Don Schweitzer

Assistant Professor
Department of Social Work

Contact information
Email: dons@pacificu.edu
UC Box: UC Box:A165
Phone: 503-352-3036


 

Dr. Schweitzer is an assistant professor of social work at Pacific University and has worked with homeless populations throughout his social work career. His current research focuses on understanding and ameliorating the problem of homeless and runaway youth. He believes that current policy and treatment responses frequently exacerbate the problems of these yourths by compounding family conflicts that result in youth being "pushed" out of their homes. These policies are obstacles to genuine care, and as a result, many young people have few options beyond high-risk living arrangments.

Dr. Schweitzer's research goals are to continue to conduct participatory and qualitative research in an effort to help shape innovative forms of policy, treatment models and service evaluation that can help overcome the problems associated with the homeless and runaway youth.

Education

Ph.D., Social Work and Social and Social Research         

Portland State University, Portland, OR                                                            Aug. 2011           

Master of Arts, Social Work

Boise State University, Boise, ID                                                                     May  2005

Bachelor of Arts, Social Work

Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID                                                               May  2004

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor and Director of Field Placement

Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR                                                     Aug. 2009-present      Courses:

Micro Social Work Practice                                                                 

Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE)    

Senior Seminar

Junior Seminar

Visiting Professor                                                                           Aug. 2008-May 2009

Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR                                                   

Courses:

Social Work with Groups

Counseling and Interviewing Techniques

Principles of Social Work       

Adjunct Faculty                                                                             Aug. 2007-May 2008

Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

Courses:

Social Work with Groups

Counseling and Interviewing Techniques

Principles of Social Work

Micro Social Work Practice

  US Navy Instructor – Nuclear Power Training Unit, Idaho Falls, ID - Feb 1991 –Mar 1993

Instructed officer and enlisted students in theory, operation, and maintenance of nuclear propulsion plant systems.

US Navy Shipboard Instructor – USS Hawkbill - Aug 1990 – Jan 1991

Instructed officer and enlisted personnel in theory, operation, and maintenance of nuclear propulsion plant systems. Trainings were consistently evaluated as “very effective” and “above average” training value.

Why I study social work

 
Since beginning my work in social services, I’ve always wanted to study social work. At the bachelor’s level, social work taught me the skills I needed to work with at-risk populations such as the homeless and other impoverished groups. At the master’s level, social work has taught me skills to work with the mentally ill and those struggling with addiction. At the doctoral level, social work is teaching me to understand the theory behind why social problems exist and ways to effectively measure the interventions we employ. Moreover, I am extremely proud of the extensive history social work has with advocating for the needs of the voiceless in our communities
 

What I would tell a student considering a major in social work.

 Social work is an exciting field that offers many occupations with a variety of populations. Do you think you might want to work with the homeless or with at-risk youth? Perhaps you’ve thought about working with women coming out of prison, helping them transition back into our communities or with the elderly? Maybe you’d like to work in a hospital assisting patience access services in the community. These are just a few examples of the people social workers get to work with. However, while social work is an exciting, diverse profession with a long history of facilitating real change in our communities, I would encourage students to visit with one of the social work professors as well as any social workers they may know in the field and ask them more. We’d be happy to sit down and talk with you

Select Publications

Nelson, K., Walters, B., Schweitzer, D., Blythe, B., & Pecora, P. (2009). A ten-year review of family preservation research: Building the evidence base. Casey Family Programs’ Report.

Nelson, K., Walters, B., Schweitzer, D., Blythe, B., & Pecora, P. (Re-submitted for publication). A ten-year review of family preservation research: Building the evidence base.

Cahn, K., Schweitzer, D., Jamieson, A., & Slevin, H. (2009). Stronger youth and smarter communities: An analysis of Oregon’s investment in runaway and homeless youth programs. Portland, OR: Portland State University.

Schweitzer, D., Chianello, T. & Korthari, B. (in press). Compensation in social work: Critical for satisfaction and a sustainable profession. Administration in Social Work.

Schweitzer, D. (2011). Runaway and homeless youth: Changing the discourse by legitimizing youth voice. Dissertation. Portland State University.

 

Nelson, K. & Schweitzer, D (in press). What works in family preservation services. In P.A. Curtis & G. Alexander (Eds.), What works in child welfare. Child Welfare League of America.

 

Select Presentations

 

NASW Statewide Conference

Portland, OR

Mar. 2012

Doerfler, M., & Schweitzer, D. Punks, Delinquents & Drop-Outs: The Effects of Societal Views of Youth on Social Work Practice.  

Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference

Forest Grove, OR

Nov. 2011

Campton, J., Kirk, H. & Schweitzer, D., A Place to Connect: Understanding the Impact and Influences of Nature on Personal Efficacy [poster presentation].

Innovations in Community, Organizational & Policy Practice Conference

Portland, OR

   June 2011

Charpentier-Philippi, E. & Schweitzer, D., A Place to Connect: Understanding the Impact and Influences of Biophilia [paper presentation].

Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference

Forest Grove, OR

Nov. 2010

Charpentier-Philippi, E. & Schweitzer, D., B-Street Farm Permaculture Project: An Evaluability Assessment [poster presentation].

Social Work Doctoral Student Symposium

Houston, TX

Mar. 2010

Presented dissertation project, participatory action research methods with homeless youth.

 

Oregon Coalition on Housing & Homelessness

Hood River, OR

   Apr. 2009

Workshop explored the myths surrounding program evaluation and provided understanding and tools to for programs to develop their own performance standards.

 

Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), Annual Conference

New Orleans, LA

Jan. 2009

Paper presented: A Ten-Year Review of Family Preservation Research: Building the Evidence Base. (I was not in attendance)

 

Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Conference

St. Louis, MO

   Nov. 2008

 

Presentation: Communities Empowering Youth – State Capacity Building

This workshop provided attendees with an overview of activities taking place in the state of Oregon as part of the Communities Empowering Youth (CEY) project. The CEY project was a federally funded project being used to build RHY service capacity around the state and developed on behalf of, and in collaboration with, Oregon runaway and homeless youth (RHY) providers and advocates and Portland State University.

 

Oregon Runaway and Homeless Youth Summit

Salem, OR

  Sept. 2008

Day 1: Empowerment Analysis: Four-hour workshop on developing a statewide strategic plan to improve services for runaway and homeless youth.

Day 2: Innovative Models and Practices

 

 

Professional Memberships

National Association of Social Workers

American Evaluation Association

Oregon Program Evaluators Network