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John McTigheAssociate Professor of Social Work

Year Joined RCNJ: 2015

Contact Information

Education:

  • Ph.D. – New York University
  • M.S.W. – New York University
  • M.Div. – Washington Theological Union
  • B.A. – Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec)

Convening Group: Social Work (Convener)

Courses Offered:

B.S.W. Program:

  • Theory and Practice of Social Work I and II
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I – Diversity

M.S.W. Program:

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment II – Life Cycle
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment III – Psychopathology
  • Social Work Theory and Practice in Trauma

Teaching Interests:

  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Clinical Practice in Social Work
  • Trauma Theory and Practice
  • Spirituality in Clinical Practice

 Research Interests:

  • Narrative, Object Relations, and Attachment Theories
  • Spirituality as a resource in coping and meaning making and its role in clinical social work practice
  • Shared traumatic stress
  • Treatment of survivors of psychological trauma, particularly trauma sustained in childhood
  • Clinical supervision and the development of the professional self of the social worker
  • Multicultural and bilingual social work practice

 Publications:

McTighe, J.P. (2015). Narratives of illness, difference, and personhood. In B. Probst (Ed.) Critical Thinking in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis. New York: Springer.

McTighe, J.P., Tosone, C., (2015). Narrative and meaning making among social workers in the wake of September 11, 2001. Social Work in Mental Health, Online publication. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2014.977420

Tosone, C.; McTighe, J.P.; Bauwens, J. (2014). Shared traumatic stress among social workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. British Journal of Social Work, Advanced Access doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bct194

Tosone, C., McTighe, J.P., Bauwens, J.L., Naturale, A. (2011).  Shared traumatic stress and the long-term impact of 9/11 on Manhattan clinicians.  Journal of Traumatic Stress. 24(5), 546-552. doi: 10.1002/jts.20686.

McTighe, J.P. (2011).  Teaching the use of self through the process of clinical supervision.  Clinical Social Work Journal. 39(3), 301-307. doi: 10.1007/s10615-010-0304-3.

Scholarship In Preparation:

Book:

McTighe, J.P. (in preparation). Narrative Theory and Practice in Clinical Social Work.  Essential Clinical Social Work Series, Springer. Anticipated publication in October, 2016.

Journal Articles:

McTighe, J.P. (in preparation). Narrative Play and the Reimagining of the Self in the Therapeutic Relationship.

McTighe, J.P. (in preparation). Narrative and Meaning-Making in the Clinical Situation.

Select Juried Conference Presentations:

  • Developing the Spiritually Sensitive Practitioner: Addressing Spirituality in the Social Work Classroom – Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO – October 17, 2015, (Interactive workshop presented with P. Carl-Stannard)
  • “Opening the Lens: Teaching Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis Across Multiple Perspectives” – Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO – October 16, 2015, (Panel Presentation with B. Probst, H. Robinson, and B. Rasmussen)
  • “Narrative Play and the Reimagining of the Self in the Therapeutic Relationship” – Narrative Matters 2014 (An International Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative), Paris, France – June 26, 2014
  • “In the Long Shadow of 9/11: Narratives of Manhattan Clinicians’ Efforts to Make Meaning of a Shared Trauma” – International Conference on Narrative, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. – April 8, 2011

Professional Service:

Member – Editorial Board of Clinical Social Work Journal

Consulting Reviewer – Clinical Social Work Journal

Consulting Editor – Journal of Social Work Education

Consulting Reviewer – Sage Publications

Languages:

Fluent in French and Spanish

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