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Richard Spano

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Social Work History and Higher Education, University of Minnesota
Primary office:
Twente Hall, 9


Summary

Academic Areas

Child welfare, particularly foster care, sexual abuse; the history of social work and social welfare, ethics and values as they impact practice.

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Selected Publications

Koenig, T. L., Leiste, M. R., Spano, R., & Chapin, R. (2013). Multidisciplinary team perspectives on older adult hoarding and mental illness [Journal Articles]. 25(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/08946566.2012.712856

Selected Presentations

Spano, R., & Koenig, T. L. (12/31/2009). Using Taoist principles to critique and expand life span perspectives. Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work International Conference. Burlington, VT
Spano, R., & Koenig, T. L. (12/31/2006). Gender and ethical decision making. Professional and Community Education Program, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2006). Managing conflict between personal and professional values in practice. Greater Kansas City Mental Health Association. Kansas City, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2005). Ethical decision making as it relates to cultural diversity. University of Kansas Field Forum. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2005). Ethical decision making in mental health practice. Ewing Kaufmann Foundation. Kansas City, MO
Spano, R. (12/31/2005). Ethical decision making in public schools. Park Hill School District. Park Hill, MO
Spano, R. (12/31/2005). The strengths perspective in clinical practice. University of Costa Rica Faculty and Students. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2004). The role of hope in clinical practice. Bert Nash Mental Health Center. Lawrence, KS
Koenig, T. L., & Spano, R. (12/31/2003). Managing normal sexual feelings in professional relationships: The link between human sexuality and spirituality. International Spirituality and Social Work Conference, University of Texas. Austin, TX
Spano, R. (12/31/2002). Ethical decision making in supervision. University of Kansas Professional and Community Education. Kansas City, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2002). Professional boundary violations in supervision. University of Kansas Professional and Community Education. Kansas City, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2001). Role of gender in ethical decision making. Margo Schutz-Gordon Workshop. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R., & Koenig, T. L. (12/31/2000). Exploring moral universes without moralizing. International Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2000). Moral dialogue. VA Medical Center. Leavenworth, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/2000). The role of diversity in ethical decision making in practice. University of Kansas Field Forum. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1999). Ethical decision making in a privatized era. Social and Rehabilitation Services. Salina, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1999). Ethical decision making in medical settings. Children's Mercy Hospital. Kansas City, MO
Spano, R. (12/31/1999). Ethical decision making in practice with families. University of Kansas Professional and Community Education. Kansas City, KS
Spano, R., & Koenig, T. L. (12/31/1999). Moral dialogue. National Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, St. Louis University. St. Louis, MO
Gallagher, P., & Spano, R. (12/31/1999). School partnerships: Interprofessional field based training through direct involvement in the school. Third China-U.S. Conference on Education. Phoenix, AZ
Spano, R., & Koenig, T. L. (12/31/1998). A qualitative look at mental health services to inter-city youth. Annual National Research Conference on Children's Mental Health. Tampa, FL
Spano, R., & Koenig, T. L. (12/31/1998). Ethical decision making. National Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, St. Catherine's College. St. Paul, MN
Spano, R. (12/31/1998). Spirituality and social work practice. University of Kansas Social Work Day. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1997). Ethical decision making in public schools. School District 501. Topeka, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1997). Ethical decision making with children and youth. University of Kansas Professional and Community Education. Kansas City, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1997). Fundamentals of ethics in social work practice. University of Kansas Professional and Community Education. Kansas City, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1997). Mediating family conflict. VA Medical Center. Kansas City, MO
Spano, R., & Koenig, T. L. (12/31/1997). Taoism and the strengths perspective. National Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, Dana College. Blair, NE
Spano, R. (12/31/1996). Ethical decision making in clinical practice. University of Kansas Social Work Day. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1996). Spirituality, ethics, and values. National Conference on Spirituality and Social Work. Salt Lake City, UT
Spano, R. (12/31/1996). The role of values in social policy. Midwest Policy Teachers' Institute. Kansas City, MO
Spano, R. (12/31/1995). Ethical decision making in practice. VA Medical Center. Leavenworth, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1995). Ethics in the supervision of students. University of Kansas Field Forum. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (1/1/1988 - 12/31/1993). Human sexuality, sexual abuse and foster sexually abused children. SRS Offices in Hiawatha, Kansas City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Osawatomie, Parsons, Topeka and Wichita
Spano, R. (12/31/1992). Family sexual life in adopting adolescents. Region IV Minority Adoption Training Conference. Dallas, TX
Spano, R. (12/31/1992). Impact of sexual abuse on fostering families. Oklahoma Special Needs Adoption Conference. Tulsa, OK
Spano, R. (12/31/1992). Social work and children's mental health. Keynote Address, Mankato State University. Mankato, MN
Spano, R. (12/31/1991). Adopting the sexually abused child. 16th Annual NACAC Training Conference. Atlanta, GA
Spano, R. (12/31/1991). Ethical decision making for social workers. Veterans Administration Medical Center. Kansas City, MO
Spano, R. (12/31/1991). Ethical issues in working with geriatric patients. VA Medical Center. Leavenworth, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1991). Fostering the sexually abused child. Adolescent Symposium. Topeka, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1990). Biomedical ethics in medical social work. Veterans Administration Medical Center. Leavenworth, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1990). Improving marital relationships. Rio Grande Foster Parent Association. TX
Spano, R. (12/31/1990). Social work ethical decision making. Catholic Social Services (one day workshop). Topeka, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1990). Working with troubled adolescents in foster care. National Foster Parent Association Annual Meeting
Spano, R. (12/31/1989). Working with adolescents. Haskell Indian Junior College
Spano, R. (12/31/1985). Adolescent sexuality. Social Work Day, University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1985). B.S.W. accreditation standards, CSWE. Chicago, IL
Spano, R. (12/31/1985). Human sexuality and alcohol abuse. Douglas County Council on Alcohol. Lawrence, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1985). Human sexuality, family sexuality and foster care. Volunteers of America. Minneapolis, MN
Spano, R. (12/31/1985). The use of nonverbal activities with children. Texas Conference on Children. Austin, TX
Spano, R. (12/31/1984). Kansas child and adolescent project. National Institute on Mental Health
Spano, R. (12/31/1984). Social work and community mental health. Rainbow Mental Health Conference
Spano, R. (12/31/1984). Working with natural families. Foster Families Ministry. Kansas City, MO
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). A working definition of sexuality. National Association of Foster Parents. Norfolk, VA
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). Adolescent sexuality and its effects on foster families. Kansas State Association of Foster Parents
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). Child welfare issues in the legislative process. Kansas Legislative Conference
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). Coordination of services in foster care. Region VII Foster Care Conference
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). Family sexual life and crisis intervention. Nebraska Department of Public Welfare
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). Managing sexual problems in teenagers. Great Bend Foster Parent Association. Great Bend, KS
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). The management of incest problems in institutions. Youth Center at Topeka
Spano, R. (12/31/1983). Undergraduate liberal arts and the B.S.W. New York, NY
Spano, R. (12/31/1982). Child welfare issues in Kansas. Kansas Council on Social Welfare
Spano, R. (12/31/1982). Rethinking B.S.W. curriculum. Council on Social Work Education. New York, NY
Spano, R. (12/31/1980). From pillar to post: Separation and grieving in foster care. 10th National Conference of Foster Parents. Kansas City
Spano, R., & Dailey, D. (12/31/1979). Human sexuality and foster care. Kansas Conference on Social Welfare

Selected Grants

Interprofessional training grant. Department of Special Education and Department of Curriculum and Instruction. $798027.00. (1/1/1997 - 12/31/2001). Federal. Status: Funded. Co-project Director. This is a 5-year shared project between School of Education and Social Welfare.
Program evaluation of the Mattie Rhodes Children's Program. Kansas City, MO. Kaufman Foundation. $5000.00. (1/1/1996 - 12/31/1997). Foundation. Status: Funded
Kansas (CAASP) Projects. (1/1/1984 - 12/31/1985). State of Kansas. Status: Funded. Director of the Kansas (CAASP) Projects aimed at the mental health of children.
Family sexual abuse network development. Nebraska Department of Public Welfare. $12000.00. (12/31/1982). Other States. Status: Funded. Project co-director.
Foster care training grant. Nebraska center for urban education. (12/31/1982). Other States. Status: Funded. Consultant. Trained the trainers who will be training foster parents all over the state of Nebraska.
Family sexual abuse training workshop. Nebraska Department of Public Welfare. $37500.00. (4/1/1981 - 9/30/1981). Other States. Status: Funded. Project co-director.
Indian paraprofessional training grant for mental health. Paraprofessional Manpower Development Branch of NIMH. (1/1/1979 - 12/31/1980). Federal. Status: Funded. Designed to develop an Associate of Arts program at Haskell Indian Junior College which can feed into the B.S.W. program at the University of Kansas.
A management-oriented five day intensive training program for foster care workers. (1/1/1978 - 12/31/1979). Status: Funded. Primary person responsible for curriculum development with this grant.
Project 577. Kansas State Association of Foster Parents. (1/1/1976 - 12/31/1977). State of Kansas. Status: Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

The Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Social Welfare
University of Kansas
2010
Outstanding KU Social Work Faculty Award
2007
The Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Social Welfare
University of Kansas
2007
Outstanding KU Social Work Faculty Award
1997

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