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Credentials and Experience


  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Washington, DC
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, Maryland
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Florida

Clinical Training and Experience

  • Field Employee Assistance Counselor & Consultant for United States Department of Agriculture, National Gallery of Art, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, National Archives and Department of Treasury: Washington, DC
  • Psychiatric Social Worker at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington: Washington DC
  • Alternative to Suspension Program Coordinator and Therapist at the West Broward, Florida YMCA: Weston, Florida
  • Youth Therapist: at Henderson Mental Health Center: North Lauderdale Florida

Professional Experience

  • Senior Policy Associate, Adolescent Health, Manager “Partnership in Program Planning for Adolescent Health” PIPPAH National Association of Social Workers – Washington, DC
  • Manager, Health Insurance and Managed Care American Psychiatric Association: Arlington, Virginia

Graduate Education:

  • Barry University – Masters of Social Work – September 1996
  • University of South Florida – Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Sociology – May 1991

Professional Memberships:

  • Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Past Presentations:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the Workplace
  • Managed Care and Behavioral Health Programs
  • Coping with Stress: Stress Management Techniques
  • Violence Prevention in the Workplace
  • Burnout and Stress Management
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Depression in the Workplace
  • Multigenerational Workforce
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Dealing with Adolescent Anger
  • Bullying in Schools
  • Promoting Positive Youth Environment
  • Promoting Positive Environments for Youth in Poverty
  • Youth Drinking Patterns and Alcohol Advertising
  • Social Workers and Lawyers as Partners to Protect Youth
  • Adolescent Development and the Media, Implications for Social Workers
  • One Teen at a Time: Building Skills for Parents, Teens and Social Workers


  • Emmer, L. (2004). Schools and Gangs. National Association of Social Workers
  • Smith, M. & Emmer, L. (2003). Adolescents and Club Drugs. National  Association of Social Workers
  • Emmer, L. (2003). The High Price of Health Care for Families Living in Poverty. Intersections in Practice, National Association of Social Workers, pg. 14-16.
  • Emmer, L. (2003). The Social Worker as Part of an Interdisciplinary Team: Positive Effects of Collaboration on Adolescent Health. National Association of Social  Workers (3), 1
  • Emmer, L. (2003). Practice Update: The Impact of Poverty on Adolescent Health. National Association of Social Workers (3), 2
  • Emmer, L. (2004). Fact Sheet: Helping Teens Build Healthy Intimate Relationships. National Association of Social Workers
  • Emmer, L. (2004). Fact Sheet: Adolescent development. National Association of Social Workers
  • Emmer, L. (2005). Youth Suicide: Prevention and Intervention or School Social Workers. National Association of Social Workers