Dr. Justin “Jay” Miller

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Dean, Doris Y Wilkinson Distinguished Professor in Social Work Education, Director, Self-Care Lab

Justin "Jay" Miller

619 Patterson Office Tower Lexington KY 40506

(859) 257-5740

About Dr. Miller

Dr. Jay Miller is the Dean of the College of Social Work, and Director of the Self-Care Lab in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Jay is dedicated to a host of social issues and community outreach, a passion which he brings to his work as an educator and scholar. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare and youth involvement in juvenile systems and participatory research related to organizational wellness and self-care, areas in which he has published a number of research papers and conducted national and international presentations. Jay is actively involved in a host of community endeavors and currently serves as the Chairperson of Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Board of Social Work, and Children’s Justice Act Taskforce. Jay is a past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Paul Grannis Award and is a 2014 inductee into the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University. Jay was a Cohort Two Doris Duke Fellow (Doris Duke Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago) and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville. Last but not least, Jay is a proud foster and kin care alum!

Selected Publications




A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals

Self-care is an imperative for the ethical practice of social work and other helping professions. From A (awareness) to Z (ZZZZ--Sleep), the editors and contributors use a simple A-to-Z framework to outline strategies to help you build a self-care plan with specific goals and ways to reach them realistically. Questions for reflection and additional resource lists help you to dig deeper in your self-care journey. Just as the ABCs are essential building blocks for a young child’s learning, you can use the ABCs in The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals to build your way to a happy, healthy, ethical life as a helping professional. Includes a self-care planning form to help you set goals and formulate strategies.

The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals offers a broad range of concrete suggestions for improving individual self-care that should provide guidance and support to fit a broad range of practitioner needs. The book also includes material in several chapters that notes the important role organizations must take in stress and burnout reduction and support of self-care.

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Activating a Teaching–Learning Philosophy: A Practical Guide for Educators

This how-to manual provides a structured framework for developing a comprehensive teaching–learning philosophy from articulation through implementation to evaluation—and then reactivation. Using professional literature and teaching–learning experiences, the authors provide pragmatic steps for using a grounded philosophy to inform, engage, and assess teaching–learning. They advocate an integrated teaching–learning philosophy to promote ongoing commitment, engaged competency, and meaningful purpose in practice for educators.

The book can be used as an individual tool for professional development or in programs that prepare engaged educators, including doctoral curricula. It can also be used to inform unit and even university-level activation of a joint, shared, philosophical approach to support accountability efforts, such as institutional effectiveness and accreditation.

The authors intend this book to serve as the resource they wish they had possessed when they first ventured into the teaching role—and, indeed, throughout a career trajectory.

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