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Robin G. Arndt, MSW, LSW
Junior Specialist

Gartley Hall Rm. 004B
Phone: 808.956.9885
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: rgarndt@hawaii.edu


Biographical Narrative

Robin G. Arndt, MSW, LSW, is an Instructor at the school where he also coordinates Continuing Education & Professional Development activities. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Social Work with both his bachelor and master's degree in social work with a specialization in mental health. Before joining MBT SSW, he worked on campus as Project Coordinator with the Center for Disability Studies' Hawaiʻi Patient Incentives and Rewards to Support Empowerment project. Additionally, upon moving to Hawai‘i, he worked at Child & Family as a Program Administrator. Robin’s past work includes coordinating continuing medical education and performance improvement activities at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Office of Continuing Professional Development.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Social Work: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Master of Social Work: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Research Interests

  • Technology in practice and education
  • Lifelong learning and professional development/competency
  • Values, ethics, & reflective practice
  • Leadership
  • Interprofessional education

CV

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Education

May 2008 Masters of Social Work, University of Wisconsin ­ Madison Practicum at Mental Health Center of Dane County Crisis Unit.

May 2004 Bachelors of Arts, Social Work, University of Wisconsin ­ Madison Practicum at Meriter Hospital, Cardiac Floor and Emergency Room.

Licensure

Licensed Social Worker ­ State of Hawaii, #2015

Professional Experience

03/15 ­ present Instructor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, Hawaii

SW 659 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, SW 660 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II, SW 717 Social Work Practice with Children and Families, SW 718 Seminar in Social Work Practice  with Children and Families, SW 690 Field Integration Seminar

12/12 ­ – 02/15 Project Coordinator, University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, Hawaii

Oversight of the Hawaii Patient and Incentives to Support Empowerment (HI­PRAISE) project, foster partnerships with federally qualified community health centers, hospitals, health insurance organizations, and other partners. Create and implement continuous quality assurance initiatives. Develop and conduct trainings on motivational interviewing, data entry, and performance improvement initiatives. Create fidelity tools and process improvement initiatives, manage multiple timelines, monitor progress, gather and analyze data to move project to completion.

01/11 ­ – present Adjunct Lecturer, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, Hawaii

SW 659 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, SW 660 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II, SW 717 Social Work Practice with Children and Families, SW 718 Seminar in Social Work Practice  with Children and Families, SW 690 Field Integration Seminar

07/12 ­ – 12/12 Program Administrator, Child & Family Service, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Provide oversight and direction to multiple programs located on the Leeward coast of Oahu. Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate twenty employees. Develop and foster partnerships with community organizations. Create and implement continuous quality assurance initiatives.  Develop, monitor, and manage 1.5 million in program budgets. Serve as a representative for the organization on community and statewide committees. Assist in the development and writing of proposals and grants. Able to make decisions in a fast­paced, changing environment. Coordinate multiple projects and produced expected results.

09/12 ­ – 12/12 Practicum Instructor, Child & Family Service, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Provide regular and structured supervision to practicum students. Work with the student to develop a learning agreement that highlights the student’s educational goals and related practice behaviors. Evaluate the student’s performance, provide direction and guidance. Act as a mentor to the student during their time with the organization.

10/08 ­ 06/09 Program Director, Child & Family Service Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Direct daily operations of a home visitation program focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the Waianae coast. Hire, supervise, and evaluate a staff of twelve, including administrative staff, supervisors, home visitors, child development specialist, and clinical specialist. Establish and maintain community partnerships. Complete weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports. Program advocacy at state legislature. Develop and implement quality assurance initiatives.

08/08 ­ 10/08 Clinical Specialist, Child & Family Service, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Work as a member of an interdisciplinary team, communicate and work with people of diverse social, economic, ethnic/racial, and cultural backgrounds. Empower families to problem solve and be nurturing agents. Establish effective working relationships with at­risk families Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the client’s natural ecology. Perform brief therapeutic interventions and refer clients to community resources.

06/08 ­ 07/08 Mental Health Technician, Mental Health Center of Dane County Madison, Wisconsin

Adhere to the philosophies, policies and procedures of the Mental Health Center of Dane County. Answer hotline calls, complete crisis assessments, and de­escalating caller as needed. Identify and provide appropriate referrals utilizing internet search engines and resource directory. Complete contact reports and other required documentation.

09/07 ­ 07/08 Outreach Specialist ­ Performance Improvement, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Office of Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

Researches and designs performance improvement initiatives for physicians and allied healthcare professionals. Uses evidenced­-based adult learning principles to improve the performance of healthcare professionals and improve patient outcomes. Implement educational interventions that produce results for learners. Use data to determine to evaluate the effectiveness of the educational intervention. Collaborate with healthcare professionals and organizations. Manage the activity to ensure compliance with the rules that govern continuing medical education.

10/06 ­ 09/07 Outreach Specialist ­ Public Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Office of Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

Coordinates and facilitates continuing education workshops for public health educators and allied health professionals. Serves as an outreach liaison to community organizations. Reports event participant data. Develops and provides input on budgets, workshops and monitors monthly expenses. Provides technical assistance to departments and organizations on criteria and rules for the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Responsible for the assessment, planning, promotion, implementation and evaluation of continuing education events. Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with the community, state, and national organizations for the purpose of strategic planning and program development.

Knowledge and skills in collecting, compiling, analyzing, and reporting program outcomes

09/05 ­ 10/06 Associate Outreach Specialist ­ Regional Activities, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Office of Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

Provide professional support to all activities and planning committees. Participate in collaborative planning, program development, marketing support and evaluation support. Coordinate with professional organizations as needed to meet standards. Determine program budgets and support the management of fiscally sound programs. Oversee marketing of activities including, brochures and flyers and materials for the web. Manage the credit only program and work with organizations to ensure compliance with the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. to ensure activities are implemented correctly. Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and effect changes required for improvement. Focus on quality improvement in all programs.

 

Social Work Field Experience

06/08 ­ – 07/08 Social Work Intern, Mental Health Center of Dane County Madison, Wisconsin

Receive and respond to inquiries, requests, and referrals for emergency interventions. Gather sufficient information about the crisis situation to perform initial triage screening, plan for further assessment, or refer to more appropriate community resources. Assess current psychiatric symptoms, suicide/homicide risk, and the social and cultural context of the individual. Consult with and provide recommendations to hospitals, police and other mental health and community service providers. Work collaboratively with other programs, community agencies, support networks, and others for appropriate planning of client care. Provide face­to­face and telephone crisis counseling and participate in medication consultation.

09/03 ­ 05/04 Social Work Intern, Meriter Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

Explain health care resources and policies to patients, family and professional staff. Develop post­hospital patient plan by arranging for services at another facility or in the home. Explain to patients the epidemiology of diseases, including social environment risk factors. Help patients and families receive needed follow­up care by referral to health care resources. Understanding the social, cultural and religious variables that contribute to patients’ responses to illness and their use of health care resources.

Service

07/14 ­ Present Member­at­Large, National Association of Social Workers ­ Hawai`i Chapter, Honolulu, Hawaii

07/14 ­ Present Committee Chair, Continuing Education Committee, National Association of Social Workers ­ Hawai`i Chapter, Honolulu, Hawaii

08/14 ­ Present Committee Chair, Conference Committee, National Association of Social Workers ­ Hawai`i Chapter, Honolulu, Hawaii

08/14 ­ 02/15 Co­Chair, CDS Council, Center for Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

Publications

Brower, A.M., Arndt, R., & Ketterhagen, A. (2004). Very Good Solutions Really Do Exist for Group Work Research Design Problems. In The Handbook of Social Work with Groups. Charles Garvin, Lorraine Gutierrez, & Maeda Galinsky (eds.). NY: Guilford Press.

Selected Presentations

Arndt, R. G. (2015, April). In defense of the process recording. Social Work Distance Education Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Mersereau, E. & Arndt, R. G. (2015, March). Partnering for success – Setting up the successful clinical supervision experience. NASW­Hawaii Webinar Series. Honolulu, HI.

Mokuau, N. & Arndt, R. G. (2015, March). Professionalism in social work. Queens Medical Center. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. & SooHoo, C. (2015, February). Building the medical neighborhood – One (collaborative) relationship at a time. NASW­Hawaii Webinar Series. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. (2015, February). Suicide risk assessment for the hospital social worker II.

Queens Medical Center. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. (2015, January). Suicide risk assessment for the hospital social worker I.

Queens Medical Center. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. (2014, December). Social work ethics. Queens Medical Center. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G., & Ozaki, R. (2014, November). HI­PRAISE Updates. Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases All Grantee Program Review Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Arndt, R. G. (2014, October). Innovative approaches in chronic disease.

NASW­Hawai`i Chapter Annual Conference. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. (2014, August). The social work student. Thinking about learning, learning about thinking. E Komo Mai for Distance Education Students 2014. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. (2014, August). Technology in the classroom, 2.0. E Komo Mai for Distance Education Students 2014. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. (2013, September). An introduction to the use of Motivational Interviewing Skills. Building Bridges, Making Connections: Connecting Families, Home Visitors, and Early Childhood Educators. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G. (2013, September). Navigating Supervision. Building Bridges, Making Connections: Connecting Families, Home Visitors, and Early Childhood Educators. Honolulu, HI.

Arndt, R. G., & Anderson, B. (2007, January). Intra­Organization Collaboration. 2007 Annual Conference of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. Phoenix, AZ.

Fernandes, R. & Arndt, R. G. (2013, May). HI­PRAISE Updates. Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases All Grantee Program Review Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Ozaki, R., Fernandes, R., Li, D., & Arndt, R. G. (2014, May). HI­PRAISE Updates.

Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases All Grantee Program Review Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Pittz, L., Spencer, J., & Arndt, R. G. (2008, January). Envisioning Education – Off the Rack, or Haute Couture? 2008 Annual Conference of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. Orlando, FL.

Selected Professional Development Activities

11/14 Attendee, Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases All Grantee Program Review Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

10/14 Attendee, NASW­Hawai`i Chapter Annual Conference on the Affordable Care Act. Honolulu, HI.10/14 Attendee, Time to Thrive: Promoting safety, inclusion, and well­being for LGBTQ Youth. Everywhere! Human Rights Campaign. Las Vegas, NV.

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