School of Social Work
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
Office: Room: P-404
B.A., Clark University, Worcester, MA
M.S.W., Boston University School of Social Work
Ph.D., Simmons College School of Social Work
411: Human Behavior & the Social Environment
577: Social Action with Groups
I first became connected with Simmons College School of Social Work in 1994 when I entered the doctoral program. At that time, I had been working in a community mental health setting, doing primarily group work and family treatment in partial hospital programs with dually diagnosed adults, and in a program for children and adolescents. I pursued a doctorate because I knew that I wanted to teach at the graduate level. Simmons is a student-centered program, and having been a student here, I knew that I wanted to teach in such an environment. In 1996, I created my first syllabus, a group work elective for the Clinical Practice Sequence. Group work is my passion. And I am so pleased that this course has become a required Foundations course for all MSW students.
In addition to creating the syllabus for and teaching group work, I provide administrative support and mentoring to the faculty who teach this course.
Other courses taught include: Social Policy and Services, HBSE, Advocacy and Social Action for Clinical Social Workers, and Qualitative Methods (Teaching Assistant in the Doctoral Program).
Scholarly interests include: qualitative methods, group work, trauma, and diversity.
Invited to become a consulting editor for Social Work with Groups Journal. Published by Routledge Press. Working with Editor-in-Chief, Andrew Malekoff
Board Member, MA Chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
MA Representative to the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.
Consulting editor and book reviewer for Social Work with Groups Journal.
Grossman Leeman, D. (2010) "Pedagogy without Pretense: Preparing Non-Social Workers to facilitate Social Work Groups" was accepted into the proceedings of the 32nd International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.
Grossman Leeman, D. (2009). Conversations that continue long after they are over: the impact of the research on the researcher.Reflections: Narratives of professional helping, 15(2), 14-20.
Grossman Leeman, D. (2008). Use of literature in teaching. In A. Gitterman & R. Salmon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social work with groups. London: Routledge Press.
"You say goodbye and I say hello: The joys and challenges of open-ended groups." Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital Social Work Grand Rounds. Boston, MA, December 3, 2010.
Grossman Leeman, D. "Pedagogy without pretense: Preparing non-social workers to facilitate social work groups." Presented on June 5, 2010 at the 23rd Annual AASWG International Symposium. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Leeman, D. & Gianino, M. "Creating and sustaining learning communities: Supervision and consultation of social work with groups." The Annual Conference and Meeting of the MA Chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. Simmons College, Boston, MA. March 12, 2010.
Leeman, D. "Think We Not Me: The Joys and Challenges of Training and Supervision with Social Work Groups." Workshop presented at Simmons College. Boston, MA. October 2009.Top