Forte, James A. 1951-
FORTE, James A. 1951-
PERSONAL: Born April 12, 1951, in Jersey City, NJ; son of Angelo (a pizza maker) and Florence (a social worker; maiden name, Quinn) Forte; married Eileen Gilheany, May 8, 1979. Ethnicity: "Italian-Irish American." Education: Fordham University, B.S. (psychology), 1973; Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S.W., 1978, Ph.D., 1990. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Movies, music, Apple computers.
CAREER: Operation Nutrition Alert, Richmond, VA, outreach worker, 1977; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, group facilitator for educationof-self program, 1977-78, field instructor in social work, 1978-88, member of adjunct summer faculty, 1986-95; Henrico Mental Health and Mental Retardation Agency, research assistant, 1988-89; Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, associate professor of social work, 1990—, chair of social work program, 1997-2001. Daily Planet Community and Counseling Center, social worker, 1978-80, executive director, 1980-85; Richmond Community Diversionary Incentive Program, director of group services, 1985-88; Henrico Court Alternative Program, group facilitator, 1986-87. Emergency Shelter, Inc., founding member and board president, 1979-80; Freedom House Soup Kitchen, founding member, 1981; Richmond Street Center, founding member, 1984; Ronald Mc-Donald House, volunteer, 1988—.
MEMBER: National Association of Social Workers, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Society for Social Work and Research, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Sociological Practice Association, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Council on Social Work Education, American Association of University Professors, Social Welfare Alliance, Baccalaureate Program Directors Association, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, Virginia Social Work Education Consortium, Amnesty International, Phi Kappa Phi.
AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Comprehensive Education and Training Administration, 1978-79, and Virginia Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, 1985, both for work at Daily Planet Community and Counseling Center; named outstanding Virginia social work educator, Virginia Social Work Education Consortium, 1994.
Theories for Practice: Symbolic Interactionist Translations, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 2001.
Contributor to books, including The Early Days of Freedom House, edited by R. S. Conrad, Freedom House (Richmond, VA), 1996; Roots and New Frontiers in Social Group Work, edited by M. Liederman, M. Birnbaum, and B. Dazzo, Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 1988; and Information Technologies: Teaching to Use—Using to Teach, edited by F. Raymond, L. Ginsberg, and D. Gohagen, Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 1998. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Journal of Social Work Education, Social Work with Groups, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Computers in Human Services, Families in Society, Health and Social Work, Family Process, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and Reflections. Founder and editor, Raleigh Review, 1976-80.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Models, Metaphors, and Maps: A Guide to Using and Understanding Ten Theoretical Frameworks; research on the theoretical preferences of human services professionals.