Ellen Craine

A photo of Ellen Craine

Part-Time Lecturer

Social Work

319 Marshall


[email protected]


  • Numerous continuing education classes ongoing to maintain social work licensure in the State of Michigan
  • Basic Parenting Coordinator Training Completed
  • Divorce and Family Mediation Training Completed 1997
  • MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1991
  • JD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 1987
  • BS Social Work, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1984


Ellen has been in private practice as a clinical social worker for over 25 years. Her background includes practice experience in private practice, hospice social work, in-patient child adolescent work, social policy advocacy, and education.

She opened Craine Counseling and Consulting Group in 2019. Ellen currently provides clinical social work services to couples, families and individuals (children, teens and adults).  She has experience in the areas of loss and grief due to a wide variety of issues; work in the domestic abuse area; addressing integrative medicine working with oncology patients (she has presented at an integrative fellowship training sponsored by Beaumont Hospital on this topic with a focus on pediatric oncology patients). Ellen also works with veterans and their families on an outpatient basis through Give an Hour. In addition, she does social work ethics consultations for social workers utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics (2017) and a model she developed called “Navigating the Social Work Ethics Maze: The 5 Pillars for Consideration”. This model has been copyrighted. She utilizes a strength based and empowerment focused therapy tools with all of her clients.

Ellen has served on the MI-NASW Ethics Committee for approximately 13 years beginning in 2003. She currently is a Board member of MI-NASW and is the Region 10 Representative through June 2021.

Ellen has presented numerous continuing education course for MI-NASW, Eastern Michigan University, and Michigan State University. Topics include, but are not limited to: Legal and Ethical Issues Regarding Subpoenas for Social Workers, Legal and Ethical Issues with Informed Consent (in general, with teens, and related to telehealth), Legal and Ethical Issues with Domestic Abuse Screening and Safety Planning. Loss and Grief with Childhood Cancer (regardless of prognosis); Navigating the Social Work Ethics Maze: The 5 Pillar for Consideration; Legal and Ethical Issues with Medical Marijuana: An Introduction to Medical Marijuana’s History in The United Sates

Ellen is also a trained, and now retired, divorce and family mediator. She appeared on the Cooking Channel TV show Restaurant Redemption as a family mediator, which aired November 5, 2013; link to clip can be seen at www.cookingchanneltv.com

She has recently published two articles: High Mileage Questions for Social Workers via The New Social Worker magazine on-line; When A Child Is Diagnosed with Cancer via Social Work Today magazine on-line. She is currently working on a book on social work ethics.


  • “When a Child is Diagnosed with Cancer,” Available on www.socialworktoday.com , winter 2018.
  • “High Mileage Questions for Social Workers” Available on www.SocialWorker.com, summer 2017
  • “Ethical and Legal Issues in Divorce, Custody, and Parenting Time for Social Workers,” Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers newsletter, August, 2014
  • “The NASW Review Process and What It Means for Social Workers,” Co-Authored with Fred Schade, Michigan-NASW Ethics Committee Member, Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers newsletter, August, 2014.“The Ethical and Legal Responsibility for Continuing Education,” Co-Authored with Gary Lalicki, LMSW, ACSW, MBA, Michigan Chapter of the National
  • Association of Social Workers newsletter, August, 2014
  • “About Your Michgian NASW CEC” Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers newsletter, October, 2013
  • “Parenting Coordination: Michigan Update” NASW Specialty Sections Newsletter Summer 2012
  •  “Parenting Coordination: What Social Workers need to Know” NASW Specialty Sections Newsletter Summer 2010
  •  “What do loss and grief have to do with Divorce?”  www.helpstartshere.org  (a website of NASW) 2006
  •  “Divorce Mediation:  It’s Still Your Choice” www.helpstartshere.org
  •  “Divorce Mediation:  The Benefits for Clients” Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers  newsletter  January, 1999. This was revised for 2002.


  • Social Work with Women and Girls  
  • Reading and Writing in Social Work