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This faculty spotlight is on Dr. Blake Jones!
Dr. Jones is a Lecturer in the College of Social Work, teaching in the clinical concentration. He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Berea College, his MSW and his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Jones has been married for 20 years to Melissa, an occupational therapist and they have two sons: Noah, age 15 and Luke, age 12.
Dr. Jones is the author or co-author of 12 published articles in peer reviewed journals. The majority of his research has focused on citizen participation in public child welfare, but he has also published on human behavior in the social environment. While in the doctoral program our very own Dr. Royce encouraged him to take the narrow topic of Citizen Review panels to a more national level, which allowed him to travel to over 35 states. Dr. Jones enjoys translational research as he feels that “our main purpose as social work researchers needs to be to ameliorate some of our nation’s most pressing problems. I want my research to ultimately improve the lives of families and children, and those who serve them”. Dr. Jones is also in private practice and has been a LCSW with the same group of clinicians since 1998. He especially enjoys working with law enforcement officers and their families, and has developed trainings around “emotional survival”.
Dr. Jones stated that “he loves the mixture of clinical practice and lecturing as his clinical practice informs his teaching”. Dr. Jones grew up in a large family of 8; although formal education was not a priority, he said that his mother instilled in him the value of service to others. He said, “we all played music together as a family because we were too poor to do much of anything else. My mom took us to the nursing home every week where we would play music for the residents there, and visit with them. I credit her for leading me toward the path of social work as a career”.
While obtaining his MSW, Dr. Royse and Dr. Vernon Wiehe (a former COSW professor) encouraged him to go on and get his Ph.D. Much of these conversations took place while he was mowing Dr. Wiehe’s yard! Dr. Jones said that throughout his life, he has been fortunate to have a series of people encourage him to go further in his education. When asked why he chose social work, Dr. Jones said he “believes that what we are doing literally changes the world, and that is a powerful concept for me. In my clinical work, I love helping individual clients overcome individual trauma or addictions. It’s equally rewarding to know that I have a part in training students to change the systems that contribute to limiting people”. Dr. Jones' advice to current students considering attaining their Ph.D. is to “have an end goal” and know what it is that you want to do. ... See MoreSee Less
The week before Thanksgiving is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This week is filled with events which educate the Lexington community about the realities and hardships of the homeless in our city, as well as opportunities to directly serve those in need! Don't miss out!! ... See MoreSee Less
A few weeks ago, students from UK Center for Community Outreach along with guests and volunteers from the Catholic Action Center began making bowls that will be sold at a National Hunger and Homelessn...
Brown Bag Lecture coming up Thursday the 12th! Last one of this series, so come and bring your lunch!!! ... See MoreSee Less