Ellen Doering has a master’s in social work and is currently a Children’s Mental Health Case Manager at the Washburn Center for Children. In her role, she provides mental health assessments, develops service plans, and coordinates care for clients and their families. She says her CEHD program provided a strong knowledge base and clinical background, which allows her to continue learning and growing every day. She still considers her field instructor, Heidi Presslein, as a mentor. Ellen is inspired by her clients as they make progress, as well as her coworkers who keep her motivated. Ellen is a board member for Riverton Community Housing, McVay Youth Partnership, and the CEHD Alumni Society.
Children's Mental Health Case Manager, Washburn Center for Children
Master in Social Work, 2017
I am an executive board member at large of the CEHD Alumni Society Board, a board member of Riverton Community Housing, an admissions ambassador for the School of Social Work and a member of the McVay Advisory Board.
Heidi Presslein was influential during my time in CEHD. She was one of my professors and my field instructor. Heidi continues to be a mentor in my career beyond the University of Minnesota.
My favorite memory is connecting with other students in my cohort.
My educational experience in CEHD gave me a strong base of knowledge to support clients and have a strong clinical background. This experience has given me a jumping-off point to continue learning and growing every day in my practice.
There is a long list of people who have and continue to inspire me. My co-workers at Washburn push me to think about cases in fresh ways and help keep motivated to do the work we do. My clients also inspire me to continue being a strong advocate as I see their progress and struggles. There have been countless other role models and mentors who have believed in me and pushed me to believe in myself that inspire me as well.
It is important to keep learning and growing every day. Given how quickly the world is changing, it is important to stay active and engaged in continuing to learn new things and push ourselves to overcome the next challenge.
When I have 30 minutes of free time, I choose to cook or bake something I haven't made before.
Others describe me as organized, strong advocate, a team player, silly, helpful, intrinsically motivated, strong clinical skills, driven and thoughtful.
I describe myself as organized, passionate, and diligent.
Whole Brain Child, Daniel Siegel
I would choose to have coffee with Jane Addams. She is known as the mother of social work.
Seeing clients’ progress and growth in clients gets me excited to keep doing the work I do.
What I wanted to be growing up changed over time, the two main things were being an architect and being a teacher.
Outside of work, I grow professionally by staying engaged politically and advocating for social justice.
When I go to a new city, I like to check out the grocery stores and see what local or interesting ingredients I can find.