Stephen von Merz holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. He serves as the Chair of GSSW's Family Systems Practice Concentration and previously 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
Prof. 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 Social Service and Human Trafficking Projects Coordinator at Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) in Denver, Colorado.
Prov. von Merz is congratulated after another performance at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
The Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) contracted with Clinical Assistant Professor Stephen von Merz to provide culturally responsive professional training and consultation services to a group of its family therapists. The training includes a bilingual component for clinicians seeking to utilize their Spanish language skills in supervision and consultation. “We sought out Professor von Merz to provide this training because we are eager for a more integrated, systemic approach to working with the diverse client systems and families we serve,” says Lydia Prado, PhD (pictured above), Vice President of Child and Family Services at MHCD.
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.
Gerardo Debbink (Director of Quest Mexico), Professor von Merz, Emilio Palestino of Puebla, and Beto (Quest Mexico staff).