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Alumni Spotlight

duffy photoIf you were to run into Curielle Duffy (MSW '10), MA, LCSW, CSAC, walking on the beach with her faithful Welsh Corgi pup, Boss, you might imagine she was born for the laid-back Hawaiian life. However, Duffy's story took her many places before she finally wound up working as an U. S. Army social worker at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.


The daughter of native Coloradans, Duffy says she'll always consider Colorado home, even though her earliest years were spent in northern California. In 1986, she moved to Colorado where she lived on a ranch six miles outside the tiny town of Crawford. There she enjoyed spending her days with her family, as well as founding and running an international Hawaiian shirt business, "Paradise on a Hanger," out of the barn.

The economic shift in 2001, along with the tragedy of 9/11, inspired Duffy to return to school to work on her Master of Social Work degree. Not wanting to leave life on the ranch, Duffy enrolled in the GSSW Four Corners MSW Program, based in Durango. For the next two years, she commuted to her classes every weekend, four hours in each direction, over Red Mountain Pass.

Duffy's first social work internship took place at Community Options, where she worked in the early identification of children with disabilities. The next year, to her delight, her experience in entrepreneurship and nonprofits earned her an opportunity to work as the coordinator for a community drug treatment program. She spent the next seven years developing "Meth Free/Drug Free Delta County," a model that has now become a gold standard program for community drug treatment and continues to receive county and individual donor support. Duffy's role as executive director provided the opportunity for her to be involved in every facet of sober community development.

Duffy moved from Crawford to Durango where she fell in love with the role of medical social worker and the opportunity for systems interventions with individuals and families at a time when they are most open to making changes. But when her daughter left to attend the University of Denver, Duffy wanted a challenge which would access her whole skill set. She applied to, and was offered a position working for, the Army at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Life in Oahu was not hard to love, and Duffy enjoyed putting her expertise to work in her new role with the Army's substance abuse program. This past year, Duffy transitioned to working as a clinician in the Eighth Theater Sustainment Command Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic. In her new role, she puts her LCSW to good use helping soldiers overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through evidence-based individual therapy, anxiety groups and various systems interventions.

One of Duffy's favorite roles continues to be that of mentor and supervisor to social work interns, and she occasionally ruminates on the possibility of a return to DU to teach or earn her PhD. She says she relies on her GSSW education on a daily basis. Specifically, she recalls the calculated program development of her professional use of self which has proved to be profoundly significant in every facet of her social work practice, her work setting and her personal life. Additionally, she thanks GSSW for instilling in her the bedrock ethic of cultural competence, which she says is incredibly important in her role in working with soldiers from all over the world.

Whether she returns to Colorado or stays in Hawaii, Duffy says "I just want to do work that's meaningful and makes a difference for the community and people I serve."

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(written by Rachel Burnett, MSW student)