Hope Haslam Straughan

Wheelock College Social Work Faculty Member Hope Haslam StraughanDean
School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy
Email: hstraughan@wheelock.edu
Phone: 617-879-2330
Office: ACW 305C

Educational Degrees

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 is currently serving as Dean, School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy, responsible for the following academic departments: Social Work (BSW, MSW Boston & Wheelock@Worcester), Leadership & Policy, and Youth Justice and Advocacy. She 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. She 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 became an Associate Dean in July of 2012.

Her research and scholarship interests include spirituality within social work practice, 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, juvenile justice and youth advocacy, child life and family studies, and nonprofit leadership in order to support and equip the full and part-time faculty and students in their human rights and justice-based projects, research, and teaching.

She co-teaches an interdisciplinary elective taught in the January intersession entitled "Spirituality in the Lives of Children and Families" with Sara Law-McCabe, MSW alum. 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 Key, Inc., and a member of the founding group for the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) Massachusetts chapter.

Selected Publications

  • Hoyt-Oliver, J., Haslam Straughan, H., & Schooler, J.E. (2016). Parenting in transracial adoption: Real questions and real answers. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Scales, T.L., Haslam Straughan, H., & Scales, A.T. (2013). Making peace in a world of violence: Families and congregations participate in healing hurt kids. In Stassen, G.H., Peterson, R.L., & Norton, T.A. Formation for life: Just peacemaking and twenty-first-century discipleship. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.
  • 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.). (2013). Christianity and Social Work: Readings in the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice (5th ed). Botsford, CT: NACSW Press. ~ chapter author, entitled: "Spiritual Development"

Selected Presentations

  • "3 Million Hours of Caring - Founder Day" - invited co-speaker with Dr. T. Laine Scales, Palm Beach Atlantic University's Founder's Day events, celebrating their cornerstone, Workship's, 3,000,000 hours of serving the community
  • "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

Courses taught

  • 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

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