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Ogden Rogers

Ogden Rogers

Ogden W. Rogers, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has been a clinician, consultant, educator, and storyteller. Dr. Rogers began his social work career in community and adult psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He’s worked in emergency and critical-care medicine, disaster mental health, and mental health program delivery and evaluation in both public and private auspices. In more recent years, he’s been actively involved with the American Red Cross International Services Division concerning human rights in armed conflict. When asked about how he got involved with making a career in social work, he smiled and said, “That reminds me of a story....”  He is the author of Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work.

Listen to Ogden Rogers read "Killing Brendan" from his book Beginnings, Middles, & Ends. Sound effects courtesy of the SocialWorkPodcast/Jonathan Singer. more

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The New Social Worker Social Work Book Club has chosen Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work as its official book club selection for Summer/Fall 2014. more

Book Club

There are these chestnuts, which we have in social work, that are so cliché, and yet invite us into considerations of great depth. “Begin where the client is,” “go with the defense,” “content and process,” “person in environment,” “Beginnings more

Practice

Decathexis is a short story about a moment between a social worker and a client at the end of life. Audio excerpt from Beginnings, Middles, & Ends, read by author Ogden Rogers. more

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Ogden Rogers, author of Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work, reads an excerpt describing the realization of a dark place that resides within the author as a parent, and the insights that follow. more

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Ogden Rogers reads a story, "Why not Why," from his book, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work. more

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Ogden Rogers, author of Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work, was interviewed on WPR on November 7, 2013. Listen to the interview here. more

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A sideways story is some moment in life when you thought you were doing one thing, but you ended up learning another. A sideways story can also be a poem, or prose, that, because of the way it is written, may not be all that direct in its meaning. more

Social Work Books

I understand that you are interested in joining our club called “Social Work.” If you could spare a moment, I’d like to share some thoughts with you. more

Education & Credentials

“You got it, Grasshopper. ‘Semper Paratus, Semper Gumby.’ Always keep alert. Always pay attention. Zig when you gotta zig. Zag when you gotta Zag. Even when the seas get rough, the social worker keeps reaching out.” more

Social Work Month Project 2016

Ogden Rogers on mass shootings, monks, mindfulness, and caring for all beings. more

Practice

A story of a social worker working with a veteran illustrates how important nuggets of information can be deeply buried, and the power of dreams and simply listening. more

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