Amy Hewitt, PhD Social Work; MSW

MNLEND
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
102 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0223
 
Phone: 612-625-1098
Email: hewit005@umn.edu
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Last Updated: September 13, 2017

 

Leadership: LEND Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Support
Research
Discipline Coordinators: Social Work
Specialty Resource Contacts: Autism/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities,
Case Management/Care Coordination,
Consumer-Directed Supports,
Direct Support Professional Development,
Frontline Supervisor Development,
Medicaid Support for Community Services,
Outcome Measurement
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Adult/Community Services Program Coordinator
 
Discipline(s): Social Work
 
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
Council for Interdisciplinary Service
National Training Directors' Council
 
Research: Current projects include the College of Direct Support a national training curriculum development project that currently delivers training to 220,000+ direct support professionals each day throughout the United States and has delivered nearly 4 million completed hour of training to these Direct Support Professionals; CMS National Resource Center on Direct Support Workers, a national technical assistance center designed to provide states with technical support on issues related to direct support workforce challenges. Research and Training Center on Community Living the only NIDRR national research center on intellectual and developmental disabilities where she is involved in several research studies regarding consumer direction, active support, direct support training and employment services. MN LEND an interdisciplinary training program for pre and post-doctoral students across 11 disciplines in neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
Education: Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dissertation title: Identification of Competencies and Effective Training Practices for Direct Support Staff Working in Community Residential Services for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Master's in Social Work, emphasis in families, planning and human service management, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 1988. Recipient LEND Fellowship Award.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Service: Ms. Hewitt has authored and co-authored many curriculum, journal articles and manuscripts. A book she co-authored entitled, Staff Recruitment, Retention and Training published by Brookes publishing. She is a managing editor of Frontline Initiative a national newsletter for DSPs; a contributing editor for LINKS a newsletter of ANCOR and guest editor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities a journal of the AAIDD. She is currently a Board member for the Arc Greater Twin Cities, one of the nations largest advocacy-only Arcs. Ms. Hewitt was an MCH LEND Fellow/Trainee at Riley Child Developmental Center over 20 years ago. She was recognized by AUCD with a young leader award in 2000 and has been active in AUCD for many years on the NCEDC and NTDC. She currently serves on the AUCD PAC advisory group.