College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Julie Tilsen

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Courses taught: YOST 4321/5321: Work with Youth - Individual, and YOST 4196: Youthwork Internship

Education: PhD In Social Construction, Queer Studies emphasis from Tilburg University


Private practice therapy & consultant to youth-serving agencies; core faculty for Fairfield University’s certificate program in counseling queer and trans people

Julie Tilsen, Ph.D. is the author of Queering Your Therapy Practice: Queer Theory, Narrative Therapy, and Imagining New Identities (2021, Routledge); Narrative Approaches to Youth Work: Conversational Skills for a Critical Practice (2018, Routledge), and Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity & Constructing Preferred Identities (2013, Rowman & Littlefield) as well as a variety of professional articles and book chapters on narrative practice and the application of queer theory, and cultural studies methodologies. She is an associate of the Taos Institute and recipient of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Service Award. Her work is featured in several counselor training videos produced by Alexander Street Press and Sage/UPG Media. Julie is a hard-core fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers Women’s Hockey team and likes drinking cold press. She has a greyhound named Feet and a cat Presto, who actually is a wizard, not a cat. The sorting hat has decidedly placed Julie in the House of Ravenclaw.