Assistant Professor

Dr. Joyous Bethel

Dr. Joyous Bethel

Assistant Professor


Joyous.Bethel@millersville.edu
Office: McComsey 218B
Phone: 717.871.5927
Fax: 717.871.7941

Additional Information

A native Floridian, Dr. Bethel holds both a BA in social work and an MSW from The University of Oklahoma. She furthered her education by earning a Ph.D. in social work at Barry University, focusing her dissertation on issues related to complications in mourning and trauma. She has extensive experience in hospice care, as a social worker and bereavement clinician as well as an administrator. She served on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s National Council of Hospice Professionals as a steering committee member for the Social Work Subcommittee as well as on the Advanced Clinical Subcommittee for Bereavement Counseling. During her work in hospice, she developed two weekend camps for bereaved children that are used by two different hospices today. She teaches social work at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Millersville University and also taught social work for 13 years at the University of Southern Mississippi. Primarily, she has taught Practice at the foundation and advanced levels, Human Behavior and the Social Environment at the micro and macro levels, Human Diversity, courses related to the proper use of the DSM, courses on aging related to the Gerontology Minor, and electives in normal grief, complicated mourning and trauma, and spirituality in social work practice. She is the Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology at Millersville University. Her research interests are complicated mourning, trauma, spirituality, creativity, and wellness, and aging.

Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations

Publications

Girvin, H. & Bethel, J. (2013). Religion and Spirituality in Competency-    Based Social Work Practice. Social Work and Christianity: Special Issue.

Bethel, J. (2005). Teaching a Combined Course on Grief and Bereavement for BSW and MSW Students: Strategies, Content, and Evaluation. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 25 (3-4) pp. 197-215.

Bethel, J. (2004). Impact of Social Work Spirituality Courses on Student Attitudes, Values, and Spiritual Wellness. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 23 (4), pp. 27-45.

Forster, M., Bethel, J., Hrostowski, S., & Rehner, T. (2002). Infusing Aging Content in USM’s B.S.W. & M.S.W. Curricula. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social Work Education. Hattiesburg, MS: The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work.          

Bethel, J., Bohanon, J., & Kolbo, J. (2002). A Community-Based Approach to Enhancing Educational Opportunities for At-Risk Youth. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social Work Education. Hattiesburg, MS: The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work.    

Bethel, J. (2001). Spirituality in Social Work Practice:  Teaching the How-To’s in Graduate and Undergraduate Electives. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social Work Education. Hattiesburg, MS: The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work.          

Presentations         

2013 Bethel, J. & Girvin, H. Creativity and Spirituality: Connections to Mental
          Illness, Pathways to Health. Conference Presentation, Behind the Art:
          Reflections on Creativity and Collaboration, Millersville University, April 12,
          2013.

2013 Bethel, J. & Girvin, H. Lifebooks in Foster Care: Collecting Memories and
        Creating Meaning. Poster Presentation, Behind the Art: Reflections on
        Creativity and Collaboration, Millersville University, April 12, 2013.

2013 Bethel, J. and Foels, L., Creativity as a Vehicle for Transformation.  The
         Association for Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. South Carolina.
         (March 7, 2013)

2013 Foels, L., Rice, K., and Bethel, J. Encounters in Human Diversity: A Hands-on
         Approach to Teaching Social Justice. The Association for Baccalaureate Social
         Work Program Directors. South Carolina. (March 9, 2013)

2013 Complicated Mourning: Risks, Assessment, and Interventions. Penn State
         Hershey Medical Center, Hershey PA (March 5, 2013)

2013 Panelist, Voices From Within, Gallery Reception and Panel Discussion.
          Winter Center, Millersville University, February 6, 2013.

2012 Loss and Grief: What It Is and What It Isn’t. CASA of Lancaster County,
          Lancaster PA

2012 Foels, L., Rice, K., and Bethel, J. Developing a Liberatory Consciousness:
          Advancing Social Justice. Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association
          of Social Workers, King of Prussia, PA.

2009  Toxic beliefs: Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Strategies with Elders.
          Issues on Aging Conference, Hattiesburg, MS.

2008  Healing and Creativity: Life-Books and Foster Care. Forrest County DHS
          (Department of Human Services) Hattiesburg, MS.

2007  Grieving and Foster Parenting: Strategies for Serenity. Harrison County DHS,
          Gulf Port, MS.

2006  Grief and Natural Disasters: Special Needs of Foster Kids After Katrina.
          Forrest County DHS.

2006  Grief and Natural Disasters: Special Needs of Foster Kids After Katrina.
         Harrison County DHS.

2005  Grief Issues.  Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Department of Mental
          Health Annual Conference, Choctaw, MS.

2004  Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Multidimensional Support. Co-
         presented with Wesley Belton, Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social
         Work Education, Madison, AL.

2004 Date/Acquaintance Rape: How Education and Social Work Can Address This
         Issue. Co-presented with Joseph Bohanon, Alabama/Mississippi Conference
         on Social Work Education, Madison, AL.

2003 Strengthening Aging Content in Social Work Education. Co-presented with
         Michael Forster, Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social Work Education,
         Greenville, MS.

2003  Balancing Agendas in Patient Care: Social Work and Nursing. Memorial
         Hospice Annual Staff Retreat, Educational Component, Gulf Port, MS.

2003  Creating an On-Line Course on Spirituality in Social Work Practice. USM
         Techknowledgy [sic] Lunch. Featured Speaker. Hattiesburg, MS.

2002   Soul Food:  Spirituality and Social Work Practice for Health and Mental
         Health. School of Social Work Annual Colloquium, Keynote Address,
         Hattiesburg, MS.

2002  Grief and Bereavement Issues with Children and Adolescents”  Pine Belt
         Counseling Association, Ellisville, MS. 

2002  Aging and Spirituality” Issues on Aging Conference,  Petal Association for
         Families,  Hattiesburg, MS.

2002  A Community-Based Approach to Enhancing Educational Opportunities for
          At-Risk Youth.  Co-presented with Joseph Bohanon, and Jerome Kolbo,
          Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social Work Education, Tuscaloosa, AL.

2002  Infusing Aging Content into BSW and MSW Curricula.  Co-presented with
         Tim Rehner, Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social Work Education,  
         Tuscaloosa, AL.

2002  Posttraumatic Reactions and Issues in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Acts of
          September 11.  Co-presented with Ray Scurfield. National Association of
          Social Workers State Conference, Jackson, MS.

2001  Spirituality in Social Work Practice:  Teaching the How-To’s in Graduate and
          Undergraduate Electives.  Alabama/Mississippi Conference on Social Work
          Education, Biloxi, MS.

2001 Working with Families in Grief.  Gulf Coast’s Women’s Center for Non-
          Violence, Inc. Annual Conference, Gulf Port, MS.

2001 Second-Hand Grief: Preventing Compassion Fatigue. Lookin’ to the Future,
          Conference of the Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth,
          Hattiesburg, MS.

2001  Social Justice: The Mission Southern Regional Conference, NASW, Closing
          Plenary, Biloxi, MS.

2000  Social Work Intervention for Social Justice Issues.  Mississippi Valley State
          University Annual Social Work Conference,  Itta Bena, MS.

1999  Complicated Mourning.  Mississippi State Conference on Social Welfare,
           Philadelphia, MS.

1999  Transforming Grief to Growth. Southeast Regional Conference of the
           Association for Experiential Education, Long Beach, MS.

1998  Developing and Implementing a Team-Based Preceptor Role. National
          Hospice Organization, Annual Symposium, Dallas, TX.