College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Abbie Shain

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Areas of interest

Courses taught: SW 8821: Social Work and Difference, Diversity, and Privilege and SW 8901: Treatment of Trauma

Education: B.A. from Macalester College in Religious Studies, 2014. MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in 2019.


Abbie is the founder and principal at Aviva Therapy and Healing, providing capacity building and consulting for social service and social justice organizations. She also works as a contract therapist at LynLake Centers for Wellbeing and the Institute for Integrative Therapeutics and is an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg University. In her professional life, she is a trauma therapist and community organizer with a specialty in gender, sexuality, and religious trauma. Outside of work, she spends as much time outside as possible, loves to be part of radical Jewish community, reading novels and nonfiction, and cooking elaborate colorful meals for family and friends.