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Contact Information

Department of Social Work & Gerontology
Shippensburg University
382 Shippen Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1717


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Dr. Jen Clements, LCSW

Associate Professor and BSW Field Director



Office:  335 Shippen Hall
Phone:  717-477-1633
Email:  jaclem@ship.edu 
BA-Social Work & Psychology, University of Maryland-Baltimore (1996)
MSW-University of Maryland-Baltimore (1997)
PhD-Social Work, University of Maryland-Baltimore (2006)

    In 2005, Dr. Jen Clements joined the Shippensburg Social Work Department after many years of practice as a clinical social worker in Baltimore, Maryland.  Currently, she is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania.  Outside of that, she recently became a Level 1 Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS).  Previously, she was also certified as an Art Therapist.  While she is not certified currently, it is still a large part of her work; both clinical work and research. 

    Dr. Clements has over 10 years of practice experience working with children and families. Many of those years were spent in the child welfare system in Maryland.   As a previous child welfare worker, she has become very interested in burnout and stress.  Dr. Clements was able take a different look at it recently with interviews of long-term (10+ years of practice) child welfare workers, trying to figure out how people stayed rather than why they left.  These qualitative interviews were very interesting.  The major themes that came up were use of supervision and a STRONG belief in families.  She is working on the publication currently.

    Her new research surrounds developing an art therapy protocol that can be used with children at risk or diagnosed with various attachment disorders.  Dr. Clements is working on testing this method with some children at a Residential Treatment facility currently and during the Spring/Summer 2013 she will be working with children in orphanages in Albania, India and Rwanda.

    Dr. Clements also has a great passion for social group work. She has been serving on the Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG, Inc.) since 2007. She has facilitated numer­ous mutual aid groups with children through older adults on topics such as anger manage­ment, grief and loss, parenting and dealing with trauma. 

    Dr. Clements is also a passionate advocate for the LGBT community. She is currently the Chair of the GLBT Concerns Committee at Shippensburg, faculty co-advisor to SALE (Students Advocating for LGBTQI Equality) and coordinator for the Silent Witness Program. More recently, she has started volunteering with a local branch of Common Roads which is a youth center for GLBTQIA individuals.  For more information about any of these events, please go to www.ship.edu/GLBT and find out more or email Dr. Clements to get involved.

  Why did Dr. Clements choose Social Work? 

    “When I started at University of Maryland I was not a social work major.  I had never heard of social work before and was in a major that I hoped would get me a job and was not thinking about a career.  I took a volunteer job at a domestic violence shelter and the director had a BSW degree.  I loved what she did for a job and loved working with the families at the shelter.  I went in to the social work department at UMBC and had a heart to heart with the Dean.  I changed my major that day and have never regretted it!!” 

  • SWK 270: Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • SWK 275: Social Work Practice with Groups
  • SWK 609: Introduction to Art Therapy
  • SWK 620: Advanced Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice
Professional Interest
  • Art Therapy
  • Social Group Work
  • LGBT Issues
  • Child Welfare Practice
  • Understanding Attachment
  • Bereavement, Grief, and Loss
  • Advocacy and Social Activism