My education and experiences have led me to work primarily in mental health and academics. I worked inpatient psychiatry for five years, followed by 14 years of outpatient clinical social work. At present, I share my time between private clinical social work practice and teaching at UND, where I have had the pleasure of teaching since 2006. Professional interest areas include mental health related anxiety and depressive disorders, life transitions, and relationships. Academically, I am interested in how a person's mental health, coping skills, and support systems influence their ability to be successful in and out of the classroom.
I hold a certification in the human/animal bond and work with my dog, Annie (in training), at my private practice location in Grand Forks. I believe that connections are vital and such an important aspect in the classroom and in practice. I have experience in and out of the classroom, which allows me to be a lifelong learner.
SWK 434 Generalist Practice with Task and Treatment Groups
SWK 504 Generalist Practice with Task and Treatment Groups
SWK 533 Family work
SWK 534 Advanced Generalist Practice with Treatment Groups
Mental health including anxiety and depressive disorders, life transitions, family dynamics, relationships and communication.
Animal assisted therapy
Group work including group development, intervention, and impact.
LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), ND
LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker), MN
Human Animal Bond Certification
Master's degree in Social Work, University of North Dakota, 2003
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Dakota, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of North Dakota, 2001