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Former Child Protection Division Manager for Ramsey County Community Human Services for nine years. Seventeen years in child welfare services with Ramsey County. National presentations/ workshops in Washington, California, Missouri, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland on disproportionality in child welfare, transformational systems change, kinship care, poverty and neglect issues and anti-racism leadership development, implementation and training. Interests include traveling, child welfare and authentic race dialogue facilitation.
Cindy teaches SWK 4441 Social Work with Communities, focusing on social work with communities/macro systems. Cindi has worked for several years in community organizing projects, including East Hillside PATCH, is a CSS alumnus, and joined us in 2006.
Maima Fant, Assistant Professor at the College of St. Scholastica has experience working as a clinical social worker and mental health therapist with individuals and families in community and private outpatient clinic settings. She has worked with individuals, families and groups to address mental health issues using treatment modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), motivational interviewing, and Play Therapy. Maima is passionate about social justice, culturally responsive care and maternal mental health initiatives.
Children, families, mental health, and public policy are areas of interest within my practice of social work. I have conducted Participatory Action Research examining Medicare’s quality standards for transitioning adolescents with mental illness into adult systems of healthcare and am a certified supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Social Work and Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. I have a BA in social work from Bethel University (1994), MSW from the University of Minnesota - Duluth (2001) and a DSW from Capella University (2013). I have been a full time faculty member with The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Department since 2014.
Michelle is the Social Work Program Field Director. Michelle joined the CSS faculty in 2004. Michelle is also a Child Welfare Master Trainer through the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services; special interests include Indigenous populations and foster care.
Marcia provides course instruction for the Undergraduate Social Work Program. Marcia graduated from the University of MN- Twin Cities campus with a B.S. in Social Work, with a concentration in Child Welfare and American Indian studies in 1977 and returned for her M.S.W. in 1980, specializing in children and families, and chemical dependency. She was awarded a Doctorate in Education degree from Hamline University in 2017. She is licensed in the state of MN as an Independent Clinical Social Work practitioner. Marcia has had over thirty years of practice experience with children and families in areas of addictions, mental health, domestic violence and special needs. She has been with the C.S.S. Social Work Program for the past 25 years, having an interest in international social work practice, immigrants and refugee populations, Native American services, Veterans, and families of children with special needs.
She may be contacted through her cell# 651-247-9313.