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Jerry Floersch, Ph.D., LISW - Associate Professor of Social Work at Case Western Reserve University



Friday April 4, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

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The Friday Lunch is a brown-bag event open to all.  Cookies and some beverages are provided

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About Our Guest

Dr. Floersch brings almost 20 years of experience in mental health services practice and administration to his research and teaching at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. He joined the MSASS faculty in 1998. In his research, Dr. Floersch utilizes ethnographic and historical-sociological research methods to study case managers at work in the field. He is the author of several articles and his first book, entitled Meds, Money, and Manners was published by Columbia University Press in 2002. In his book, Meds, Money, and Manners, Dr. Floersch makes a provocative inquiry into the undocumented oral narratives of case managers. His research has found that case managers utilize two important forms of knowledge in their practice, disciplinary (or book) knowledge and situated (or practical) knowledge. Case managers learn disciplinary knowledge in college classrooms and training workshops. Disciplinary knowledge focuses on how to help persons with mental illness develop daily living skills, monitor medication, and manage money, among others. Case managers are not formally taught situated knowledge. Instead, they invent it in difficult situations as a way to understand the psychological capacity of clients who are trying to become self-sufficient. In short, Dr. Floersch explains, case managers are inventing and recovering clinical knowledge because the social work curriculum and management training often suppress that knowledge. "We must reintroduce clinical skills into the training of case managers," he says. "Politicians and the public want persons with mental illness to be self-monitoring good citizens but this is impossible without some kind of self-awareness, which can be learned from a case manager who knows how to clinically structure a helping relationship." In his current research on youth psychotropic treatment, he extends his research of adult medication treatment to understanding how adolescents and young adults experience psychiatric medications in their daily lifes.

Friday Lunch and Other Public Affairs Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

April 11: David Matthiesen, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will lead a discussion on “Energy and Alternative Energy Policy in Ohio.”

April 18: Megan Whalen Turner fiction writer for young adults and author of, Instead Of Three Wishes, The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia; Anne Ursu is the author of the novels Spilling Clarence and The Disapparation of James, Joe White Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Department if Political Science, Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "Moral Dilemmas in Politics and Fiction." The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of

Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Janet Dolgin, J.D. - Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law
Hofstra University School of Law

April 2, 2008, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Moot Courtroom (A59), Gund Hall.

Janet Dolgin has a B.A. in philosophy from Barnard College, a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. Her scholarly work combines insights from anthropology and legal scholarship. Before coming to Hofstra, Prof. Dolgin taught anthropology at Columbia University and was an associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in Manhattan. In 1988-89 she taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a Fulbright Scholar. She has also been a visiting professor of law at Cornell, Boston University, and Cardozo School of Law. Prof. Dolgin's books include Jewish Identity and the JDLSymbolic Anthropology (co-edited, Columbia University Press), Defining the Family, and Bioethics and the Law. Professor Dolgin has published many articles in a law reviews, other scholarly journals, and edited volumes. Much of this work has analyzed legal responses to shifts in the family, including those occasioned by developments in reproductive technology and by the "new genetics," and to shifts in the structure of health care in the U.S. and elsewhere. She lectures widely in the U.S. and abroad about health care law, bioethics, and family law.

Sexual Activity, Sexual Function, and Health at Older Ages

Linda Waite, Ph.D., Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology at University of Chicago

Thursday April 3, 2008, 4:00 p.m., 1914 Room, Thwing Center, Case Western Reserve University, A Reception Will Follow The Talk

Waite's current research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, the link between biology, psychology and the social world.

Israeli Politics and Palestinian Politics: Internal Pressures and the Prospects for Peace

Abraham Diskin Ph.D., Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Rex Brynen Ph.D., McGill University, Case Western Reserve University. Tuesday, April 8th, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Ford Auditorium, corner of Adelbert and Euclid Avenue.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies and the Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies. For more information click here.

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