Tina Fietsam teaches field practicum courses at the Virtual Academic Center. She has served as a field liaison and seminar instructor for the Online MSW program since May 2012 and is currently working as an adjunct assistant professor.
A licensed clinical social worker, she has dedicated her career to working with clients within the areas of mental health and children and families. She spent the majority of her career working with at-risk youth and their families. She began her career as a school social worker, helping low-income students referred for severe behavioral issues, which many times included addressing the psychosocial stressors contributing to their high rates of truancy and inhibiting their success as students. Fietsam then worked as director of Healthy Start, where she implemented an intern counseling program and subsequently recruited and supervised social work interns placed at school sites to provide services to families. She also served as clinical director of a juvenile diversion program, working to prevent first-time youth offenders from future arrests and a lifetime of interaction with the criminal justice system. She went on to be a clinical director for a women’s drug treatment facility and early release program and then a program director for a mother/children residential drug treatment facility.
For the past nine years, Fietsam has worked as a clinical director, supervising master’s level interns serving students and families at high risk for gang involvement. Programs included the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership and Truancy Reduction Program. She also supported research and data collection to analyze the efficacy of the interventions and services provided through these programs.
She strongly believes in working with the entire family in their own communities, and a lot of her work has included supporting parents, foster parents, kinship care providers and adoptive parents. She is trained and/or certified in more than eight parenting curriculums and has taught hundreds of parenting classes. She has also led a foster, adoptive and kinship care support group for more than 11 years.