Ruth Grossman Dean, M.S.W., Ph.D.
B.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.S.W., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Boston College
SW 421 - Social Work Practice
SW 424 - Advanced Clinical Practice
SW 475 - Narrative Approaches
SW 577 - Social Work with Groups
SW 584 - Clinical Practice With Individuals
Scholarly and Practice Interests
Clinical practice with adults, children and families; community-based practice; indigenous forms of helping and caring; narrative approaches to therapy; psychodynamic approaches to therapy; social constructionism; ethics; ways of creating possibilities for "good talk" in the classroom; and research on suicide prevention work with homeless kids.
Dean, R. G. (2011). Being a social constructionist: From Freudian beginnings to narrative ends. In S. Witkin (Ed.) Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations, (pp. 72-102), New York: Columbia University Press.
Copeland, P., Dean, R. G., & Wladkowski, S. P. (2011). The power dynamics of supervision: Ethical dilemmas. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 81, 26-40.
Dean, R. & Poorvu, N. (2008). Assessment and formulation: A contemporary social work perspective. Families in Society, 89:4, 596-604.
Grossman Dean, R., & Kamya, H. (2010, May). Expanding cross-cultural understanding of suicide prevention work: Research on two vulnerable populations. Presented at the Golda Edinburg Lecture at the McLean Hospital Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, Belmont, MA.
Grossman Dean, R., & Mirick, R. (2010, May). Suicide prevention work with homeless youth: We are the only people who really value them. Presented at the Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, MA.
Grossman Dean, R. (2009, November). Ethical issues in supervision: A neglected pedagogy in social work. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX.
Grossman Dean, R., Kamya, H., Mirick, R., & White, E. (2009, May). Are social workers ready. Presented at the 8th Annual Massachusetts Suicide prevention Conference, Sturbridge, MA.
Grossman Dean, R. (2009, May). Ethical and clinical dilemmas in supervision. Presented at the Practice of Psychotherapy at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA.
Grossman Dean, R. (2008, December). Teaching, mentoring and supervising: The role of inspiration. Presented at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.
Grossman Dean, R., & Levitan Poorvu, N. (2008, November). Assessment and formulation: A contemporary social work perspective. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX.
Grossman Dean, R. (2008, March). Teaching, mentoring and supervising: The role of inspiration. Presented at the Social Work Grand Rounds at Beth Israel Alliance, Boston, MA.
Consulting and Professional Activity
Private Practice - 1967-Present
South End Community Health Center - Consultation and Direct Service - 1998-2009