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MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (MSW) — ONLINE

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Credit Hours

30-60*

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Accreditation

CSWE

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Duration

2-4 yrs

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Program Benefits

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing Tracks
  • Dedicated Field Work Placement Specialist
  • No Pre-Requisites Required

Michaela Rinkel is an Associate Professor and Core Faculty Member in the Master of Social Work program. Dr. Rinkel earned her Bachelor’s degree of Social Work from the College of St. Catherine, her Master of Social Work and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Minnesota. She has 15 years of experience as full-time social work faculty at Hawai`i Pacific University, the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, and Mt. Senario College in Wisconsin. In addition, she has worked as part-time faculty with the College of St. Scholastica and Inver Hills Community College.

One of the things that drew Dr. Rinkel to the social work profession was the diversity of social work practice areas. She began her social work career as a medical social worker at the nursing home and hospital level in Wisconsin and the Twin Cities area. After receiving her MSW degree, she began clinical social work practice at the Women’s Health Center in Mason City Iowa where she focused on work with women around issues of postpartum depression, trauma, and parenting. She continued her clinical practice in Wisconsin as a community mental health practitioner, moving into leadership as the mental health director of a five-county human services clinic. Some aspects of this role included securing grant funding for special programs such as a mobile crisis unit, implementing mental health rules set by the State of Wisconsin, and serving as lead social worker in an interdisciplinary Alzheimer’s Disease treatment center. Dr. Rinkel moved to school social work specializing in work with children and adolescents labeled as emotional and behavioral disordered in the school system. This role was characterized by a great deal of group, crisis and family systems work. She brought what she learned to her PhD studies at the University of Minnesota, culminating in her dissertation entitled, “Creating Opportunities for All: A Qualitative Study of Reintegration of Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders to the Mainstream Environment.”

Dr. Rinkel’s scholarship is focused on three areas: spirituality and social work practice, sustainability in social work practice, and the use of simulation in social work education and training. She has worked with students on multiple community-based research projects.

Michaela Rinkel lives in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, having moved back to the Twin Cities from 10 years in Hawai`i. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.

Published Work:

  • Rinkel, M., Maynard, S., & Martin, E. (2021). Telehealth on the fly: Why we need a more thoughtful approach in social work education. (Manuscript revised for publication).
  • Maynard, S. & Rinkel, M., (In Press). Utilizing standardized simulations for social work program assessment: What are the essential elements for Effectiveness? Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. (Manuscript accepted for publication).
  • M. Powers & M. Rinkel (Eds.), (2019). Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators Volume III. Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.
  • Rinkel, M., Larsen, K., Harrington, C. & Chun, C. (2018). Effects of social work practice on practitioners’ spirituality. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 37:4, 331-350.
  • M. Powers & M. Rinkel (Eds.), (2018). Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators Volume II. Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.
  • Rinkel, M. & Mataira, P. (2018). Developing critical self-awareness to incorporate sustainability into worldviews. In M. Powers & M. Rinkel (Eds.), Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators Volume II (pp. 30-41). Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.
  • M. Rinkel & M. Powers (Eds.), (2017). Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators. Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.
  • Rinkel, M. (2017). Comparing model representations of sustainability: Tools for social workers. In M. Rinkel & M. Powers (Eds.), Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators (pp.275-289). Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.
  • Larsen, K. & Rinkel, M. (2016). What does religion and spirituality mean to a racially diverse group of social work practitioners? Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work Practice: Social Thought.
  • Gibson, P. & Rinkel, M. (2012). Increased attention to the search process improves the chances of foster kinship placements. Journal of Family Social Work, 15:2, 141-156.
  • Rinkel, M. (2011). Creating opportunities for all: A qualitative study of the reintegration of students with emotional/behavioral disorders to the mainstream environment. (Doctoral dissertation).

Publications – non refereed

  • Rinkel, M., Garlock, J., Krizke, J., Gurr, A., Foy, J. & Bushyhead, S. (2021). Punawai Rest Stop Evaluation.
  • Rinkel, M., Garlock, J., Krizke, J., Sandoval, K. & Labus, R. (2020). Punawai Rest Stop Evaluation.
  • Rinkel, M. et al. (2018). Needs Assessment of the Health and Social Needs of the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood.
  • Rinkel, M. (2015). Suicide in the schools [Review of the book Suicide in the schools: A practitioner’s guide to multi-level prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention]. The New Social Worker, 22(2), 31.
  • Rinkel, M. et al. (2014). Measurement of Benchmarks 2014: A Cooperative Project between HPU School of Social Work and Healthy Start Oahu.
  • Rinkel, M. et al. (2013). Participant Needs Assessment 2013: The Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS Project.
  • Rinkel, M. et al. (2012). Review of Social Services at Lighthouse Outreach Center: Waipahu, Hawaii.

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