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Division of Social Work

Research as an Advanced Generalist Social Work Practitioner

Diverse range of research interests characterizes work of noted social work scholar

Dr. Mona Schatz

Research direction comes out of a range of social work practice settings for Dr. Mona Schatz.  Recent research activities arise from experiences that are personally challenging, often examining areas of practice that have had little or no attention in the professional publications.  For example, for more than four years, Dr. Schatz has been learning about private pension accounts such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) and other similar retirement saving approaches.  These financial accounts are new;  the Boomers are the first generation to have financial vehicles such as these accounts to support them in their "retirement years."  Earlier, Dr. Schatz worked with social work colleagues and the City of Casper to examine the views and expectations of upcoming Boomers.  Their views about retirement were illuminating and became the impetus of more work into financial realms.  From the Casper Boomer Study, Dr. Schatz learned that Wyoming Boomers have limited financial resources for the future, most expecting to rely heavily on Social Security alone, some having land as part of their retirement resources.  Now, Dr. Schatz is working with a national research team looking into the financial exploitation of elders. 

Dr. Schatz's practice with families and children has spanned decades.  She has collaborated recently with Dr. Neely Mahapatra to address family violence, focused on South Asian women.  This work builds on Dr. Schatz's work of more than 30 years addressing the marginalization of wormen in our society.  Dr. Schatz has worked with family violence through her extensive work with children in out-of-home care.  She has authored more than 35 educational programs for the child welfare field, examining the role for parents in supporting their children.  Recently, she collaborated with UW graduate students on two research projects relevant to child welfare.  One study looked at the quality of care for dental health among foster children - a study that has been shared with the Wyoming Department of Family Studies.  Last year, a study was conducted that examined leadership in the Wyoming public child welfare arena. 

Among the research areas that Dr. Schatz continues to pursue, her work on generalist and advanced generalist social work has influenced the social work profession.  Generalist social work, a perspective that gained credibility through the 1991 "Milford Redefined" study, has supported the Educational Policy Statements of the Council on Social Education from 1992 to the present.  Milford Redefined was followed by several studies that tested the general tenets identified in the 1991 research and validated these tenets as relevant in most social work settings such as health, mental health, and local voluntary agency practice.  Additionally, Dr. Schatz and her colleagues have examined issues related to generalist and advanced generalist field practice.  Further, Dr. Schatz examined the role of portfolio development in social work field practice.

Internationally, Dr. Schatz has presented her research that examines social civility, social tolerance, and social democracy.  This work, presented in Turkey in the late 1990s, has contributed to her work on a set of centralized principles for Dr. Mona Schatzsocial work's focus and activities in social development.  Her work in Russia and the newly established post-Soviet countries contributed significantly to her framework for social development, particularly in emerging and transitioning democracies.  Dr. Schatz also studied in Australia and parts of the Pacific Rim, examining post-colonialism among indigenous people.  This research work is beneficial as Dr. Schatz introduces students to a globalized social work perspective.

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