Jeffrey Bulanda, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Bulanda

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Building and Room Location: Alumni Hall 106
Telephone:  630-844-5291
Fax: 630-844-4923
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My background has allowed me to experience a range of social work roles: school social worker, case manager with individuals with severe mental illness, residential home counselor, field instructor, youth organizer, and private practice. My love of the profession of social work has brought me to Aurora University. I hope to have a hand in instilling passion and conviction in my future colleagues. In the process, I want to help each student reach his or her potential in this field. As a professor, I strive to provide an interactive classroom environment that is rich in opportunities to build relationships with one another, supportive of critical thinking and self-reflection, and informative about best practice with our valued clients.

While teaching is incredibly fulfilling, I am also committed to continuing to provide direct service. Therefore, I currently have a private practice that allows me to work with clients of all ages and I continue to lead several youth-organizing programs.

Ph.D. in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
M.S.W., Loyola University Chicago
B.A., Psychology, University of Chicago

Areas of Specialization
Clinical Practice
Community Organization

Courses Taught
Social Work Practice I, II, III, IV
Program and Practice Evaluation
Social Work with Adolescents

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions:

Bulanda, J. J., Kibblesmith, R., Tellis, D., & Sami, K. (in press). C.R.I.M.E.: Replacing violence with compassion, respect, inspiration, motivation, and empathy. Chicago: Black Freighter Productions.

McCrea, K.T. & Bulanda, J.J. (2008). The practice of compassion in supervision in residential treatment programs for clients with severe mental illness. The Clinical Supervisor, 27(2), 238-267.

McCrea, K.T. & Bulanda, J.J. (2010). Caregiving heuristics: Valuable practitioner knowledge in the context of managing residential care. Qualitative Social Work, 9(4), 343-363.

Dissertation: Real Talk: Findings from a Youth-Led Program Evaluation of an After School Leadership Development Program

“The ABC'S of Peace: Training the trainers on violence prevention strategies.” Presented September 18, 2010 at Something is Wrong: Exploring the Roots of Violence Conference. The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at The University of Chicago.

“Growth through creativity: New ways of reaching others.” Presented September 25, 2010 at Loyola University Chicago Alumni Continuing Education Event.

“Trauma in the classroom: Collaborating with school teams to address the complexities of childhood trauma.” Presented October 22, 2010. Illinois Association of School Social Workers 40th Annual Conference.

“The C.R.I.M.E. Project: Youth-led violence prevention through education, advocacy, research, and writing.” Presented November 6, 2010. Youth Development Summit sponsored by University of Illinois-Chicago.

“Toward a trauma-based model of school social work.” Presented October 24, 2009 at Illinois Association of School Social Workers Conference. Arlington Heights, IL.

“Social worker as architect: Designing opportunities for self-determination.” Presented September 8, 2009 at IL NASW Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

“Beneath the surface: Addressing the motives of misbehavior.” Presented October 19, 2007 at Illinois Association of School Social Workers, 37th Annual Conference. Arlington Heights, IL.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Admissions Committee
Curriculum Committee
Field Instructors CEU Event
Say It Out Loud – Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Convention on the Rights of the Child project

Other Interests
C.R.I.M.E. Violence Prevention Group / Stand Up! Help Out! Program
Creating documentaries
International children’s rights issues
Participatory action research