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Jane Zupancic, MSW, LSW

Education

  • B.A.: Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S.W: University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work

Biography

Zupancic is a licensed social worker with nearly 16 years of experience in the field of public child welfare at Washington County Children and Youth Services. She currently works as a program specialist focused on the agency's training needs as well as continuous quality/program improvement. Prior to her current position, she was a caseworker and casework supervisor for an ongoing services unit that focused on treatment, case management of family systems, and family interventions for the purpose of ensuring child safety and permanency, as well as family stabilization, preservation and/or reunification. She also coordinates and supervises the agency student intern program and acts as a field instructor for both graduate and undergraduate interns. In this role, she helps students apply what they have learned in the classroom to social work practice in an agency setting.

In addition, she has participated on several statewide committees focused on establishing and/or revising child welfare practices in Pennsylvania. This work has involved developing practice standards regarding visitation between children and families during out-of-home placement; developing and revising the Pennsylvania Standards for Child Welfare Practice; and serving on the committee to implement the state's Practice Improvement Plan (PIP). The PIP is designed to bring Pennsylvania's child welfare services into compliance with federal guidelines that were identified as deficiencies as a result of the Federal child and Family Services Review conducted in 2008. Specific focus is on how Pennsylvania's state and local child welfare systems can sustain change through a continuous quality improvement process. The work involves developing and implementing a continuous quality improvement process and related practices for the state's child welfare system. 

As part of her work with this subcommittee, she is acting as the local coordinator of statewide pilot program designed to refine the technical assistance practices that the state system uses to support local child welfare agencies so that the local agencies can make the changes necessary to incorporate CQI into their practices and planning process; and pilot a case review instrument and process to be used statewide by county child welfare agencies. 

Her other experiences include working at a children's partial hospitalization program, where she designed a curriculum for a specialty group for children diagnosed with ADHD and facilitated specialty groups for children of alcoholics, survivors of sexual assault and children diagnosed with ADHD. She also worked in the emergency department at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she intervened in crisis situations, including responding to critical medical traumas, attempted suicides, drug overdoses, psychiatric emergencies and domestic violence. While there, she also conducted psychosocial assessments of patients to determine their need for ongoing social work intervention and facilitated patient discharges, including arrangements for appropriate medical follow-up.

Courses

  • Social Work Practice with Groups and Families
  • Human Growth and Behavior

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Social Work

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Social Work