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School of Social Work

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Shirley R. Simon

Title/s: Associate Professor

Office #: Lewis Towers 1205

Phone: 312.915.7310

E-mail: ssimon@luc.edu

Degrees

BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Psychology
MSW, University of Illinois, Champaign.

B.A.,University of Michigan, M.S.W., University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. Professor Simon teaches in both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs, and chairs the group work sequence. She joined the faculty in 1991, having been director of the undergraduate social work program at the former Mundelein College. Areas of practice expertise include clinical practice with women, adult education, and services for adolescent and young adults. Research interests include contemporary challenges in group work education and practice, educational trends in clinical social work, psychosocial considerations in fibromyalgia, and adoption issues.

Program Areas

Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas: 
Social Work Practice with Groups; Professional Development for Social Workers
General Teaching Areas: Practice Courses at the MSW and BSW Levels

Research Interests

Current Research Projects: 
The current state of group work education in accredited MSW programs; Connecting students and professional associations; Online and hybrid-online courses in group work education; Five-year BSW-MSW programs: The role of part-time faculty in schools of social work

Professional Interests:
Linking Students and Professional Associations; Effective Teaching; Group Work Education and Practice; Professional Development for Social Work Students, Older Women and the Need for Group Connections

Professional & Community Affiliations

Community and Professional Service:

• Advisory Board Member, Annual Editions: Aging, Dushkin Publishers
• National and local involvement with the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG) – Consultant to Planning Committee for the 2009 International Symposium; Co-chair of the Committee for Student Involvement, Illinois Chapter; Facilitator of Student Presentations at the yearly International Symposium
• Primary organizer of community efforts resulting in the establishment of a 1.4 million dollar park in Northbrook, IL.2005-2008. Successful efforts to procure Illinois State grants to purchase and develop the park.
Maple and Wescott Schools  PTA – ongoing service involvements in multiple components of the program.

 

International Experience:
Presented papers and workshops at the 2008 International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG) in Cologne, Germany; Facilitated MSW student presentations at the Cologne Symposium.

Publications

Recent Faculty Scholarship:

Book Chapters

• Simon, S. & Webster, J. (2008). Group Work History: Past, Present, and Future – Struggle for Survival. Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups, Gitterman, A. and Salmon, R. (eds). Haworth Press, 33 - 38.
• Simon, S. & Stauber, K. (2008). Group Work Education – Use of Technology in Teaching. Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups, Gitterman, A. and Salmon, R. (eds). Haworth Press, 128 - 130.
• Simon, S. R. (2007). The Magic Wand. The group therapist’s notebook. Viers, D (ed.), New York: Haworth Press, 39-42.
Simon, S. R. (2007).Play Ball! The Name is the Game. The group therapist’s notebook.  Viers, D. (ed.), New York: Haworth Press, 29-31.


Articles

• Simon, S. R., Webster, J., & Horn, K. (2007). A critical call for connecting students and professional organizations. Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 30 (4), 5-19.
• Bergart, A., & Simon, S.R. (2005). Practicing what we preach: Creating groups for ourselves.  Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 27(4) 17-30.International, National and Statewide Presentations.
• Simon, S. R. & Parks, C. Making Mental Illness Real: A Video Narrative for Social Workers and Clients. Annual Illinois Statewide Conference of the National Association of Social Work (NASW), Chicago, September, 2009.
• Simon, S. R. & Akhtar, W, Social Work with American Muslims: A Call for Education and Connection. Annual Illinois Statewide Conference of the National Association of Social Work (NASW), Chicago, September, 2009.
• Simon, S.R. & Stauber, K. Group Work and Technology: Embracing the Inevitable (Plenary Address). 31st Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Chicago, June 2008.
• Simon, S.R. Giving voice to Group Work Education. 31st Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Chicago, June 2009.
• Simon, S.R. Talk About Teaching: Tools, Tips, and Techniques. (Workshop) 31st Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Chicago, June 2009.
• Simon, S.R. & Kilbane, T. Group Work in Graduate Social Work Education: Where are We Now? 31st Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Chicago, June 2009.
• Simon, S.R. Teaching Group Work Effectively: An International Exchange of Classroom Orientations and Strategies. (Workshop) 30th Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Cologne, Germany. June, 2008.
• Simon, S.R. Professional Associations in Crisis: A Curricular Response. 30th Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Cologne, Germany, June 2008.
• Simon, S.R. & Stauber, K. Teaching Group Work Online: Embracing the Inevitable. 30th Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Cologne, Germany, June 2008.

Faculty Grants:
Simon, S. R. (2006). EVOKE, Loyola University Chicago. Grant awarded for “The Development of Two Course Modules in the Group Work Course offerings of the Master of Social Work Program” connecting students and professional associations.
Simon, S. R. (2005). EVOKE, Loyola University Chicago. Grant awarded for “The Development of Two Course Modules in the Undergraduate Social Work Program” integrating vocation into the first and last required BSW courses as “bookend” reflection and application opportunities.

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