Associate Professor

Dr. Kathleen M. Walsh

Dr. Kathleen M. Walsh

Associate Professor & BSW Coordinator


Kathleen.Walsh@millersville.edu
Office: Stayer 313
Phone: 717.871.4896
Fax: 717.871.7941

Office Hours

M: 1:30pm-3:30pm
T: 1:30pm-3:00pm
R: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Comments: Other times by appointment

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 includes 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 foster/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). Building university-community partnerships through a community-based learning assignment. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 6, 126-135.

Presentations

Walsh, K.  “No bully for you!  Creating connections, increasing supports and reducing workplace bullying.” Presentation and workshop 38th Annual International Symposium of the International Association of Social Work with Groups (Group work across the globe: Building transformative connections), NYU, New York, NY, June 15-18, 2016.

Walsh, K.   Emergent ethical considerations in human services and a review of ethical decision making frameworks for resolving. Professional training presentation at Carroll County Youth Services Bureau Annual Training Symposium, Westminster, May 11, 2016.

Craven, J., Deemer, S., Moss, E., Saunders, K. & Walsh, K.  Female Representation in PASSHE Leadership. Oral presentation at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women’s Consortium Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA, October 3, 2015.

Craven, J., Deemer, S., Moss, E., Saunders, K. & Walsh, K.  Female Representation in PASSHE Leadership. Oral presentation at Millersville University First Annual Diversity Summit:  Intersecting Identities, Millersville, PA, September 30, 2015. 

Walsh, K.  Emergent ethical issues in human services and a review of frameworks for resolving them.  Professional training presentation at Hoffman Homes Clinical Seminars in Child Mental Health Series sponsored by Shippensburg University and Hoffman Homes, Inc., Gettysburg, PA, September 25, 2015.

Walsh, K.   Professional coaching and human services. Professional training presentation at Hoffman Homes Clinical Seminars in Child Mental Health Series sponsored by Shippensburg University and Hoffman Homes, Inc., Gettysburg, PA, September 25, 2015.

Walsh, K. Gendered wage disparities as the financial exploitation of women and families. Workshop at 2nd Annual Global Well-Being Conference (Exploitation of Women and Children:  Global Perspectives), Lancaster, PA, July 10-13, 2015. 

Rice, K. & Walsh, K.  Horse & Rider”: Using Film to Raise Awareness, Educate, and Promote Positive Change, Parts 1 & 2. Workshop at 2nd Annual Global Well-Being Conference (Exploitation of Women and Children:  Global Perspectives), Lancaster, PA, July 10-13, 2015. 

Walsh, K. Foels, L. & Clements, J.  Surviving the Slippery Slope; Negotiating ethics in group work practice. Presentation and workshop 37th Annual International Symposium of the International Association of Social Work with Groups (Group work: Creating space for all voices), Chapel Hill, NC, June 4-7, 2015.

Walsh, K.  You have a friend request pending:  Negotiating boundaries and dual relationships including the influences of social media for human service workers.  Workshop at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster Ethics and Advocacy Conference, Millersville, PA, December 5, 2014. 

Walsh, K., Foels, L., Bechtel, J., & Grant, A.  Being the Change; one diversity commission’s experience. Oral presentation at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) ‘Inclusive Excellence & International Education Passport to Success Through Innovation, Creativity and Engagement” Diversity Summit, Millersville, PA, November 12-14, 2014.  

Frank, J. Walsh, K., Bennett, L., D’Antoni, N., Grill, A., Harnish, J., Krak, N., Moller, C., Randolph, A. & Zechman, J. (2014) Solving problems through community engagement. Panel presentation at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE): ‘Inclusive Excellence & International Education Passport to Success Through Innovation, Creativity and Engagement” Diversity Summit, Millersville, PA, November 12-14, 2014. 

Craven, J., Deemer, S., Moss, E., Saunders, K. & Walsh, K.  Female Representation in PASSHE Leadership. Oral presentation at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) ‘Inclusive Excellence & International Education Passport to Success Through Innovation, Creativity and Engagement” Diversity Summit, Millersville, PA, November 12-14, 2014. 

Walsh, K.  OMG, Chillax…Negotiating ethical practice with adolescents.  Workshop at 1st Annual Global Well-Being Conference, Millersville, PA July 10-11, 2014.

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

Walsh, K.   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, West Chester, PA, May 1, 2014. 

Walsh, K.  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, Hershey, PA

            (March 18, 2014).

Walsh, K.   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, Lancaster, PA, July 17-20, 2013. 

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

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

Walsh, K.  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., Gettysburg, PA, October 26, 2012.

Walsh, K.   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, New York, NY June 14-17, 2012. 

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

Walsh, K.  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, Garden City,     NY, June 13-15, 2012.  

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