Elizabeth Whitney

Assoc. Prof. of Practice, Asst. Dir of Field Curric. & Trng
  • School of Social Work
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About Me

Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW is a full time faculty member of the Simmons School of Social Work in the online Master degree program, SocialWork@Simmons. She leads and is engaged in all aspects of the program’s field education department, including curriculum development, training, and working directly with students and field department faculty. Prior to joining the Simmons faculty, she focused her career on integrating recovery-oriented practices into behavioral health services through project management and the design and implementation of innovative services; training and consultation; and tools and work processes to sustain changes in attitudes and practices. For almost 20 years, Ms. Whitney was an Associate Division Director/Clinical Director at one of Massachusetts’ largest community behavioral health providers. In this role, she had the opportunity to develop new programs, lead teams, and supervise and mentor staff at all levels of experience. Her experience includes comprehensive clinical, psychiatric rehabilitation, and support services for adults with behavioral health issues, including supported housing, supported employment, care coordination, housing, social service, and other community services and supports. She has provided training and presented at conferences in recovery-oriented practices, including person-centered planning, trauma-informed approaches, shared decision making, clinical risk management, boundaries and professional relationships, and resilience for the behavioral health workforce. For two years, Ms. Whitney worked at a national consulting company providing training and technical assistance for several large-scale SAMHSA projects in the areas of employment services and substance use disorders; shared decision making; and care coordination in integrated healthcare settings. In 2015, she completed an intensive certificate program in positive psychology, which she tries to weave into as many aspects of her life and work as she can.