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Dr. John Conahan, LCSW, CAC, Ph.D.

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Social Work Department
Old Main 350 
Kutztown, PA 19530
Tel. (610) 683 1560
Fax (610) 683-4383
conahan@kutztown.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Biographical Statement:

Dr. Conahan is an Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He holds a Doctorate in Human Development with a specialization in social work. His Master's of Social Work degree is from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Belknap College. Dr. Conahan is also Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Conahan's 40 years of experience as a generalist practitioner has included the provision of services to individuals, groups and families, community, organizations development,clinical management and administrative management positions in the field of substance abuse treatment.

Community Activities and Presentations

Conahan, J. (2016). Social Work leadership in a Social Business Model. NASW-PA. Annual Conference, King of Prussia, PA.

Conahan, J. (2016). Mentoring: Conceptual Model of Leadership and Social Justice Development. The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, The Imperial College of London, London, United Kingdom August, 2016  

Conahan, J. (2016). Community Readiness: Responding to the Needs of Human Trafficking Victims. National Association of Social Workers, National Conference, Washington, DC. June, 2016.

Conahan, J. (2015). Social Work leadership in Education: Faculty mentoring, curriculum development and community involvement in developing social work leadership. Southwestern Social Science Conference, Denver, Colorado. April 2015.

Conahan, J. (2014). Organizational and clinical outcomes in providing housing services to homeless and residentially unstable substance abusers. Southwestern Social Science Conference, San Antonio, Texas. April 2014.

Conahan, J. (2014). Transformational Learning: The Social Welfare Club as a Field Placement Tool in Promoting Not- for-Profit Leadership and Social Justice. National Association of Christian Social Work Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, November 2014.

Conahan, J. (2014). Entrepreneurial Social Work: Strategies in Promoting Not- for-Profit Leadership and Social Justice. NASW National Conference, Washington, DC. July, 2014    

Conahan (2015) The Moynihan Report 50 Years Later. Panel presentation Kutztown University

Conahan, J. (2013). Transformational Learning: Teaching Strategies that Promote Advocacy in Social Justice and Not-for -Profit Leadership. The 38th Annual Rural Social Work Caucus National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas Conference, Millersville University, Millersville PA.

Conahan, J. (2013). Responding to the needs of homeless substance abusers: Effectiveness of social work leadership through a social business model. NASW-PA Annual Conference, Social Work: Connecting Communities, Lancaster, PA.

Conahan, J. (2011), Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change Part II. Invited presentation to the Staff of The Gate House, Lancaster, PA.

Conahan, J. (2011), Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change Part I. Invited presentation to the Staff of The Gate House, Lancaster, PA.

Conahan, J. (2011), Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change Part II. Invited presentation to the Staff of Justice Works Reading, PA.

Conahan, J. (2011), Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change Part I. Invited presentation to the Staff of Justice Works Reading, PA.

Conahan, J. (March, 2011). Interning at Home: Practicum Experiences of a Student-Run Social Welfare Club. The Southwestern Social Work Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Conahan, J. (2010).  Human Trafficking: A Social Welfare Club's Campaign for Social Justice. The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Cambridge University.

Conahan, J. (2010). Interning at Home: Practicum Experiences of Transformational Service in a Student-Run Social Welfare Club. Teaching Public administration Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Valley Michigan.

Conahan, J. (2010). Interning at Home: Practicum Experiences in a Student-Run Social Welfare Club. Poster Presentation: Lilly Conference on College and  University Teaching, Washington, D.C.  

Conahan, J. (2010), Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change. Invited presentation to the Staff of Valley Youth House, Bethlehem, PA.

Conahan, J. (2009). Organizational Barriers in the Transfer of Addiction Technology to Practice. Invited presentation at The International Conference of Social Sciences, Athens Greece.

Conahan, J. (April, 2009). The Transfer of Addiction Technology to Practice: Organizational barriers in the transfer of addiction technology in  addressing the needs of women and children. Montclair State University National Conference on Families in Crisis: Domestic Violence Substance Abuse and the Child, Montclair N.J. April 3, 2009.    

Conahan, J. (2009).  Determining Readiness for Multicultural Social Work Practice. NASW Fall Conference, Gettysburg, PA.   

Conahan, J. (2009), Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change. Invited presentation to the Staff of Valley Youth House, Bethlehem, PA.

Conahan, J. (November, 2009), De-escalation of behavior:Strategies for foster parents. Invited Presentation at Allentown Diocesan Administration, Kutztown, PA.

Conahan, J. (May, 2009), De-escalation of behavior: Strategies for staff and foster  parents. Invited Presentation at Allentown Diocesan Administration, Kutztown, PA.

Conahan, J. (August, 2008). Human Trafficking: Promoting Consciousness and a Global  Perspective on Campus through Educational Leadership. Presentation at Oxford University Policy Roundtable, Oxford, England.  

Conahan, J. (October, 2008). Organizational Leadership: The power of diversity and performance based management. St. John's University, President's Multicultural Advisory Committee, Queens, New York.

Conahan, J. (September, 2008). Leadership and the role of culturally sensitive practice. Presentation at the Pennsylvania. NASW Fall Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Conahan, J. (March, 2008 ). Understanding substance abuse and addiction: The role of clinical social workers. Presentation at the Pennsylvania. NASW Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Conahan, J. (March, 2008 ). Navigating Your Agency's Accreditation: Staff Responses to Change. Presentation at the Pennsylvania NASW Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Conahan, J. (March, 2008 ). A New Strengths-Based Definition of Diversity: Ethical Implications and Social Work Practice Implications. Presentation at the Pennsylvania NASW Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Conahan, J. (May, 2007), De-escalation of behavior: Strategies for staff and foster parents. Presentation at Allentown Diocesan Administration

Conahan, J. (May 10, 2005). Training series on passive restraint with children:Strategies for staff and foster parents. Presentation at Lehigh County Catholic Social Services.

Conahan, J. (March 31, 2005). Social Work Leadership: Organizational Challenges to Gender Specific Chemical Dependency Treatment. Presentation at the Pennsylvania NASW Conference.

Conahan, J. (January 2005). Gender Specific Chemical Dependency Treatment. Presentation at the Lehigh Valley NASW Chapter.

Conahan, J. (May 2002). Women's Trauma and Addiction: New Approaches, Better Outcomes. Presentation at Princeton House Conference on Women and Addiction, Princeton New Jersey.

Conahan, J. (June 2001). Clinical Supervision for Addiction Treatment Professionals. Presentation at University of Utah School of Alcoholism.

Conahan, J. (June 2000). Addiction treatment with adolescents and clinical supervision. Presentation at University of Utah School of Alcoholism.

Community Service

United Way of Lancaster County: Health Solutions Council Member 2008-2015

Board member and President of The Gatehouse Inc.: community based substance abuse program 2004 - to present

Research and Publications

BOOK CHAPTER

Beyer, E., & Conahan, J. Females with Dual Diagnoses: Implications for Specialized Clinical Approaches.  In D. F. O'Connell (Ed.), Managing the Dually Diagnosed Patient: Current Issues and Clinical Approaches.  The Haworth Press, 2002.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES PUBLISHED      

Conahan, J., & MacIntyre, D. (2015) a Comparison of Need within a Social Business Model: Residentially Stable and Residentially Unstable Substance Abusers. Journal of Social Sciences.Vol. 3 (9).   

Conahan & Kyere. (2015) Community Readiness: Responding to the Needs of Human Trafficking Victims. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and  Community Studies.Vol. 10 (2).  

Conahan, J., (2013). Transformational Learning: Teaching strategies that promote advocacy in social justice and not-for profit leadership. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies.Vol. 7 (2).

Conahan, J. & MacIntyre, D. (2012). Addressing the Needs of Homeless Substance Abusers: A social business model. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6(8), pp. 153-164.  

Conahan, J. & Kyere, E. (2010). Human Trafficking: A Social Welfare Club's Campaign for Social Justice.  International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science, 5(7), pp.125-136.   

Conahan, J. (2009). Organizational Barriers in the Transfer of Addiction Technology to Practice: Addressing the needs of women.  International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4 (5), pp.113-126.       

Provided testimony before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Professional Licensure Committee regarding HB353. Wilkes-Barre, PA. April 17th, 2009  

Professional Magazines/Newsletter Publications  

Conahan, J. (1999), How An Established Chemical Dependency Treatment Center Manages Change, Behavioral Health Management, March/April 1999.  

Lisnow, F. D. & Conahan, J. A. (1989), Treating Cocaine Addiction, The Counselor, November/December 1989.
               

Professional Associations

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Pennsylvania (LCSW)
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Pennsylvania (CADC Emeritus)
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Diplomat in Clinical Social Work