Boston, MA, United States
Boston, MA, United States

Wheelock College was founded in 1888 by Lucy Wheelock as Miss Wheelock's Kindergarten Training School to improve the quality of early childhood education. The College offers undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on the Arts & science, Education and Child Life, and Social Work and Family Studies to fulfill their mission of improving the lives of children and families. Wheelock is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway. Wheelock is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts and led by President Jackie Jenkins-Scott.The College is accredited by: New England Association of Schools and Colleges National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Council on Social Work Education The Wheelock Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division III in the New England Collegiate Conference. The College offers five varsity men’s teams and six varsity women’s teams, as well as intramural teams through the Colleges of the Fenway. In addition to athletics, Wheelock College offers many clubs and organizations that allow students to get involved on campus and in the community. Wikipedia.


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DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Nov 4, 2016) - Emmy-winning television personality Steve Spangler and Holly Elissa Bruno, an author and radio host, will be the keynote speakers at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference (RMECC) March 17-18 in the Colorado Convention Center. One of the nation's premier forums for advocating and advancing early childhood education, the two-day conference brings together a broad array of stakeholders, early childhood practitioners, business leaders and policymakers from across the country. Spangler, who started his career as a science teacher in Denver's Cherry Creek School District, is the founder of SteveSpanglerScience.com, a company specializing in the creation of science toys, classroom demonstrations and teacher resources. Holder of a Guinness World Record for the largest science lesson, when more than 5,000 people participated in a hands-on science demonstration at the same time, he is probably best known for his 2005 Diet Coke and Mentos geyser experiment that went viral. A lawyer who served as Maine's assistant attorney general and assistant dean at the University of Maine School of Law, Bruno teaches leadership courses for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and at Wheelock College, Boston. In addition to authoring numerous books, she hosts an online radio program, "Heart to Heart Conversations of Leadership: Your guide to making a difference" at BAMradionetwork.com or via her website hollyelissabruno.com. RMECC 2017 is a partnership between the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, Denver's Early Childhood Council and the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance. It is designed to meet the professional development needs of early childhood practitioners while at the same time providing a forum for community advocates to learn, share and network. Attendees can earn up to six hours of ongoing training credits per day during the two-day conference. Tracks will include child physical health, safety and nutrition; guidance and positive behavior support; leadership, management and administration; early childhood systems, governance and policy; grants management, contracting and finance; family and community partnerships; child growth, development and learning; teaching practice, literacy and STEAM; infant and early childhood mental health; and inclusion and cultural responsiveness. Workshop descriptions will be available in early January of 2017. Community, non-profit and business organizations interested in helping to welcome the hundreds of early childhood stakeholders to Denver are encouraged to visit http://www.ecconference.com/sponsor or http://www.ecconference.com/get-involved/exhibitors. Online registration for RMECC 2017 will open in December 2016. For more information about the conference, call 303-791-2772 or email info@ecconference.com.


Azzi-Lessing L.,Wheelock College
Infant Mental Health Journal | Year: 2013

Home-visitation programs for families with young children are growing in popularity in the United States. These programs typically seek to prevent child abuse and neglect and/or promote optimal development for infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children. This article focuses on improving the capacity of home-visitation programs to meet the complex needs of highly vulnerable families with young children. Poverty, maternal depression and substance abuse, and domestic violence are noted as factors that place young children at risk for poor outcomes. The challenges of providing home-visitation services to families in which these risk factors are present are discussed. Family engagement, matching services to families' needs, and staff capabilities are highlighted as areas in which improvements can be made to enhance home-visitation programs' capacity to serve highly vulnerable families. Recommendations are given for improving the effectiveness of home-visitation programs in serving these families as well as for addressing policy and research issues related to the further development and evaluation of these programs. © 2013 Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.


The prevalence of prescription opioid abuse has increased nationally in the last decade with increased incidence rates reported among pregnant women. This was a qualitative study designed to understand the role of pregnant women with an opioid use disorder participating in medical decision making regarding their prenatal care while addressing their addiction. Group interviews were conducted with postpartum women who self-identified as opioid dependent during their pregnancy, and the data were analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Social workers in the health care setting are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team in caring for pregnant and postpartum opioid-dependent women. Social workers are ideal in creating stigma reduction strategies, peer and professional supports, and comprehensive coordinated care. A social justice-based practice may be a framework to utilize when caring for this unique population. © 2016 Taylor & Francis.


Dubus N.,Wheelock College
Social Work in Health Care | Year: 2010

Changes within the health care industry have resulted in a shift that, to a large extent, places patients in the position of managing their own health care. While self-determination is desirable, it can also lead to new challenges, as when patients who are critically ill and/or dying must rely on family members to function as primary caregivers and managers of their treatment plans. Typically, patients and their families lack the guidance and oversight of a medical professional to coordinate a multifaceted health care regimen instituted by the variety of specialists involved in patients' diagnoses and treatments. As the patients' health declines and treatment plans become more complex, so too does the level of involvement of family caregivers, who often must manage treatment plans in addition to providing bedside care. This article cites the example of a woman who was exhausted by her role as sole caregiver for her dying husband and describes her feelings of powerlessness within the hospital setting as she struggled to coordinate assistance from her husband's medical specialists during end-of-life decision making. This case illustrates the importance of the following: (a) in cases involving hospitalized patients who require complex care from multiple specialists, it should become standard practice to enlist medical social workers to provide an overall assessment of the patients' status, prognoses, and home care plans, (b) in cases involving prolonged home care culminating in end-of-life decisions, the needs of nonprofessional caregivers must be recognized, evaluated, and addressed. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Dubus N.,Wheelock College
Clinical Social Work Journal | Year: 2015

Psychotherapists often encounter generational differences between themselves and their adolescent clients. Understanding these differences can enhance the communication, interventions, and trust between the therapist and adolescent client. The use of text messages in the lives of adolescents has increased. While there is emerging literature on the significance of texting for an adolescent’s feelings of connection with his/her peers, much less is known about the addition of this form of communication within counseling sessions. This paper uses one case of conjoint therapy with a father and daughter to explore these issues. The role of texting for the adolescent is explored, the role the texting inhabited in the sessions is discussed, and clinical significance of social media on psychotherapy are explored. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Howard H.,Wheelock College
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions | Year: 2015

Opioid use during pregnancy is increasing. Little is known from the maternal perspective about pregnancy and opioid dependence. This qualitative study was undertaken to examine the experiences of opioid-dependent women during their prenatal and early postpartum care. Within a stigma theoretical framework, a series of group interviews elicited the shared experiences of 20 self-identified postpartum women who used opioids during their pregnancy. Themes developed around internal stigma of shame and guilt, with the majority experiencing external stigma. Interventions should involve stigma reduction strategies and increased support for this vulnerable population. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Azzi-Lessing L.,Wheelock College
Early Childhood Research and Practice | Year: 2010

Across the United States, policy makers and early childhood experts are focusing on implementing and evaluating a range of interventions designed to improve school readiness for young children living in poverty. This article provides an overview of the various factors that threaten optimal development of young children living in poverty and that place them at risk for emotional and behavioral problems. The article then addresses the challenges to meeting the needs of these children and their families in early care and education settings. Four key strategies for improving the capacity of early care and education programs for preventing and addressing mental health problems in young children in poverty are outlined: (1) expanding use of early childhood mental health consultants, (2) building effective partnerships with mental health and other community-based systems, (3) providing support and training for teachers, and (4) establishing family-based supports such as those provided by Head Start and Early Head Start. The article concludes with suggestions for research and policy changes to remove barriers and support this work.


Kish G.,Debrecen University | Cook S.A.,Wheelock College | Kis G.,Debrecen University
Anatomical Sciences Education | Year: 2013

The University of Debrecen's Faculty of Medicine has an international, multilingual student population with anatomy courses taught in English to all but Hungarian students. An elective computer-assisted gross anatomy course, the Computer Human Anatomy (CHA), has been taught in English at the Anatomy Department since 2008. This course focuses on an introduction to anatomical digital images along with clinical cases. This low-budget course has a large visual component using images from magnetic resonance imaging and computer axial tomogram scans, ultrasound clinical studies, and readily available anatomy software that presents topics which run in parallel to the university's core anatomy curriculum. From the combined computer images and CHA lecture information, students are asked to solve computer-based clinical anatomy problems in the CHA computer laboratory. A statistical comparison was undertaken of core anatomy oral examination performances of English program first-year medical students who took the elective CHA course and those who did not in the three academic years 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010. The results of this study indicate that the CHA-enrolled students improved their performance on required anatomy core curriculum oral examinations (P < 0.001), suggesting that computer-assisted learning may play an active role in anatomy curriculum improvement. These preliminary results have prompted ongoing evaluation of what specific aspects of CHA are valuable and which students benefit from computer-assisted learning in a multilingual and diverse cultural environment. © 2012 American Association of Anatomists.


Dubus N.M.,Wheelock College
Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology | Year: 2014

Objective: To deepen the understanding of the life course of refugees this study explores the question: when do Cambodian elders perceive the beginning of old age? Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 32 Cambodians, age range 53-82, who attended an elder day center in an urban setting in Massachusetts. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using the modified grounded theory approach. Results: The analysis revealed that the participants primarily reported two determinants to defining when old age begins: 1) the body "has too many illnesses" due to harsh working conditions; and 2) social role transition into grandparent. Discussion: This study extends research on cultural differences in aging, specifically identifying the cultural difference in the definition of when "old age" begins. Age is culturally derived and creates expectations for social roles, health, self-identity, and behavior. Understanding how refugees experience the cultural discrepancies in their expectations of aging can inform providers who serve this population. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Meier T.,Wheelock College
Reading Teacher | Year: 2015

African American children's literature has a potentially powerful role to play in increasing reading engagement for African American boys. Unfortunately, this body of literature is not always used effectively in schools. Many teachers use African American books as an add-on to pre-exisiting curriculum rather than fully exploring the topics, themes, and images that characterize the literature and that speak in powerful ways to issues of relevance in the lives of African American boys. A close examination of nine picture book biographies and one historical fiction account of famous African American men reveals the rich potential of this literature for making a difference in children's lives. © 2015 International Literacy Association.

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