Reflections: My Career in Clinical Social Work

  • Joan Granucci Lesser Private Practice Adjunct Associate Professor, Smith College School for Social Worok
Keywords: social class, intersectionality, social justice, multiculturalism, intersubjectivity

Abstract

This article presents the author’s reflections when she closed an independent clinical social work practice in a small northeastern city. She discusses how the intersectionality of her social identity and her transition from working-class roots to professional status influenced her personally and professionally. She highlights intersubjectivity, multiculturalism, and social justice as theoretical frameworks that guided her practice, and she illustrates with practice examples.

Author Biography

Joan Granucci Lesser, Private Practice Adjunct Associate Professor, Smith College School for Social Worok

Joan Granucci Lesser, PhD, LICSW is founder and practicing clinician with The Pioneer Valley Professionals in Holyoke.  Dr. Lesser has over 30 years experience treating children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work where she was formerly full time faculty and chair of social work practice. Dr. Lesser’s specialties include trauma, mood disorders, chronic illness, parent-child-family conflicts, grief and bereavement; multicultural issues; and neurobiological conditions such as ADHD. Dr. Lesser has presented her work nationally and internationally and is the author of several publications including books, book chapters and articles.

 


Published
2018-07-31