Phillipe Copeland

CopelandClinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Practice

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BA (legal studies and philosophy) University of Massachusetts
MSW, Simmons College
MTS (theological studies), Harvard University School of Divinity
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Simmons College

Courses Taught

WP901 Social Justice, Values and the Social Work Profession
CP799 Brief and Time Effective Treatment
CP770 Intro. to Clinical Practice with Individuals
HB735 Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression
HB755 Ferguson is Everywhere: Lessons for Racial Justice

Scholarly and Practice Interests

#BlackLivesMatter, Mass Incarceration and Behavioral Health, Political and Moral Philosophy,  Theories of Justice, Intellectual History, and 21st century White Supremacy.

Copeland, P. (2016). Let’s Get Free: Social Work and the Movement for Black Lives. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 5(1-3), pp. 3-19.

Copeland, P., Dean, R.G., Wladkowski, S. (2011).The power dynamics of supervision: Ethical dilemmas. Smith College Studies in Social Work 81(1), 26-40, DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2011.543041.

Copeland, P. Online (2015, January 16th). An emerging movement reminds of us of the promise of MLK. BU Today. Retrieved from

Copeland, P. Online (2013, July 16th). Why America needs another kind of justice. Retrieved from

Copeland, P. (2016, November). #BlackLivesMatter: Across Colorlines and Countries. Workshop presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Copeland, P. (2016, April). New Abolitionists and Reluctant Emancipators: A Presidency for Black Lives. Paper presented at the New England American Studies Association Annual Conference, Weston, MA.

Copeland, P. (2016, October). Free Our Minds: Mass Incarceration and Mental Health.

Lecture presented at the Center for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture Annual Diversity Challenge, Boston, MA.

Copeland, P. (2016, April). Anti-Black Policing and Carceral Practices, Panel presentation at the Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) 3rd Annual Conference, Princeton NJ.

Copeland, P. (2016, March). The Cost of Caste. Lecture presented at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA.

Copeland, P. (2015, August). Let’s Get Free: Social Work and the Movement for Black Lives. Keynote address given at the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers Annual Conference, Alexandria, VA.

2015-PRESENT Administrator #SOCIALWORK4BLACKLIVES: Social media initiative via Facebook focused on the Movement for Blacks Lives and Social Work.

2015: Boston University School of Education Institute for Creative Educational Leadership Convening, Boston, Massachusetts.

2014-PRESENT Councilor, Council on Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity: Council on Social Work Education (3 Year Appointment)

2014-2015 Greater Boston Area Representative, National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Board of Directors

2011-2012 Contributor, Blogcritics Magazine. Supported the Education Under Fire Campaign which seeks to promote awareness of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy of denying access to higher education due to religious and political beliefs through a series of columns and news pieces dedicated to this effort.

2010-2012 Author, Baha’i Thought. Participated in the annual Blog Action Day initiative which seeks to harness the power of new media to promote global social change through invited bloggers around the world to post on the same topic on the same day. This author has contributed pieces on poverty and hunger to this initiative.

2010-2012 Elder, Baha’i Black Men’s Gathering. Organized and facilitated moral and spiritual empowerment retreats and service activities for an international fellowship of Men of African Descent.

2010-2011 Public Information/External Affairs Secretary, Baha’i Community of Boston.  Advocated on behalf of the persecuted Baha’i community in Iran through interaction with the Federal government and local/regional media.

Dean’s Leadership Award 2001 Simmons College School of Social Work
Dean’s Leadership Award 2007 Simmons College School of Social Work
Excellence in Internet Communication 2010 Religion Communicator’s Council
Best of the Web The Daily Reviewer

2006 Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker State of Massachusetts, License Number 113764
2003 Certificate in Urban Leadership