Kathleen Salmon

BA • Psychological Health & Psychiatry

Kathleen is eagerly anticipating graduating with her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the Smith School for Social Work. She is also finishing a certificate program in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families through Portland State University. She has additional training in working with queer clients and those who experienced sexual assault. Most of her work experience lies in the field of wilderness programming and therapy, with an emphasis on personal development and overcoming adversity. In her previous MSW internship she worked at Blue Sky Bridge, a Boulder-based child advocacy center, and supported non-offending family members during child abuse investigations. As part of her dedication to social justice, she interned in the fields of workers’ rights and prison reform prior to beginning her MSW. Kathleen studied English and American Studies at Wesleyan University, which was foundational to her understanding of the impact of society on an individual’s mental health.

Areas of Interest:
Developing personal contentment in one’s life; the stories people have about their lives; social justice; the relationship between neurobiology, physical, spiritual and psychological health; adoption and foster care; queer identities; ecopsychology; and, the impact of privilege and oppression on people. At the heart of Kathleen’s varied interests is a philosophy called The Choice from the Arbinger Institute, which encourages people to overcome conflict by developing respect and empathy for self and others. 

 The place I'd most like to see is...Glacier National Park

My favorite thing about working at Wardenburg is

having the opportunity to support students who are striving to live healthier and happier lives.