Laura Sadtler

Shanna M. Williams, LCSW, MEd



Research Interests: Trauma, Grief & Loss, Holistic Mental Health Treatment, Integration of Spirituality & Social Work, Cultural Competence in Social Work, Sexuality across the lifespan.


In July 2014, I was honored to join the Center of Social Work Education Faculty. Prior to becoming a member of the faculty, I was an undergraduate and graduate student in Social work and Master’s of Human sexuality programs.


Before coming to Widener, I had the opportunity to gain wealth of experience in development & facilitation of diversity and sexual health programming. After graduating with my BSW, I began my career in social work in the fields of child welfare and with families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  When I returned as a graduate student, I served as an intern for Social Work Counseling Services, commonly known as SWCS. SWCS created a nurturing atmosphere that allowed me to grow as a clinician while priming me for postgraduate clinical work with youth and families affected by sexual or other forms of trauma. I continue to find clinical social work to be just as inspiring and fulfilling, as it is complex and challenging.


When I was invited to return to Widener as a SWCS supervisor in January 2014, I fell in love with the opportunity to use a combination of clinical experience with the passion for social work and education with the social work interns.  In my current role as the Director of Social Work Counseling Services and an assistant professor, I am looking forward to recreating the same enlightening, engaging and supportive experiences that shaped my career. I believe education should be equally practical and innovative, developing practitioners ready to enter into the field with fresh and creative approaches to real world issues. I’m passionate about developing a collaborative and engaging learning experience that contributes to the growth of clinicians equipped to successfully empower clients to reach their full potential.

Academic Honors & Education

2006, Bachelors of Social Work, Summa Cum Laude

2010, Masters of  Social Work

2010, Masters of Human Sexuality

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Emma L. Carter Wilson Social Work Student Achievement Award

Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, Nu Alpha Chapter


Professional Affiliations & Community Services

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Commonwealth of PA

Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers

TrulyWed Wives Marital Enrichment Ministry, Leadership Team

Balm Of Gilead Counseling Ministry