Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein, DSW, LSW, FOCAE - Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program Director, Social Work Department Chair, and Associate Professor of Social Work, Trinity Christian College
This session will present findings from a qualitative research study in which humane educators and social work educators were interviewed regarding the similarities and differences between the two disciplines. Humane education and social work are interdisciplinary in their pursuits of justice and human rights. Whereas social work is informed by many other disciplines and collaborates with other professions and disciplines, humane education, too, is interdisciplinary in its work to make learning connected across subject areas around real-world issues that are solutionary-focused (Weil, 2016). In addition, they are both research-, evidence-based in their efforts to engage with, assess, intervene, and evaluate efforts in addressing real world, systemic issues.
Although there is much more research on social work and environmental justice, as well as the human-animal bond and animal-assisted interventions in social work practice, a dialogue in the literature pertaining to interdisciplinary connections between social work and social work education and humane education is minimal (Bretzlaff-Holstein, 2018). As such, an examination of the similarities & differences, as well as suggestions about opportunities for the two disciplines to engage and collaborate with each other based on the research findings will be presented.
About our Speaker:
Dr. Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein is the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program Director, Social Work Department Chair, and Associate Professor of Social Work at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Additionally, she is a licensed social worker in the state of Illinois. Cini completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work in Waco, TX, and her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree at St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work in St. Paul, MN. Cini completed a banded dissertation (three publishable articles: 1 research-based, 2 conceptual) for the doctoral program entitled, The Case for Humane Education in Social Work Education. One of her conceptual articles was published in the international journal Social Work Education. Cini’s scholarly interests include food justice, environmental & ecological justice, social work education & humane education, and the human-animal bond in social work. Furthermore, she is currently exploring veganism and the professoriate as a research project in her scholarship agenda. Cini recently accepted an invitation to serve as a Fellow of The Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (FOCAE).
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