Associate Professor

Dr. Kathleen M. Walsh

Dr. Kathleen M. Walsh

Associate Professor & BSW Coordinator


Kathleen.Walsh@millersville.edu
Office: McComsey 228
Phone: 717.871.4896
Fax: 717.871.7941

Additional Information

Kathleen (Kat) Walsh, Associate Professor, is the coordinator of the Millersville University Baccalaureate Social Work Program. Dr. Walsh is a licensed clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (LCSW) and the State of Maryland (LCSW-C). She holds a PhD. in social work and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work along with a Certificate in Public Administration is from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Dr. Walsh is an advanced generalist practitioner with experience in the fields of child welfare, community organization and development, family services, emergency and transitional services, homeless and prevention services. She has been a public child welfare social worker, community organizer, executive director, clinical program director and supervisor as well as a consultant to human service agencies on the topics of supervision, ethics, staff and program development. She has been working in human services since 1994 and brings a great deal of practice wisdom to the classroom.  Her professional and research expertise include social work salary and equity, workforce and occupational issues including career development, professional ethics, social work administration/management, technology and social service delivery.  Her major teaching areas include practice (with individuals, groups, organizations and community), policy, program management and supervision, as well as gender equity. 

Dr. Walsh is one of the first faces that students see at Millersville.  As the coordinator of the BSW program, she conducts orientations to the major for all freshman, transfers and changes of majors.   As a passionate advocate for Social Work professionalism and values, she sees this as among her most important obligations.  Dr. Walsh is a seasoned Social Work practitioner with over 10+ years post masters experience first as a child welfare worker and adoptive parent trainer, then as a community organizer, program director, executive director and clinical director in a variety of settings serving populations in need primarily in urban areas.  Dr. Walsh’s research agenda has focused primarily on Social Work professionalism, workforce equity, ethics, supervision, and most recently, cross-generational practice.  She is routinely invited to consult with human service organizations and conduct trainings in the area of ethics, boundaries, workforce issues and professionalism.  Among some of Dr. Walsh’s strengths are her passionate dedication to the profession, critical problem solving skills, and attention to detail and organization.  Some of her most valued accomplishments include having had the opportunity to serve those in need, and teach those with a passionate desire to make a difference.   She works hard every day to maintain a strengths focus, seeks to advance social justice, equity, and human rights. 


Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations

Publications

Rice, K. & Walsh, K. (2014 TBD; accepted).Preparing responsible social workers
            through a community based learning assignment in an advanced research
            methods course.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Walsh, K. (2010, June).  Introduction of a model of Social Work peer consultation
            groups.
  32nd Annual International Symposium of the Association for the
            Advancement of Social Work with Groups Conference Proceedings, Whiting
            and Birch.

Presentations

Walsh, K. 2014.(Invited)  Dynamic Supervision;  Preventing burnout, increasing
            morale and modeling self-care.
Oral presentation at Human Service
            Programs of Carroll County Leadership Retreat, August 11, 2014.
            Westminster, MD.

Walsh, K. 2014 .  Kids these days: Understanding values, needs and experiences of
            generational cohorts to promote cohesion, understanding, and productivity,
            in Social Work education and practice. 
Oral presentation at West Chester
            University Field Instructors Appreciation Breakfast.  May 1, 2014.  West
            Chester, PA.

Walsh, K. (2014). Is your glass ceiling higher than my glass ceiling; gender equity
            for our clients and ourselves.  
Invited Keynote Presentation at Penn State
            Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Social Work Month Education Series
            (March 18, 2014), Hershey, PA.

Walsh, K. (2013).  Peer consultation groups in rural communities:  To enhance
            support for human service professionals and improve client outcomes.
           
Presentation 38th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human
            Services in Rural Areas, July 17-20, 2013.  Lancaster, PA.

Walsh, K. & Clements, J. (2013).  When the workgroup doesn’t (work). Paper and
            workshop  35th Annual International Symposium of the Association for the
            Advancement of Social Work with Groups, June 6-9, 2013. Boston, MA.

Walsh, K. (2013).  Kids these days: Understanding generational cohorts and
            implications for education and practice
2013 conference of the Association
            of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. March 6-10, 2013. Myrtle
            Beach, SC.

Walsh, K. (2012).   Cross generational supervision; strategies to promote cohesion,
            understanding and increase productivity in human service practice.
Oral
            presentation at Hoffman Homes Clinical Seminars in Child Mental Health
            Series sponsored by Shippensburg University and Hoffman Homes, Inc.,
            October 26, 2012. Gettysburg, PA.

Walsh, K. (2012).   Increasing morale and preventing burnout through
            compassionate models of supportive group supervision.
  Paper and
            workshop presented at the 34th Annual International Symposium of the
            Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, June 14-17,
            2012.  New York, NY.

Walsh, K. (2012). Cross generational supervision; strategies to promote cohesion,
            understanding and increase productivity in clinical practice.
Paper
            presented at Eight International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical
            Supervision, June 13-15, 2012.  Garden City, NY.

Walsh, K. (2012). Compassionate supervision:  To prevent burnout, increase
            morale, and as a model of self care.  
Paper and workshop presented at
            Eight International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision,
            June 13-15, 2012.  Garden City, NY.

Walsh, K. (2011).  Rural university partnerships for establishing peer
            consultation/supervision groups.
Association of Baccalaureate Social Work
            Program Directors Annual Conference. February 23-27, 2011.  Cincinnati,
            OH.

Walsh, K. (2010).  Supervision in Human Services. Oral presentation at Hoffman
            Homes Clinical Seminars in Child Mental Health Series sponsored by
            Shippensburg University and Hoffman Homes, Inc., November 9, 2010.
            Gettysburg, PA.

Walsh, K. (2010).  Introduction of a model of Social Work peer consultation
            groups.
  32nd Annual International Symposium of the Association for the
            Advancement of Social Work with Groups. June 3-6, 2010.  Montreal, QC.

Walsh, K. (2010).  Ethical challenges and the supervisory relationship. Oral
            presentation at Pressley Ridge Continuing Education Seminar, April 23,
            2010. York, PA.

Walsh, K. (2009) Ethics in Field Instruction and Supervision.  Annual Field
            Instructor Training, Millersville University, October 16, 2009.  Millersville,
            PA

Walsh, K. & Clements, J. (2009).  Growing our roots:  Teaching use of group
            supervision in field education. 
Paper presented at 31st International
            Symposium on Social Work with Groups, June 24-28, 2009. Chicago, IL.

Walsh, K. (2009).  Ethical challenges and the supervisory relationship.   Oral
            presentation at Hoffman Homes Clinical Seminars in Child Mental Health
            Series sponsored by Shippensburg University and Hoffman Homes, Inc.,
            March 30, 2009. Gettysburg, PA. 

Walsh, K. (2008). Boundary issues and the supervisory relationship.  Presentation
            at the Annual Field Instructors Symposium University of Maryland, August
            26, 2008. Baltimore County.

Walsh, K. (2008, invited). A shrinking wage gap in social work? AND, the
            implications for undergraduate social work education
. Paper presented at
            Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Annual
            Conference, March 5-8, 2008. Destin, FL.