Cynthia Edmonds-Cady

Cynthia Edmonds-Cady
Illinois State University | ISU · School of Social Work

PhD (Michigan State University), MSW (University of Michigan)
Exploring the potential healing effects of nature for trauma survivors.

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Introduction
Cynthia Edmonds-Cady currently works at the School of Social Work, Illinois State University. Cynthia does research in Social Theory, Qualitative Social Research and Social Policy. Their current project is examining the potential healing benefits of ecotherapy approaches utilizing nature and natural spaces for women trauma survivors.
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August 2007 - present
Illinois State University
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (11)
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Welfare Rights was a movement of poor women and their supporters who were fighting for the right to basic income support for mothers receiving public assistance. In this essay I will argue that the Welfare Rights Movement provides an example of an intersectional social movement that was somewhat successful in using motherhood as a mobilizing featur...
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This article examines the use of a conceptual framework informed by intersectionality in a study of women’s participation in the Welfare Rights Movement occurring in the United States from 1964–1972. The author explores how the participants’ and the researcher’s status as insiders and/or outsiders within the movement based on race, class, and gende...
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The authors discuss 2 macro-level community practice courses, examining how each applies the concepts of situated learning to foster the development of communities of practice through use of a unique model for antioppressive practice. The theoretical underpinnings and a discussion of the implementation of each stage of the model is provided. The au...
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This article presents historical evidence of how standpoints were used in women's participation in the welfare rights movement from 1964-1972. Results of a qualitative study using archival sources and oral history interviews are presented. An intersectional analysis of race, class, and gender, informed by feminist standpoint theory, provides lesson...
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143 This research examines birth control and sterilization practices aimed at low-income black women in the United States from 1939-1950, within the framework of specific race-and class-based constructions of motherhood in the Jim Crow South. How these social services aimed at reproductive health were grounded within differential ideals about famil...
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This article presents our experiences teaching an undergraduate-level ‘introduction to social work’ course, and an undergraduate senior-level ‘macro practice’ course. Together, we hold a combination of over 20 years of experience teaching in social work, and speak candidly about our experiences at the medium-size US Mid Western University, where we...
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The International Qualitative Social Work Day is the great social work researcher get-together. Social work researchers from all over the world come together to exchange ideas and enjoy good company and food. Y'all come.
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Background/Purpose: The Welfare Rights Movement was an important social movement where women from varying backgrounds came together to work for change. This study of the Welfare Rights Movement uses the framework of Intersectionality to examine ways that race, class, and gender shaped women's social movement participation during 1964-1972. By using...

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This is a new research area-we are looking for both prevention and intervention practices with youth, particularly LGBTQ youth, who are either at-risk or already involved in sex trafficking and/or survival sex. 

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Writing up the findings from a SoTL project that examined the use of an anti-oppressive model for encouraging social work students to partner with communities in an intersectional way in order to solve community-defined problems.
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This is an edited collection of evocative autoethnographies from women trauma survivors about how connecting to nature helped them heal. There are currently ten chapters in this collection, with eight separate women’s narratives, an introductory chapter, and a concluding chapter. The introduction highlights literature in ecopsychology/ecotherapy and the healing affects of nature, introduces literature on the method of evocative autoethnography, and the use of arts-based methods (such as photos and poetry) within evocative autoethnographies. The eight women who tell their stories in this collection all come from diverse backgrounds, have experienced a variety of past trauma or abuse, highlight different aspects of nature and the natural environment, and provide examples of arts-based practices. The common threads throughout these narratives are healing from trauma, and a connection to the natural world.