West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
2011 Recipient National Association of Social Workers PA Chapter, Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Nadine Bean, PhD, LCSW
Graduate Social Work Department
Reynolds Hall, 201
Training on Emerging and Best Practices with Soldiers and Military Families for the Soldiers Project November, 2011
First and foremost, I am a social work practitioner and passionate about the profession. I am a certified, disaster mental health services volunteer with the American Red Cross and I also work extensively with the ARC, Service to the Armed Forces division. My first “deployment” for the Red Cross was up in New York City after the September 11th attacks. I have a long history of work in the public sector from working in a rural, Ohio community mental health center to working in child welfare and early intervention in Baltimore County. Secondly, I strive to work for social justice and change in every endeavor. I am convinced that I was born to be a social worker, for as young as the age of 7, I was organizing backyard shows and “carnivals” to raise money for a nearby orphanage outside of Cleveland, Ohio. My advocacy work extends into trying to affect change in social policies as well as in direct services. I am a past president of the National Association of Social Workers, PA Chapter (2005-2007). I have been on the boards of the Ohio, Maryland, and PA Chapters of NASW. I am currently finishing my first term as a member of the PA Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. For several years, I have been actively involved in trying to pass health care reform legislation, to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare. I am a co-founder and original co-chair, along with Steve Larchuk, Esq. of the organization that is now called, “Healthcare for All Pennsylvania”. I have witnessed, first hand, in my work in public child welfare, in my work as a disaster mental health services… [See more] and in my own family the effects of what has been so aptly described as “medical apartheid” in the US by Dr. Walter Tsou, a prominent, Philadelphia area physician leading the state and national movements for universal health care.
My financially compensated work is as an Associate Professor in the MSW Program at West Chester University. I teach courses in advanced social work practice with families, advanced social work practice with individuals, child welfare, mental health and illness, social work in disasters, advanced social research methods, applied social research, and a new course as of January, 2012 on social work with veterans and military families from a resilience and trauma-informed approach. I am powerfully committed to mentorship of my students as budding social work professionals. Currently, the National Association of Social Workers has launched a mentoring campaign to aid in the development of emerging, young leaders in the profession. I fully embrace the goal of mentoring young social work professionals toward leadership. I am very proud to report that over the last six years, I have had nine of my research/thesis students win a WCU, Student Research and Creative Activities Award! I have also had a student win the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter outstanding student research poster award. I have co-presented with some of these emerging social work scholars at local, state, national and even international conferences.
My research/scholarly interests over the last few years have been in disaster mental health and resilience in those experiencing disaster, trauma, and/or war. One endeavor that I am particularly proud of and which has been “performed” all over the country is a narrative/oral history research project that is ongoing in its development: “Women of NOLA: Voices of Resilience Before, during and After Katrina”. Most recently this multi-media production was performed in New York City at the International, “Performing the World” conference. The theme of the conference is “Can Performance Change the World?” I believe it can.
I am a founding board member of an innovative rebuilding organization in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward (www.lowernine.org). This organization combines wood, nail, brick and mortar rebuilding with mind, spirit, and community rebuilding. I was selected for O, The Oprah Magazine and The White House Project “Women Rule! Leadership Training Program” in June 2008. I was chosen as one of 80 from an applicant pool of nearly 5,000 women in government, business, and service organizations for this first ever training in organizational and leadership development for work as co-founder of the community rebuilding organization in New Orleans: lowernine.org. I spent my sabbatical in spring 2009 in New Orleans working with lowernine.org, with the New Orleans' Chapter of Save the Children and taught a course on children and families surviving disaster and trauma at the Tulane University, School of Social Work. The Lower Ninth Ward is a historic and diverse neighborhood in New Orleans with deep spiritual and cultural roots. I have been volunteering in New Orleans since June 2006. I have taken countless students and staff from West Chester University with me on my many trips to work in rebuilding. I realized from the moment I began rebuilding work that there were survivors’ stories to tell and that the stories were full of strength, resilience and hope even in the face of widespread destruction. It has become apparent to me in my volunteer work across the country in the wake of disaster that discrimination exists along racial and class lines as to who receives post-disaster relief and rebuilding funds. I will never retire from pursuing social justice, particularly for those whose voices are traditionally not heard in the halls that house those who craft social policy, regulations, and laws.
Dr. Bean’s primary area of practice over the last ten years has been in disaster mental health services with the American Red Cross. Her first deployment was in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She has also worked extensively in rebuilding in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. She teaches an elective in social work in disasters (see syllabus here). She has worked on an ever evolving, participatory action research project in which women survivors of Katrina perform their stories.
In 2008 Dr. Bean was selected for O, The Oprah Magazine and The White House Project Women Rule! Leadership Training Program.She was chosen as one of 80 from an applicant pool of nearly 5,000 women in government, business, and service organizations for this first-ever training in organizational and leadership development. She was selected for work as co-founder of a community rebuilding organization in New Orleans, www.lowernine.org Read more here.