Shelly Statz is the Field Education Director and a Core Faculty member of the Master of Social Work program. Shelly has been practicing clinical social work for over 20 years. She is a LCSW in the State of WI. Shelly completed her BSW, MSW and most recently her DSW coursework at George Williams College of Aurora University.
Shelly has employed in numerous healthcare and mental health settings, including hospice, hospital, clinic, holistic health, nursing facility and inpatient, residential, day treatment and outpatient mental health in direct service and management positions. In addition to her responsibilities with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Shelly maintains a clinical mental health practice in Hudson and Chippewa Falls, WI where she sees clients for individual, group and couples therapy.
Shelly’s interest in social work started at a young age when she introduced to helping professionals. She explored careers that would allow her the flexibility and variability to help those in need of social services, including mental health interventions. She identified social work as a career that would offer all of these possibilities and more. Shelly has never looked back. Shelly’s passion for social work practice and education is unwavering.
Shelly has employed as a social work educator for the past 8 years at UW-Madison, UW Eau Claire and most recently at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Shelly has co-authored several articles related to mental health over the past 20 years. She is currently completing her dissertation on the “The Development and Enhancement of Emotional Intelligence in Undergraduate Social Work Students.”