Laura J. Praglin

Department of Social Work
Faculty - Associate Professor of Social Work

CSBS Office of the Dean
- Coordinator, Conflict Resolution Certificate Program

Area

Social Work

Degrees

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Concentration: Religion and the Human Sciences, Psychological Studies. M.A. in Social Work, The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. M.A.R., Yale University. B.A., Connecticut College.

Research Interests

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.

Teaching Interests

Dep't of Social Work:  Diversity and Multiculturalism; Conflict Resolution; Immigrant and Refugee Populations; Spiritual/Religious Diversity

College of Education, Student Affairs: Career Decision-Making

Dep't of Philosophy and Religion & Gerontology Certificate Program: Death, Dying and Bereavement

Community Outreach Trainings: Family and Children’s Council, Waterloo, IA.  “Ethical Documentation.” Training on appropriate case documentation and confidentiality procedures for 15 staff members, March, 2012.

Pathways Behavioral Services, Waterloo, IA. “Cultural Diversity: The Lessons of Jane Elliott.” Mandatory training for 55 staff members in 8 branch offices, May 2010. Iowa Board of Certification Continuing Ed. course (CEUs 2.5 hours, Racial/Ethnic Contact).

Service

National Assn. of Social Workers (NASW-Iowa) Diversity Committee; Coordinator, Conflict Resolution Certificate Program; CSBS Rep., American Democracy Project; Ruth Anderson Scholarship, Dept. of Social Work; Campus Diversity Trainer, National Coalition Building Institute; Field Education & Graduate Curriculum Committees; Chair/Member, Social Work Faculty Search Committee. Formerly: Chair, Prof'l Assessment Comm. (tenure/promotion); Category IV Core Curriculum Review; MSWSA Advisor; Iowa Dialog Center Advisory Board; Academic planning committee for Dalai Lama’s visit; Co-moderator, Holocaust Commemoration services; UNI Graduate College, Getting Into Graduate School faculty panelist.

Selected Publications

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/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. Winnicotts concept of transitional space and Martin Buber’s das Zwischenmenschliche. Universitas 2(2).  Retreived from http://www.uni.edu/universitas/currentissue/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.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.

Praglin, L.J. (in preparation).  ‘Dear Sharer of Many Problems’: The Correspondence of Ida Cannon and Richard Clarke Cabot, 1907-1939.

Selected Awards and Honors:

University of Northern Iowa: Provost’s Award for Service-Learning, 2010

University of Minnesota, Social Welfare History Archives, C. 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.

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.

Courses Taught

Conflict Resolution

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 and B.A. Practicum Seminars and Faculty Field Liaison: MSW Social Admin. Practice, MSW Adv. Practice,  Foundation, and B.A.-level

Office

Sabin 251

Phone

319-273-3163

Email

Laura.Praglin@uni.edu