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Sarah E. Shea

Associate Professor

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Ph.D.  Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work, 2011
M.S.W., New York University Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, 2004
B.A., History and French, Duke University, 1999

Professional Summary

Sarah Shea’s interests include infant mental health research and practice, attachment based trauma, practice with children in foster care, and the parallel process experienced by clinicians providing services to children and families.  Her certifications are PhD, MSW, LMSW, IMH-E® (IV-R/F).  In terms of her practice experience, she worked in community mental health settings providing outpatient psychotherapy, with a focus on parent-infant psychotherapy for families at risk for attachment problems.  Her scholarly work has been published in Clinical Social Work Journal, Psychoanalytic Social Work, and Smith College Studies in Social Work.  In Winter 2013, she received Eastern Michigan University’s Provost New Faculty Award for her research proposal, “Evaluation of the Effects of Specialized Reflective Practice Training on Infant Mental Health Practice and Supervision.”

She is a member of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, the National Association of Social Workers, and Research and Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 315: Theoretical Bases of Social Work Practice
SWRK 317: Interpersonal Foundation of SW Practice
SWRK 318: Skills Integration Seminar
SWRK 408: General SW Practice with Individuals & Family
SWRK 488:
Field Experience I
SWRK 489: Field Experience II
SWRK 588: Field Professional Experience I
SWRK 589: Field Professional Experience II
SWRK 543: Practice with Children & Youth
SWRK 591: Introduction to Infant Mental Health Practice
SWRK 643: The Family and the Social Environment

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Miller Shea, S. (2012). “The permanency plan game show: An intersubjective case study of a foster care child and her caregivers.” Psychoanalytic Social Work, 19(1-2), 54-69.

Miller Shea, S. (Spring 2012). Clearing the kitchen table: Home-based parent-infant psychotherapy. American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work Newsletter, 6-7, 15.

Miller, S.E. (2011). Parallel experiences: Associations between providing attachment based treatment to children in foster care and clinical social workers’ sense of self- efficacy. Ph.D. dissertation abstracts. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 81(4), 390.

Miller, S.E. (2011).  “Fostering attachment in the face of systemic disruption: Clinical treatment with children in foster care and the Adoption and Safe Families Act” Smith College Studies in Social Work, 81(1), 62-80.

Rosenthal Gelman, C., Fernandez, Hausman, N., Miller, S., & Weiner, M. (2007). “Challenging endings: First year MSW interns’ experiences with forced termination and discussion points for supervisory guidance,” Clinical Social Work Journal, 35(2), 79-90. 

Miller, S. (2004). “Stay.” Social Work Perspectives, 15, an original poem regarding themes of poverty, child welfare, and social justice for San Francisco State University’s School of Social Work journal.

Shea, S.E. (2014). "Finding parallels: The experiences of clinical social workers providing attachment-based treatment to children in foster care." Clinical Social Work Journal, DOI: 10.1007/s10615-014-0188-z


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