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  • Locations: Washington, DC, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: COF applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Political Action and Strategies for Professional Social Workers

Summer Semester Travel Course


Travel Dates:    ESTIMATED: June 8 - June 16, 2020

Course:              SW 545-01

Credits:             3 Credits

TRAVEL FEE:  ESTIMATED: $650. This fee will be assessed on your Simmons student account for Summer  and can be paid online via AARC. A $250 deposit will be due to secure space in this course.  The $250 deposit will go towards the Travel Fee. 


(Dates and prices subject to change)

This course is not open to cross-registration.

This 3-credit course in political action and strategies for professional social workers will focus on policy-making, advocacy, and political leadership in social work.                     The course is designed to help students learn, in depth, about the policy-making decision process at the federal level, and to develop sills for leadership and political action.


This course will focus on the Medicaid program-the administrative and legislative roles in the development of this program, its implementation and expansion/retraction. In addition, the relationship between the federal and state government in its implementation will be discusses.             The course will include seminars and workshops taught by faculty from Simmons College, George Washington University and George Mason University. Other speakers will include key leaders and advocates in policy and lobbying organizations in Massachusetts and Washington, DC, as well as professionals from the National Association of Social Workers.


Price includes: tuition and GW accommodation.


Please Note: Price does not include transportation and meals. 




For more information on this program, please contact:

or call 617-521-2206


Faculty Information:



Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason is a Professor at Simmons College School of Social Work. She teaches Advanced Clinical Practice, HBSE, Leadership, Political Strategies for Clinical Social Workers Practice, Practice with Immigrants and Refugees, Realities of Racism and Oppression and Qualitative Research. From 2004- 2007, Dr. Hamilton-Mason served as Director of the Doctoral Program at SSW.  In 2005 she co-founded the SSW’s Pharnal Longus Academy for Undoing Racism. From 2001 through 2008, she served as a Harvard University W.E.B. DuBois Institute non-resident fellow in African American research. Her scholarship and research interests are primarily on African American Women and Families, the intersection of cross cultural theory and practice, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. She has served as a Researcher at the University of Texas’s Hurricane Katrina Researcher Collaborative.  She has recent publications entitled “Working with African American Families”, “Work-life fit: The intersection of Developmental Life cycle and Academic Life Cycle”, “Hope Floats: African American Women's Survival Experiences after Katrina”, “Black Women talk about Workplace Stress and How They Cope”, “And Some of us are Braver: Stress and Coping among African American women”, “Psychoanalytic Theory: Responding to the Assessment Needs of People of Color?” "Using the Color of Fear as a Racial Identity Catalyst", and “Children and Urban Poverty.”



Please read: This registration portal is to be completed by all Washington, DC Social Work participants. Using this portal, please submit your profile details as well as a completed health statement questionnaire. Please also e-sign the following documents included in the portal: the Simmons Code of Conduct, the Simmons Substance Agreement, and the Simmons Travel Agreement & Release of Liability. Please note that registrants are not required to complete sections related to program deposit, passport/visas, travel itineraries, or personal statement essays. The deadline to complete the registration portal is April 30.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.