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)
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.
Issues In Social Welfare I: History And Philosophy Of Social Welfare
Courses Previously Taught
Courses Previously Taught
Issues in Social Welfare II: Inequality, Inequity, and Social Justice
My teaching specializations and interests include: Social Work Macro Practice, Social Policy, Community Organizing, Racial and Social Justice, Health Equity, Case Management
Racial and ethnic health disparities
Anti-racism and anti-oppression organizing and teaching
Osteen, P., Vanidestine, T., & Sharpe, T. (2013), Multicultural curriculum and MSW students' attitudes about race and diversity. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(2), 111-128.
Pecukonis, E.V., Doyle, O., Acquavita, S., Aparicio, L., Gibbons, M., & Vanidestine, T. (2013), Inter-professional leadership training in MCH social work. Social Work in Health Care, 52(7), 625-641.
Vanidestine, T. (2017). Understanding the power of language: Analyzing racial and health disparities discourse. Interactive Workshop presented at the 63rd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
Vanidestine, T. (2016). Racial and ethnic health inequity: Racial concepts, discourse, and policy change. Presented at NASW-NYC Social Work in the City: Building a Progressive Agenda and Striving for a Better Life for all New Yorkers Conference, New York, NY.
Vanidestine, T., & Quiros, L. (2016). Connecting the discourse of racial ethnic health disparities racism and whiteness. Presented at the White Privilege Symposium--NYC, Understanding white privilege and whiteness: Making personal and institutional change, New York, NY.
O'Reilly, N., Vanidestine, T., & Pecukonis, E. (2013). Problem-based learning and social work leadership: A maternal and child health perspective. In In Council on Social Work Education 59th Annual Program Meeting. Dallas, TX.
Vanidestine, T., Aparicio, E., & O'Reilly, N. (2012). Social work eduction and infusing racial justice content: Qualitative research curriculum. In In Council on Social Work Education 58th Annual Program Meeting. Washington, DC.
Vanidestine, T. (2011). Multicultural education and students' attitudes toward members of marginalized and oppressed groups. In In Council on Social Work Education 57th Annual Program Meeting. Atlanta, GA.
Quiros, L., & Vanidestine, T. (2017). White privilege. Presented as an elective for Adelphi University Diversity Certificate Program. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
Vanidestine, T. (2016). Connecting clinical and macro practice: Experiences and reflections. Smith College School of Social Work, Dr. Rani Varghese's SW 599 Clinical Work and Social Action: Bridging the False Dichotomy (Guest lecturer), Springfield, MA.
Vanidestine, T., Leschak, M., & Haley, D. (2016). Clinical social work and racism. Anti-Oppression Student Workgroup (AOWG) panel on clinical social and racism. University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work (Presenter), Baltimore, MD.
Vanidestine, T. (2014). Race, gender, class, & power: Community engagement & accountability. Bmore Free Urban Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Institutional Oppress & Self-Care Training, Baltimore, MD.
Bernabei, S., Scott, M., & Vanidestine, T. (2013). Overview--Achieving racial equity: Calling the social work profession to action. University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.
Vanidestine, T. (2013, December). Community organizing & racial equity. Baltimore Youth Initiative, Baltimore, MD.
Adelphi University/Faculty Center for Professional Excellence
High Impact Teaching and Learning Practices grant (2016)
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