Oliver W. J. Beer, MSc, PhD Candidate (The Ohio State University), has more than five years of practice experience in United Kingdom (Social Work England Registration SW109834). Oliver’s research focuses on the health and well-being of the child protection workforce and introduces innovative approaches to prevent or reduce work-related stress. His dissertation, “The Sequel to the Prequel: A Novel and Cautious Approach to Curating Mindful Child Welfare Workers and Addressing the Stress Phenomenon within England’s Child Protection System,” investigates whether a brief online mindfulness-based intervention is a feasible, acceptable, and potentially effective approach to addressing the stress crisis among child welfare workers in the UK. The proposed study aims to better understand the feasibility of using social media platforms for the online recruitment of Children and Families Social Workers. Oliver has 13 peer-reviewed publications, including six first-authored manuscripts, in top-tiered and high impact journals such as The British Journal of Social Work, New Media & Society, and Child Abuse & Neglect. In addition, he has 14 manuscripts under review, and more than 30 conference presentations in the US, Mexico, England, and Japan. Oliver’s work in child welfare has resulted in several grants and awards, as well as appointments to multiple scholarly positions. Oliver was named a Research Fellow at The University of Plymouth (UK) and a Research Affiliate at Western Kentucky University. In addition, Oliver directed the qualitative coding team for a national study examining compassion fatigue in Child Advocacy Center staff for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He has four years of online and in-person teaching experience as an instructor of undergraduate-level courses for students in the UK, Japan, and the US, and is currently developing a course, “Preparation for Academic and Professional Success,” for the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Oly is expected to graduate in May 2022.
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Dr. Whitney Cassity-Caywood is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Murray State University and a Research Affiliate for the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Transylvania University and her Master of Science in Social Work and her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville. Dr. Cassity-Caywood's current research focuses on how advocates and therapists working within Kentucky's Child Advocacy Centers and Sexual Violence Resource Centers adapt their practices to continue delivering services during COVID-19. Her previous research has focused on mental health issues, particularly in rural areas. In addition to her work as an educator and researcher, Dr. Cassity-Caywood is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also serves on the Kentucky Board of Social Work.
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