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Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

Clinical Professor


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Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW, is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work program. She received her MSW (clinical concentration) from University of Michigan and her doctorate in social work from University St. Thomas and St Catherine University School of Social Work. Dr. Brennan is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and has over 20 years of experience in direct clinical social work practice and supervision prior to her academic career. She holds professional licensure for independent clinical practice and is an approved supervisor for licensure. Dr. Brennan teaches courses in the BSW and MSW program on generalist and clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups; clinical assessment; HBSE and human development. Areas of clinical specialization include children’s mental health, play therapy, sexual abuse and trauma treatment, and crisis response within the school setting. Her research interests include the pedagogical application of social learning theory, reflective practice in clinical skill development, and the use of technology to enhance clinical proficiency.


  • DSW, Social Work, University St. Thomas and St Catherine University School of Social Work
  • MSW, Clinical Concentration, University of Michigan