Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work Program
- B.A., Goshen College, 1992
- M.S.W., Smith College, 1994
- Ph.D., Simmons College, 2005
Administration Building 26D (Map)
I have been actively facilitating the delivery of an evening degree completion format of our Social Work degree. This format 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 fifth cohort begins August 2016.
The Social Work Program was successfully reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 2014.
Fall 2016 I was fortunate enough to have a sabbatical from teaching, and chose to volunteer 2 days each week as a school social worker at Chandler Elementary School in Goshen. It was a rich and rewarding experience and I am looking forward to integrating some of my learning into my teaching in 2016-17.
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.
“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. (2016). Exploring “use of self”: Moving beyond definitional challenges. Under revision for Journal of Social Work Education.
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