Joanne Whelley

Associate Professor


Professor Whelley joined the Barry faculty in 2001. Prior to coming to Barry, she served on the faculty of Marywood University School of Social Work. Professor Whelley received a BA and MSW from Catholic University and a Ph.D. from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Her professional interests are in child welfare, particularly family preservation; models of family intervention; and curriculum development. Professor Whelley's publications are focused in areas of child welfare practice, field instruction, professional ethics, and social work education. She teaches foundation and advanced practice, family intervention, and child welfare courses. Professor Whelley is an active member of the professional community.

Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching methodology is closely aligned with social work practice methodology. By teaching from a reflective learning perspective, I strive to have the classroom become a model of the clinical encounter and for students to experience the power of clinical interventions such as use of a reflecting team in clinical practice, journaling and role play through direct experience. My professional relationships are grounded in a deep commitment to the Strengths Perspective of Social Work practice and Resiliency theory. As in social work practice, each class is distinctive and the interaction provides opportunities and challenges for mutual growth. I am supportive of yet hold students to the highest standard they can achieve. I maintain an open-door policy for students and encourage communication in person, through telephone or email."

Selected Publications

Whelley, J. (2004). Divorce, Family Structure, and the Academic Success of Children. Book Review. Affilia 19(2).

Black, P.N., & Whelley, J. (1999). The licensure exam: Examining the exam through the lens of CSWE Curriculum Policy. Arete 23(1), Winter, 1999.

Whelley, J. & Mericle, H. (1994). Practicum education: A practice partnership for family preservation. Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Empowering Families Conference, Riverdale, IL: National Association of Family-Based Services/

Black, P., Harley, E.,Kirk-Sharp, C. & Whelley, J. (1989). Ethics Curricula: A national survey of graduate schools of social work. Social Thought, Winter.

Whelley, J., Whelley, J. G. & Black, P. (1989). The limits of liability: /social work malpractice on trial. (Videotape Recording). Washington, D.C.: National Association of Social Workers

Fox, R. & Whelley, J. (1982). Preventing placement: Goal attainment in short term family treatment. Child Welfare, 61(4).

Whelley, J. (1977). The development of a family treatment program in a voluntary agency. The American Family (monograph). Washington, D. C. The Catholic University of America

Selected Professional Activities

Whelley, J. (2006). Secrets to success: Confidentiality in social work practice. Florida Bio-Ethics Network Fourteenth Annual Meeting., University of Miami..

Whelley, J. (2006). Ethical decision making and boundary issues. Florida Keys Area Health Education Center, Marathon, FL

Whelley, J. (2004). Social work education: A beacon or mirror?. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA

Whelley, J. & Scott, P., (2004). Challenge for change: Integrative practice with the culturally complex organization. Paper presentation at the 50th Annual Program Meeting t of the Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA

Whelley, J. (2004). Ethical issues for foster/adoptive parents. Paper presented at the National Association of Foster Parents Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.

Contributed to the development of Ethics Curricula for Florida Licensing Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors

Certified Instructor for Social Work Licensure Examination Preparation Course, Pennsylvania NASW

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