Stephen von Merz holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. He served as the Coordinator of the Social Work with Latinos/as Certificate program from 2009 - 2016), a program designed to address the critical need for bilingual and culturally competent social workers who can effectively serve individuals and families of Mexican and Latin American origin. Professor von Merz has over 15 years of professional experience as a bilingual (English/Spanish) social work clinician and clinical supervisor specializing in culturally responsive child, adolescent and family mental health with an emphasis on Latino families. He holds Certificates in Multi-Systemic Therapy, Hand Drumming Therapy with Psychotherapy, and Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training. He is highly practiced in implementing outpatient and home based levels of care that include empirically based models of treatment, such as Structural Family Therapy, Behavioral Parenting Training, Solution Focused Family therapy, Narrative Family Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (individual, group, family and couples therapy). He 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.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Stephen T. von Merz
Alvaro Figueroa González, Relaciones Internacionales e Intercambio Académico / International Relations and Academic Exchange from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Puebla, Pue. - Mexico) and Professor von Merz.
Prov. von Merz has been a member of the University of Denver, Lamont Men's Choir, since 2013.
Photo: Megan Hope is a longtime friend and colleague. Mrs. Hope is the Human Trafficking Project Coordinator, Detention and Children’s Programs, at Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) in Colorado.
Prov. von Merz is congratulated after another performance at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Professor von Merz walks through an orchard located near Popocatépetl volcano in Puebla, Pue. - Mexico.
Popocatépetl is an active volcano, located in the states of Puebla, State of Mexico, and Morelos, in Central Mexico, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt.
Ignacio "Nacho" Torres, indigenous spiritual leader, and Prof. von Merz in Mexico.
Gerardo Debbink (Director of Quest Mexico), Professor von Merz, Emilio Palestino of Puebla, and Beto (Quest Mexico staff).