Instructor Social Work Department
School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy
Office: ACW 305K
M.S.W., 2008, Boston University
B.A., 2002, Pine Manor College
Sera Godfrey-Kaplan is a half-time instructor in the Department of Social Work. Prior to becoming a half-time faculty member, she taught as an adjunct instructor since 2010.
After receiving her MSW from Boston University, along with her Certificate in Group Work, she worked in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department of Children's Hospital Boston, specializing in group work with children and adolescents. She currently works at Riverside Community Care as the Clinical Supervisor for Life Skills Center & The Riverside School, a day treatment program and therapeutic school for adolescents with significant mental health needs. She is also President of the International Association for Social Work with Groups - Massachusetts Chapter (IASWG).Her experience also includes five years of direct care work within a locked, intensive residential treatment program for adolescent girls at Taunton State Hospital. In addition, she has lectured and presented locally and internationally on the use of expressive therapies in group, group work supervision, self-diagnoses with adolescents, and group work theory and practice.
At Wheelock, she has taught courses in both the BSW and MSW programs including Social Work Practice: Methods & Skills Lab I, II & III, Generalist Social Work Practice II, Social Work Practice with Children and Families II, Concentration Year Field Seminar, and an elective she developed on Social Group Work.
Her interests and expertise include group work, group supervision, expressive therapies, Borderline Personality Disorder, family crisis intervention, and self-injury and suicide assessment/intervention with children and adolescents. Her current research projects include "Behind the Lens," is a film making group for adolescents with mental health needs, focusing on insight and recovery and the use of self-diagnosis in group.