Clinical Associate Professor
MSW, University of Denver
ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
- child, adolescent and family mental health
- individual, group, family and couples therapy
- social work with Latino families
- juvenile justice
- clinical case management and supervision
- program development and administration
Clinical Assistant Professor Stephen von Merz serves as chair of the Family Systems Practice concentration. As a native Spanish speaker, he served as program coordinator of GSSW's Social Work with Latinos/as Certificate from 2009-2016.
Before his appointment to the GSSW faculty in 2010, he taught MSW courses for two years as an adjunct professor and served as sponsor of two independent study projects.
With professional experience that includes more than a decade of bilingual clinical social work practice in a number of clinical and community settings, von Merz is highly practiced in implementing intensive in-home therapy and outpatient therapy that includes using empirically based models of treatment, such as structural family therapy, strategic family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Von Merz provides bilingual clinical supervision with an emphasis on culturally responsive therapy in social work practice and holds certificates in multi-systemic therapy, hand-drumming therapy with psychotherapy, and secondary trauma resiliency training.
He has also worked closely with the mental health treatment team at Mount View Youth Services Center, as a contract therapist, in developing a Therapeutic Mentoring Program for residents and paroled youth involved in the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections.