Jennifer Bauwens-Byers

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Jennifer Bauwens-Byers

Visiting Professor
Social Work
254 Spes Unica Hall

Jennifer Bauwens-Byers has a passion for working with children and families. Initially, her focus was on young children. Through a program targeting preschool-aged children, she addressed the emotional and behavioral issues of young children who either had been in abusive situations or who were at-risk. Her work experiences also include a focus on mental health through clinical home-based case management, where she helped school-aged children and their parents meet behavioral goals. Later, she held the position of parent education coordinator. As a forensic interviewer, she interviewed children who had alledgedly been abused or who had potentially been exposed to domestic violence. Most recently, she has broadened her scope to include medical social work and has held social work positions in oncology and in pediatrics. 

Her teaching experiences include adjunct positions at Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University South Bend.

Education 

Master's in Social Work
Indiana University South Bend

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Indiana University of South Bend

Additional Certifications and Training

  •   Orton-Gillingham Trained
  •   Human Service Board Certified Practitioner
  •   Licensed Social Worker

Areas of Expertise 

  • Knowledge in the social services field including work with individuals, groups, and families
  • Experience in advocacy work for preschool children, school-age children, and adults
  • Knowledge and experience in case management and working with community resources
  • Supervisory experience in the social service field
  • Experience in documenting for Medicaid charts
  • Practice in working with traditional and nontraditional students including populations that are underrepresented and underserved
  • More than 10 years of experience teaching and advising social work and human services undergraduate students as well as facilitating internship placements in the community

Professional Experience 

Teaching Experience

  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana - Visiting Professor / Adjunct Instructor / Professional Specialist
  • Ivy Tech Community College, South Bend, Indiana - Adjunct Instructor, Admissions Department, Academic Advisor / Human Services Program
  • Indiana University South Bend, Indiana - Adjunct Instructor, Social Work Department / Instructor, Extended Learning

Social Services Experience

  • Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana - Outpatient Oncology / Float Social Worker
  • Casie Center, South Bend, Indiana - Forensic Interviewer
  • Child and Parent Services, Elkhart, Indiana - Coordinator, Parent Education; Facilitator, Parenting Class and Support Group; Forensic Interviewer, Child and Family Advocacy Center; Teacher, Building Blocks Preschool
  • Oaklawn Psychiatric Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana - Therapist, Family Intervention Team; Case Manager