The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Tamara L. Kaiser

Tamara L. Kaiser

Tamara L. Kaiser

Professor Emerita
Phone: (612) 825-8053

SCB 201
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: 315 Summit Classroom Building - UST

Committees and positions:

  • Co-Director SCU/UST School of Social Work Supervision Institute

Courses taught:

  • GRSW 645: Psychopathology and Human Behavior
  • GRSW 650: Clinical Supervision and Program Management
  • GRSW 603: Methods of Clinical Social Work I
  • GRSW 604: Methods of Clinical Social Work II
  • GRSW 608: Field Practicum & Seminar IV
  • GRSW 615: Clinical Practice with Couples & Families
  • GRSW 682: Applied Research Seminar

Current research interests:

  • Clinical supervision
  • Gatekeeping
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Relational Dynamics in the Hmong Community

Academic experience:

  • MSSW, University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., MS, University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Practice experience:

  • Supervision Institute (research, training, and individual supervision for licensure), Co-Director
  • (1993-Present) Clinical Social Worker, Caritas, St. Paul, MN. Practice includes individual, family and group therapy, clinical consultation, training and workshops. Areas of special interest include chemical dependency, co-dependency, recovery from incest, family-of-origin exploration, work with children and adolescents, and clinical consultation.
  • (1990-1993) Clinical Social Worker, Family Therapy Institute, St. Paul, MN. Practice same as above.
  • (1983-1990) Private Practice, Minneapolis, MN. From 3/83-12/86 limited practice, including training and educational groups for professional and lay people. Facilitator for Johnson Institute training sessions. Workshops specialize in issues pertaining to relationships between sisters and between mothers and sons. From 1/87-10/90 practice included psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups as well as clinical consultation. Areas of specialization include those listed above.
  • (1989-1990) Clinical Consultant to group therapists, Mount Sinai Optifast Program, Minneapolis, MN
  • (1974-1987) Clinical Social Worker, Jewish Family and Children's Service, Minneapolis, MN. Provided individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy. Groups included mixed adults, couples and women. Provided consultation to staff at Adath Jeshuran Nursery School, Wayzata, MN. Provided clinical supervision to student interns. Areas of special interest include those listed above.
  • (1972-1973)Social Case Worker, Dane County Department of Social Services, Madison, WI. Provided services to unwed mothers and to children who are in the custody of the state. Consulted with adult foster home providers and placed adults in foster care.


  • Kaiser, Tamara L. (2009) A User’s Guide to Therapy: What to Expect and How You Can Benefit  Norton: New York
  • Kaiser, Tamara L. & Kuechler, Carol F.  (2008). Training supervisors of practitioners: Analysis of efficacy. The Clinical Supervisor 27 (1) pp. 76-96.
  • Kaiser, Tamara L. (2005). Caught between cultures: Hmong parents in America?s sibling society. Hmong Studies Journal , 2004-2005 (5) pp. 81-94.
  • Kaiser, Tamara L. (2004). Supervisory relationships.  Supervision as Collaboration in the Human Services: Building a Learning Culture, M. Austin & K. Hopkins, Eds.  Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA .
  • Kaiser, Tamara L. (2003). Achieving shared meaning: Understanding a Hmong family's response to marital violence.  Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work 12 (2) pp. 29-54.
  • Kaiser, Tamara L., Kuechler, Carol F., Barretta-Herman, Angeline. (2000). Challenges in Cross Cultural Supervision  (a training videotape and instructor?s manual) College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas Supervision Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota.   
  • Kaiser, Tamara L. and Barretta-Herman, Angeline. (1999). The supervision institute: A model for supervisory training The Clinical Supervisor  18(1), pp. 33-46.
  • Graham, Mari.Ann., Kaiser, Tamara L., Garrett, Kendra. (1998).  Naming the spiritual: The hidden dimension of help. Social Thought: Journal of Religion in the Social Services  (18) 4 p.p.49-62. 
  • Supervisory Relationships: Exploring the Human Element  Brooks/Cole Publishers
    Approximately 150 pages. Paperbound. ISBN: 978-0534345594    1997
  • Graham, M.A., Kaiser, T., Garrett, K. (in press) "Naming the spiritual: The hidden dimension of help." Accepted for publication in Social Thought: Journal of Religion in the Social Sciences.
  • Kaiser, Tamara L. (1995). Review of the book Bringing ethics alive: Feminist ethics in psychotherapy practice. Affilia, 10(2), 216-217.
  • Kaiser, Tamara, L. (1994). Review of the book Contextual family therapy: Assessment of intervention procedures. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 5(4), 91-93.
  • Kaiser, Tamara, L. (1993). Review of the book At personal risk: Boundary violations in professional relations. Newsletter, Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • Kaiser, Tamara, L. (1992). "The supervisory relationship: An identification of the primary elements in the relationship and an application of two theories on ethical relationships." Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 18(3), 283-296.
  • Rosenblatt, P., Spoentgen, P., Karis, T., Dahl, C., Kaiser, T., Elde, C. (1991). "Difficulties in supporting the bereaved." Omega, 23(2), 119-128.

Association memberships and affiliations:

  • Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work, Fellow, board member, past president.
  • National Association of Social Work
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Member
  • Minnesota Council on Social Work Education, Member