Michele Ethier

Michele Ethier


M.S.W., State University of New York at

    Stony Brook

M.A., in Sociology State University of

    New York at Stony Brook   

B.A., University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Courses Taught

Social Work Skills

Women and Health

Social Casework

Casework with Couples and Families

Women, Movies and MTV

Introduction to Women's Studies

About Me

My research interests are varied and include systems of oppression and privilege, feminist identity development, emotional abuse, crisis intervention, gender socialization  and popular culture. I was drawn to social work because of my interest in working with teenagers, women, and the poor.  The fact that social work addresses sexism, racism, and economic inequality is important to me. Although I primarily teach clinical social work courses, I also offer two sociology courses and several courses within the women's studies program. 

Michelle EthierMy teaching philosophy is to inspire students to work for social justice in any capacity that suits them. I try to create an open and supportive classroom environment and I use role plays, discussion, experiential exercises, props, films, and music as teaching tools. My goal is to challenge and motivate students to become excited about the topics we explore. A number of students I have had the pleasure to teach have gone on to achieve graduate degrees and/or pursue rewarding careers in social work, counseling,corrections, advocacy, and women's services.

Research/Creative Interests

Clinical social work; women's studies; teen pregnancy; emotional abuse; crisis intervention; clinical practice with adolescents and families; popular culture; painting; crafts and home design