Wanda Ellingson, LCSW is the Four Corners Program Director for the Graduate School of Social Work Four Corners Program in Durango, Colorado. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the program. She has been affiliated with the University of Denver since 2002. Wanda obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She received her MSW from the University of Minnesota. Her concentrations were both in community and clinical social work practice with her speciality in bilingual/bicultural mental health. Wanda served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua and practiced in tropical health and nutrition and community development programs. Wanda also lived in Shanghai, China where she worked for the Shanghai Jiao Tong University teaching cross-cultural classes to Han and Xinjiang students. Wanda has expertise in medical social work, child/family mental health, mental health administration and bilingual social work practice. Wanda is especially interested in Rural Social Work practice and the role of social workers in rural communities. She consults with community agencies and volunteers for numerous community charitable organizations. Wanda was elected in June, 2013 to the National Social Work Association Board of Directors representing Region XII. She is also a member of the Rural Social Work Caucus.
A New Direction published in the DU Magazine details the creation of Native Social Work classes for the Four Corners Program.
Four Corners Classroom
Barbard Conrad Leadership La Plata Award
The planning committee for the undergraduate/graduate social work partnership program.