I am delighted to have joined the faculty of the Westfield State University MSW program after 18 years as a Professor at the Springfield College School of Social Work. I have practiced as a clinical social worker in a variety of health care settings, including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I continue to practice clinical social work in private practice, which I have maintained in Northampton since 1990, with individuals families, couples and groups. I appreciate everything I learn from both my clients and my students and find my practice informs my teaching and teaching informs my practice. I often include experiential learning activities such as ropes course and therapeutic adventure activities, program evaluation projects and community service events, such as the annual DCF spring adventure camp for teens in foster care into my teaching.
In addition to direct practice and teaching, my social work experience includes serving as the Director of Psychosocial Services for Hospice of Hampshire County, serving as the President of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW),Testifying for the President's Cancer Panel and serving on advisory boards for the Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWPN), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and Cancer Connection (a service organization in Northampton) and leading self-care retreats for various hospice and service organizations.
Department of Social Work
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue, P.O. Box 1630
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
(413) 572-5335 (phone)
(413) 562-8147 (fax)
Walsh, Katherine (in press). Career planning in oncology social work: From practice to academia. Handbook of Oncology Social Work. Mesner, C., Christ, G. and Behar, L. (Eds). New York: Oxford Press (publication in 2014)
Walsh, Katherine (2014) Survivorship. Encyclopedia of Social Work. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
Walsh, K. (2012) Grief and loss: Theories and skills for the helping professions. (2nd Ed). Needham Heights, MA: Pearson Education/Allyn & Bacon.
Walsh, K. (2012). Psychosocial issues in life limiting illness: Continuity of care in Clark, E. and Hoffsteader, E. (Eds) Social Work Matters: Linking policy and practice. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.
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