• Engaging Foster Parents in the Court Process, Lessons Learned from Maryland Foster Parents

      Shdaimah, Corey S.; Lee, Emily (2016-09)
      Foster parents from six counties across the state of Maryland participated in focus groups to describe their experiences with the court process. This project was funded by the state Foster Care Court Improvement Program, which wants to help foster parents engage with the courts.
    • Tackling the high cost of child care and the presidential candidates’ plans

      Shdaimah, Corey S.; Houser, Linda; Cummings-Jordan, Mary (WHYYPhiladelphia, PA: WHYY (National Public Radio), 2016-09-19)
    • Embedding IPE: It's Easier Than You Think

      Guerin, Toby Treem; Hammersla, Margaret; Shdaimah, Corey S. (2017)
    • Change Research

      Shdaimah, Corey S. (2017-01-03)
    • Prostitution/Human Trafficking Courts: Policy Frontline as Fault Line

      Shdaimah, Corey S. (Texas Law Review Online, 2018)
    • Whose Knowledges? Moving Beyond Damage-Centred Research in Studies of Women in Street-Based Sex Work

      Shdaimah, Corey S.; Leon, Chrysanthi S. (Brussel, Belgium: Vrije Universiteit, 2018)
      Recent scholarship across disciplines reflects renewed interest in making social science relevant to social and policy change (Burawoy, 2005; Flyvbjerg, 2001). At the same time, professional organizations have struggled to articulate ethical obligations towards research participants. In this article we draw on our own research with street-based sex workers to explore the implications for scholarship and policy when researchers allow their studies to be guided by the voices of study participants rather than their own assumptions and hypotheses (Capous-Desyllas & Forro, 2014). We describe how our interpretation evolved upon adopting a feminist, qualitative stance that recognizes the agency and authority of respondents to guide the analysis. We join a growing group of scholars who draw attention to the multidimensionality of sex workers’ identities, goals, and daily lives to provide a fuller picture of their lives and experiences (Cheng, 2013; Hail-Jares, Shdaimah, & Leon, 2017). Such a picture inevitably shifts from the options of repair, rescue, or repression as women talk back. Intentional engagement also works against the tendency to “other” the objects of our research and illuminates the systemic factors that shape women’s choices and lives. Our insights apply to research with vulnerable or stigmatized populations across criminological and socio-legal contexts and to criminal justice policy.
    • Exploring the Use of an Emancipation Checklist for Older Youth (18-21) Exiting Foster Care

      Summers, Alicia; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Knoche, Victoria A. (2018-12)
      This paper examines the efforts of a court to improve outcomes for older youth who are exiting foster care by implementing an Emancipation Checklist (EC) to guide discussion around 12 stability indicators thought to improve youth transition to adulthood (e.g., education, employment). Over 90% of youth had medical insurance, all personal documents, a permanent connection, and could identify their core values. Less than half had employments or were engaged in educational or vocational training. Youth who exited when they were older and who attended more of their court hearings had more stability indicators. Implications and future research directions are discussed.
    • Positioning social justice: Reclaiming social work's organising value

      Postan-Aizik, Dassi; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Strier, Roni (Oxford University Press, 2019-10-18)
      This article explores the value of social justice as a shared ethical ground for social workers worldwide. Constructions and interpretations of social justice are deeply affected by different perspectives, contested positions and unequal power dynamics. As societies become ever more diversified, these may hinder the centrality of social justice as a core value. Drawing on data collected from participants in a binational interprofessional seminar on social justice in multi-cultural societies, this qualitative study is based on interviews and visual analysis with 16 American and 15 Israeli social workers and social work students. Findings suggest that social justice remains a core value although it is both an organising and disorganising, unifying and dividing concept. The study explores the positive contribution of positionality to help gain a broader understanding of social justice and navigate challenges in implementation, practice and education in diverse and conflicted settings. Practical implications for social work practice and education are discussed.
    • "we'll take the tough ones": Expertise in problem-solving justice

      Leon, Chrysanthi S.; Shdaimah, Corey S. (University of California Press, 2019-11-01)
      Expertise in multi-door criminal justice enables new forms of intervention within existing criminal justice systems. Expertise provides criminal justice personnel with the rationale and means to use their authority in order to carry out their existing roles for the purpose of doing (what they see as) good. In the first section, we outline theoretical frameworks derived from Gil Eyal’s sociology of expertise and Thomas Haskell’s evolution of moral sensibility. We use professional stakeholder interview data (N = 45) from our studies of three emerging and existing prostitution diversion programs as a case study to illustrate how criminal justice actors use what we define as primary, secondary, and tertiary expertise in multi-agency working groups. Actors make use of the tools at their disposal—in this case, the concept of trauma—to further personal and professional goals. As our case study demonstrates, professionals in specialized diversion programs recognize the inadequacy of criminal justice systems and believe that women who sell sex do so as a response to past harms and a lack of social, emotional, and material resources to cope with their trauma. Trauma shapes the kinds of interventions and expertise that are marshalled in response. Specialized programs create seepage that may reduce solely punitive responses and pave the way for better services. However empathetic, they do nothing to address the societal forces that are the root causes of harm and resultant trauma. This may have more to do with imagined capacities than with the objectively best approaches.
    • ‘Ethics Are Messy’: Supervision as a Tool to Help Social Workers Manage Ethical Challenges

      McCarthy, Lauren P.; Imboden, Rachel; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Forrester, Patrice (Taylor and Francis Inc., 2020-02-05)
      Supervision is a critical component of professional socialisation for social workers that helps them develop skills to practice in complex private and public organisations whose values may be at odds with social work ethics. Research on the relationship between supervision and how social workers navigate ethical challenges is limited and has typically focused on managing the resultant stress. This qualitative study reports on the perspectives of 23 social workers representing diverse work contexts and experience levels who were asked broadly about their experiences managing ethical challenges in practice. After researchers engaged in an iterative process of open and axial coding of interview transcripts, six subthemes were identified within the primary theme of supervision: the importance of quality supervision, early supervisory experiences, components of supervision, interprofessional aspects of supervision, power dynamics, and the function and impact of supervision. Implications of the results for research and practice are described, including the need for supervisor training and support, exploration of supervision power dynamics, and how to balance creating a safe supervisory environment with need for accountability.
    • “I‘m Literally Drowning”: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Infant-Toddler Child Care Providers’ Wellbeing

      Berlin, Lisa J.; Shdaimah, Corey S.; Goodman, Alyssa; Slopen, Natalie (Taylor and Francis Inc., 2020-05-27)
      Research Findings The primary goal of this exploratory mixed-methods study was to obtain a deeper understanding of center-based child care providers serving infants and toddlers. Secondarily, we explored the potential for a two-pronged mindfulness-based caregiving intervention for such providers to (a) reduce stress and (b) support caregiving behaviors. We conducted (a) individual interviews with three child care center directors and (b) three center-specific focus groups in order to elicit background information on each center and its staff, providers’ views of work benefits and challenges, and both providers’ and center directors’ initial receptivity to a mindfulness-based caregiving intervention. Additionally, 23 infant-toddler providers from the same three centers completed an anonymous questionnaire that assessed demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, social and emotional well-being, physical health, and perceived job characteristics. Findings illustrate high levels of physical and mental health problems. Practice and Policy: Findings provide some insight into aspects of the work that may serve as stressors (e.g., low pay, responding to children’s challenging behaviors) and buffers (e.g., supportive relationships with coworkers and supervisors). Findings also illustrate center directors’ and providers’ receptivity to a mindfulness-based caregiving intervention.