College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Michael Van Wert

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Areas of interest

Courses taught: SW 8452: Core Concepts in Clinical Social Work Practice

Education: MSW, Boston University; MPH, Johns Hopkins University; BA, Cornell University


Center for Practice Transformation - Clinical Trainer and Research Associate

Michael joined the Center for Practice Transformation at the SSW in 2022 after working for the previous 12 years in community psychiatry programs in Baltimore and Boston (using group and individual therapy rooted heavily in cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior orientations: helping adults cope with and heal from acute mental health challenges). Michael has been involved in mixed methods research and quality improvement initiatives to study the prevention and treatment of psychological trauma, stabilization of acute behavioral health symptoms (e.g., suicide, self-harm, substance abuse), integration of routine measurement-based care into mental health practice, human cognition, the use of technology in mental health care, and the impact of health disasters on psychological well-being. As an educator, he has trained mental health clinicians and students in effective therapeutic techniques, and public health practitioners in program evaluation and research methods. Hobbies: Dopamine/serotonin. Michael loves to eat (primarily chocolate) and make/listen to a cacophony of sounds (sometimes musical)