Jim Raines calls himself an accidental academic with the heart of a practitioner. He earned his MSSW at Columbia University in New York City and his Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. Jim has been President of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers and Midwest Council of School Social Workers. He has written three books published by Oxford University Press on evidence-based practice, school social work, and ethical decision-making. He has keynoted state, national, and international conferences. He is professor of social work and the outgoing Department Chair of Health, Human Services and Public Policy at California State University Monterey Bay.