Faculty Profiles

Todd J. Vanidestine

Assistant Professor
Social Work

Social Work Building Room 313
516.877.4317
516.877.4392
TVANIDESTINE@ADELPHI.EDU

General Information

Diplomas/Degrees

Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore (2015)

MSW, Sliberman/Hunter College School of Social Work (2007)

MHR (Human Relations), University of Oklahoma (2000)

BGS (Sociology), University of Nebraska, Omaha (1997)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Critical thinking and reflection skills are imperative for effective social work practice, whether one is a clinical practitioner, group counselor, community organizer, or administrator. However, the insights resulting from this reflection must also include individual and collective action to operationalize new awareness. In my teaching, I rely on Paulo Freire’s approach to critical reflection and action as “praxis” or a continuous dialectical interaction that produces changes within individuals and society as a whole. A key component of my teaching philosophy is facilitating discussions, activities, and assignments that encourage the melding of formal education and lived experiences in order to promote a deeper understanding of both. In turn, the process of building interpersonal and collective relationships establishes the foundation for creating a learning community so people gain a deeper sense of their own power to effect societal change.

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