Alesia Yakos-Brown

Alesia Yakos-Brown, MSW/LISW

Associate Professor of Practice
Field Coordinator

Office: Schauffler Hall, Room 207
Phone: 419-783-2425
Email: aybrown@defiance.edu

Professor Yakos-Brown had 15 years of social work practice experience prior to instructing at Defiance College. She began her career as a social service worker at the Van Wert County Juvenile Court Youth Bureau, responsibilities including probation, youth-at-risk, home-based services, adoption, foster care, drug and alcohol education, youth employment services, and Project You & Me (Big Brothers/Big Sisters). Upon obtaining her MSW she became employed with the STARR Commonwealth Schools for Boys, serving as a Senior Clinician within juvenile rehabilitation.

In 1990, she became employed with the Community Health Professionals, a home health agency servicing 15 counties in Northwest Ohio. As the Social Service Supervisor she worked within home health, hospice, PASSPORT, vocational training and placement, and AIDS education services. As an Adjunct Faculty of Sociology she taught at the Lake Campus of Wright State University. Yakos-Brown joined Defiance College in 2002 as Assistant Professor of Social Work and Field Coordinator. She teaches the following courses in Social Work: Practice III, Cultural Diversity, Social Problems, Junior Field Experience, Senior Field Instruction, and Senior Seminar.

Education
B.S., Social Work and Psychology, Defiance College, 1986
M.S.W., Concentration: Clinical Practice of Child and Family Services, Ohio State University, 1990

Certification
Licensed Independent Social Worker
State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board

Professional Memberships
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD)
Northwest Ohio Housing Coalition
Behavioral  Health Professionals of Northwest Ohio
Defiance County Family and Children First Council and Steering Committee

Academic Travel
Panama, McMaster Faculty Fellow, 2016
Panama-Nicaragua, Honors, 2015

Awards
Distinguished Faculty Award, 2013

Recent Publications, Presentations, and Creative Works
- Yakos-Brown, A. Panama Learning Community. Presented at the McMaster Symposium – The Question of Individual Liberties as Critical to Improving the Human Condition. April 14, 2016.; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Panama – Nicaragua honors exploratory trip. Presented at the McMaster Symposium – The Question of Individual Liberties as Critical to Improving the Human Condition. April 8, 2015. Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Yakos-Brown, A.  Communication techniques to avoid workplace conflict. Presented for Promedica’s Defiance Regional Medical Center. May, 2014; Promedica DRMC, Defiance, Ohio.
- Golden, S. & Yakos-Brown, A. An action plan to D.I.E. for. Diversity Council Workshop. April, 2014; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Ethical decision making in practice. Distinguished Faculty Presentation. March, 2014; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Defiance College Diversity Council. Crossing Borders. Presented at the McMaster Symposium - The Question of Individual Liberties as Critical to Improving the Human Condition. April, 2013; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Bechtel, J., Johnson, D. & Yakos-Brown, A. Can we talk (about religion)? Diversity Council Workshop. February, 2013; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Delarber, B., Shaffer, C., & Yakos-Brown, A. Ageism. Diversity Council Workshop. November, 2012; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Yakos-Brown, A. LGBT and first year seminar. Panel Discussion. November, 2012; Schomburg Auditorium, Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Woodfield, C. & Yakos-Brown, A. Ethical decision making within home health care. Presented for the Community Health Professionals.  October, 2012; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Woodfield, C. & Yakos-Brown, A. Ethical decision making within home health care. Presented for the Community Health Professionals. October, 2012; Community Health Professionals, Van Wert, Ohio.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Poverty in America: It’s not what you think. Panel Discussion. October, 2012; First Presbyterian Church and Zion Lutheran Church, Defiance, Ohio.
- Defiance College Diversity Council. Embracing diversity: Best practices for both the individual and the institution. Presented at the McMaster Symposium – The Question of Individual Liberties as Critical to Improving the Human Condition. March 29, 2012. Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Intercultural Community Task Force: Clay, M; Golden, S.; Harper, M. C.; Shaffer, C.; Suzo, M. & Yakos-Brown, A. Embracing Diversity: Best practices for both the individual and the institution. Presented at the McMaster Symposium - The Question of Individual Liberties as Critical to Improving the Human Condition. March 31, 2011. Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio.
- Robison, L. & Yakos-Brown, A. Social worker ethics training for those in the developmental disabilities, mental health &healthcare professions. Presented for the Northwest Ohio Waiver Administration Council. February, 2010; Northwest State Community College, Archbold, OH.
- Plant, M., Tabit, M. & Yakos-Brown, A. The power of possibility, process and partnership. Presented at McMaster Symposium Collegiate Global Summit - Humanity at the Crossroads: Challenges to Sustainable Community Development. Presented with Defiance College students of the Campus Connects Student Philanthropy Project. April, 2009, Defiance, OH.
- Forward, K., Gunsch, G., Knueve, K., Weaner, P., Weirauch, K. & Yakos-Brown, A. Combating domestic violence here at home.  Presented during the Defiance College Honors Symposium. April, 2008, Defiance, OH.
- Powell, L. & Yakos-Brown, A. ETHICS: In the helping professions. Workshop for Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio. October, 2006, Toledo, OH.
- Parker, C., Wojtas, J. & Yakos-Brown, A. Increasing access. Served as a panelist at the Collegiate Global Summit of the Bonner Summer Leadership Institute – It’s Up to You: Students Impacting the Globe. June, 2006, Defiance, OH.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Access to housing. Served as a panelist during the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity Symposium – On the Border of Discovery: The Fact of Global Citizenship. April, 2006, Defiance, OH.
- Powell, L & Yakos-Brown, A. ETHICS: In the helping professions. Workshop for the Fulton/Henry Networking Association of Northwest Ohio. September, 2005; Northwest State Community College, Archbold, OH.
- Yakos-Brown, A. The culture of engagement: Integration of Night Without A Home with social work practice course. Workshop for Ohio Campus Compact. February, 2005; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
- Powell, L, Sanford, R. & Yakos-Brown, A. Senior case presentations: Integration of academic content with practice in the field. Workshop for 22nd Annual Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference. November, 2004, Detroit, MI.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Application of the Defiance College Generalist Model to the field practicum. Workshop for Defiance College Social Work Agency Field Instructors. November, 2003, Defiance, OH.
- Powell, L., Weaner, J. & Yakos-Brown, A. One program’s model of outcome assessment. Workshop for 21st Annual Conference of the of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference. October, 2003, Reno, NV.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Understanding family dynamics in terminal illness. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals. October 18 & 23, 2001; Defiance & Van Wert, OH.
Wasserman, B. & Yakos-Brown, A. Helping those who are seriously ill and their loved ones. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals and over 20 nursing homes in Northwest Ohio. January – May, 2001.
- Pike, P & Yakos-Brown, A. Lessons on living and loving: The dying process. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals and over 20 nursing homes in Northwest Ohio. January – May 2000.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Understanding Medicare & Medicaid. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals. Spring of 2000, Van Wert, OH.
- White, F. & Yakos-Brown, A. Meeting psychosocial and communication needs of the terminally ill. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals and over 20 nursing homes in Northwest Ohio. January – May 1999.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Patient Self-Determination. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals. Spring 1999, Van Wert, OH.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Patient Self-Determination. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals.  Winter 1998, Van Wert, OH.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Psychosocial Needs Assessment. Workshop for Community Health Professionals and over 20 nursing homes in Northwest Ohio. January – May 1998.
- Yakos-Brown, A. Understanding Medicare & Medicaid. Workshop for the Community Health Professionals. Spring of 1997, Van Wert, OH.

Courses Taught
- Social Work Practice III
- Cultural Diversity
- Social Problems
- Junior Field Experience
- Senior Field Instruction
- Senior Seminar
- McMaster Panama Learning Community