the realization of their preferred ways of being in the world.

Faculty web page: http://users.humboldt.edu/swartz/