Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Practice
Director, Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Theology
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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
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
Scholarly and Practice Interests
Mass Incarceration and Social Work Practice, Implications of the Movement for Black Lives for Social Work Practice, Social Work for Racial Justice and Equity and Theories of Justice.
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 (2011). Race, Incarceration, and American Values by Glenn C. Loury . Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-race-incarceration-and-american/.
Copeland, P. Online (2011). The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-the-new-jim-crow1/.
Copeland, P. Online (2011). Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-malcolm-x-a-life/.
Copeland, P. Online (January 16th, 2015). An emerging movement reminds of us of the promise of MLK. BU Today. Retrieved 17th, 2015 from http://www.bu.edu/today/2015/pov-an-emerging-movement-reminds-us-of-the-promise-of-mlk/.
Copeland, P. Online (July 16th, 2013). Why America needs another kind of justice. GOOD.is. Retrieved 30th, 2013 from http://www.good.is/posts/why-america-needs-another-kind-of-justice
Copeland, P. Online (June 18th, 2013). Juneteenth celebrates emancipation but more black men are incarcerated than were enslaved. GOOD.is. Retrieved July 30th, 2013 from http://www.good.is/posts/juneteenth-celebrates-emancipation-but-more-black-men-are-incarcerated-than-were-enslaved
Copeland, P. Online (October 24th, 2012). The perils and possibilities of a world without affirmative action. GOOD.is. Retrieved July 30th, 2013 from http://www.good.is/posts/the-perils-and-possibilities-of-an-america-without-affirmative-action
Copeland, P. (2012). Faith and race: A dialogue worth having. Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions International Newsletter. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/news/index.php/2012/05/faith-and-race-a-dialogue-worth-having/
Copeland, P. Online (2012). The ocean of his words. The Interfaith Observer. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://theinterfaithobserver.org/journal/january-15-meaning-making.html
Landry, F., McMurray, H. & Thomas, R.W. (2011). The Story of the Black Men’s Gathering: Celebrating Twenty-five Years, 1987-2011. Wilmette, IL: Baha’i Publishing Trust. Excerpts from this author’s weblog post “Black Men’s Gathering: America to Africa, Africa to Israel” (2006) are included in Chapter 5 Responses to the Universal House of Justice pp. 63-84. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://www.bahaithought.com/2006/12/black-mens-gathering-america-to-africa.html
2005-2012 Author, Baha’i Thought. A weblog offering commentary on religion, society and culture informed by the teachings of the Baha’i Faith.
2011-2013 Contributing Scholar, State of Formation. A multi-author weblog founded by the Journal for Interreligious Dialogue and run in partnership with Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Hebrew College, and The Council for a Parliament of World Religions
A new direction: How one brother’s search led him to the Baha’i Faith. (March, 2012). Ebony, LXVII (5), p. 93. Describes my discovery, investigation and conversion to the Baha’i Faith.
Dwyer, L. Online. Travyon Martin could have been one of my kids. GOOD. Retrieved October 3rd, 2012 from http://www.good.is/posts/trayvon-martin-could-have-been-one-of-my-kids/. Quoted on the implications of the Trayvon Martin shooting for African Americans and race in America.
JURIED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Spiritual Coping, Work-related Stress and Clinical Supervision”, presented at the Tenth Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, June 11-13, 2014, Garden City, New York.
“Spiritual Coping, Work-related Stress and Human Services Management”, presented at the Network for Social Work Management Twenty-fifth Annual Conference, June 5-6, 2014, Boston, MA.
“Work-stress, Spiritual/Religious Coping and Burnout: A Conceptual Framework”, presented at Fifth Annual North American Conference of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, June 17-19, 2010 Calgary, Alberta Canada
“Work-stress, Spiritual/Religious Coping and Burnout: A Conceptual Framework”, presented at National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter Biennial Symposium, March 29-30, 2011 Framingham, MA
“Not Quite White: Arab/Muslim Americans and Anti-Racism Education in Social Work” Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, November 9-12, 2012 Washington D.C.
INVITED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Let’s Get Free: Social Work and the Movement for Black Lives”. Keynote/Plenary presentation at the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers annual conference. August 22nd, 2015, Alexandria, Virginia.
“Social Work and the ‘New Jim Crow’”, presented at the Simmons College School of Social Work Alumni and Professional Development Day, March 22nd, 2014, Boston, MA.
Panel presentation “Martin Luther King Jr. Forum on Racial Justice” sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts Chapter. May 19th, 2015, Boston, MA.
Panel presentation on Racial Justice and Health sponsored by Emerging Black Leaders of Tuft University. Saturday, April 4th, Medford, MA.
Mass Incarceration and Behavioral Health, South End Community Health Center, April 24th, 2015, Boston, MA.
Panel presentation “50 Years Later: A Discussion on Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration in 2015”, sponsored by Boston University African America Studies Department. April 7th, 2015, Boston, MA
Panel presentation at Mike Brown and Eric Garner forum on police brutality at New Mission High School sponsored by Americorp. February 27th, 2015, Boston, MA
“The Inclusive City is a Racially Just City”, panel presentation at the Boston University Initiative on Cities. December 4th, 2014, Boston, MA
“Social work as Resistance: A Black Power Case Study”, presented at Association of Black Social Workers Simmons College Chapter Forum. November 7th, 2014, Boston, MA
“This is Your Mind on Mass Incarceration”, presented at the Southern Jamaica Plain HealthCenter to staff of Get Hip/Youth Against Mass Incarceration (YAMI), August 5th, 2014.
“Social Work and the New Jim Crow”, professional education course presented through Boston University School of Social Work Professional Education Program, November 14th, 2014
“Mass Incarceration and the Human Services”, professional education course presented through Boston University School of Social Work Professional Education Program, March 27th, 2015
Awards and Honors
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
Licensure and Certifications
2006 Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker State of Massachusetts, License Number 113764
2003 Certificate in Urban Leadership
Research Experience and Professional Memberships
2014 Dissertation Completed. “Workplace Spirituality, Coping and Work-related Stress.”
2012 Research Assistant. Simmons College School of Social Work Alumni Survey of 2008-2009 Graduates.
2011-2012 Research Assistant. Simmons College School of Social Work On-line Course Evaluations.
2003-2004 Research Assistant. Boston University School of Public Health and Multicultural AIDS Coalition “Faith-in-You” study of faith-based education and outreach to men and women of color who engaged in behaviors placing them at risk for HIV.
National Association of Social Workers
Council on Social Work Education
Society for Spirituality and Social Work