Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work Program
I have been actively facilitating the delivery of an evening degree completion format of our Social Work degree. This makes our social work curriculum (taught by GC faculty) accessible to adult students who’ve already earned an AA. The format includes block classes taught in the evening. Our tenth cohort begins August 2021.
The Social Work Program was successfully reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 2014 and we are actively engaged in our self-study in preparation for our next site visit.
I completed the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Effective Teaching Practices course, March 2019.
As a member of the Advent Worship planning committee at Assembly Mennonite Church Fall 2020 I helped design a series of four outdoor worship services that creatively honored COVID public health guidelines while allowing some communal worship, and helped us welcome the dark in anticipation of the coming of the light.
Social Work Practice Theory 1
Systems approach to the practice of social work beginning with a model for solving human problems. Emphasizes development of a theoretical base for social work practice and includes a laboratory in which specific behavioral skills are developed through simulation experiences.
Social Work Practice Theory 2
Expansion of learnings from Social Work Practice Theory 1 and Social Welfare Policy and Program 2, and application of social work practice with individuals, families and social systems of varying size. This course is taught concurrently with the first semester of field instruction, which provides the opportunity to integrate theory with skill development.
Social Work Field Instruction
Integration of knowledge base and the acquisition of social work practice skills through direct practice under a qualified field instructor in a social service agency. Faculty provide weekly supervision individually and in small groups.
Social Work Senior Seminar
Taken during the second semester of Field Instruction or concurrent with one semester block field placement. A weekly seminar that offers the integration of learnings from all social work and required related courses. The final exam takes the form of a written paper and oral examination through which students demonstrate their integration of learning and skill competencies.
“NASW Code of Ethics 2018 (revised)” I presented a one-hour CEU course on the National Association of Social Workers’ revised Code of Ethics as a pre-program presentation at the 15th annual Grief Seminar the Social Work Program sponsors in conjunction with Ryan’s Place, Sept. 21, 2018.
“Poverty & Social Policy” My sabbatical immersion in Chandler Elementary School, Goshen, gave rise to many questions about poverty and social policy as I saw the impact of policy on children daily. This led to presentations & discussions with two adult Sunday School classes about social policy and poverty Fall and Spring 2015-16.
“Exploring ‘Use of Self’: From Definitional Challenges to Identification of Best Practices” at the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors’ conference in Austin, TX, Nov. 2005.
“Teaching ‘Use of Self’: Best Practices Contextualized” at the Council on Social Work Education’s conference in Chicago, IL, Feb, 2006.
“Theatrical Activism: From Michiana Monologues to Community Dialogues”, roundtable presentation at the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership conference, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, Oct. 2010.
Liechty, J. (2018). Exploring “use of self”: Moving beyond definitional challenges. Journal of Social Work Education, 54, 148-162. doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2017.1314836
Liechty, J. (2008). The influence of community upon the development of self: An exploratory study. (28/1). Smith College Studies in Social Work, 27-47.
National Association of Social Workers
The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors
Council on Social Work Education
Nicaragua, Summer 2010 Visit the SST homepage
2012 – present Social Work Program Director
2011 – present Professor of Social Work
2005 – present Department Chair, Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology
2001 – 2005 Academic leave for doctoral studies
2001 – 2001 Clinician/nursing home consultant, West Central Family & Counseling, W. Springfield, MA
2002 – 2004 Adjunct Instructor, Simmons College SSW, Boston, MA
1998 – 2001 Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Work, Goshen College
2000, 2001 Adjunct Instructor, Cross-Cultural Experience, Bluffton College
1994 – 1998 Social Worker/team leader, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital, MA
1997 – 1998 Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Smith College SSW, Cambridge, MA
1996 – 1997 Clinical Instructor, Simmons College SSW; Boston University SSW, Cambridge, MA