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WMU School of Social Work Names Family & Children Services Therapist Peggy Liss Its “Field Instructor of the Year”

May 11, 2017

Peggy Liss, LMSW, outpatient therapist at Family & Children Services, has been named “Field Instructor of the Year” by Western Michigan University School of Social Work.

Here’s what students had to say about Peggy when nominating her for the award:

  • “Peggy has a passion for guiding, teaching and nurturing those of us who want to learn therapy, as she has deep experience with handling difficult and complex cases.”
  • “Peggy continuously walked us through everything and assured us that our education was an utmost priority to her and the agency.”
  • “Peggy is a champion for interns. She truly cares about training the next generation of social workers.”
  • “Peggy has been a constant support and a great role model for future practitioners.”
Peggy Liss

Peggy Liss

APeggy was honored at the WMU School of Social Work’s “hooding and pinning” event for new graduates on April 27, 2017. She will also be honored at the School’s Kalamazoo Field Instructor Orientation and Annual Training on August 29.

In accepting her award, Penny thanked the WMU School of Social Work graduates “for the hours of social work practice you have given to your clients and community in your field placements.

“In the past 20 years, Family & Children Services has had the honor of guiding approximately 74 interns. This year, we had six excellent WMU interns who saw 150 clients for more than 1,500 clinical hours.

“In this time of great uncertainty for people in need, you have helped sustain necessary social services that are threatened in the future. As you go forward in social work, continue to question authority, perform ethically and be mindful of yourself.”

Peggy has been an outpatient therapist at Family & Children Services since 1988 and a part-time school-based therapist at Kalamazoo Public School’s Parkwood-Upjohn School since 2007. Prior to that, she worked for many years as a clinical consultant and group therapist at the YWCA Kalamazoo’s Sexual Assault Program.

She specializes in therapy with children and families. She is also interested in issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment to life changes, behavioral acting out, anger expression and management, academic and career success, self-esteem, health care, loss and grief, relationships, and parenting. Read more about Peggy Liss.

Congratulations, Peggy! And best wishes to all the WMU School of Social Work graduates!