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A Social Worker’s Career in Understanding Diversity

Bonnie Miller, a dedicated social worker, psychotherapist, and professor, has been driven by her unwavering commitment to promoting diversity, cultural understanding, and language proficiency. With a background in psychology and a master's in social work, Bonnie's career has encompassed school social work, private practice collaborating with healthcare professionals, and advocating for marginalized populations, including victims of sex trafficking. She envisions a positive shift in social work towards prioritizing disenfranchised communities, empowering social work students with diverse backgrounds and cultural competency, emphasizing social-emotional learning in schools, and embracing restorative justice practices. Furthermore, Bonnie highlights the transformative impact of telehealth and the urgent need for social workers to address critical issues such as police brutality, mental health, homelessness, and domestic violence through prevention and treatment initiatives.

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Over the past decade, Bonnie has been involved in international work involving mental health, psychosocial support, and conflict resolution training, mostly in countries that have experienced conflict and genocide, such as Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia (Aceh), Kyrgyzstan, and so on. As a Faculty Field Liaison at the University of Maryland, she supervised graduate social work students at their internships for five years, retiring in 2019. She also edits books on international affairs and materials for an NGO that helps girls and women. Her volunteer activities include work with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Responder for fires and other disasters and as a Reconnection Facilitator to provide support workshops for veterans, active military, and their families. Bonnie also volunteers at a local homeless shelter. Opportunities present themselves unexpectedly, so she is excited to see what the post-pandemic future holds.

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