WSU School of Social Work faculty member to lecture, direct continuing educationOctober 8, 2012
Lauree Emery, formerly a part-time faculty member in the Wayne State University School of Social Work, has accepted a full-time position with the school as a lecturer and director of continuing education and professional development.
Emery, who received her M.S.W. from Wayne State in 2002, will oversee the development of classes and workshops for the school’s robust continuing education program, which since its launch in 2007 has been used by social workers to bring innovative skills, theories and research to their practice and to maintain licensure with the State of Michigan. Emery will also teach in the interpersonal practice track of the master’s program and lecture on existential humanism in the doctoral program.
“As lecturer in the School of Social Work, I have the opportunity to challenge and engage doctoral students by introducing existential humanism as a means to inform research and influence theoretical perspectives,” Emery said. “Additionally, my goals as director of the continuing education program are to develop high-quality online programs that meet the changing needs of our social work alumni and to provide professional development for social workers throughout the state.”
Emery has served the school in many capacities, including lead teacher for the human behavior in the social environment sequence, providing support and direction for curriculum compliance with social work Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), and interim special assistant to the dean. She has a private counseling practice and has worked extensively with the Latino community specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and music therapy. Her practice crosses international borders: She has engaged in outreach to orphans in Mexican garbage dumps for the past 30 years as a vital aspect of her social work experience.
Emery, who earned a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Spanish and music therapy from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, taught Spanish from 1990-2012 at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, where she served as chair of the Modern and Classical Languages Department.
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students.
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