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Elizabeth M. Tracy, PhD

Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work

PhD, University of Washington
MSW, University of Washington
BA, Radcliffe College

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
elizabeth.tracy@case.edu

About

Elizabeth M. Tracy is the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She teaches courses in direct social work practice theory and methods in the master level program and a seminar in social work education and teaching in the doctoral program. She has also directed the school social work program that leads to licensure through the Ohio Department of Education for master level and post master level students. Reflecting her interest in schools and families, she has served on the advisory board to the Center for Math and Science Education, UCITE, as faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Development and as a University Affiliate of the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success, promoting expanded school based mental health services in Ohio.

Course List

SSWM 549:  Theories of Social Work Practice
This required, three credit course introduces selected theories and practice approaches commonly used in social work with individuals, families, and groups. The course is designed to provide students with knowledge of theoretical explanations and practice frameworks commonly used in direct social work practice. The course also encourages students to apply critical thinking skills to theory and its practical applications. Case presentations, class discussions and assignments will require students to apply various theoretical perspectives to common problems and issues in social work practice. The course will highlight the use of professional social work values and attention to human development issues, diversity and cultural perspectives as they apply in each theory or framework.
SASS 630: Seminar in Social Work Education

This required, three credit course introduces selected theories and practice approaches commonly used in social work with individuals, families, and groups.  The course is designed to provide students with knowledge of theoretical explanations and practice frameworks commonly used in direct social work practice.  The course also encourages students to apply critical thinking skills to theory and its practical applications.  Case presentations, class discussions and assignments will require students to apply various theoretical perspectives to common problems and issues in social work practice.  The course will highlight the use of professional social work values and attention to human development issues, diversity and cultural perspectives as they apply in each theory or framework.

SASS 630:  Seminar in Social Work Education
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for careers in academe. The structure and content of American higher education is examined. Emphasis is placed on curriculum design and course development. This course is also designed to help students develop a strategic approach to teaching based on learning theory.

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for careers in academe.  The structure and content of American higher education is examined.  Emphasis is placed on curriculum design and course development.  This course is also designed to help students develop a strategic approach to teaching based on learning theory.

Affiliations

Founding Board Member, Ohio School Social Work Association
Member, School Social Work Association of America
Member, National Association of Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social Workers

Scholarly Interests

Social Networks and Social Support; Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders; Women and Substance Use Disorders

Why I Chose This Profession

My first working experiences after graduating from college were with children with developmental disabilities and their families. I realized early on that in order to work best with the children I needed to connect with their families. Yet the school districts at that time frequently discouraged contacts between teaching staff and families. When I returned to graduate school, my choice was between social work and special education. Ultimately I decided on a social work career because I felt, as I do now, that social work would allow me to impact people as well as the environments that people experienced and confronted. Much of my work as a social worker has revolved around practice models that support families, make use of natural helping networks, and include environmental helping strategies as an important component of clinical practice.

NIDA Project Related Publications
Training – Gender Issues in the Path to Academic Leadership
Evidence-Based Practices Book Series
University of Buffalo Living Proof podcast series


Recent Publications

Min, M. O., Tracy, E. M., Kim, H., Park, H., Jun, M., Brown, S., McCarty, C., & Laudet, A. (In press). Personal networks of women in residential and outpatient treatment: Changes over 12 Months. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

Brown, S., Jun, M., Min, M.O.Tracy, E.M. (2013) Impact of dual disorders, trauma, and social support on quality of life among women in treatment for substance dependence. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 9(1), 61-71.

Piccola, T. &  Tracy, E.M. (2013) Family preservation and home based services.  In. C. Franklin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Work On Line Edition.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Allen, S.F. & Tracy, E.M. (2013). Home based interventions. In. C. Franklin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Work On Line Edition.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Tracy, E., Kim, H., Brown, S.Min, M.O., Jun, M.K., & McCarty, C. (2012). Substance abuse treatment stage and personal social networks of women in substance abuse treatment.  Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3(2), 65-79.  PMC3358724

Tracy, E., Laudet, A., Min, M.O., Kim, H., Brown, S., Jun, M.K., & Singer, L. (2012).  Prospective patterns and predictors of quality of life among women in substance abuse treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  doi:10.1016/j.drugalccdep.2012.01.010  NIHMSID# 357064

Tracy, E., Laudet, A., Min, M.O., Kim, H., Brown, S., Jun, M.K., & Singer, L.T. (2012). Prospective patterns and predictors of quality of life among women in substance abuse treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 124, 242-249.

Brown, S., Biegel, D. E., & Tracy, E. M. (2011). Likelihood of asking for help in caregivers of women with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.  Journal of Case Management, 12(3), 94–100.

Tracy, E. M., & Brown, S. (2011). Social networks  and social work practice. In F. Turner, Social Work treatment (5th ed., pp. 447–459). New York: Oxford University Press.

Biegel, D. E., Katz, S., Meeks, D., Brown, S., & Tracy, E. M. (2010). Predictors of depressive symptomatology in family caregivers of women with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Journal of Family Social Work, 13, 25–44.

Munson, M. R., Smalling, S., Spencer, R., Scott, L. D., Jr., & Tracy, E. M. (2010). A steady presence in the midst of change: Nonkin natural mentoring relationships among older youth exiting foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(4), 527–535.

Tracy, E. M., Munson, M., Peterson, L., & Floersch, J. (2010). Social supports: A mixed blessing for women in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10, 257– 282.

Allen, S. F., & Tracy, E. M. (Eds.). (2009). Delivering home-based Services: A social work perspective. New York, NY:Columbia University Press.

Brown, S. & Tracy, E. M. (2008), Building communities of practice to advance mental health
services in schools. The Community Psychologist, 41 (2), 46-48.
Piccola, T. & Tracy, E. M. (2008) Family preservation and home based services. Encyclopedia of
social work (20th ed., Vol. 2, pp. 2000-2006). New York: Oxford University Press and
NASW Press.
Tracy, E. M. (2008). Working with and strengthening social networks. In A. R. Roberts (Editorin-Chief),
Social workers’ desk reference (2nd ed., pp. 710-714). New York: Oxford
University Press.
Biegel, D. E., Katz, S., Tracy, E., & Townsend, A. (2007). Predictors of dyadic relationship
quality of women in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 3 (1), 87-112.
Tracy, E. M., & Johnson, P. J. (2007) Personal social networks of women with co-occurring
substance use and mental disorders. Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 7 (1/2), 69-
90.
Tracy, E. M., & Martin, T .C. (2007) Children’s roles in the social networks of women in
substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 32, 81-88.
Tracy, E. M., & Usaj, K. (2007). School social work with individuals and groups. In L. Bye &
M. Alvarez (Eds.), School social work: Theory to practice (pp.141-163). Belmont, CA:
Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Recent Presentations

Brown, S., Tracy, E., Jun, M.K., Park, H., & Min, M.O. (January, 2013). By the company she keeps: Client and provider perspectives of facilitators and barriers to personal network change for women in treatment for substance dependence. Oral Presentation at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), San Diego, California.

Brown, S., Tracy, E., & Min, M.O. (January, 2013).  Parenting competence and child status in mothers with substance dependence: The role of bonding history and social networks. Oral Presentation at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), San Diego, California.

Tracy, E., Min, M.O., Park, H., & Jun, M.K. (January, 2013).  Personal networks and substance use at 12 month post treatment among dually diagnosed women. Oral Presentation at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), San Diego, California.

Jun, M.K., Tracy, E., Min, M.O., & Park, H. (November, 2012). Personal networks of women in residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment. Poster presented at the 58th Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Washington, D.C.

Tracy, E., Min, M.O., & Singer, L. (October, 2012). Physical, mental co-morbidities and recovery outcomes among women. Paper presentation in A. Laudet (Chair), Longitudinal Perspectives on Physical and Mental Health Comorbidities among Women in Recovery: Implications for Recovery Support Services and Integrated Care Symposium, 2012 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, New York  NY.


Person-Environment Practice: The Social Ecology of Interpersonal Helping
Susan P Kemp, James K. Whittaker, and Elizabeth M. Tracy

This bookpep_front offers both an affirmation and a challenge to direct social work practice. It addresses a core but long-neglected dimension in social work and human services: accurate environmental assessment and strategic environmental intervention. The text provides a coherent critique and overview of environmental intervention congruent with the demands of such emergent areas as practice with personal social networks, empowerment practice, practice from a strengths perspective, and multicultural practice. It draws on the work of seminal contributors in social work practice and social science.

The primary audience for Person-Environment Practice is the great majority of social workers whose helping efforts extend to individuals, families, groups, and neighborhoods. Its primary aim is to examine each of these levels critically, through the prism of “environment,” and to offer practical suggestions for both assessment and intervention. The authors provide a conceptual framework for understanding environmentally oriented practice; explore its theoretical, historical and empirical underpinnings; and provide extensive information on environmental assessment and intervention, including assessment and intervention with personal social networks.

Kemp, Whittaker, and Tracy write from a rich and varied background of direct practice, research, and teaching. They write out of the conviction that interpersonal practice properly oriented to proximate and distal environments makes an important difference in the lives of clients in distress – a contribution that complements but cannot be replaced by macro level intervention. This book will be of interest to all involved with the implementation, evaluation, or teaching of contemporary social work practice.

Social Work Practice with Families and Children
Anthony Maluccio, Barbara Pine and Elizabeth Tracy

Social Work Practice with Families and Children emphasizes family-centered, social network and school-based interventions in the preparation of social workers for direct and indirect practice with clients from vulnerable populations, especially the poor, people of color, and recent immigrant groups. Sections of the book cover the knowledge base and practice base for social work practice with families and children. The conclusion evaluates practice and service delivery, including the impact of welfare reform and managed care on vulnerable families and children and the implications for social-work education and training.

CONTENTS

1: Knowledge Base 1. Understanding Vulnerable Families and Their Children 2. Risks and Vulnerabilities 3. Supporting Families and Their Children 4. Ethical Issues 2: Practice Base 5. Engagement, Assessment, Case Planning, and Goal Setting 6. Family-centered Intervention 7. Social Network Intervention 8. School-based Intervention 3: looking to the Future 9. Evaluation of Practice and Service Delivery 10. Future Challenges and Opportunities Appendices 1. Tools and Instruments to Support Practice 2. National Child Welfare Resource Centers 3. Other Resource Centers and Information Sources 4. Electronic Resources on Family and Children’s Services 5. Electronic Resources on Children’s Special Needs and Exceptionalities 6. Electronic Resources on Schools and Children’s Education 7. Electronic Resources on Health of Children and Adults 8. Electronic Resources on System Reform and Advocacy for Children and Families 9. Electronic Resources on Mentoring and Support Groups 10. Informational and Training Materials on Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Anthony Maluccio is professor of social work at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College. He is co-author of Teaching Family Reunification. Barbara Pine is a professor at the University of Connecticut. Elizabeth Tracy is Associate Professor of Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She is co-author of Person-Environment Practice.

August 2002 351 pages 2 figures 0-231-10766-8 cloth $56.50 / (39.00)


Evidence Based Practice Series

NIDA Project Related Publications & Presentations
 
Journals
 
Tracy, E.M. & Martin, T.C. (2007) Children’s roles in the social networks of women in substance abuse treatment.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 32, 81-88.
Biegel, D.E., Katz, S., Tracy, E., & Townsend, A. (2007). Predictors of dyadic relationship quality of women in substance abuse treatment. ­ Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 3(1), 87- 112.
Tracy, E.M. & Johnson, P. J. (in press) Personal social networks of women with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Social Work Practice in the Addictions.
 
Tracy, E . & Biegel, D. (2006).Social Networks and dual disorders: A literature review and implications for practice and future research. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 2(2), 59-88.
Other Publications
Tracy, E.M. , Martin, T.C. (Summer 2006). Barriers to Services Among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment: Implications for Child Welfare.  American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Advisor, 18(3) 4-6.
Invited Book Chapters
 
Tracy, E .M., & Johnson, P. (2006). The intergenerational transmission of violence: Interrelationships between substance abuse, mental disorders, and trauma exposure. In N. Boyd Webb (Ed.), Working with  traumatized youth in child welfare (pp.113-134). New York :Guilford Press .
Presentations
“Women using cocaine during pregnancy: Dual disorders and barriers to treatment” Poster presented at the 11 th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 11-14, 2007, San Franscisco, California
“Children’s roles in the social networks of women in substance abuse treatment.”  Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 12-15, 2006, San Antonio, Texas. (Tracy & Martin)”Differences in perceived barriers to services among women in residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment.”  Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 12-15, 2006, San Antonio, Texas. (Tracy & Martin)
Invited Presenter, NIDA Social Work Research Development Promising New Investigator’s Conference, April 1-2, 2005, Columbia University, New York City.
“Exploring the role of trauma in social networks of women with dual disorders”, Workshop presentation at the 7 th All Ohio Institute of Community Psychiatry, March 18-19, 2005, Cleveland, Ohio. (Tracy & Johnson).
“Personal Social Networks of Women with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Strengths and Limitations”. Paper Presentation at the Society for Social Work Research Conference, January 13-16, 2005, Miami, Florida.
“Predictors of Quality of Relationship in Families of Women with Co-Occurring Substance and Mental Disorders”. Poster Presentation at the Society for Social Work Research Conference, January 13-16, 2005, Miami, Florida.. (Biegel, Tracy, Katz & Townsend).


In the News

2013-2014 Annual Report: Record Year for Research; Tracy Appointed Associate Dean

Nov 2 2014

Research and Training 2013-2014 Annual ReportThe 2013-2014 Research & Training Annual Report has been published by the Mandel School’s Office of Research & Training, detailing a record year for our highly productive faculty and research staff:

  • Research and training grant awards totaled $9,188,090 in 2013-2014 – a new school record and an increase of 58% over the previous year.
  • Since 2005, Mandel School’s research grant funding has increased over 270%.
  • Over 70% of faculty members submitted a total of 104 research or training grant proposals (a 71% increase over the previous year) and had 163 publications since 2011.
  • The Mandel School is ranked #8 for scholarly productivity among U.S. social work schools, using the H-index, and also maintains an 8:1 student/faculty ratio in the classroom, reflecting a deep commitment to teaching.

Mandel School research is comprehensive, ranging from individuals and families to communities and nations, and embracing the lifespan from prenatal development to the elderly. The findings are used by human service agencies, county and state governments, federal entities, and international organizations to improve practice and service delivery and to impact public policy.

The 2013-2014 Annual Report was overseen by David E. Biegel, the Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice, who served as the Associate Dean for Research and Training for the past six years and during a time of significant growth for the school’s research and training grant portfolio. On September 1, 2014, Dr. Biegel stepped down from this position and Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore announced that Elizabeth M. Tracy, the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work, is the new Associate Dean for Research and Training. Dr. Tracy’s previous leadership of the Mandel School’s doctoral program and strong history of obtaining external grant funding make her an ideal candidate for this position.

Read the complete report here.

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Join us at CSWE APM 2014

Oct 22 2014

CSWE APM logoThere are a variety of ways you can join the Mandel School at the Council on Social Work Education 60th Annual Program Meeting, the premiere conference for social justice professionals on October 23-26 in Tampa, Florida.

  • Visit us at our booth #504. We have a special gift for alumni, and lots of great information for everyone else from prospective students to our social justice colleagues.
  • Check out our full-page ad in the conference program, which celebrates the past 100 years of social work education excellence at the Mandel School.
  • Speaking of celebration, join us at a private reception for Mandel School alumni, faculty and students to celebrate a record year for our research and training office, as well as Dr. Mark Singer’s election as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The event will be Friday, October 24, at 5pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. To RSVP, contact Nada DiFranco (nada.difranco@case.edu)
  • Use the hashtag #2104APM on Twitter for the latest news about the conference from us and other attendees.
  • On Friday, be sure to check out Dr. Terry Hokenstad at a “Meet The Authors” event at the conference. Details: http://www.cswe.org/75084.aspx

The following Mandel School alumni and faculty are presenting during the CSWE APM 2014:

Eileen Mazur Abel, PhD 1999; Brent Angell, PhD 1992; Nadine Bean, MSSA 1990, PhD 1994; David Beimers, PhD 2009; Kerry Beldin, PhD 2008; Ralph Belk, MSSA 1996; Diane Bessell, MSSA 2005; David Chenot, PhD 2007; Carlton David Craig, MSSA 1993; Laurel Davis, MSSA 1993; Jill Dickie, MSSA 1974; Bruce Friedman, PhD 1993; Abbie Frost, MSSA 1977, PhD 1984; Bob Herman-Smith, PhD 2008; Virginia Rondero Hernandez, PhD 2002; Dr. Megan HolmesDr. M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad;  Lindsey Houlihan, MSSA 1990, PhD 2010; Altaf Husain, MSSA 1994; Jungyai Ko, MSSA 2010; Lori Longs Painter, MSSA 1987; Timothy McCarragher, PhD 2002; Lisa McGuire, PhD 2000; Lance Peterson, PhD 2010; Barbara Pierce, PhD 2012; D. Mark Ragg, PhD 1997; Mary Rawlings, PhD 2008; Joanne Riebschleger, PhD 2001; Amy Restorick Roberts, MSSA 2000, PhD 2013; Ann Roy, PhD 1985; Mary Secret, MSSA 1973; Nancy Sidell, MSSA 1990; Susan Smalling, PhD 2012; Dr. Elizabeth M. Tracy; Scott Wilkes, PhD 2013.

 

 

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Elizabeth M. Tracy and Colleagues Research How Women In Recovery Manage Personal Networks

Oct 17 2014

WEB_TracySubstance abuse counselors and social workers often recommend recovering addicts establish new networks of non-using friends and supporters. But Dr. Elizabeth M. Tracy and her colleagues found that, for many women in poverty, it’s not so easy to drop the users in their lives. Many are people that women depend on for childcare, transportation and other necessities to live.

“People in the women’s networks might be family members, parents or children, who also use drugs. It’s hard to cut these people out of their lives,” said Dr. Tracy, who is the Mandel School’s associate dean of research and the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work.

She contributed to the Qualitative Health Research article, “Personal Network Recovery Enablers and Relapse Risks for Women with Substance Dependence,” along with corresponding investigator Suzanne Brown, PhD 2012, LMSW, assistant professor of social work at Wayne State University and a Mandel School doctoral alumna. Also contributing to the study were MinKyung Jun, PhD; Hyunyong Park, MSSW; and Research Associate Professor Meeyoung Oh Min. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded the $1.1 million, four-year parent study at the Mandel School.

It was not so clear-cut for these women who had to juggle both users and non-users in their lives, Brown points out.

“It might work in a population of people who have greater choices or resources to make geographic changes or are less dependent on other people for their basic needs,” Brown said.

Relationships in the network played a role in whether women used drugs or not. Brown and Tracy and colleagues found that six months post-treatment intake, women were vulnerable for using again if they had substance abusers in their personal networks or lacked close supportive friends. And many of the 377 women recruited for the study from three treatment centers in Cleveland also lacked finances, education, job skills and employment, making it difficult to leave these circumstances.

Loss and fear of losing family and friends, along with the stigma and guilt of using presented difficult barriers for recovery, the researchers report. Tracy said these women had no easy answers as some women limited interactions with their longtime friends and suffered grief and loss in the process to stay clean.

The researchers tracked and analyzed how these networks worked and changed over the 12 months after entering treatment. For the focus groups, conducted with funding from the Mandel School Office of Research and Training as an additional part of the larger study, the researchers talked with participants in three focus groups of women in recovery and three focus groups of treatment providers.

Each woman in treatment made a list of 25 people in their personal network, their relationship, role in recovery and whether they could be considered a recovery enabler or relapse risk.

Participants in the yearlong study provided researchers with data after beginning treatment: at one week, one month, six months and 12 months regardless if they remained in treatment or not. For the women, researchers looked at these questions:
• Who remained in the personal network?
• How relationships with friends, family member, treatment counselors and others changed over time?
• What ways did the person change in her interactions with the individuals in her network?

The women’s retention was 81 percent over the 12-month follow up period. They also found the women who had fewer users and more supportive friends at six months were less likely to use again. The structure of the network mattered as well; women who had more non-users among their network isolates (people not connected to anyone else in the network) were less likely to use over 12 months.

They also included the treatment providers as a new dimension to studying recovery networks and asked them questions related to recovery enablers and relapse risks. Provider gave their perspectives on how women were influenced by families and children, 12-step groups and sponsors and treatment providers’ views on how women manage personal networks.

Women in recovery struggled to raise their children but most wanted to show their children they could recover. The providers saw children as a hindrance or burden to mothers who struggled with internal mental health issues while faced with challenges to manage children, who may have their own behavioral problems.

Families served as both recovery enablers and relapse risks through misunderstanding that recovery takes time. Women, at risk of relapsing, admitted manipulating family members, but those successfully recovering began to see more give and take (reciprocity) in the family relationships.

The 12-step groups and sponsors for recovering users helped women find friends and supporters, decreasing their isolation and provided a positive environment that changed negative perspectives in the women, but providers also saw the 12-step groups as a risk for the women. Many women had mental illnesses along with their addictions, and providers felt the group leaders lacked skills to handle these mental illnesses. Advances by men in these meetings were also potentially distracting the women from working on their recovery.

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