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Melanie Schaafsma

Melanie Schaafsma

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

Year Started at GC: 2014
Phone: 608.664.6816
Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 - 9:15 a.m. and by appointment.

Areas of Responsibility:

Social Work Professor 

Social Work Field Education Director


Ph.D. Counseling and Family Therapy, Saint Louis University

M.A. Social Work, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

B.A. Sociology, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville


Social Research Methods

Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Micro)

Social Work Practice

Child Welfare

Marriage and Family

Social Work and Mental Health

Principles of Sociology


Publications and Presentations

  • National Conference for American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
  • Missouri State Conferences for AAMFT, SLU, SIUE, SIUC, Grand Valley University, MI, ISU, IL
  • Correctional Psychiatric Hospital Staff, various Nursing Home Staff Trainings in south central IL, Fayette County Hospital open to the public, and more.

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers
Council of Social Work Education
International Association of Trauma Professionals 

Related Experiences

Social Work: Sexual Assault Executive Director and Counselor, Home Health Pregnancy Testing and Counseling, Social Work with Terminal Patients, Geriatric Psychiatric Outpatient Hospitalization Program, Hospice Social Worker, Private Practice
Teaching: SIUE Social Work Program, SLU, and Kaskaskia College, Greenville College in Sociology/Social Work/Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership Departments

About Melanie Schaafsma

Born in Decatur, IL.  Private therapy practice in Vandalia.  Live on a lake.  Love cooking, knitting, crochet, singing, music, and movies.

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