Lydia DeBiase, MSW, LCSW

Lydia DeBiase

Instructor
Old Main 348 
Kutztown, PA 19530 
Phone: 610-683-4210
Fax: 610-683-4383
debiase@kutztown.edu

Biographical Statement:

Professor Lydia DeBiase earned an MSW from Widener University and a BSW from Kutztown University. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Widener University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Professor DeBiase is an Instructor in the Department of Social Work and teaches in the BSW and MSW program.  Professor DeBiase has taught both online and in-person classes previously at Widener University. 

Her professional interests include trauma-informed care, child welfare, families at risk, maltreated children, criminal justice, case management, clinical supervision, and clinical work.

Teaching Interests:
  • Practice with individuals and families  
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Children and Families at Risk
  • Social Work Practice with Groups
  • Case Management
  • Child Welfare: Practice and Policy
  • Field Instruction and Seminar
 Research Interests:
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Child Welfare
  • Foster Parenting
  • Higher Education
  • Criminal Justice
Professional Involvement:
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, August 13, 2014 – present
  • Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Therapist
  • Provide professional consultation and expertise for child welfare cases being reviewed for litigation.
  • Certified Child Welfare Supervisor, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, 2004 -present
  • Certified Child Welfare Worker. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, 1996 – present
  • Council for Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Acted as the liaison between the Holcomb Behavioral Health Services Substance Assessment Program and Children and Youth Services of Delaware County.
  • Implemented and trained child welfare agency staff on new policies and practices.
  • Expert witness in the field of child abuse and neglect by the Court of Common Pleas in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
  • Expert witness in the field of child abuse and neglect and expert in child play therapy by the Court of Common Pleas in Alleghany County, Virginia.
  • Trained to administer Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria for drug and alcohol level of care assessments.
  • Presentations:
    • DeBiase, L. (2020, January). Trauma-informed supervision. Clinical Updates Colloquium, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2019, May). Design and implementation of a practitioners focus to a child welfare course: National IV-E Roundtable for Child Welfare Training and Education Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.
    • DeBiase, L. (2019, January). Building resilience in children. Webinar: The Parent Information Center of Delaware.
    • DeBiase, L. (2018, November). The history of distance learning and its integration into social work education. E-Poster at the Council for Social Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.
    • DeBiase, L.& Campbell, M. (2018, November). Incarceration and the intersectionality with communities, families, & the individual.  National Association of Social Work: Brandywine Division.
    • DeBiase, L. (2018, August). Trauma informed supervision. SOAR/Biden Foundation Trauma Institute, Wilmington, DE.
    • DeBiase, L., Gilin, B., Stein, E, & Wyatt, J. (2018, June). Trauma informed organizations. Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. & Campbell, M. (2018, May). Incarceration and its impact on communities, families, and individuals: How can social workers respond? Presentation to field instructors at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2014-2018). Mandated reporting. Presentation to MSW students at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2013-2018). Basics of supervision and field seminars. Bi-annual presentations to field instructors at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2018, January). Trauma informed supervision. Presentation to field instructors at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2017, April). International Megan’s law. Poster presentation at the Graduate Student Research Symposium at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2016, June). Building resilience in children. Presentation at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2015, May). Building resilience in children. Presentation at the Chester Wellness and Resiliency Symposium at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2012, July). Child welfare in America. Presentation to visiting faculty from China at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2012, March). Child welfare. Presentation to the Junior BSW Class at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2019, January). Building resilience in children. Webinar: The Parent Information Center of Delaware.
    • DeBiase, L. (2018, November). The history of distance learning and its integration into social work education. E-Poster at the Council for Social Education Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, FL.
    • DeBiase, L.& Campbell, M. (2018, November). Incarceration and the intersectionality with communities, families, & the individual.  National Association of Social Work: Brandywine Division.
    • DeBiase, L. (2018, August). Trauma informed supervision. SOAR/Biden Foundation Trauma Institute, Wilmington, DE.
    • DeBiase, L., Gilin, B., Stein, E, & Wyatt, J. (2018, June). Trauma informed organizations. Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. & Campbell, M. (2018, May). Incarceration and its impact on communities, families, and individuals: How can social workers respond? Presentation to field instructors at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2014-2018). Mandated reporting. Presentation to MSW students at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2013-2018). Basics of supervision and field seminars. Bi-annual presentations to field instructors at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2018, January). Trauma informed supervision. Presentation to field instructors at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2017, April). International Megan’s law. Poster presentation at the Graduate Student Research Symposium at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2016, June). Building resilience in children. Presentation at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2015, May). Building resilience in children. Presentation at the Chester Wellness and Resiliency Symposium at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2012, July). Child welfare in America. Presentation to visiting faculty from China at Widener University, Chester, PA.
    • DeBiase, L. (2012, March). Child welfare. Presentation to the Junior BSW Class at Widener University, Chester, PA