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Kia J. Bentley

Kia J. Bentley

Professor
Phone: (804) 828-0453
Email: kbentley@vcu.edu

A culture of completion

“In the Ph.D. program we are not just a curriculum, but a community, a place where the importance and potential of discovery is understood, and where students learn to ‘make a difference’ through scholarship and research.  

“We have tried to build a ‘culture of completion,’ where they come in, experience the program’s curriculum, intensely collaborate with faculty, get exposed to an array of professional development activities and other educational supports, but then leave and get on with their lives of generating knowledge for social work and human services. 

“Our graduates use knowledge gained to create more responsive, more accessible, more humane and more effective programs and policies, so we are a place where we celebrate the commonality of trying to make that kind of difference.”

Education

  • Ph.D. – Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • M.S.W. – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • B.A. – Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

Research interests

  • Social work practice with people with serious mental illness and their families
  • Psychopharmacology and social work
  • Collaborative and community-based mental health care
  • Strengths, partnership, empowerment and recovery models of practice
  • Social justice, advocacy and human rights in mental health
  • Community-based research and practice evaluation
  • Women’s issues in social work and higher education
  • Pedagogy in social work education

Courses taught

  • Development and Evaluation of Social Work Practice Theories and Models (Ph.D.)
  • Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Social Work Practice and Psychopharmacology
  • Social Work Practice in Community Mental Health
  • Foundations of Social Work Research

Selected publications

Books

  • Bentley, K.J. & Walsh, J. (2006). The social worker and psychotropic medication: Toward effective collaboration with mental health clients, families and providers (3rd edition). Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole-Thomson.

  • Bentley, K.J. (Ed.) (2003). Psychiatric medication issues for social workers, counselors and psychologists. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

  • Bentley, K.J. (Ed.) (2002). Social work practice in mental health: Contemporary roles, tasks, and techniques. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole-Wadsworth.

Chapters and articles

  • Bentley, K. J. (in press). Toward a model of doctoral program evaluation. Journal of Social Work Education.

  • Bentley, K.J. (2010). The meaning of psychiatric medication in a residential program for adults with serious mental illness. Qualitative Social Work, 9(4), 479-499.

  • Bentley, K.J. & Walsh, J. (2009). Psychopharmacology and social work. In A.R. Roberts & G.J. Greene (Eds.). Social workers’ desk reference (2nd edition) (pp. 686-691). NY: Oxford University Press.

  • Bentley, K.J. & Kogut, C.P. (2008). Psychopharmacology and contemporary social work. In T. Mizrahi & L. Davis (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th edition. NY: Oxford Press.

  • Bentley, K.J., Walsh, J., Boyd, A.S. & Taylor, M.F. (2007). Schizophrenia. In B.A. Thyer & J.S. Wodarski (Eds.) Social work in mental health: An evidence-based approach (pp. 251-285). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Bentley, K.J. & Collins, K.S. (2006). Psychopharmacological treatment for child and adolescent mental disorders. In C. Franklin, M.B. Harris & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) The school services sourcebook: A guide for school-based professionals (pp. 15-30). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Bentley, K.J. & Walsh, J. (2006). The social worker and psychotropic medication: Toward effective collaboration with mental health clients, families and providers (3rd edition). Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole-Thomson.

  • Bentley, K.J., Walsh, J. & Farmer, R. (2005). Roles and activities of clinical social workers in psychopharmacotherapy: Results of a national survey. Social Work, 50(4), 295-303.

Professional affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education
  • Society for Social Work Research
  • American Association of University Professors
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill