Lawrence Shulman, MSW, EdD, is Dean and Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo School of Social Work. He is a practitioner-researcher who has developed the "interactional" model of practice and supervision building on the original work of William Schwartz.
Shulman is widely used as a trainer and consultant on direct practice with individuals, families and groups, supervision and administration, field instruction, child welfare, and teaching. His research has focused on operationalizing and testing skills for helping professionals at all levels of an organization or agency. More recently, he has explored the impact of contextual factors such as agency policy, cost containment efforts, and traumatic events on the caseload to develop a grounded, holistic model.
Shulman has written or edited 13 books and monographs including books on supervision and management and a
widely used social work practice text, The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families and Groups. His most recent research results are reported in Interactional Social Work Practice: Toward an Empirical Theory. He was the author of the consultation section in the 18th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work and has been a contributor to The Social Work Dictionary. Shulman is on the editorial boards of four major journals including The Clinical Supervisor and has published often in professional journals.