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Val joined the Social Work teaching team in the spring of 2020 and you can imagine the first semester that was. She is a graduate of CMU and a “townie” (affectionately) who is committed to both the local and CMU community.

Val’s early practice in social work was in child welfare. She completed her Master’s degree in clinical social work and worked within the Community Mental Health system as an infant mental health and home based therapist. She was trained in Dialectical Behavior therapy and served on the DBT team where she developed a passion for integrating mindfulness into her practice. If you ask any of her students, you will find that she still does this in the classroom.

Val has also served as a field supervisor for students at MSU School of Social Work. Her engagement with students and philosophy about teaching mirrors her social work focus, which is that through the development of relationship all manner of brilliant things can occur. She is presently pursuing her Doctorate in Education Technology to integrate the two passions of her life, social work and teaching.

Outside of the classroom, Val continues to engage in private practice in mental health. She also has a family full of personality, goats, chickens, and a few other pet family members that keep her busy. She enjoys reading, building things, color coded planners, and inspirational quotes by the dozens. 

Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker

Trained in Infant Mental Health and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Bachelor’s in Social Work from Central Michigan University

Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University 

Doctoral Student at Central Michigan University 

Interested in the use of technology in Social Work Education.

Council on Social Work Education 

Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker, State of Michigan

Courses Taught

SWK 100, 250, 331WI, 374, 375, and 450WI