Phillipe Copeland

Clinical Assistant Professor & Charles River Campus Advisor

Specialties

• Theories of Justice, Racial Justice

• #BlackLivesMatter

• Abolition of Mass Incarceration

• Adult Behavioral Health

Phillipe Copeland

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Bio

A world without racism. This is the lofty mission that drives Phillipe Copeland’s teaching, scholarship and service. “A world without racism requires building the will and skill necessary to achieve it,” he explains. “This includes creating, sharing and applying knowledge, developing critical thinking, emotional intelligence and moral stamina, and engaging in mindful, principled, competent action.”

Copeland engages in all of this work from inside and outside the walls of BUSSW. He is the author of “Let’s Get Free: Social Work and the Movement for Black Lives,” which appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic Social Work in 2016. In addition, Copeland serves as co-leader of the Smart Decarceration Education Working Group for the Grand Challenges for Social Work, an initiative of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

At BU, Copeland is spearheading “Assessing Antiracism as a Learning Outcome in Social Work Education: A Systematic Review,” through a BU Center for Teaching and Learning Fellowship. He is a former advisory committee member for the Racial Reconciliation and Healing Project at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and the Health Accelerator (CoHA), a BU Medical Center program to engage youth in healthcare leadership, activism and research as a critical component for creating a culture of health.

Education

BA (Legal Studies & Philosophy)

University of Massachusetts

MSW

Simmons College

MTS (Theological Studies)

Harvard University School of Divinity

PhD (Social Work)

Simmons College

Courses

WP901 Social Justice, Values and the Social Work Profession
CP799 Brief and Time Effective Treatment
CP770 Introduction to Clinical Practice with Individuals
HB735 Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression
HB 755 Ferguson is Everywhere: Lessons for Racial Justice

Courses

WP901 Social Justice, Values and the Social Work Profession
CP799 Brief and Time Effective Treatment
CP770 Introduction to Clinical Practice with Individuals
HB735 Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression
HB 755 Ferguson is Everywhere: Lessons for Racial Justice

Publications

Copeland, P., Jacob, D., Young, D., Grier, A., Kennedy, S., & Tripodi, S. (2018). Smart Decarceration Practice Behaviors for Social Work Competencies: A Guide for Educators and Learners. Institute for Justice Research and Development.

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. (2015, January 16). An emerging movement reminds of us of the promise of MLK. BU Today. Retrieved from http://www.bu.edu/ssw/today/2015/pov-an-emerging-movement-reminds-us-of-the-promise-of-mlk/

Copeland, P. (2013, July 16). Why America needs another kind of justice. GOOD.is. Retrieved from http://www.good.is/posts/why-america-needs-another-kind-of-justice

Copeland, P. (2013, June 18). Juneteenth celebrates emancipation but more black men are incarcerated than were enslaved. GOOD.is. Retrieved from http://www.good.is/posts/juneteenth-celebrates-emancipation-but-more-black-men-are-incarcerated-than-were-enslaved

Copeland, P. (2012, October 24). The perils and possibilities of a world without affirmative action. GOOD.is. Retrieved from http://www.good.is/posts/the-perils-and-possibilities-of-an-america-without-affirmative-action

Copeland, P. (2012, October 15). Mixed Up about Racial politics and parenting. InCultureParent.com. Retrieved from http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/10/mixed-up-about-racial-politics-and-parenting/

Publications

Copeland, P., Jacob, D., Young, D., Grier, A., Kennedy, S., & Tripodi, S. (2018). Smart Decarceration Practice Behaviors for Social Work Competencies: A Guide for Educators and Learners. Institute for Justice Research and Development.

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. (2015, January 16). An emerging movement reminds of us of the promise of MLK. BU Today. Retrieved from http://www.bu.edu/ssw/today/2015/pov-an-emerging-movement-reminds-us-of-the-promise-of-mlk/

Copeland, P. (2013, July 16). Why America needs another kind of justice. GOOD.is. Retrieved from http://www.good.is/posts/why-america-needs-another-kind-of-justice

Copeland, P. (2013, June 18). Juneteenth celebrates emancipation but more black men are incarcerated than were enslaved. GOOD.is. Retrieved from http://www.good.is/posts/juneteenth-celebrates-emancipation-but-more-black-men-are-incarcerated-than-were-enslaved

Copeland, P. (2012, October 24). The perils and possibilities of a world without affirmative action. GOOD.is. Retrieved from http://www.good.is/posts/the-perils-and-possibilities-of-an-america-without-affirmative-action

Copeland, P. (2012, October 15). Mixed Up about Racial politics and parenting. InCultureParent.com. Retrieved from http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/10/mixed-up-about-racial-politics-and-parenting/

Presentations

Copeland, P. (2017, May). Social work at the edge of midnight: Practice in dark times. Lecture presented at the Boston University School of Social Work 8th Annual Field Educator Appreciation Breakfast, Boston, MA.

Copeland, P. (2017, April). Corpses while they live: The mind on mass incarceration. Lecture presented at Lasell College, Newton, MA.

Copeland, P. (2017, March). #Abolition4Eva. Lecture presented at Research on Tap, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Copeland, P. (2017, March). New abolitionists: The movement for black lives. Lecture presented at University of Connecticut School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT.

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, 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). 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, 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, April). Mass incarceration and health equity. Lecture presented at the Health Equity and Leadership (HEAL) Annual Conference, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

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

Presentations

Copeland, P. (2017, May). Social work at the edge of midnight: Practice in dark times. Lecture presented at the Boston University School of Social Work 8th Annual Field Educator Appreciation Breakfast, Boston, MA.

Copeland, P. (2017, April). Corpses while they live: The mind on mass incarceration. Lecture presented at Lasell College, Newton, MA.

Copeland, P. (2017, March). #Abolition4Eva. Lecture presented at Research on Tap, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Copeland, P. (2017, March). New abolitionists: The movement for black lives. Lecture presented at University of Connecticut School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT.

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, 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). 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, 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, April). Mass incarceration and health equity. Lecture presented at the Health Equity and Leadership (HEAL) Annual Conference, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

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

Professional Activities and Certifications

2015: Boston University School of Education Institute for Creative Educational Leadership Convening, May 11-12, Boston, MA.

2003: Certificate in Urban Leadership, Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Boston, MA.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Professional Activities and Certifications

2015: Boston University School of Education Institute for Creative Educational Leadership Convening, May 11-12, Boston, MA.

2003: Certificate in Urban Leadership, Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Boston, MA.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Awards and Honors

2017: Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient, Boston University School of Social Work.

2007: Dean’s Leadership Award, Simmons College School of Social Work.

Awards and Honors

2017: Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient, Boston University School of Social Work.

2007: Dean’s Leadership Award, Simmons College School of Social Work.
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