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Karen Schwartz

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3514
Email:karen_schwartz@carleton.ca
Office:606 Dunton Tower

Courses Taught:

  • Research and Evaluation in Social Work
  • Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • Direct Intervention
  • Spirituality and Social Work
  • Honours Integrative Seminar
  • Practice Skills in Social Work
  • Social Work Practice: Individuals, Families and Groups
  • Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • Coercion or Treatment: Analysis of Community Treatment Orders and the Amendments to the Mental Health Code

Research Interests/ Current Research Projects:

  • Community Engaged Scholarship and Community Engaged Research
  • Mental Health issues from the perspective of the psychiatric survivor and mental health needs of multi-cultural groups
  • International social work practices
  • Structural approaches to social work practice
  • Use of technology in social work education and practice

Publications

van de Sande, A., & Schwartz, K. (2011). Research for Social Justice: A Community Based Perspective, Fernwood Press: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Furlotte, C., Schwartz, K., Koornstra, J. J., & Naster, R. (In print). “Got a room for me?” Intersectionality and Housing Experiences of eleven older adults living with HIV/AIDS in Canada’s capital city.” Canadian Journal on Aging.

Towns, A., Schwartz, K. (2011) “Role of Social Work in a Mental Health Setting: Secondary Analysis of the Canadian Community Health Survey, Cycle 1.2 Mental Health and Well-being”, Research on Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1049731511412976

 Schwartz, K., Kreitzer, L., Lacroix, M., Barlow, C., Macdonald, L., Lichtmannegger, S., Klassen, M., Orjasniemi, T., Meunier, D. (2011) “Preparing Students for International Exchanges: Canada/ European Union Experiences”, European Journal of Social Work, 1-14, iFirst article, DOI 10.1080/13691457.2010.488213.

Schwartz, K., O’Brien, A. M., Morel, V., Armstrong, M., Fleming, C., Moore, P., (2011). “Community Treatment Orders: The Service User Speaks Exploring the Lived Experieince of Community Treatment Orders”, The International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 15(1) 41-52.

van de Sande, A., & Schwartz, K. (accepted, final revisions). Community Based Research: A Structural Perspective, Fernwood Press: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Schwartz, K. (2010) “Community Engaged Research: Student and Community Perspectives”, Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Vol. 1(2), 1-16.

Schwartz, K., Kreitzer, L., Lacroix, M., Barlow, C., Macdonald, L., Lichtmannegger, S., Klassen, M., Orjasniemi, T., Meunier, D. (in print) “Preparing Students for International Exchanges: Canada/ European Union Experiences”, European Journal of Social Work.

Barlow, C., Schwartz, K., Kreitzer, L., Lacroix, M., Macdonald, L., Lichtmannegger, S., Klassen, M., Orjasniemi, T., Meunier, D. (in print) “A Canada- EU Social Work Practicum Exchange: Perspectives of International Practicum Coordinators”, Canadian Social Work Review.

Schwartz, K. & O’Brien, A. M., (2010) “Injustice Can Happen Whether You’re Psychotic or Not- Incorporating Structural Social Work Theory in a Mental Health Setting”, In  Hick, S., Peters, H. And Corner, T. (eds) Structural Social Work in Action: Examples from Practice, Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars Press, p.106-120.

Barlow, C., Klassen, M., Schwartz, K., Kreitzer, L., Lichtmannegger, S., Lacroix, M., Macdonald, L., Orjasniemi, T., Meunier, D., (2010). ”EU-Canada Social Work Exchange: An EU Perspective of Opportunities and Challanges”, Revista de Asistenta Sociala, Romanian Social Work Review, 1, 43-57.

Schwartz, K. (2010), “Review of Toward Evidence-Based Practice: Variations on a Theme” by Joel Fischer, Social Work Education, 29(6) p.695-699.

Todd, S. & Schwartz, K. (2009) “Thinking through Quality in Field Education: Integrating Alternative and Traditional Learning Opportunities” Social Work Education, Routledge Publishers, 28(4), 380-395.

Klassen, M., Lichtmannegger, S., Barlow, C., Schwartz, K., Kreitzer, L., Lacroix, M., Macdonald, L., Klassen, M., Orjasniemi, T. (2009). “Das EU-Kanada Austausch-projekt in der Sozialen Arbeit: Entwicklung, Durchführung und Perspektiven für internationale Praktika” , Sozialarbeit in Österreich (Social Work in Austria), Issue 4, 29-32.

Schwartz, K., van de Sande, A. (2008), “The Third Responsibility: Students Contributing to the Community by Engaging in Community Based Research” in ed. Darlene E. Clover & Catherine McGregor, Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change- Proceedings of the Third International Community-University Exposition (CU Expo 2008), University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, p.245-248.

Jackson, E. T.,  Schwartz, K. & Andree, P. (2008),  “Aligning Tenure and Promotion Procedures for Community-University Engagement: Dialogue for Action” in ed. Darlene E. Clover & Catherine McGregor, Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change- Proceedings of the Third International Community-University Exposition (CU Expo 2008), University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, p.133-134.

Schwartz, K. (2008). “Lessons for NGO’s From Community Mental Health Initiatives in Ontario.” In NGO and Community Development, Social Sciences Academic Press: Beijing, China, p.90-98.

Video Links

Listen to Prof. Schwartz discuss how she manages the research projects students take on with community partners. See video

Affiliations

Editor- Canadian Social Worker

Canadian Association of Social Workers

Ontario Association of Social Workers Mental Health Advisory Committee

Canadian Association of  Social Work Education

Finance and Human Relations Committee, South-East Ottawa Community Health Center

Positions Held

MSW Field Coordinator

Supervisor of the Undergraduate Program

Member of the Senate