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Brett Seabury
The History of Social Work

Brett Seabury joined the faculty with degrees from Wesleyan University (B.A.), Simmons College School of Social Work (M.S.), and Columbia University (D.S.W.). His dissertation was entitled "A Systems Model of Case Services" (1976). He came to the school from a position as assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. At Maryland, Seabury was a member of the clinical concentration, teaching graduate and undergraduate clinical methods courses. At Michigan Seabury continues on the faculty as associate professor, teaching courses on environmental interventions, ethnic sensitive interpersonal practice, integrated methods, organizational change, social work with groups, working with involuntary clients, generalist foundation skills, primary associations, institutional racism, social oppression, indigenous healing systems, human communication theory, and poverty. Seabury's courses have received enthusiastic acclaim from students for his engaging teaching style and innovative creation of course content.

Throughout his career Seabury has participated, along with students, in numerous "movements" for social and economic justice. Seabury's community and educational service has included consultations with many health and social welfare agencies, along with presentations at over 150 workshops and conferences in Europe, Canada, and the United States, on such topics as advocacy, case management, contracting, crisis intervention, group treatment, indigenous healing systems, interactive video simulations, metaphors in social work practice, planned short-term treatment, reading emotions on the face, resistance, and task-centered casework.