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Amy Dennis, MSW

Assistant Professor, Master of Social Work
Assistant Director of Field Education

Office Phone: (951) 552-8362
Office Location: James 278
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MSW Social Work University of Texas at Arlington 2011
BA Sociology California State University San Marcos 1997
  • Additional Education

    Grief and Loss Specialist
    Certified Childbirth Educator & Doula-UCSD

  • Courses Taught

    Grief and Loss
    Direct Social Work Practice
    Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
    Field Practicum (Generalist)
    Field Practicum (Advanced Clinical)
    Mental Health First Aid
    Empirically-Based Approaches for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illness
    Mandatory Reporting Measures

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Countertransference and Compassion Fatigue in the Social Work Profession
    Burnout and Self Care in the Helping Professions
    Housing First Model for chronic homelessness
    Faith integration in the Field Practicum setting
    Wrongful conviction and chronic mental health conditions
    Master of Social Work Accreditation
    Curriculum Development

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Palomar-Pomerado Hospitals
    Keller Independent School District

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    2009-Research Support Specialist. Using Animal Assisted Therapy in Group Treatment. Gathered and defined data within the study to measure the effectiveness of using AAT in a groups setting. Administered standardized testing instrument to participants. Collected data to gain insight into usefulness of measures being used. Conducted Group Therapy with AAT.

    2010-Research Support Specialist. Financial training for Exonerees awaiting compensation: A case study. Performed interviews of Exonerees. Administered testing instruments to participants.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Sandals Church

  • Community Service & Involvement

    HomeAid Inland Empire-Essentials for Young Lives; Full Bellies-Warm Hearts
    Special Olympics
    Elder Advocacy
    The Innocence Project
    The Homeless Count
    Advocate/Lobbyist on behalf of Exonerees for compensation and resources post-release.
    Riverside Anti-human trafficking coalition (RAHTC)

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I enjoy traveling, the beach, and being outdoors with my husband, our three beautiful children, and our dog.

  • Personal Philosophy

    The greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11