Clark Atlanta University
Cognate in Public Health
Cognate in Public Health
Area of Practice: Social Work Planning and Administration
Research interests—Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Systems and Consumers with Mental Health Conditions; Capacity-Building for Health/Mental Health Services; Impact of Cultural Health Beliefs and Practices on Health/Mental Health Disparities and Outcomes; Social Work and Public Health Practice with Populations; Best Practices in Field Education and Community Development.
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Cultural Diversity in Social Work Practice
Human Services Program Development & Evaluation
Introduction to social work practice
Social Welfare History and Policy
Behavioral Health Practice and Interventions
Social Entrepreneurship Enterprises in Human Services
Social Work Administration, Planning, Policy, Practice and Leadership in Behavioral Health practice.
1/2007 Understanding the rudiments of supervision and teaching using an Autonomous Social Work practice Model: Clark Atlanta University
9/2007-Present- Supervision in Field Instruction: Clark Atlanta University
11/2007-Present- Field Supervisor as Teacher: Georgia State University
11/2007-Present- Cultural Dynamics in Field Supervision: University of Georgia
1/2008-Present- Ethics in Field Supervision: Clark Atlanta University
4/2009- Dentifying Core Competencies in Field-Based Experiences, keynote Speaker -Morehouse School of Medicine-HBCU Center for Excellence
3/2010 - Social Workers inspire community action, Keynote Speaker at Atlanta Public Schools Annual Social Work Month Awards and Luncheon
3/2011- From Cultural Competence to Cultural Proficiency: Understanding Latin American and African American Culture, Keynote Speaker Georgia National Association of School Social Workers.
3/2011 - Celebrating the Strengths and Successes of People of African Heritage: African Cultural Retentions in Social Work Practice: Symposium at Clark Atlanta University
10/4/13 - Cultural Competence in School Social Work, Keynote Speaker: School Social Workers Association of Georgia-District #4 Annual professional Meeting
2/22/14 - James Pate’s KKK series (Kin killing Kin), Round Table Guest Speaker: Clark Atlanta University Upward Bound Program.
10/23/14- Ethics for Social Workers in school settings, Plenary Speaker: School Social Workers Association of Georgia-Annual professional Meeting, Atlanta, GA
2/26/15 - Internships and strategies that promote opportunities for careers in the Behavioral Health workforce: The National HBCU Center for Excellence Annual Behavioral Health Awareness Day conference, virtual Keynote Speaker. Morehouse School of Medicine. Atlanta, GA
Bullock, A., Calloway, N., Sweat, A., Turner, A., Wilson, T., & Wright, D. Teacher Pedagogical Behaviors among HBCUs and Predominantly white institutions: Effects on Student Learning and Retention. Paper presentation, Conference on College & University Teaching- Millennial Learning: Teaching in the 21st Century. Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC
Calloway, N., Sweat, D., & Wright, D. Absent Fathers in Black America: Men speak up. Paper presentation, 10th Annual National Fathers and Families Conference Proceedings, Strengthening Fathers, Strengthening Families, Phoenix, AZ
Bullock, A., Turner, A, & Wright, D. Strengthening the academic pipeline from post graduate to professor at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Paper presentation, National Faculty Resource Network: Challenges and Opportunities Within the Institution. Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
Sweat, D., & Wright, D. So you think you can teach… but what do students say? Refereed paper presentation, 18th Annual Interdisciplinary Imhotep Student Research Conference. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL
Wright, D. Voices from behind the shadows: Findings from a study which examined mental health consumers’ perceptions of access to and satisfaction with integrated behavioral healthcare services. Paper presentation: 25th Annual Management Conference: Management in the Age of Innovation. Simmons College, School of Social Work, Boston, MA
Wright, D., & Bolden, E. Are we ready? Historically Black Colleges and Universities efforts at Internationalizing their campuses. Virtual Paper presentation: International Academy of Business/ International Educators Group. Washington, DC
International Conference Presentations
Wright, D. Afrocentric Perspective in Social Work: An integrative lens. Paper Presentation, 11th Biennial Conference Of Caribbean & International Social Worker Educators. Curacao, Netherland Anilities, West Indies
Managing field placement experiences and carrying out of policies and procedures mandated by the school of Social Work around Field Placement and Practicum Activities for over 200 students; which include, recruitment, selection and training of field agencies and agency field supervisors. Coordinating students’ placements plan and provide orientations for agency field supervisors and students each academic year; monitor and evaluate student field experiences in relation to program standards and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards.Develop, structure, coordinate and facilitate CEU programs for field; teach field seminar classes; respond to all field related correspondence.
Responsible for teaching social work courses online via Black Board Learning Management System. Additional duties include advising students and responding in a timely manner to all students educational needs via various technology.
Developed effective comprehensive programs that included the philosophy and goals for persons served across the division.Provided oversight and supervision to social workers and Social Service Technicians through leadership and evaluation of programs to ensure compliance of psychosocial accreditation standards; Developed effective outcome based evaluation systems to measure a variety of consumer outcomes and movement toward a more independent living environment.
Thoroughly identified and documented objectives and priorities based upon identified consumers needs, departmental policies, accreditation requirements, budgetary considerations and agency mission;Developed plans to meet identified objectives and priorities in accordance with established procedures.Effectively communicated objectives to superiors and subordinates; promptly reviewed and updated goals and plans to reflect changes in identified policy needs, accreditation standards and communicated changes to staff in a timely manner.Effectively operationalzed directives and agreements from governing boards into functional program policies and procedures; participated in various standing and ad-hoc committees. Designed and facilitated staff trainings as needed to ensure continuity of consumer care across the division.
Social Service Provider: Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, GA
Provided a broad range of clinical social services to consumers and their families, which included completion of psychosocial assessments, treatment plans, team meetings, crisis intervention; liaison with community resources, and discharge planning.Additional duties included providing clinical supervision and direction to Para-professional social services staffand requests; prepare and revise student field manuals, policies, and procedures; and submit reports to the Dean as needed. Additional duties include, attending various University sub-committees.
Proficient in designing blended course content and teaching blended courses on Learning Management Systems of Blackboard, and Canvas; Proficient in PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Connect and Prezi, Google Hangout and other cloud based platforms