Laura J. Praglin
Faculty - Associate Professor of Social Work and Coordinator, Conflict Resolution Certificate Program
Ph.D., The University of Chicago. M.A. (Social Work), The University of Chicago. M.A.R., Yale University. B.A., Connecticut College.
History of the Social Work Profession; Multiculturalism/Diversity; Conflict Resolution; Immigrant and Refugee Populations; Spirituality/Religion in Practice; Ethics; Community Engagement & Service-Learning
Also see Selected Publications below.
Dep't of Social Work: Diversity and Multiculturalism; Conflict Resolution; Immigrant and Refugee Populations; Spiritual/Religious Diversity
Dep't of Philosophy and Religion & Gerontology Certificate Program: Death, Dying and Bereavement
Community Outreach Trainings: Pathways Behavioral Services, Waterloo. “Cultural Diversity.” Mandatory training for 55 staff members in 8 branch offices, Iowa Board of Certification Continuing Ed. course (CEUs 2.5 hours, Racial/Ethnic Contact).
Family and Children’s Council, Waterloo, IA. “Ethical Documentation.” Training on appropriate case documentation and confidentiality procedures for 15 staff members
National Assn. of Social Workers (NASW-Iowa) Diversity Committee; Coordinator, Conflict Resolution Certificate Program; American Democracy Project; National Coalition Building Institute; Field Education & Graduate Curriculum Committees; Faculty Search Committees. Formerly: Chair, Prof'l Assessment Comm. (tenure/promotion); Category IV Core Curriculum Review. Iowa Dialog Center Advisory Board; Academic planning committee for the Dalai Lama’s visit; Co-moderator, annual Holocaust memorial services
Praglin, L.J. (in preparation). ‘Dear Sharer of Many Problems'’: The Correspondence of Ida Cannon and Richard Clarke Cabot, 1907-1939.
Praglin, L.J., & Nebbe, L.L. (2014). Introduction to animal- and nature-assisted therapies: A service-learning model for rural social work. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 6, 146-156.
Praglin, L.J. (2014). “Jessie Donaldson Hodder.” NASW HIstoric Pioneers series. Reprinted on Social Welfare History Project website at http://www.socialwelfarehistory.com/people/hodder-jessie-donaldson/ and http://www.socialwelfarehistory.com/contributors/praglin-laura-j/
Praglin, L.J. (2007). Ida Cannon, Ethel Cohen, and early medical social work in Boston: The foundations of a model of culturally competent social service. Social Service Review 80,1, 27-45 (Univ. of Chicago Press).
Praglin, L.J. (2006). The nature of the “in-between” in D.W. Winnicott’s concept of transitional space and Martin Buber’s das Zwischenmenschliche. Retrieved from http://www.uni.edu/universitas/archive/fall06/pdf/art_praglin.pdf
Praglin, L.J. (2005). Discovering the links between Jewish healing, spirituality, and modern psychology. In W. West and R. Moodley (Eds.), Integrating Cultural and Traditional Healing in Counseling and Psychotherapy (pp. 170-181). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Praglin, L.J. (2004). Spirituality, religion, and social work: An effort toward interdisciplinary conversation. Social Thought: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work 23,4, 67-84.
VanWormer, K., and Praglin, L.J. (2003). Restorative justice programs to meet female offender needs. In A. Roberts (Ed.), Critical Issues in Crime and Justice (2d ed., pp. 395-407). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Praglin, L.J. (2002). Death, dying and bereavement. In Kropf, N. P., & Tompkins, C. J. (2002). Teaching aging: syllabi, resources, & infusion materials for the social work curriculum. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
Praglin, L.J. (1999). The Jewish healing tradition in historical perspective. The Reconstructionist 63, 6-15. Reprinted in H.E. Person (Ed.), The mitzvah of healing: an anthology of Jewish texts, meditations, essays, personal stories, and rituals (pp. 3-15). New York: UAHC.
Praglin, L. (1999). Starting your career: The best resources to help you find the right job. Seattle, Wash: Resource Pathways.
Praglin, L.J. (1992). God and theodicy in Peter Berger’s Sacred Canopy and in Arthur Cohen’s Tremendum: Implications for post-Holocaust social science and theology. In F. Tebbe (Ed.), Church Divinity (pp. 106-22). Notre Dame, IN: Graduate Theological Foundation. First place award, Graduate Theological Foundation, National Essay Context, 1989.
Selected Awards and Honors:
University of Northern Iowa: Provost’s Award for Service-Learning, 2010
Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, Cambridge, MA. 2008-09 and 2003-04 research grants.
University of Minnesota, Social Welfare History Archives, Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowship, 2009
Niagara Foundation & Iowa Dialog Center Award for “outstanding efforts in guidance for the Iowa Dialog Conference and continuing contributions in promoting interpersonal, intercultural and interfaith dialogue,” 2009.
Diversity and Difference
Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment
Working with Immigrant and Refugee Populations
Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice
Dying and Bereavement
MSW Practicum Seminars and Faculty Field Liaison.