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Elizabeth Keenan

 Liz Keenan 2015

Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Keenan holds a Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work and an MSW from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Keenan joined the full-time faculty in 2001, served as the BSW Coordinator for 6 years, and was promoted to Professor in 2011. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of practice and human behavior in the social environment.

Dr. Keenan’s research interests include strategies, skills, and use of self in generalist practice, change principles in learning and practice, and leadership actions within organizations. The author of numerous journal articles, she also published a textbook with Dr. Mark Cameron: The Common Factors Model for Generalist Practice. Dr. Keenan is on the Editorial Board of the Clinical Social Work Journal.

Licensed as a clinical social worker in the State of Connecticut, she has over ten years of clinical practice experience. For the last several years her practice has shifted into leadership and community organizing. She is a leader in the WCGMF Community Leadership Program and with CONECT: Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut.(www.weconect.org).

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Community organizing
  • Leadership actions within organizations
  • Courageous conversations about social issues 
  • Common factors in social work practice

Education

            Ph.D.  Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA  2001

            M.S.W.  Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL  1990

            B.A.  College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN  1983

 Courses Regularly Taught

SWK 377 Methods of Intervention II: Groups

SWK 378 Methods of Intervention III: Organizations and Communities

SWK 551 Diversity, Oppression, and Social Functioning

 Recent Scholarship

Keenan, E.K., Sandoval, S., & Limone, C. (submitted for possible publication). Leadership from the front lines: Realizing social work’s responsibility & potential. Submitted to Journal of Social Work.       

Keenan, E.K., Limone, C., & Sandoval, S. (2017). A "just sense of well-being": Social work's unifying purpose in action. Social Work, 62(1), 19-28. doi: 10.1093/sw/sww066 [1 citation]

Keenan, E.K. (2016). Applying research to enhance capacity: A unifying purpose for an integrated profession. Journal of Social Work Education 52(sup1), pS62-S73. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2016.1174640

Schneider, D.A., & Keenan, E.K. (2015).  From being known in the classroom to “moments of meeting”: What intersubjectivity offers contemplative pedagogy. Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 2(1), 1-16.

Keenan, E.K., & Grady, M.D. (2014). From silos to scaffolding: Engaging and effective social work practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42(2), 193-204.  doi: 10.1007/s10615-014-0490-5. Note: This was the concluding article for the special issue: Beyond the manual: Using research and evidence in clinical social work practice that was coedited by Dr. Grady and myself. [1 citation]

Grady, M.D., & Keenan, E.K. (2014). Beyond the manual: Using research and evidence in social work practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42(2), 101-106. doi: 10.1007/s10615-014-0494-1. Note: This was the introductory article for the special issue: Beyond the manual: Using research and evidence in clinical social work practice that was coedited by Dr. Grady and myself. [6 citations]

Schneider, D.A., Rodriguez-Keyes, E., & Keenan, E.K. (2014). Seeing through the eyes of the other using process recordings. In R.A. Bean, S.D. Davis, and M.P. Davey, Eds., Clinical Supervision Activities for Increasing Competence and Self-Awareness (pp. 21-26). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Rodriguez-Keyes, E., Schneider, D.A., & Keenan, E.K. (2013). Being known in undergraduate social work education: The role of instructors in fostering student engagement and motivation. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 32(6), 785-799. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2013.765841 [16 citations]

Community Involvement

CONECT: Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut; http://www.weconect.org/
 
William Caspar Graustein Community Leadership Program; http://clpnewhaven.org/about-clp/
 
Clinical Social Work Journal Editorial Board; https://link.springer.com/journal/10615