October 14, 2020 | 0 comments

Marissa Shaver, MSW, LMSW
Associate Field Therapist
Position:Associate Field Therapist


  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Masters of Social Work, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Bachelors of Social Work, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Certified in Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Graduate Intern at Villa of Hope High School, NY
  • Undergraduate Intern at Just Ask After School, Dublin Ireland
  • Undergraduate Intern at Monroe County Child and Family Services, Rochester, NY



When it comes to working with others, I find that getting to know them first is the best way to understand what type of approach they need. I believe that we are all unique and wonderful in different ways; which is why no one approach is perfect for everyone. So it’s important to me to find creative ways to help my students learn and grow from all their experiences. Using the Strengths Based Theory as well as Narrative Theory are two approaches that I like to take when trying to learn more and get to know someone. They have helped me grow and understand, not only myself, but also why I may act or react to certain situations that I run into. I have experience working with teens and young adults with various mental health and behavioral struggles. I have found that taking the time to sit down and truly listen can be the necessary doorway for students in meeting their needs. They want to share their lived experiences and have someone who is genuinely interested in what they have to say. By using these two approaches, I am able to work alongside my students and support them in rewriting a narrative that is true for them and one they are open to sharing with others.


As for me personally, I grew up living in the state of New York (not the city) and on my time off you can find me out with friends either hiking or exploring more of Utah. If it’s not finding new places to climb, it’s heading down to see more of the southern part of the state. I also enjoy drawing or writing when I have down time and will usually doodle something to keep my mind focused. If you can’t find me doing either of those things, then I can usually be found somewhere curled up, either outside under a tree or by the fireplace during the winter, with a book.

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