- BASW Program Director and Assistant Professor
Mrs. Toya Jones is the BASW Program Director at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. She earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and current trauma, individual, group and family therapist, she comes with a wealth of experience at the postsecondary and secondary levels with students diverse in age, ability and cultural background. She has been addressing the needs of children and families impacted by violence for the past sixteen years. Areas of teaching competence include topics such as: the impact of trauma on children and adults; teen violence; signs and symptoms of PSTD, treatment modalities (such as TF-CBT, EMDR, expressive and play therapies) for children and adults impacted by trauma and overcoming unresolved trauma. She has lectured and presented for schools and local universities, communities, religious organizations and private corporations. She has also been involved in special community projects counseling juvenile and adult ex-offenders, addicts and MH/ MR clients.
Mrs. Jones’ teaching philosophy stems from her experience instructing adult learners in that they are very different from children regarding their ability, willingness and methods of learning. She refers to the philosophy of Andragogy that adults are not empty vessels and that they come with years of knowledge and opinions, ready to share with their peers and instructor. She promotes the advancement of their knowledge through open dialogue in the classroom, goal oriented conversations directed by solution-focused and thought-provoking questions for student engagement. It is her goal for students to reach their fullest potential at whatever level of social work experience and knowledge they possess. Through her clinical work, Mrs. Jones has learned that it is necessary to create a comfortable environment for expressing thoughts and feelings. Utilizing appropriate personal /professional disclosure and humor, she assists her students in feeling less intimidated and freer to actively participate in classroom activities and discussions.
In her philosophy of teaching Mrs. Jones imparts to each student that learning is reciprocal and continuous and that it is common to feel fearful that they don’t know “enough” to become an effective social worker and that comfort levels grow with time and experience in this very rewarding field of social work.
Trauma Reactions in Social Work Students: Increasing Awareness of PTSD and Self-Care Through the PTSD Coach Application, 2021
Jones, Toya L. “Healing from Injustice” (2015) The Mount Magazine
Jones, Toya L. “Dirty Laundry” African-Americans and Therapy (2016) The Mount Magazine