Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff

Shirley R. Simon

Title/s: Associate Professor

Office #: Maguire Hall 568

Phone: 312.915.7310

E-mail: ssimon@luc.edu

Mission in Action

Loyola is regarded as a leader in group work education for social workers.  As Coordinator of the Group Work Practice Sequence, I am committed to providing opportunities for students to develop skills and experience in effective group work. I have mentored over 150 students to make poster, paper, or workshop presentations at the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG). These presentations serve as empowering, transformative professional experiences for many students. I have also co-authored numerous publications with students on various aspects of group practice. I created and currently teach a course entitled Professional Development which allows students to connect and support one another while working on self-defined projects on the micro, meso, and macro levels, many of which have a group work focus. I am proud of the offerings of the group work faculty and the strong commitment of our School to strengths-based, client centered group work practice.

Degrees

BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Psychology
MSW, University of Illinois, Champaign.

Professor Simon teaches in both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs, and chairs the group work sequence. She joined the faculty in 1991, having been director of the undergraduate social work program at the former Mundelein College. Areas of practice expertise include clinical practice with women, adult education, and services for adolescent and young adults. Research interests include contemporary challenges in group work education and practice, educational trends in clinical social work, psychosocial considerations in fibromyalgia, and adoption issues.

Program Areas

Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas: 
Social Work Practice with Groups; Professional Development for Social Workers
General Teaching Areas: Practice Courses at the MSW and BSW Levels

Research Interests

Current Research Projects:

The current state of group work education in accredited MSW programs; Group work related dissertations in social work programs.

Professional Interests:

Connecting students and professional associations; Effective teaching; Group work education and practice; Professional development for social work students, Older women and the need for group connections; The role of part-time faculty in schools of social work. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Community and Professional Service:

  • Book Review Editor for North America, Groupwork; An interdisciplinary journal for working with groups. 2012 – present.
  • International and local involvement with the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) –Facilitator of over 175 student presentations at the yearly IASWG Symposium
  • Advisory Board Member, Annual Editions: Aging, Dushkin Publishers
  • Primary organizer of community efforts resulting in the establishment of a 1.4 million dollar park in Northbrook, IL.2005-2008. Successful efforts to procure Illinois State grants to purchase and develop the park.

 

Awards

2017 International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) Honoree for lifetime contributions to social work with groups and IASWG.

Loyola University Recognition Award - 2017. Honored for forty years of continuous faculty service (1976-2016).

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Simon, S.R. (in press). The envelope closure. In D. Viers (Ed.), The group therapist’s notebook: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Hemphill, S., Simon, S.R., & Haydon, B. (in press). Exploring personal and professional understanding of nonmonogamous relationships: Reflections on a group work-informed workshop. In A. Malekoff (Ed.), Group work stories celebrating diversity. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Lundy, M., Rodgers, P., Sanchez, C., Egan, A., & Simon, S.R., (2017) Support and psychoeducational groups for immigrant women:  A working model. In A. Hilado & M. Lundy (Eds.), Models of practice with immigrants and refugees: Collaboration, cultural awareness and integrative theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Simon, S. R. & Spira, M. (2016). The need for connection: The role of groups in the lives of older women. In T. Kilbane & M. Spira (Eds.), Older women: Current and future challenges of professionals with an aging population (pp. 211-225). Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Bentham Science Publishers.
  • Simon, S. & Webster, J. (2008). Group work history: Past, present, and future – Struggle for survival. In A. Gitterman and R. Salmon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups (pp. 33-38). New York, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Simon, S. & Stauber, K. (2008). Group work education – Use of technology in teaching. In A. Gitterman & R. Salmon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups (pp. 128-130). New Yor, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Simon, S. R. (2007). The magic wand. In D. Viers (Ed.), The group therapist’s notebook (pp. 39-42). New York: Haworth Press.
  • Simon, S. R. (2007).Play ball! The name is the game. In D. Viers (Ed.), The group therapist’s notebook (pp. 29-31). New York: Haworth Press.



Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Simon, S.R. (in press).  Beyond group work camp: A bridge to symposia and conference participation via professional presentations. Groupwork: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups.
  • Simon, S.R. & Grossman, S. (in press). Linking students and professional associations: A curricular strategy. Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning.
  • Hemphill, S., Simon, S.R., & Haydon, B. (2017). Exploring personal and professional understanding of nonmonogamous relationships: Reflections on a group work-informed workshop. Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 40(1-2), 34-39.
  • Cohen, M.B., Simon, S.R., McLaughlin, D., Muskat, B., & White, M. (2016). Challenges and opportunities for applying group work principles to enhance online learning in social work. In M. Gianino & D. McLaughlin (Eds.), Revitalizing our social group work heritage: A bridge to the future: Proceedings of the 35th International Symposium of the International Association of Social Work with Groups (pp.21-41). London: Whiting and Birch Ltd.
  • Simon, S.R., Cohen, M.B., McLaughlin, D., Muskat, B., & White, M. (2015). Challenges and opportunities for applying group work principles to enhance online learning in social work. Groupwork: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups, 25(2), 53-74.
  • Simon, S. R., & Kilbane, T. (2014). The current state of group work education in U.S. graduate schools of social work. Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 37(3), 243-256.
  • Hessenauer, S. & Simon, S. R. (2014).  Learning communities: Through the lens of a group worker. Groupwork: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups, 24(2), 60-81.
  • Atchinson, A., Ayón, C., Murphy, L., Gurrola, M., Lee, C.D., & Simon, S.R. (2014). Academic mentoring of social work faculty: A group experience with a feminist influence. In C.D. Lee (Ed.), Social Group Work:  We are all in the same boat: Proceedings of the 33rd International Symposium on Social Work with Groups (pp. 30-44). London: Whiting and Birch Ltd.
  • Berg, K., & Simon, S. R. (2013). Developing a White anti-racism identity: A psycho-educational group model. Groupwork: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups, 23(1), 7-33.
  • Berg, K., & Simon, S. R.  (2013). Developing a White anti-racism identity: A psycho-educational group model. In G. Tully, J. Bacon. G. Dolan-Reilly & A.L. Re (Eds.), Group work: An international conversation highlighting diversity in practice. Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Social Work with Groups (pp. 90-115). London: Whiting & Birch Ltd. 
  • Simon, S. R. (2012).  Connecting students and professional associations: A curricular approach.  In G.T. Tully, K. Sweeney, & S. Palombo (Eds.), Groups: Gateways to growth: Proceedings of the 29th International Symposium on Social Work with Groups (pp. 139-159). London: Whiting and Birch Ltd.
  • Simon, S. R., & Stauber, K. W. (2012). Group work and technology: Embracing our future. In A.M. Bergart, S.R. Simon, & M. Doel (Eds.), Honoring our roots…Nurturing our growth: Proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Social Work with Groups (pp. 132-143). London: Whiting and Birch Ltd.
  • Simon, S. R., & Kilbane, T. L. (2012). Group work in graduate social work education: Where are we now? In A.M. Bergart, S.R. Simon, & M. Doel (Eds.), Honoring our Roots…Nurturing our Growth: Proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Social Work with Groups (pp. 148–159). London: Whiting and Birch Ltd.
  • Simon, S. R., & Stauber, K. W. (2011). Creating effective online communities: Tips from the trenches. A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement (27th ed.) (pp. 106-109). Chicago, IL: Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association.
  • Simon, S. R., Webster, J., & Horn, K. (2011).  A critical call for connecting students and professional organizations. In D.M. Steinberg (Ed.), Orchestrating the power of groups: Beginnings, middles, and endings (Overture, movements, and finale): Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Symposium, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (pp. 148-163). London: Whiting and Birch Ltd. Revised and reprinted from a 2007 article published in Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 30(4), 5-19.
  • Simon, S. R., & Stauber, K. W. (2011). Technology and group work: A mandate and an opportunity. Groupwork: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups, 21(3), 71-85.
  • McCullough, K., & Simon, S. R. (2011). Feeling heard: A support group for siblings of children with development disabilities. Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 34(3-4), 320-329.
  • Buino, S., & Simon, S. R. (2011). Musical interventions in group work with chemically dependent populations. Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 34(3-4), 283-295.
  • Stauber, K.W., Simon, S. R., & Casazzo, M. E. (2010). Engaging part-time faculty: A tale of two institutions. In D.M. Steinberg (Ed.), Orchestrating the power of groups: Beginnings, middles, and endings (Overture, movements, and finale): Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Symposium, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (pp. 71-85). London: Whiting and Birch.
  • Simon, S. R., Gumz, E., Grossman, S., Marley, J., & Golden, Y. (2010). The five-year BSW-MSW program: A new curricular option. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 15(1), 67-82.
  • Stauber, K. W., & Simon, S. R. (2010). Engaging adjunct faculty—Enhancing their voice, building an online community. A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement (26th ed.) (pp. 93-96). Chicago, IL: Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association.
  • Simon, S. R., Webster, J., & Horn, K. (2007). A critical call for connecting students and professional organizations. Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 30(4), 5-19.
  • Bergart, A., & Simon, S. R. (2005). Practicing what we preach: Creating groups for ourselves.  Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice, 27(4),17-30.
  • Vidal de Haymes, M., & Simon, S. R. (2003). Transracial adoption: Families identify issues and needed support services.  Child Welfare League of America, 82(2), 251-272.
  • Simon, S. R., & Vidal de Haymes, M. (2000). Single concentration clinical MSW programs: A descriptive study.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 20(3/4),137-154.