Head, Social Work Department, Northwestern State University
Always interested in becoming a social worker, I obtained my BSW and upon graduation began working full time in the area of child welfare. I began studies to obtain my MSW from LSU in a part-time evening program. After about 5 years in Child Welfare, I transitioned to Family Counseling Agency (FCA) and provided individual, group, family, and couple counseling at to people with a wide variety of problems, including family violence, adjustment problems and psychiatric issues. After over a decade of direct social work practice, I accepted a teaching position at Louisiana College and obtained my Ph.D. in social work from LSU while there. I started teaching at NSU in August 2006. During my teaching career I have also maintained a small private practice in which I provide social work services, including therapy, consultation, and supervision to social workers seeking licensure. I have held several state and national leadership roles in my professional arena, including chairing the BSW Exam committee for our national licensing exam, and writing items for that exam. Currently I serve on the State of Louisiana Social Work Licensing Board and on the National Committee on Accreditation of the Council on Social work Education (CSWE) our national accrediting body. At NSU, I am the Head of the Social Work Department, which has a nationally accredited BSW program.