Margaret "Peggy" O'Neill, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor and Associate Dean
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In January 2015, Dr. Peggy O'Neill began an appointment as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the academic years 2015-2016.
Dr. O'Neill joined the Smith College School for Social Work resident faculty in July 2012. Her experience includes many years of working with diverse communities facing community trauma post 9/11 co-developing, implementing and evaluating resiliency based, culturally and linguistically attuned psychoeducational groups and 25 years of clinical and administrative social work practice in health/mental health care. She directed an employee assistance program (EAP) for 7 years serving employees and families of a large teaching hospital, and multiple for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She developed the organizational development and consulting component of the EAP to support and emphasize the human aspects of the workplace.
Peggy comes to Smith after 8 years as a senior lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work where she taught across the clinical and social enterprise administration methods and co-chaired the clinical practice area. She is particularly interested in deepening authentic connections and relationships across differences with particular attention to challenging oppression and finding resilience in the face of trauma. Peggy continues to work as a clinical social worker/psychotherapist and consultant.
Her research interests include the collaborative development of evidence informed community capacity and resilience building through engaging the strengths of individuals, families, community organizations and leaders in preparing for and actively dealing with community trauma.
Ph.D., New York University
M.S., Columbia University School of Social Work
B.A., Boston College
Lukens, E., O'Neill, M., Thorning, H., Waterman-Cecutti, J., Gubiseh-Ayala, D., Batiste, M., Chen, T. (2004). Cultural collaboration post September 11th: A model of brief integrative psychoeducation for diverse communities. Traumatology, 10(2), 103-123
Orlin, L., O'Neill, M. & Davis, J. (2004). Assessment and intervention with drug abusing clients in psychiatric settings. In, Straussner, L.A.(Ed.) Clinical social work with substance abusing clients (rev.ed.). NY, New York: Guilford Press.
O'Neill, M. (1993). Countertransference and attitudes in the context of clinical work with dually diagnosed patients. In J. Solomon, S. Zimberg, E. Shollar (Eds.) Dual diagnosis: evaluation, treatment, training, and program development, New York: Plenum Press.
O'Neill, M. (1993). Dual Diagnosis Training: and integrated curriculum design and implementation. In J. Solomon, S. Zimberg, E. Shollar (Eds.) Dual diagnosis: Evaluation, treatment, training, and program development, New York: Plenum Press.
Zimberg, S., Solomon, J., Shollar, E. & O'Neill, M. (1993). Developing dual diagnosis treatment services within existing out-patient psychiatric and addictive disorder programs. In J. Solomon, S. Zimberg, E.Shollar (Eds.) Dual diagnosis: Evaluation, treatment, training, and program development, New York: Plenum Press.
Intervention and Training Manuals
Lukens, E., O'Neill, P., Thorning, H., Kapadia, A, Gheith, A. (2007). Enhancing communication & coping capacities: The power of care, emotional knowledge and communication networks for community and spiritual leaders. New York, NY: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Lukens, E., O'Neill, P., Thorning, H., Kapadia, A, Gheith, A. (2007). Enhancing communication & coping capacities: The power of care, emotional knowledge and communication networks for NYC-DOHMH leaders. New York, NY: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
O'Neill, P., Thorning, H., Lukens, E., Waterman-Cecutti, J, Gubiseh-Ayala, D., Abu-Ras, W., Fang, L., Batista, M., Chen, T , Diaz, A. (2005). HOPE-NY curriculum manual: A resiliency based psychoeducational intervention for diverse communities facing community trauma. Albany, NY: Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, New York State Department of Mental Health.
O'Neill, M. (1998). Book review: Work and its inhibitions: psychoanalytic essays by Socarides, C.W. and Kramer, S. (eds.) Madison, Connecticut: International Universities Press, Inc. in Journal of Analytic Social Work.
Columbia University Press (in press) Berzoff, J. (in press).
Western Schools (2009). Psychosocial aspects of disaster: Training curriculum for behavioral health professionals. Bedford, MA.
Western Schools (2009). Disaster mental health for behavioral health professionals: Training curriculum. Bedford, MA.
"Resilience: Expanding the Light Shining through the Cracks." Dana Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center, Social Work Grand Rounds, Boston, MA – Invited speaker
"Innovative Teaching Technique" The Work of School, University , Agency Leaders: A Global Perspective on Working with Multicultural Populations. Leadership Conference, Montclair State University April 2010. (Developed in collaboration with Jamie Lanphear, Jen Scott, and Sharon Jordan)
"Constructing Critical Conversations in a Justice Paradigm as Action for Social Work Practice" Peace and Justice Conference, Teachers College, New York, NY. April 2010 (Developed in collaboration with Jamie Lanphear, Jen Scott, and Sharon Jordan)
"Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, & Burnout: Prevention, Healing & Life Enhancement." Bellevue Hospital Center Social Work Grand Rounds, March 2009 New York, NY - Invited speaker
"Enhancing Communication & Coping Capacities: The Power of Care, Emotional Knowledge and Community Networks - Evaluation of Trainings Designed with & for City, Community & Spiritual Leaders Active during Crisis" -- Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) January, 2009 New Orleans, LA (Developed in collaboration with Ellen Lukens PhD. & Helle Thorning, PhD, and NYC community collaborators)
Forging New Pedagogical Approaches: Facilitating Challenging Dialogues in the Classroom -- an Organizational Change Process - Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) - October, 2008 Philadelphia, PA (Developed in collaboration with Cheryl Franks, PhD, Ellen Lukens, PhD, Marion Riedel, PhD, Mary Sormanti, PhD, & Susan Witte, PhD)
"Immersion Social Work Education in the Context of Disaster and Trauma" CSWE -San Francisco, 2007
"Vicarious Traumatization - Prevention, Healing, and Life Enhancement" New York State Psychiatric Institute Social Work Department - Student Unit Rounds, January 2005.
"Adaptation: The Constant of Change," JASA Institute, June 2005. (Developed and presented in collaboration with Ellen Lukens, Ph.D., LCSW)
"When disaster strikes in unprecedented ways: Evaluating a culturally sensitive psychoeducational group intervention during a national crisis" Annual Meeting for the Society for Social Work Research, Miami, Florida, January 2004. (Developed in collaboration with Ellen Lukens, Ph.D., Helle Thorning, Ph.D, and NYC community collaborators)
"Vicarious Trauma: Prevention, Healing and Life Enhancement," New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Social Work, Grand Rounds, December, 2003.
"Integrative Psychoeducation: A Community Trauma Intervention," Annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, Illinois, October, 2003 (Developed and presented in collaboration with Ellen Lukens, Ph.D., LCSW).
"Group Psychoeducation as a Community Intervention: Prevention and Healing in the Aftermath of Trauma," Annual meting of the Associatin for the Advancement of Groups in Social Work, New York, NY, January, 2003 (Developed and presented in collaboration with Ellen Lukens, Ph.D., CSW, Helle Thorning, Ph.D., CSW and April Naturale, LCSW).
Multiple training sessions for professional and paraprofessional staff in theory and methods of psychoeducation regarding acute and persistent reactions to stress and trauma, care across systems, individual, family and community; the impact of trauma and of care/vicarious and simultaneous trauma; and resiliency in the face of trauma -- HOPE-NY
Multiple presentations, interventions for small and large groups in the immediate weeks after September 11, 2001 - town hall meetings, small work groups, meetings with departments, executives, human resource professionals and executives
"Help for the Helping Professional" prepared for and presented several times for groups of human resource professionals of a large media conglomerate after the disaster of September 11, 2001
Multiple presentations, training sessions, workshops and seminars as part of the BRIDGES® EAP programming addressing areas such as leadership development, empowerment strategies, coaching, stress management, parenting adolescents, balancing work and family, financial management, organizational change, etc. 1994 - present
"Marketing Yourself and Your EAP," EAPA - New York City Chapter, October 1996
"Countertransference Issues in Clinical Practice with Individuals With Co-existing Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders," NYU Graduate School of Social Work - Treating Substance Abusing Clients Conference, Spring 1996; NASW Alcoholism Conference, Fordham University, May 1995; Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Department of Social Work Grand Rounds, May 1995.
"Dual Diagnosis: An Integrated Model," a one-day institute at the 70th, 71st and 72nd Annual meetings of the American Association of Orthopsychiatry - San Francisco, May 1993; Washington, DC, April 1994; Chicago, April 1995. (Developed in collaboration with D. Hien, Ph.D. and M. Fayne, Ph.D.)
"Split Treatment: Pharmacotherapists and Psychotherapists," workshop for Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, San Francisco, May 1993. (Developed in collaboration with R. Steinberg, MD, L. Orlin, MSW, and A. Medina, MD.)
"Countertransference Issues in Clinical Practice with Patients who are Dually Diagnosed," multiple presentations as component of the SLRHC - MICA Project Lecture Series, 1992 - 1993.
"Countertransference and Work with the Dually Diagnosed Patient: Clinical and Systems Issues," SLRHC Department of Social Work Grand Rounds, January 1992; Montefiore Medical Center, Department of Social Work Grand Rounds, May 1992.
"Countertransference and Attitudinal Issues in the Treatment of the Dually Diagnosed Patient," Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Department of Social Work Grand Rounds, April 1991.
"Is the Ugly Duckling Really a Swan?" panelist addressing the underlying dynamics contributing to the rift between social workers in psychiatry and medicine. Presented at meeting of the Society for Hospital Social Work Directors, New York, March 1991.
"Recovery as a Developmental Process: Countertransference as a Therapeutic Resource," Meeting of the Society of Clinical Social Workers of Westchester, NY, February 1991.
"Interpretation of the Multi-axial Diagnostic Method of DSM-III-R," conference for insurance providers, New York, February 1991.