Hope Haslam Straughan
Associate Dean of Social Work and Associate Professor
Office: ACW 303D
B.A. 1989, Samford University
M.S.W. 1993, The Carver School of Church Social Work, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. (Social Work) 2000, Barry University
Hope Haslam Straughan joined Wheelock College in fall 2000 as a part-time MSW faculty member, followed by service as the Social Work Field Coordinator through 2003, and then shifting into a tenure track Social Work position in the fall of 2003. Hope received promotion to Associate Professor and tenure in the spring of 2010, and became the Interim Chair of Social Work in November of 2010, and the Director of the MSW program in January, 2011. She is currently Associate Dean of Social Work.
Her research and scholarship interests include spirituality within social work assessment and intervention, justice-based social work, and foster care and adoption. The majority of her time is spent collaborating with the other administrative leaders in social work (BSW Director, Director of SW Field Education, and the Faculty Assistant), in order to support and equip the full and part-time Social Work faculty and students in their human rights and justice-based projects, research, and teaching.
Currently, she co-teaches a section of the human rights action project MSW capstone, "Integrative Project Seminar I & II," as well as an interdisciplinary elective taught in the January intersession entitled "Spirituality in the Lives of Children and Families." She strives to set up a classroom environment that allows for a learning community to evolve. She views the learning process as a journey, partnered between the faculty and students, paralleling the worker and client partnership, requiring creativity, responsiveness, and knowledge/skill/value expertise.
She serves as a volunteer foster care case reviewer for the Department of Children and Families and is on the board of FAMILY, Inc., and a leading member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) Massachusetts chapter.
• Schooler, J.E., Smalley, B.F., & Callahan, T. (2010). Wounded children, Healing homes: How traumatized children impact adoptive and foster homes. ~ consultant & contributor
• Hugen, B., & Scales, T.L. (Eds.). (2011). Christianity and Social Work: Readings in the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice (4th ed). Botsford, CT: NACSW Press. ~ chapter author, entitled: "Spiritual Development"
• "Children & Trauma - implications for Foster Families" - presented at YOU, Inc., March 2012
• Invited pre-convention, all-day intensive at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work in Atlanta, GA, October 2011: "A river that never runs dry: Spiritual integration in social work practice"
• "Lifebooks" - presented along with MSW '10 alum, Andrea LaJoie at the Cambridge Family & Children's Services, April 2010
• SWK 690/691 Integrative Project Seminar I & II in the MSW program, the human rights capstone course
• SWK 670 Spirituality in the Lives of Children & Families, a graduate interdisciplinary elective taught as an intersession course in January
Research Interests and Projects
• Working with Jayne E. Schooler & Janie Hoyt-Oliver on a Parenting Scale for social workers training and ultimately approving potential foster and adoptive families, based on a 'Trauma Informed Assessment and Preparation" model, 2011
• Currently reviewing coded qualitative data with Janie Hoyt-Oliver and Jayne E. Schooler from a transracial adoption research study we completed entitled "Parental Understandings of Cultural Competence," 2007-2011