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Associate Professor of Social Work
Phone: (712) 722-6371
I feel privileged that God has called me to a profession in which I am entrusted to walk alongside people during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Seeing the brokenness first hand creates a natural dependence on the Lord--this is one of the many things I love about Social Work. I am passionate about protecting children from abuse and violence and think it's important to inform students and the broader community about our responsibility in these matters as well. I have a special interest and training in mental health treatment and find it especially meaningful to work with individuals that have been affected by sexual assault, abuse, violence, and other forms of trauma. I have experience working with the various systems that impact children and families (juvenile justice, child welfare, clinical therapy) and feel it is important that students leave Dordt University with an adequate understanding of how to successfully navigate through these systems and articulate ways to implement a trauma informed lens in their work with people. I enjoy helping students make connections between what is learned in the classroom and how to practically apply the material to their current and desired careers. I pray that students will identify their God-given passions and feel empowered to transform lives at the micro and macro levels.
I received my BSW from Dordt University (formerly Dordt College) and my MSW from the University of South Florida. I am currently working on my doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University. My research interests include understanding how the various systems that interact with children after sexual abuse disclosure (child welfare, forensic team, therapy, CJ) impact their ability to heal. I have a special interest in neurobiology and its use and applications in social work and clinical practice. I am a licensed independent social worker (LISW). I am trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I currently teach Fundamentals of Social Work, Sociology, Diversity and Inequality, Vulnerable Populations, Juvenile Justice, Victimology, and Motivational Interviewing & Solution Focused Therapy (MSW).
I am married and have four beautiful children. I enjoy reading, running, traveling, serving, and sunshine.