Michelle McCann, MSW,
Director Social Work Counseling Services and Clinical Instructor
Women's Issues, Poverty and Oppression, Supervision, Professional/Client Helping Relationships, and Group Therapy
First Year Practice and Field Liaison
During nearly 9 years of working in the corporate world, I found myself fully engaged
in a wide variety of social service activities as a volunteer. I was especially touched
by my work as a mentor, and I felt compelled to step beyond my volunteer role and
to make social work my full-time profession. I chose Widener as the best match for
my educational needs. I embraced Widener's strengths-based, collaborative social work
practice philosophy, and I was inspired and stimulated by the depth of knowledge and
approachable style of the social work faculty I encountered.
I was also fortunate to be matched with Widener's Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) program for my field placement. Upon completion of my coursework and my field education, I knew I had made the right choices both for my education and for my career.Since graduating from Widener in 2004, I have held a variety of roles that have strengthened my professional social work skills and allowed me to share in the lives of others in rich and meaningful ways. As an adoption social worker, I provided counseling services to birth mothers and adoptive families.
I consulted with day care centers, providing training and support for teachers, staff, parents and children exhibiting emotional and behavioral challenges. I transitioned into a social work supervisory role, supporting staff as we provided case management and counseling services to at-risk pregnant women with the aim of attaining more positive pregnancy outcomes.
My most recent role has been as the Program Director and Clinical Supervisor of Circle for Change, a SWCS program providing case management, skill trainings, and individual and group counseling services for women on welfare. Over the last 4 years, I have had the honor of supervising 15 first and second year Widener MSW students, and together we have supported over 100 women in their efforts to overcome significant barriers and strive towards self-sufficiency.
In my role as SWCS Administrator and Clinical Instructor, I will be responsible for partnering with community organizations to offer capacity building and support while providing field education opportunities for MSW students. My teaching responsibilities include first-year practice and field liaison.
M.S.W., Widener University, 2004
Widener University Study Abroad Seminar, Great Britain, Spring 2003
B.S. in Advertising/Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1993
Study Abroad Program, University of Heidelberg (Germany), Summer 1991
Certifications, Memberships, and Presentations
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), State of Pennsylvania
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), State of Delaware
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Member
Presenter, DAEYC Conference, University of Delaware, 2005 & 2006
Trainer, Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning, 2005 & 2006
Trainer, Office of Childcare Licensing (Delaware), 2005 & 2006
Community Activities and Awards
2002 Recipient of Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award
Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, 1999-2007; 2002 Frederick B. Hill Award Recipient
Volunteer, Coordinated School Health Program, Brandywine Springs School, 2005-2007
Volunteer, Saturday Morning Breakfast, Wilmington, DE, 2002-2007
Mentor, Wilmington, DE: P.S. duPont Elementary Best Friends Program, Westminster Church Youth Program, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware
Volunteer, Meals on Wheels, 2000-2002
Volunteer, National Foundation for Transplants, 2002. Raised $20,000 for Delaware liver recipient.