Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mental Health Social Workers

Maeola Brunson-Dacus, LMSW, ACSW, DCSW, SSW, is a licensed Social Worker through the State of Michigan and has worked in the field of Social Work for over 30 years in a variety of public and private agency settings with adults, children and families posing difficulties associated with co-occurring disorders, domestic violence, abuse/neglect, grief/loss, trauma, adoption and foster care. She has a wealth of clinical and mental health experience at all levels, including administrative and consultative. Included in this career span is 15 years of expertise as a School Social Worker addressing complex social, emotional, medical, behavioral and learning difficulties within a multidisciplinary team and system approach within the school, home and community. She has utilized various assessment and evaluation tools, evidenced-based interventions, as well as resource acquisition for students within the general and special education population. As a field placement advisor, she has provided consultation and supervision to social work students from several of the local universities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and a Master of Social Work from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, AR.

Yvonne West, LMSW, earned a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Sociology from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been a Licensed Social Worker through the state of Michigan for over thirty years. Ms. West has participated in trainings and workshops sponsored by professors in the Social Work field from numerous universities in Michigan and other states. Ms. West was employed with the State of Michigan for over twenty years and worked as a Family Independence Manager, Protective Services Worker and Foster Care Worker with the Michigan Department of Human Services. She has worked in public and private child welfare and mental health agencies, affording her experiences in direct service management, family preservation, residential care, behavioral health, healthcare and juvenile justice.