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Jennifer Farley

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D., Social Work, Michigan State University
Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood, Inter-disciplinary Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
M.S.W., Clinical Concentration, Michigan State University
B.B.A., Business Administration and B.S., Criminal Justice, Western Michigan University

Professional Summary

Dr. Farley’s research centers on the mental health needs and treatment interventions for at-risk young children, parents and their families. Specific interests include the assessment of parent-child interactions and family relationships, parent knowledge and competence, symbolic play, emotion regulation and the influence of the clinical relationship on parental stress and wellbeing. Currently, Dr. Farley is working on a funded study with a community mental health early childhood program focused on identifying specific tenants of the clinician-parent relationship and its impact on child and parent treatment outcomes. Prior to academia, Dr. Farley was a clinician serving children and families in Western-Wayne County for eleven years.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LMSW), State of Michigan
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), International Association for Play Therapy

Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Social Workers
Michigan Association for Play Therapy, Previous Board Member 2010-2012
International Association for Play Therapy
Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health World
Alliance for Infant Mental Health

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 317/318: Interpersonal Foundations of Social Work Practice
SWRK 408: Individual and Family Social Work Practice
SWRK 450: Social Work Practice with Women and Girls
SWRK 488/489: Field Experience I and II

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Farley, J. & Threadgould, M. (October 7-8, 2015). Relational Play Therapy for Preschoolers. Presentation for Merrill Palmer Institute of Wayne State University and the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. Southfield, Michigan.

Farley, J., & Whipple, E.E. (June 2015). Integrating Play Therapy and Infant Mental Health in Community Mental Health Settings. Poster Presentation for the World Association of Infant Mental Health. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Additional Information

Contact Us: School of Social Work | 317 Everett L. Marshall Building | Ypsilanti, MI 48197 | Tel.: 734.487.0393 | Fax: 734.487.6832

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