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Elizabeth H. Voshel

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work

Betsy Voshel served as the Director of Field Instruction and Associate Clinical Professor from September 2004 – April 2017 and upon her retirement became Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. She is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) with membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1980 and she earned a post-master's teaching certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Betsy enjoyed a long and rewarding career that included a faculty appointment at Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work as the Field Education Coordinator as well as working for 22 years at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI primarily focusing on behavioral health and student training. For many years, Betsy was a leader and very active member in the North Central Field Director’s Consortium, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Betsy co-authored a social work text book, several articles, and several proposals that were funded. Over the years, Betsy has taught countless workshops focusing on social work ethics and her current emphasis is on the ethical use of social media. Betsy has presented nationally and internationally on the development of signature field instruction curriculum, co-led the development and teaching effort in the school's E-portfolio seminar, created a student peer facilitation teaching model, designed a robust field instructor training program, and contributed to an online training module for new Field Directors currently in use by CSWE.

Research Interests/Focus

Field instruction curriculum development, new Field Director training, field instructor training, social work ethics, ethical use of social media, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Education

Year Degree   School
1978 MSW Social Work Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
2003 Certificate Post-Masters Teaching University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1973 BA Sociology/Psychology Alma College, Alma, MI
Year Description
2017 Voshel, E. H. & Wesala, Alia. (2017). Social work practice in the digital age: Navigating ethical challenges. Webinar. School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2017 Voshel, E.H. (2017). Integrating field education and classroom in an online module entitled Managing a field program: A training for new field directors. Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, VA.
2016 Smith, D.S., Ruffolo, M., Voshel, E.H. (2016). Preparing the Workforce to Deliver Quality Integrated Health Care: An Innovative University/Agency Partnership. Panel in the Field Education Track. 2016 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA .
2016 Voshel, E.H. & Sartwell, E. (2016). Using web-based tools to enhance field site learning experiences for social work students: Bridging assessment and outcomes. 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. Singapore.
2015 Richards-Schuster, K., Ruffolo, M., Lopez, K., Voshel, E.H. (2015). Digital education innovations for social workers: Strategies used at one university to promote critical reflection and engaged learning. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. Seoul, South Korea.
2015 Voshel, E. H., (2015). Striving for excellence: Team building, creating a vision and the skill of self-reflection, Camp Arbutus-Hayo-Went-Ha, Administrative Staff Training, Traverse City, MI.
2015 Voshel, E.H. (2015). Positioning yourself to practice ethically: The importance of collegial consultation in a fast-paced world. School of Social Work Continuing Education Program, University of Michigan-BSW Program, Flint, MI.
2014 Voshel, E.H., & Crabb, S., (2014). Student peer/field faculty facilitated field seminar. Field Summit Innovation Roundtable Presentation. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.
2014 Voshel, E.H., & Lopez, K. (2014). Global engagement: Developing best practices for student field-based experiences. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.
2014 Wookey, J., (session chair), Lopez, K., Root, L., & Voshel, E.H., Wong, E., (2014). Developing an effective international field internship program for MSW students: A global partnership. International Conference on Discovery and innovation in Social Work Practicum Education, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, S.A.R.
2014 Voshel, E.H. (2014). Doing the right thing vs. doing the righteous thing: when patient care is undermined and no one is in the wrong. Invited Panel Presenter. Social Justice Grand Rounds, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Ruffolo, M., Richards-Schuster, & Voshel, E.H. (2014). Leveraging technology for integrative reflection on social justice: Evaluating the impact of e-portfolios for student learning. Joint World Congress on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, Melbourne, AU.
2014 Lopez, K., Voshel, E., Root, L., Wong, L, Wong, E., & Wookey, J. Developing an effective international field internship program for MSW students: A global partnership. Session presented at the Joint Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia.
2013 Voshel, E. H. (2013, June). Global engagement: Developing best practices for social work graduate internships. Presented at the Global Internship Conference, Singapore.
2012 Voshel, E. (2012, May). Integrative learning and development of professional portfolios: The MSW student experience. Presented at the University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching 50th Anniversary Gallery of Teaching Innovations, Ann Arbor, MI.
2012 Voshel, E. H., et al. (2012, November). Empowering field directors: TBLBQIA students and the management of disclosure in field. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting-Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C.
2012 Voshel, E. H. et al. (2012, November). Integrative learning, professional portfolios and assessing outcomes: One school's experience. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting-Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C.
2012 Voshel, E. H. (2012, October). School focused collegial consultation utilizing a case-based decision model. Presented at the Michigan Association of School Social Workers Annual State Conference, Kalamazoo, MI.
2012 Voshel, E. H. et al. (2012, April). Social media: Establishing ethical guideposts. Presented at the Annual Meeting State of Michigan National Association of Social Workers, East Lansing, MI.
2012 Voshel, E. H. (2012, June). Team building: Creating a vision and learning how to empower. Presented at Administrative Staff Annual Counselor Training Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, Traverse City, MI.
2012 Voshel, E. H. (2012, May). School focused collegial consultation utilizing a case-based decision model. Presented at the Michigan Association of School Social Workers Region A Annual School Social Worker of the Year Program, Wayne, MI.
2012 Voshel, E. H. (2012, April). School focused collegial consultation utilizing a case-based decision model. Presented at the Livingston Educational Service Agency Annual School Social Workers In-Service Program, Hartford, MI.
2008 Voshel, E. H., et al. (2008, October). On-line training of field instructors: Evaluation of a pilot project. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
2008 Voshel, E. H. (2008, May). Ethical dilemmas: Exploration, consultation & developing practice strategies. Presented at the National Association of Social Workers Michigan Chapter Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI.
2008 Voshel, E. H. (2008, April). Exploring ethical dilemmas: Applying the NASW code of ethics from a Northern perspective. Presented at the Region III National Association of Social Workers Annual Meeting, Alpena, MI.
2008 Voshel, E. H. (2008, March). Ethical dilemmas: Exploration & consultation utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics. Presented at the Michigan Council of Nephrology Social Workers Annual Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.
2008 Voshel, E. H. (2008, March). Collegial consultation: Building ethical practice. Presented at the University of Michigan Health Systems Social Work Department Social Work Month Workshop.
2007 Voshel, E. H. (2007, October). Exploring ethical dilemmas from a school social work perspective. Presented at the SW MI Michigan Association of School Social Workers Workshop, Van Buren Intermediate School District. Lawrence, MI.
2007 Voshel, E. H. (2007, June). Building a positive camp experience. Presented at the YMCA Camp Arbutus-Hayo-Went-Ha-Arbutus, Traverse City, MI.
2007 Voshel, E. H. (2007, May). Exploring ethical dilemmas from a school social work perspective. Presented at the Livingston Educational Service Agency, School Social Work Inservice workshop, Howell, MI.
2007 Voshel, E. H. (2007, May). Out of the trenches: Exploring everyday ethical dilemmas. Presented at the NASW Annual Conference 2007, East Lansing, MI.
2006 Voshel, E. H. (2006). Building a positive camp experience. Presented at the YMCA Camp Arbutus-Hayo Went-Ha-Arbutus, Traverse City, MI.
2006 Voshel, E. H. (2006, May). Applying the code of ethics: Ethical dilemma and professional review. Presented at the NASW Michigan Chapter 2006 Annual Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2006 Voshel, E. H. (2006, October). Applying the code of ethics: Ethical dilemmas & professional review. Keynote address presented at the Michigan Association of School Social Workers Annual Conference, Gaylord, MI.
2005 Voshel, E. H., et al. (2005). Evaluation of a school-based violence prevention program. Poster presented at the Center For Medical Studies 23rd Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Science Research Day, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo, MI.
2004 Voshel, E. H. (2004, February). Project peaceful partners: Innovation and collaboration in field education focusing on violence prevention. Poster presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.
2004 Voshel, E. H. (2004). New field instructor orientation. Presented at the School of Social Work, Fall Field Education Workshop, Kalamazoo, MI.
2003 Voshel, E. H. (2003). New field instructor orientation. Presented at the School of Social Work, Fall Field Education Workshop, Kalamazoo, MI.
2003 Voshel, E. H. (2003). Home visits: Be safe! Be smart! Presented at the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency Interdisciplinary Staff Development Workshop, Kalamazoo, MI.
2003 Voshel, E. H. (2003). Professional review procedures: Transitions, challenges, & opportunities. Presented at NASW Michigan Chapter Board of Directors, Lansing, MI.
2003 Voshel, E. H. (2003). Quality placements in field education. Presented at the Program Advisory Board, School of Social Work, Grand Rapids, MI.
2002 Voshel, E. H., et al. (2002). Student safety workshop. Presented at the Grand Rapids Program, School of Social Work, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI.
2002 Voshel, E. H. (2002). Ethics and your professional practice: Doing the right thing. Presented at the School of Social Work, MSW Student Training, School of Social Work, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.
2002 Voshel, E. H. (2002). New field instructor orientation. Presented at the School of Social Work, Fall Field Education Workshop, Kalamazoo, MI.
2002 Voshel, E. H. (2002). Project Peaceful Partners: Innovation and collaboration in field education focusing on school violence. Presented at the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work International Conference, Toronto, Canada.
2002 Voshel, E. H., et al. (2002). Practice skills lab: Worker safety: Identifying & reducing risk. Presented at the State of Indiana Child Abuse Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
2002 Voshel, E. H. (2002). New field instructor orientation. Presented at the Grand Rapids Program, School of Social Work, WMU, Grand Rapids, MI.
2002 Voshel, E. H. (2002). Project Charlie/Peaceful partners. Poster presented at the College of Health and Human Services, Faculty Recognition Luncheon, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI.
2002 Voshel, E. H. (2002). Clinician safety: Identifying and reducing risk. Presented at WMU Unified Clinics (social work, occupational therapy, nursing students), Kalamazoo, MI.
2001 Voshel, E. H., et al. (2001). Student safety workshop. Presented at the Grand Rapids Program, School of Social Work, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI.
2001 Voshel, E. H. (2001). Ethics and your professional practice: Doing the right thing. Presented at the School of Social Work, MSW Student Training, School of Social Work, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.
2001 Voshel, E. H. (2001). New field instructor orientation. Presented at the School of Social Work, Fall Field Education Workshop, Kalamazoo, MI.
2001 Voshel, E. H. (2001). Ethics and your professional practice: Doing the right thing. Presented at the NASW, Michigan Chapter, Annual State Conference, Mackinac Island, MI.
2001 Voshel, E. H. (2001). The development of a case presentation. Presented at the Rural Program Seminar, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI.
2000 Voshel, E. H. (2000). Case management and the student. Presented at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI.
2000 Voshel, E. H. (2000). Who is your client: Strategies to meet patient needs and level of care. Presented at SW 638, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI.
2000 Voshel, E. H. (2000). Does anyone see me? Presented at the Ameri-Corp Presentation, Kalamazoo, MI.
2000 Voshel, E. H. (2000). Ethics and your practice: Doing the right thing. Presented at BSW and MSW Student Training, School of Social Work, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI.
2000 Voshel, E. H., et al. (2000). Student safety workshop. Presented at the Grand Rapids Program, School of Social Work, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI.
2000 Voshel, E. H. (2000). Ethics and your professional practice: Doing the right thing. Presented at the School of Social Work, MSW Student Training, School of Social Work, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.
1999 Voshel, E. H., & Adams, L. (1999). Community based care management: More effective use of resources with a high degree of customer satisfaction. Presented at the Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona.
1997 Voshel, E. H. (1997). Case management: Applications for VA health care. Presented at the Continuing Education Program, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1997 Voshel, E. H., & Dietzen, D. (1997). Handling stress with humor, style, and grace. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1996 Voshel, E. H. (1996). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1995 Voshel, E. H. (1995). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1994 Voshel, E. H. (1994). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1993 Voshel, E. H. (1993). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1992 Voshel, E. H. (1992). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1992 Voshel, E. H. (1992). Children and discipline. Presented at the Sparky's Nest Child Care Center Parent Group, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1991 Voshel, E. H. (1991). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1991 Voshel, E. H. (1991). Coming of age in the 90s. Presented at the Marriage & Family Class, Pennfield High School, Battle Creek, MI.
1991 Voshel, E. H. (1991). Strategies for positive intervention. Presented at Sparky's Nest Child Care Center Parent Group, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1991 Voshel, E. H. (1991). Community residential care program: A viable alternative to hospitalization. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1991 Voshel, E. H. (1991). Sexual harassment: The gender maze. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1990 Voshel, E. H. (1990). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1990 Voshel, E. H. (1990). Community residential care: Treatment planning, goal setting, and supervision. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1989 Voshel, E. H. (1989). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1988 Voshel, E. H. (1988). Interpersonal skills for supervisors. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.
1988 Voshel, E. H. (1988). Specialization: A pitfall of social work practice. Presented at the WMU, School of Social Work Alumni Association, Annual Meeting, Kalamazoo, MI.
1982 Voshel, E. H. (1982). A multiple impact approach to treatment of post Vietnam stress syndrome. Presented at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI.

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