MSW, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Staff Associate

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Susan is excited to be part of the team at LeaderWise.  She offers counseling and is particularly interested in clergy well-being, grief and loss, addiction and recovery, trauma, caregiver stress, adjustment to illness, end of life, and spirituality.  Susan uses a variety of approaches that build on individuals’ strengths. Susan’s professional experience includes crisis mental health, working with individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness, case management, and she has served in a corrections setting. Prior to entering the clinical social work field, Susan was the director of children and family ministries in a medium-sized congregation.
When not at LeaderWise, she works at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as a clinical social worker and at Hudson WI United Methodist Church in Wisconsin.  Her role at the hospital includes supporting and advocating for patients and their families, conducting chemical health screenings, facilitating the discharge process, and forming relationships with community providers.  In the local church, she bridges the needs of the world to the church through teaching, preaching, forums, and facilitating small groups, including grief groups.  Susan has also served on district-level denominational teams focusing on church renewal and new starts.

Susan is an ordained United Methodist Deacon in the Wisconsin Conference and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN) and completed the United Methodist Deacon Studies program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL).

When she is not working or blogging about the intersection of faith, life and service, Susan is with her family doing her favorite things: cooking, baking, reading, and outdoor sports including hiking and kayaking.

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