Otters, Dr. Rosalie

DrOtters21.jpgrvotters@ualr.edu

“The social relation is essentially a reciprocal relation”  –  Jane Addams

Clinical social work has been important in my self-identity.  I have worked with children, families and adults in a number of mental health clinics in the Dallas area. In addition, I have been the chair of NASW, the Dallas unit, with over 900 social workers, as well as a board member of NASW, Texas.

There are many aspects of social work that interest me, but especially gerontological social work as well as social theory and how it influences social work practice. Specifically, I wonder about issues of aging and change: What are the gains as well as the losses as one passes through the life course?  How can disabilities and illnesses be reassessed in terms of a more interdependent identity?  How are we ecologically ”all in the same boat,” no matter our age? What do social work theories have to say to how we practice  social work throughout the life course, both  as a science and yet also as an art?

In these musings I have found direction from a variety of social theories, as well as the German theologian Jurgen Moltmann’s Theology of Hope and the study of ethics. Currently I am seeking insight from Jane Addams’ integration of social theory and practice that she wrote over a century ago, Democracy and Social Ethics (1902). She wrote then about a democracy “which affords a rule of living as well as a test of faith.”  It is in both the understanding and the application that change comes about. Social workers are to be agents of change, change that can bring about such a democratic vision of relationships.

EDUCATION

2005 University of North Texas
Denton, Texas
Ph.D., Sociology (Medical Sociology and Sociology of Aging concentrations)
Dissertation:
“The Effects of Vision Impairment on Depression in the Older Adult”
(1994 – 2000 Second Longitudinal Study of Aging, National Center for Health
Statistics)

1989 Washington University
Brown School of Social Work
St. Louis, Missouri
M.S.W., Mental Health (with Family Therapy Specialization)

CREDENTIALS


* LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Arkansas)
* DCSW (Diplomate Clinical Social Work, NASW)
* Approved Supervisor: American Association of Marriage and Family
* Certificate in Gerontology, University of North Texas

HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT


University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work. BSW, MSW, Gerontology students. August 2007- .

Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas
Visiting Assistant Professor. Dept. of Sociology and Social Work. BSW students. January 2006 – May 2007.

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Adjunct Professor/Teaching Fellow. Dept. of Sociology, undergraduates, 2003-2006.

RESEARCH, SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Peer Reviewed

Otters, R.V., Turturro, C.L., & Lewallen, J. (2014, in print). BSW house calls: A new look at aging through experiential learning. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. jbsw.org

Otters, R. V. (2014). Critical thinking: Building on student strengths in social work pedagogy. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies. iji.cgpublisher.com

Otters, R.V. (2013a). Systemic responsibilities of the social work educator. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/

Turturro, C.L. & Otters, R.V. (2013b). Attitudes towards working with older adults: Differences between African American and Caucasian social work students. The International Journal of Diverse Identities. iji.cgpublisher.com

Otters, R.V. (2012a). Building on student strengths in graduate professional education. The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal. Pennsylvania State University. Sept. 28. dus.psu.edu/mentor/

Otters, R.V. (2012b). Learning from the other Abrahamic faith: American and Islamic understanding of individualism and community. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 6(3), pp. 59-69. iji.cgpublisher.com

Otters, R.V. (2009). Following in Jane Addams’ footsteps. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 6(3). http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/ Two CEUs offered for this article.

Submitted for Publication


Otters, R.V. & Hollander, J.F. (10/1/13) Leaving home and boomerang decisions: A family simulation protocol. Marriage and Family Review.

Scholarly Presentations with Conference Proceedings

Brown, C., Otters, R.V. & Turturro, C.L. (Refereed paper proceedings, 2011a). Creating opportunities: Gerontological service learning in a community practice project. Administrative Issues Journal, Academic Conference, Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Conference presentation and paper proceedings.

Otters, R.V. (Unrefereed paper proceedings, 2011b). Social work mentoring: We need one another. University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference. Albuquerque, N.M. Conference presentation and paper proceedings.

Gerontology Presentations

Otters, R.V. Invited presentation. Social aspects of dying and social support. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Student allied healthcare professionals. Part of Interdisciplinary Palliative Care, Jan. 2013/2014.

Otters, R.V. Invited presentation. Ethics II: A case study in healthcare ethics. Arkansas Gerontological Society. April 2013.

Otters, R.V. Higher education gerontology syllabi development: Documentation measurement. Southern Gerontological Society. Charlotte, N.C. April 5, 2013.

Otters, R.V. & Hollander, J.F. (May 2013). A family model-building protocol for leaving-home and boomerang decisions. Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Hamburg, Germany.

Otters, R.V. & Hollander, J.F. (May 2013). A family model-building protocol for leaving-home and boomerang decisions. Sunbelt Social Networking Conference, Hamburg, Germany.

Otters, R.V. Higher education gerontology syllabi development: Documentation measurement. Southern Gerontology Society. Charlotte, N.C. April 5, 2013.

Otters, R.V. & Turturro, C.L. Documentation and competency measurement: Charting the course for gerontology education. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Conference. St. Petersburg, Florida. Feb. 28-March 3, 2013.

Otters, R.V. Invited presentation. Ethics II: A case study in healthcare ethics. Arkansas Gerontological Society Conference. March 27, 2013.

Otters, R.V. Invited presentation. Systemic ethical considerations in an older adult case study. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Allied health care professional students. Dr. Carol Enderlin facilitator, 2012/2014.

Brown, C., Otters, R.V. & Turturro, C.L. Person-centered care: Translating life story and reminiscence therapy interviewing techniques into care interactions and personal care plans for caregivers of aging adults. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Annual Meeting. Feb. 23 – Feb. 26, 2012. Arlington, VA.

Otters, R.V. & Turturro, C.L. Developing a culturally sensitive model for gerontological education with minorities. Southern Gerontological Society, April 19-22, 2012. Nashville, TN.

Otters, R.V & Turturro, C.L. BSW house calls program: Partnership development between practice classes and a community clinic. Southern Gerontological Society. Richmond, VA, April 8, 2010.

Otters, R.V. & Turturro, C.L. What does it take for BSW students to become gerontologically-savvy generalist social workers? BEL grant preliminary results, 2008 – 2009. Southern Gerontological Society Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, April 2009.

Upcoming Accepted Presentations 2014

Otters, R.V. Invited presentation. Ethical issues in interviewing an older adult Arkansas Gerontological Society Conference, March 2014.

Otters, R.V. Using online formats in the service of gerontology programs. Southern Gerontological Society. Little Rock, Arkansas, April 2014.

Otters, R.V., Turturro, C.L., & Lewallen, J. BSW house calls: A new look at aging through experiential learning. Southern Gerontological Society. Little Rock, Arkansas, April 2014.

Otters, R.V. & Turturro, C.L. Gerontology sampler: A taste of UALR graduate gerontology certificate courses. Arkansas NASW Annual Conference. North Little Rock, April 2014.

Otters, R.V. Invited presentation. Geriatric Values Assessment. Reynolds Institute on Aging. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Interdisciplinary health care. Sept. 2014.

F. Manuscript Reviewer


1. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: 5 reviews.
2. Administrative Issues Journal: 1 review.

G. Research

Poster Presentations


Otters, R.V. & Hollander, J.F. Black vision impairment, falls, and disability. Southern Gerontological Society. Richmond, VA, April 9, 2010.

Otters, R.V. & Hollander, J. F. Effects of sensory impairment and pain on depression in older adults. (LSOA II, Supplement on Aging, 1996 -1998). The Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, Nov. 18, 2007.

Grant: BSW Experiential Learning (BEL)


Otters, R.V. (P.I.) and Turturro, C.L. (2008-2010). BSW Experiential Learning grant (BEL), Council on Social Work Education, Gero-Ed Center. Funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. $7,500 to infuse gerontological practice into two BSW courses.
Student attitudes toward aging were monitored in two short internships related to class work:
1. HBSE III (fall 2008) Introduction to Social Work BSW class (2009) with site at Presbyterian Village Continuing Care Retirement Community. Students developed resident life reviews. Grant paid for small student traveling stipends.
2. Practice I BSW class (spring 2009, 2010) took part in University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, clinic orientation and patient home visits accompanied by LCSW. Grant paid for small student traveling stipends; LCSW leadership.

Other Research


IRB acceptance (2013), survey on Leaving Home/ Returning Home (Boomeranging).
Using a life course perspective, this research can be considered a study in aging choices for both the adult child and the middle-aged to older adult.
• Executed survey for School of Social Work student respondents (Fall 2013)
• Now reviewing the data, N = 181 students

Thesis Committee Chair


Cindy Brown MSW, MBA (Gerontology MA candidate). Graduated spring 2012.
Thesis: “Evaluation of Anstee, Harris, Pruitt, and Sugar’s Six-stage Model for Developing Service-learning in a Gerontological Operative Setting.”

Manuscript Reviewer


1. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 2011 – Present.
2. University of Kentucky, Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension, Resource Content Reviewer, 2012.
3. Administrative Issues Journal, 2012 –

TEACHING

UALR Class Presentations


Otters, R.V. Spirituality, religion, and social work. Social Welfare Policy. UALR, 2012.

Otters, R.V. Helping consumers of social services. Interpreting for the Deaf. UALR, 2012.

Otters, R. V. Sensory limitations in the older adults (vision and hearing). Audiology. UALR, 2012.

Otters, R.V. Nuts and bolts of health care and future directions. Health Policy. UALR, 2012.

Otters, R.V. Using the ETHICS model in a case with an older adult. Marriage and Family Ethics. UALR, 2011.

Otters, R.V. The importance of understanding vision impairment in working with the older adult. Biology and Psychology of Aging. UALR, 2009.

Courses Taught at UALR since 2007


SOWK 7301, Foundations I. Lead Instructor (2007 – present)

SOWK 7302, Foundations II. Lead Instructor (2008 – present)

SOWK 7403/7404, Foundations Direct Practice Internships I, II (most semesters 2007 – present)

SOWK 8503/8504, Advanced Direct Practice Internships I, II (most semesters, 2009 – present).

GERO 4336/5336, Social Aspects of Death and Dying (2010 – present)

SOWK 8210/8191, Social and Emotional Implications of Illness and Disability (summer every year since 2008; online 2009 – present)

SOWK/GERO, Aging and Social Policy. New course combining previous causes taught Aging and Social Policy I 2010) and II (2011) as well as aging resources. Hybrid (2012). Online (2013).

GERO 7350, Research Practicum (fall 2011)

GERO 8630, Thesis (fall 2011)

GERO 8310, Field Work I, 2009, 2012

SOWK 3331, Practice I (spring 2008-2009)

SOWK 4332, Practice II (fall 2007-2009)

SOWK 8219, 8191 Social Work Values and Ethics (summer 2008)

COMMUNITY AND SERVICE-LEARNING INVOLVEMENT

University/ Community Development

Disability Task Force (community leaders working on disability issues). Working on a grant proposal. Member. 2013 – present. Aging issue since many with a disability are older.

School of Social Work, Gerontology Advisory Meetings, facilitator. 2013 – present.
Networking gerontology university development with community leaders, UALR faculty in other departments, former and present students.

University District, Senior Networking, part of the University District organization which seeks to develop ties with local residents and organizations. There are many older adults in this area. Member 2013 – present.

Applied for OCDA (fall 2014), to develop gerontology networking to create a needs assessment of gerontology learning needs in Central Arkansas (OCDA is Off Campus Duty Assignment, like a sabbatical in other universities).

Arkansas Gerontological Society. 2012 – present. Board member and planning committee member for annual program. Annual Symposium presenter: 2012 – 2014

SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program). 2011 – present. Service learning Project. SHIIP director, Melissa Simpson. Students and instructor (Aging and Social Policy class) took SHIIP training and then helped older adults in community to review Part D Medicare Insurance. Fall 2011.

Oak Forest UMC (University District). SHIIP (2011); student interviewing development (2012).

SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program)training; service-learning project. Medicare Part D announcements during yearly open fall enrollment, 2012 – present. Students and instructor, Aging and Social Policy class.

Presbyterian Village, a continuing care retirement community, interdenominational, several levels of care, from a skilled nursing home to independent and cottage living. Board member since 2008. Board Vice President 2012 – present; Executive Committee 2011 – present. Administration Committee Chair 2011 – present. Planning Committee Chair 2010 -2011.

BSW Student Life Review project with BEL (BSW Experiential Learning) grant. IP and coordinated Practice II students 2008 in this service-learning project. Presbyterian Village site.

Connect with Me! A service-learning project. Advised three community agencies how to organize this project with student research advisee Cindy Brown: Partners for an Inclusive Community, UALR Gerontology Program, and Presbyterian Village (2011).

BSW student home visits with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences staff. BEL (BSW Experiential Learning) grant. IP and coordinated Practice I students 2009, 2010 in this service-learning project.

Homeless Outreach Count. Homeless Fair. One to two times a year, 2007 – 2012. Co-led student involvement in homeless surveys. Jan. 2011, our group televised/interviewed.

Community tours with students. Clinton Center, Funeral Home, World Services for the Blind (University District). Foundations I and II; Social Aspects of Death and Dying classes. 2008 – present. Socialization to community service.

Community and Service Presentations

Otters, R.V. From strengths to solutions: Brief, client-directed steps toward a desired future. NASW Arkansas Annual Conference, North Little Rock, AR, April 7, 2011.

Otters, R.V. The Third Age. Life Quest presentation, Little Rock, AR, June 2010.

Otters, R.V. The continuing relevance: Jane Addams’ social work values and ethics. NASW Arkansas Annual Conference, Fort Smith, AR, March 11, 2010.

Otters, R.V. The UALR School of Social Work Gerontology Program. Life Quest presentation, Little Rock, AR, Jan. 20, 2010.

Turturro, C.L., Otters, R. V. & Lewallen, J. The future is becoming! UALR graduate Gerontology Program — Preparing professionals for Arkansas’s aging population. Arkansas Aging Conference. Little Rock, AR, April 2009.

Lewallen, J. & Otters, R.V. An aging update and the UALR gerontology certificate program, NASW Arkansas Annual Conference. Rogers, Arkansas, April 2008.

Panelist

Successful service learning in CPS, The College of Professional Studies Faculty Development Symposium, Nov. 10, 2011.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow KUAR radio show. Aging. Feb. 2011.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow KUAR radio show. Oct. 2010, Depression. Oct. 2010

University Service

School of Social Work:


• BSW Committee
• Gerontology Program Committee
• MSW Curriculum Committee
• Foundations I and II, Lead Instructor
• Reaccreditation Committee (MSW)
• Practice Committee
• School of Social Work Faculty Meetings
• Gerontology Interim Program Director (Fall, 2010)

University:


* University District Senior Networking Committee 2013 – present.
* Committee on Committees 2011 – present.
* Academic Integrity and Grievance Committee 2011 – present.
* Technology Committee 2010 – 2013.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Arkansas Gerontological Society, Board member 2012 – present.

Southern Gerontological Society, 2009 – present. Board member 2011 – present.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 1990 – present. Dallas Unit Chair, 1998 – 2000. Board member of Texas Chapter NASW 1998 – 2000. Dallas Unit Political Action Chair, 1997-1998. Dallas Unit Membership Co-Chair 2000 –2001. Arkansas chapter since 2007.

Grace Presbytery (Irving, Texas), Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Member, 1990 – present.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT

Grace Presbyterian Village, Dallas, Texas


Chaplain. Continuing care retirement community with five levels of care. Worship leader, pastoral care and counseling. Illness, bereavement and funeral leadership. Community building programs and leadership development for all abilities and needs. Leadership of vision-impairment support group, 1998 – 2002.

Galaxy Counseling Center, Garland, Texas


Staff supervisor and therapist. Graduate student supervisor of student interns in psychology, marriage and family, counseling and social work. Family, couple, play and individual therapy. Also brief and longer term therapist with children, families and adults, often with multiple mental health issues (abuse, ADHD, psychiatric, safety and parenting concerns). Many CPS (Child Protective Services) cases; worked with CPS on family preservation issues. Court testimony. Developed graduate training and therapy programs, 1992 – 1997.

First Presbyterian Church, Richardson, Texas


Parish Associate. Worship and educational leadership. Led adult programming for Sunday School. Taught and developed Sunday School classes for adults and Confirmation classes. Worship leadership, 1990 – 1997.

Dallas Child Guidance Clinic (Child and Family Guidance Clinic), Dallas, Texas


Clinical social worker. Therapy (individual, family, play) and family education training with a wide variety of clients from low income and diverse ethnic backgrounds. Many abuse and multiple issues cases. CPS cases. Court testimony. Developed family education training program at one satellite branch. 1990 – 1992.

Previous Employment:


Assistant Pastor, Iowa; Social studies teacher and substitute (New York, Chicago, Iowa), Temporary secretary (New York, Boston)

OTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING


Participation in Conferences, Seminars and/or Professional Meetings

Gerontologlical Society of America (GSA), New Orleans, 2013 and some previous conferences (2005- 2007).

Blackboard 9.1. Piloted and been using it extensively, 2011 – present.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Most annual conferences since 2008.

Southern Gerontological Society. Annual conferences since 2009.

Institute on Aging and Social Work, Cohort 6, Hartford funded grant and research training program, 2009 -2010, St. Scholastica College, Duluth, Minnesota. Grant and research training. July 12 -19, 2009; Feb. 18 – 21, 2010 and July 16 – 20, 2010.

Summer Learning Academy: Service Learning. UALR. Developed course outline for BEL gerontology grant proposal from this training. June 2-5, 2008.

Arkansas Geriatrics Education Mentors and Scholars (AR-GEMS) program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, June 12 – 14 and 16, 2008. Presentations and community site clinical shadowing.

Council on Social Work Education, Annual Conference, including BSW Experiential Learning (BEL) gerontology awards workshop, also post-conference seminar on evidenced-based practice, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 2008.

UALR Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Grant writing workshop series, weekly, February – April 2008.

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Annual Conference, San Francisco, January 2007.

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, Oct. 2006.

Other Degrees

Eden Theological Seminary
St. Louis, Missouri
Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology, 1986

Princeton Theological School
Princeton, New Jersey
Master of Divinity, Pastoral Theology, 1977
Honors:
Third Year Paper: “Toward a Theology of Aging in the Local Church”
Awarded $1,000 Scholarship at graduation

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1971
Deerfield, Illinois
M.A. cum laude, Church History and Christian Thought
Thesis: “Charles Williams’ Philosophy of History”

State University of New York at Stony Brook (S.U.N.Y.), 1967
B.A., History

Earlier Gerontology Research Presentations


Otters, R.V. An empowerment model of social disability as a teaching model for social work students, Texas Woman’s University, The College of Arts and Sciences, TWU Faculty Spotlight Series, Denton, TX, April 2007.

Otters, R.V. An empowerment model of disability through the life course, Presentation to Southwestern Social Science Association, Albuquerque, NM, March 14 – 17, 2007.

Otters, R.V. Having a living child: Does this positively affect older vision-impaired women’s depression? Supplement on Aging, 1994 – 1996. Southwestern Social Science Association, San Antonio, TX, April 2006.

Otters, R.V. Sociological implications of vision impairment and depression in the older adult: Using the 1994 Supplement on Aging. Roundtable Presentation. American Sociological Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, August 2004.

Otters, R.V. Vision impairment, social activities and depression in the older adult. Second Supplement on Aging (1994 – 1996). Southwestern Sociological Association, Corpus Christi, TX, April 2004.

Otters, R.V. Effects of educational life experiences on elderly women’s personal, professional and retirement years. Southwestern Sociological Association, San Antonio, TX, April 2003.

Earlier Poster Presentations


Otters, R.V. & Hollander, J. F. Effects of vision and hearing impairments on depression in the older adult. (SOA 1994 – 1996, The Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, TX, Nov. 18, 2006.

Otters, R.V. Vision impairment and depression in the older adult, LSOA II, Supplement on Aging, 1994-1996. The Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL, 2005.

OTHER PRESENTATIONS AND RESEARCH

Earlier Professional Presentations

Otters, R.V. ADHD- Children, adolescents & adults. Collin County Community College. Plano, Texas. Continuing Education for Mental Health Providers. Several times each year. 1997–2005.

Otters, R.V. Care giving for the elderly. Collin County Community College, Plano, Texas. Continuing Education for Mental Health Providers. Several times a year: 1999- 2002.

Otters, R.V. The optimistic child. Collin County Community College, Plano, TX. Continuing Education for Mental Health Providers, Several times a year: 1997– 2002. Also for Dallas Metro Counseling Association, 1998.

Otters, R.V. Careers in social work: Geriatric social work. NASW Texas State Conference. Houston, TX, 1999.

Otters, R.V. The future of social work. NASW Texas State Conference. Houston, TX, 1999.

Otters, R.V. Psychosocial adult development. Collin County Community College. Plano, TX, 1999.

Otters, R.V. Elder mental illness: An overview. Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill TXAMI State Conference, San Antonio, TX, 1998.

Otters, R.V. Geriatric social work: Mental health issues. NASW Texas State Conference. Austin, TX, 1998.

Otters, R.V. ADD and anger: Children. ADDA 7 Region Conference (Texas and surrounding states), Dallas, TX, 1998.

Otters, R.V. ADD and anger: Adults. ADDA 7 Region Conference, Dallas, TX, 1998.

Research Assistant

Self-managed work teams research in nursing homes. University of North Texas, Sociology Dept. Dr. Dale Yeatts and Dr. Cynthia Cready supervisors. Interviewer of nursing home residents; also data processor, 2003.

Adolescence project psychological research. University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Buhrmester. Rating behaviors on videos of adolescents, 1995.

OTHER COLLEGE TEACHING

January 2006 – May 2007
Texas Woman’s University
Denton, Texas
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dept of Sociology and Social Work (BSW)
* Social Welfare Institutions
* Human Behavior in the Social Environment 2 (macro)
* Social Research
* Social Work Practice I/ Lab (Direct Practice, Individuals)
* Social Work Practice II/ Lab (Groups and Families)

2003 – 2006 University of North Texas
Denton, Texas
Adjunct Professor/Teaching Fellow
Dept. of Sociology, undergraduates
* Individuals in Society
* Social Psychology and Behavior
* Social Research
* Quantitative Methods of Social Research
* Sociology of Marriage and the Family
* Sociology of Health and Illness
* Sociology of Health Organization
* Social Stratification
* Sociology of Religion
* Sociological Theory