MSW: Master of Social Work

West Chester University

West Chester Campus

Reynolds Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2664

PASSHE Center City

701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 267-386-3015

Dr. Gwenelle S. O'Neal, MSW, DSW, LSW

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Dr. Gwenelle S. O’Neal, MSW, DSW, LSW

Graduate Social Work Department
Reynolds Hall 101
PH: 610-738-0342

  • Rutgers University
  • New York University
  • Camden County College
  • Director, Community Services, CAMcare Community Mental Health Center, Camden, NJ
  • Assistant Director, Alcoholism Clinic, Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, New York, NY
  • Head Start, Camden, NJ
  • Senior Center, Bronx, NY
  • YWCA, Atlanta, GA


Multicultural Resources



Dr. O’Neal is passionate about the development and use of multicultural resources in social work settings. Services to assist persons who may have been excluded or discriminated against in some way in our society often focus on accessing resources. The analysis of what has not worked and what can contribute to stronger student participation and performance requires acknowledging the broader picture. The remedies require persistent advocacy and continual efforts to address several variables. Racial and cultural socialization that incorporates resources produced by members of the diverse groups in families, educational, social service and mental health settings offer opportunities for people to learn about their cultural strengths and to grow and utilize these in decision making. Dr. O’Neal’s Multicultural Resources Database offers some ideas for sharing and developing practice or teaching strategies.

Selected Publications


  • Multicultural Resource Use (MRU) Model for Teaching and Practice: A Transactional Approach. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, 2010, Greensboro, NC.
  • Engaging with Multicultural Resources. American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Conference, 2008, Washington, DC.

Dr. O’Neal’s primary area of practice is communities. Social work in communities requires research, organization, analysis, and utilization of information that points to specific areas of need. This data provides the evidence for advocacy and service design.

Dr. O'Neal's Multicultural Resources Database offers some ideas for sharing and developing practice or teaching strategies.


  • O’Neal, G. S. (2010). Criteria for selecting a theory, in Abbott, A.A. (Ed)., Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs. Washington, D.C: NASW Press.
  • O’Neal, G. & O’Neal, R. (2003). Community development in the USA: An empowerment zone example. Community Development Journal, 38(2), 120-129.
  • O'Neal, G. S. (1999). Are we doing enough for children and youth? Implications for community work. Focus: NASW NJ Chapter Newsletter, June, 9.


  • Using GIS in Social Work with Communities, a POSTER in the Technology in Social Work Education and Practice, CSWE Annual Meeting, 2012, Atlanta, GA.
  • With Gail Bollin, Preparing Teachers and Social Workers to Work Together in the Classroom. ATE Summer Conference, 2006, Philadelphia, PA.