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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Rachel Forbes

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Work
Western Colorado MSW Program Director
MSW, Monmouth University


  • rural social work practice
  • international social work
  • community organizing
  • sustainability and social work


While earning her MSW at Monmouth University, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Work Rachel Forbes completed an internship with Youth Advocate Programs in their international programs department, conducting needs assessments and program evaluations for partnering organizations in Guatemala City. She also interned with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) as a representative to the United Nations headquarters in New York City. She represented the IFSW on U.N. NGO Committees, including the Committee on Migration, Sustainability and Mental Health, and she co-planned the U.N. Global Social Work Student Conference and World Social Work Day.

More recently, Forbes served as an adjunct professor of Sustainability Studies at the Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge and Dillon campuses, teaching courses on global poverty solutions, environmental justice issues and community development practice. Prior her GSSW faculty appointment, Forbes was a full-time clinician at Colorado West, a non-profit regional mental health center in Frisco, CO. She delivered services in both English and Spanish, including individual therapy, counseling and on-call crisis shifts.