Undergraduate Field Practicum Coordinator
Experience – Worked in adolescent substance abuse for two years. She worked as an Adoption Specialist for a private agency that provided foster care placements, adoption, pregnancy care, and counseling services for almost six years. She worked with the perspective adoptive parents to complete the Department of Children and Family Services requirements for the parents to be able to adopt domestically and internationally. She completed home studies, home visits, and trainings for the perspective adoptive families. She also worked with the birthparents who were experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and counseled them during their decision making process. As well as maintaining her position as the Adoption Specialist, she also supervised the Foster Home Licensing staff. In January of 2013, Nina became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Nina was the Clinical Supervisor and counselor in which provided therapeutic counseling to several foster children during her time with the private agency. Nina does contractual work for running Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups and sees clients individually who have mental health diagnosis and substance use disorders. She is the Co-Chair for the American Case Management Association Educational Board-Gateway Chapter. She is a committee member on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk-MS for the Gateway Chapter. Nina is the Faculty Advisor for Social Work Student Alliance.
Teaching Areas – Undergraduate Practicum Seminar, Human Behavior, Minorities, interviewing Skills, and Social Welfare
Research Interests – Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders across the life span, Military Social Work, Trauma, Adoption Triad, Children and Adolescents in Foster Care