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Clinical Professor Ann T. Petrila is GSSW’s Assistant Dean for Field Education, coordinating the more than 650 agencies that offer field internships to MSW students. Her prior teaching and community work focused on children’s' mental health issues, child maltreatment, the impact of trauma on children and adolescents, the foster care systems' impact on children and families, and psychosocial issues in the healthcare delivery system. She was formerly the Coordinator of the Clinical Social Work Department at the Children's Hospital in Denver and the Social Work Director for the Fostering Healthy Futures program at the Kempe Children’s Center. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia/Herzegovina and the Director of Global Practice Bosnia, the oldest international service learning program at the University of Denver. Ann serves on many GSSW committees as well as University committees. She also has an appointment on the national Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Field Council. In addition to Field Education, Ann's current interests include human rights, social justice from an international perspective and animal- assisted social work.
In his visit to GSSW, Pulitizer-prize winning author Ron Suskind discussed Ann's story of hosting an exchange student from Afghanistan which is featured in his best selling book The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism (Harper, 2008).