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Master of Social Work

Terrence O. Lewis

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West Chester, PA 19383

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PASSHE Center City

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701 Market Street, Concourse Level 
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Terrence O. Lewis, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Terrence O. Lewis, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Associate Professor 
PASSHE Center City 
610-430-4191 
tlewis@wcupa.edu
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Curriculum Vitae

Degrees

  • BA, Social Work: Catholic University of America
  • MSW: University of Kentucky
  • PhD, Social Work and Sociology: Boston University

Main areas of interest

  • Relationships between churches and marginalized populations
  • Culturally competent mental health practice
  • Social justice advocacy for individuals and families within marginalized groups

Inspiration

Religion, spirituality, and community service have played central roles in my life since childhood. Faith-in-action was a core theme in my educational and spiritual journeys. The intersections of faith and work crystallized during my undergraduate program, when I was introduced to liberation theology and the social work profession. A holistic approach to social work should include a critical awareness of the roles that religion and/or spirituality play in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We should embrace the beautiful and transcendent complexities of life and relationships. After all, relationships are the heart of our existence.

Relationships between churches and marginalized populations

As a community-based researcher, I have focused on the role of religion and spirituality in the psychosocial and sexual health of marginalized populations, specifically ethnic minorities and LGBT populations.

Presentations

  • Lewis, T.O. (2016, March). LGBT-affirming Black churches and their responses to HIV/AIDS. Workshop presented at meeting of the National Association of Black Social Workers, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2014, November). The phenomenon of LGBT-affirming Black churches and their response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black America. Paper presented at meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2014, January). LGBT-affirming Black churches' responses to homophobia, and the HIV/AIDS crisis. Paper presented at meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2013, October). LGBT-affirming Black churches and their responses to HIV/AIDS. Continuing education presentation at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2012, November). The responses of LGBT-affirming Black churches to homophobia and the HIV/AIDS crisis. Paper presented at Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2012, June). The phenomenon of LGBT-affirming Black churches and their response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black America. Paper presented at the International Social Work Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2012, March). The phenomenon of LGBT-affirming Black churches and their response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black America. Paper presented at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2012, January). The phenomenon of LGBT-affirming Black churches and their response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black America. Paper presented at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication

Culturally competent mental health practice

In more than a dozen years of clinical practice I worked in a psychiatric crisis house, family preservation programs, community mental health centers, and private practice with individual adults and couples. One focus of my research is culturally competent practice with marginalized groups.

Presentations

  • Lewis, T.O. (2015, January). Addressing conflicts between faith and social work values: From historical frameworks to practice skills. Continuing education presentation at West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2012, July). Mental health careers: Walking with others towards healing and hope. Seminar presented at Urban Scrubs Camp, Minneapolis, MN.

Publications

Social justice advocacy for individuals and families within marginalized groups

Another area of interest for me is advocacy for those who are marginalized in society, such as LGBT individuals and ethnic minorities. Courses I have taught on these topics include an MSW Program course called The Dialectic of Oppression and Liberation.

Presentations

  • Bohrman, C., Chiarelli-Helminiak, C., Lane, T., & Lewis, T.O. (2016, April). The social work educators’ response to police brutality. Panel presentation at meeting of the Pennsylvania Chapter - National Association for Multicultural Education, West Chester, PA.
  • Lewis, T.O., Chiarelli-Helminiak, C., Lane, T., and Bohrman, C. (2015, October). The social work response to police brutality. Panel presentation at Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Additional areas of research

Presentations

  • Lewis, T.O. & Wooten, N. (2015, October). Getting hired in academia: A primer for doctoral students. Panel presentation at Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Lewis, T.O. (2013, November). DSM-5: An overview of the changes. Continuing education presentation at Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication

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