"The Human Services Associate program is a high quality, unique program designed to prepare graduating students for employment in a variety of human service settings or for the pursuit of continuing education at the bachelors, masters or PhD level. The program offers opportunities and challenges for students that in some cases aren't offered in master's level social work programs."
B.S. St. Cloud State University
M.S.W., University of Minnesota
Joel has 17 years of experience working in the human services field in a number of different capacities. He is able to draw on a variety of clinical experiences in an attempt to make human service material applicable to "real life" vocational experiences. His employment experiences include working as a staff member at a teen center, as an educational leader at a gang violence reduction project, as an information and referral specialist, as a liaison in a juvenile delinquency program for youth with mental health challenges, as a child protection worker and in a lead worker role; as a support worker in a treatment foster care agency; as a social worker in a community-based psychiatric program; and as a psychotherapist. He currently continues to work part time as a psychotherapist at a private practice.
In his free time, Joel enjoys spending time with his family and fishing.