Brent Satterly

Brent Satterly, PhD

BSW Program Director
Associate Professor
610-499-1298
basatterly@mail.widener.edu

Research Interests
Professional identity management, therapeutic relationships, GLBT issues, experiential education and efficacy of experiential education

Courses Taught
Human Behavior, Social Work Research Capstone, Human Sexuality, Sexual Minorities, Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work

As a member of the full-time faculty, I am thrilled to be a part of a community of scholars and teachers who focus on providing a standard of excellence in higher education in social work. My teaching philosophy encompasses an experiential learning approach beyond didactic methodologies in order to maximize student development. I was attracted to Widener University because of its commitment to community outreach and service learning as an educational standard as well as the academic freedom for students to move beyond book knowledge to better prepare them for the challenges and rewards of social work in a pluralistic society.

As a gay man, I have an acute sensitivity to the nature of privilege and the focuses of oppression. Through humor, structured activities, and group work, providing safe spaces for students to "step outside their comfort zones" to enhance their knowledge bases, values awareness, and skill sets is my passion.

My role as BSW Program Director allows me to craft student-centered programmatic opportunities for our undergraduate students while preparing them as generalist social workers in our BSW Program, which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Such opportunities include collaborative research with faculty mentors, local, regional and national conference presentations, community-oriented projects in Chester, and international service learning projects. One such opportunity, our Chongqing Exchange Program, allows BSW students to participate in service learning projects in China as a means by which they enhance their understanding of the global approach to social work.

Additionally, I serve as the Center for Social Work Education's liaison with the Center for Human Sexuality Studies here at Widener University. Specifically at the graduate level, the "dual degree" program allows students to acquire a Masters of Social Work and a Masters or Doctorate in Human Sexuality. As a Certified Sexuality Educator and a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), I consider it a privilege to mentor students in this specified area of study. Applying a social work-oriented strengths-based perspective to the human condition helps students to understand the healthy approach of social work to human sexuality in clients, communities and cultures. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, resolution of trauma, advocating for sexual minorities, and cross-cultural sensitivity in a sex-negative world.

Widener's approach to education is one of action. If you are interested in stepping beyond the classroom as a student, consuming research as a scholar, and engaging the field as a social worker, Widener is for you.

Education

2004 Ph.D. Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: Self-Disclosure in Gay Male Therapists: A Qualitative Assessment in Decision-Making

1995 M.S.S. Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research,Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

1993 B.A. in Psychology, Eastern College, St. Davids, PA
Thesis: Effects of Sex-Role Orientation and the Father's Role on Male Intimacy

Publications

Satterly, B. A. (2012). Sexting, not Infecting: Sexting as a form of safer sex. In W.

Taverner & R. McKee (Eds.), Taking sides: Clashing views in human sexuality (13th ed). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Dyson, D. A., & Satterly, B. A. (2010). Hey Uncle Sam. Let my wi-fi go! In W.

Taverner & R. McKee (Eds.), Taking sides: Clashing views in human sexuality (11th ed., pp. 178-185). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2010). Social work practice with gay, lesbian, bisexual,

and transgender persons. In J. Poulin (Ed.), Collaborative social work: Strengths-based generalist practice (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 

Dyson, D. A., & Satterly, B. A. (2009). Self-Disclosure in the Classroom: A Practical User's Guide for Sexuality Educators. In E. Schroeder & J. Kuriansky, (Eds.), Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future, Volume Three, Sexuality Education Principles and Practices (pp. 294- 310).Praeger Press.

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2008). Sexual minority supervision. The Clinical Supervisor, 27(1), 17-38.

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2007). Sexual Identities of gay men and lesbians:  Cultural foundations and controversies. In M. Tepper & A. Owens (Eds.), Sexual Health: Moral and Cultural Foundations, Praeger Press.

Satterly, B. A. (2007). The alternative lenses of assessment: Educating social workers about psychopathology, Teaching in Social Work, 27(3/4), 241-257.

Satterly, B. A. (2007). The intention and reflection model of self-disclosure: social work
education for gay male student identity management, The Journal of Social Work Education, 43(2), 187-204.

Satterly, B. A. (2006). Therapist self-disclosure from a gay male perspective, Families in Society, 87(2), 240-248.

Recent Presentations

National Presentations

Dyson, D. A., & Satterly, B. A. (2012, May). Ethics reporting: The truth and the flame of it. Paper presented at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Conference, Austin, TX. 

Satterly, B. A., & Pillai-Freedman, S. (2011, April). E-Mentoring: Using technology to support AASECT mentoring relationships for emerging sexuality professionals. Paper presented at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Conference, San Diego, CA. 

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2010, June). Alternative lenses of assessment:  Educating sexologists to assess sexual functioning. Paper presented at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Conference, Pittsburg, PA. 

Satterly, B. A., & Dewar, R. (2009, October).Adapting experiential education for persons with physical disabilities in BSW education. Paper presented at the Coalition of Urban and MetropolitanUniversities. Philadelphia, PA. 

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2009, May). Sexual Minority Supervision. Paper presented at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Conference, Glendale, AZ. 

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2008, November). Sexual Minority Supervision. Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Conference, Suan Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2008, June). Sexual identities of lesbians and gay men. Paper presented at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Conference, New Orleans, LA. 

Satterly, B. A., & Dewar, R. (2008, March). Adapting experiential education for persons with physical disabilities in BSW education. Paper presented at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference, Destin, FL. 

Satterly, B. A. (2007, September). Sex & seniors: What professionals need to know. Paper presented at American Society on Aging Annual Autumn Series, Philadelphia, PA.

Satterly, B. A., Dyson, D. A., & McCaffree, K. (2007, July). Foundations of sexuality. Workshop presented at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Summer Institute, Richmond, VA.

Regional Presentations 

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2012, December). Ethics reporting for the human service professional: The truth and the flame of it. Workshop presented at the Center for Social Work Education, Widener University, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2012, January). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line & Widener University Sexual Abuse Certification Program, Chester, PA.

Satterly, B. A. (2011, October).The level of response: A systematic analysis of suicide and LGBT youth. Paper presented at The Rockford Center, Newark, DE. 

Satterly, B. A. (2011, April). I love you, may it please the court: The case for marriage equality. Workshop presented at Doylestown Friends and Rainbow Room, Doylestown, PA.

Satterly, B. A. (2011, March).The level of response: A systematic analysis of suicide and LGBT youth. Paper presented at Delaware County Association of School Psychologists, Morton, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2011, January). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line & Widener University Sexual Abuse Certification Program, Chester, PA.

Satterly, B. A. (2010, November). The level of response: A systematic analysis of suicide and LGBT youth. Paper presented at Upper DarbySchool District, Primos, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2010, July). Planning, facilitation & processing: Tools for community educators. Workshop presented at the North Atlantic Training Institute of Sexual Health Educators, New York. 

Satterly, B. A. (2010, January). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line & Widener University Sexual Abuse Certification Program, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A., & Davis, M. P. (2009, October). Pride & prejudice: Diversity on the college campus. Workshop presented at Widener University's Lifelong Learning Institute, Chester, PA.

Satterly, B. A. (2009, July). Planning, facilitation & processing: Tools for community educators. Workshop presented at the North Atlantic Training Institute of Sexual Health Educators, New York. 

Satterly, B. A. (2009, February). The level of response: A systematic analysis of suicide and LGBT youth. Paper presented at Delaware County Suicide Prevention Conference, Villanova, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2009, January). Advancing advancement: Diversity, communication and relationships at Widener. Workshop presented Widener University's Advancement Diversity Retreat Program, Chester, PA.

Satterly, B. A. (2009, January). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line & Widener University Sexual Abuse Certification Program, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2008, August). Planning, facilitation & processing: Tools for community educators. Workshop presented at the North Atlantic Training Institute of Sexual Health Educators, New York. 

Satterly, B. A., & Davis, M. P. (2008, May). Pride & prejudice: Diversity on the college campus. Workshop presented at Widener University's Lifelong Learning Institute, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2008, April). LGBT people and Harcum college. Workshop presented at Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2008, January). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line & Widener University Sexual Abuse Certification Program, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2007, November). The level of response: A systematic analysis of suicide and LGBT youth. Paper presented at Delaware County Suicide Prevention Conference, Villanova, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2007, November). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line & Widener University Sexual Abuse Certification Program, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A., & Davis, M. P. (2007, October). Pride & prejudice: Diversity on the college campus. Workshop presented at Widener University's Lifelong Learning Institute, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2007, October). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line Case Management Conference, Springfield, PA. 

Satterly, B. A., & Dyson, D. A. (2007, August). Gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues and the resident assistant. Workshop presented at Widener University's Office of Resident Life, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2007, March). Healthy sexuality: A foundation for treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Workshop presented at Family Support Line & Widener University Sexual Abuse Certification Program, Chester, PA. 

McLaughlin, L., & Satterly, B. A. (2007, March). Integrating service learning in BSW education. Paper presented atWidener University's Honors Week, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2007, January). Gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues in social work practice. Workshop presented at Widener University's Social Work Consultation Services, Chester, PA. 

Satterly, B. A. (2007, January). Gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues and the resident assistant. Workshop presented at Widener University's Office of Resident Life, Chester, PA.

Academic Awards and Honors


  • 2012    The Clarence R. Moll Professor of the Year Award  Widener University,
                Student Government Association
  • 2011    Gamma Etta Rho, Human Sexuality Honors Society
                Widener University, Center for Education
  • 2008    Schiller Award, Best Workshop Presentation
                American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists 
  • 2008    Academic Service Learning Senior Fellow
                Widener University, Center for Social Work Education 
  • 2007    Blossoming Professional Award
                Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality 
  • 2006    Academic Service Learning Fellow
                Widener University, Center for Social Work Education
  • 2005    Phi Alpha, National Social Work Honors Society, Honorary Member
                Widener University, Center for Social Work Education

Professional Membership

  • 2008 – Present           Council on Social Work Education
  • 2007 – Present           European Union of Social Workers (EUSW)
  • 2006 – Present           Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. (BPD)
  • 2005 – Present           Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education (PAUSWE)
  • 2003 – Present           Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
  • 1997 – Present           American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
  • 2007 – 2011                Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) 

Professional Service

  • 2012 - Present            Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work (JBSW)
                                        Consulting Editor
  • 2007 – 2012                American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT)
                                        National Mentor Committee Chair
  • 2009 – 2011                Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
                                        Mentorship Committee Member
  • 2008 – 2009                American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT)
                                        National Annual Program Meeting Conference Co-Chair
  • 2007 – 2008                Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education (PAUSWE)
                                        State Secretary 

Community Service

  • 2012                            Foyer of Philadelphia; conducted the Edward Long Memorial
                                        Fundraiser for this national organization for GLBT Youth. Raised over $900.00. 
  • 2010 – 2011                Philadelphia AIDS Fund; The Trevor Project; conducted numerous
                                        fund-raisers for these two national organizations. Raised over $2500.00                 
  • 2007 – 2009                Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Consultant; solicited for volunteer
                                        consultation to develop and implement attachment-based GLBT youth suicide
                                        prevention therapeutic model.                        
  • 2006 – 2007                Gay Men's Leadership Training, solicited for volunteer consultation to design and
                                         implement workshops, intervention designs, and evaluation tools for gay male 
                                         health. 
  • 1998 – 2004                Mountain Meadow Summer Camp, a summer camp for children of gay, lesbian, 
                                         bisexual, and transgender families; served as Chair of Board of Directors and    
                                        Camp Director.

Licensure & Certification 

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
  • Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists 
  • Certified Sex Therapist (CST)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists