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Amy Dennis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Master of Social Work

Office Phone: (951) 552-8362
Office Location: James 278
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Counseling and Psychological Studies Regent University 2021
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
    Social Work Practice I (Micro Focus)
    Social Work Practice II (Mezzo/Macro Focus)
    Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
    Advanced Generalist Practice I
    Field Practicum (Generalist)
    Field Practicum (Advanced Clinical)
    Mental Health First Aid
    Introduction to Sociology
    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

    Dennis, A. (2021). Cultivating resilience in student and novice social workers through a near-peer led contextual learning group (dissertation). ProQuest, Chicago, IL.

    Page, J. (2013). Financial training for exonerees awaiting compensation: A case study.
    Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 52(2), 98-118 (Research Support Specialist)

    Dietz, T. J., Davis, D., & Pennings, J. (2012). Evaluating animal-assisted therapy in group treatment for Child sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 21(6), 665–683. (Research Support Specialist)

  • 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 dogs.

  • Personal Philosophy

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