Renee Michelsen

Clinical Associate Professor and National Director, Virtual Academic Center Field Education
Contact Information
Location
Virtual
Phone213.821.0900
E-mail
Department of Study 
Adults and Healthy Aging
Education 
MSS, Bryn Mawr College, 1984
BS, University of Delaware, 1982

RENEE MICHELSEN, MSS, LCSW, is an associate clinical professor and regional field education coordinator for the Virtual Academic Center. She serves as the lead field placement faculty for students in the Northeast and Midwest United States. Prior to coming to USC, Michelsen served as the director of field education and taught at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She received her Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research in 1984. Michelsen earned her LCSW in 1991. 

Michelsen has held leadership positions in two major health care systems spanning a 25-year career in medical social work prior to entering academia. She directed multiple geriatric grant-funded programs in New Jersey and served on the New Jersey State Commission on Aging. She was the director of social work for a large hospice organization and has a post-master’s certification in palliative and end-of-life care from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. 

In 2007, she won the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization award for Hospice Clinical Director of the Year. Her first academic appointment as an adjunct was at the College of Saint Elizabeth in 1996. She taught in the Continuing Education program at Rutgers from 1992 to 2012.

Awards and Distinction
Hospice Clinical Director of the Year, New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2007)
Full Scholarship, Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research (1982-1984)
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, and Degree with Distinction, University of Delaware (1982)
More awards
Selected Publications

Michelsen, R. (2016). Professional Development. In Bonnie Geld & Shawna Grossman Kates, Social Work: Strength-Based Practice in Hospital Case Management. HCPro a division of BLR.

Kerson, T.S. & Michelsen, R.W. (1995) Counseling Homebound Clients and Their Families. Journal of  Gerontological Social Work. 24, 159-190.

Kerson, T.S. & Michelsen, R.W. (1995) Counseling Homebound Clients and Their Families. New Developments in Home Care Services for the Elderly: Innovations in Policy, Program and Practice. in Kaye, L.W. (Ed). New York: The Haworth Press. pp. 159-190.

Michelsen, R.W. (1995) Wellness and Seniors. Psychiatric Outpatient Centers of the Americas Press23, 6.

Michelsen, R.W. (1994). Social Work Practice with the Elderly: A Multifaceted Placement Experience. The Clinical Supervisor. 12, 181-197.

Michelsen, R.W. (1994). Social Work Practice with the Elderly: A Multifaceted Placement Experience. Field Instruction in Social Work Settings. New York: The Haworth Press.

Michelsen, R.W. (1989). Hospital Based Case Management for the Frail Elderly. Social Work in Health Settings. in Kerson, T. (Ed). 2nd Edition, Haworth Press.