The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Merra Young, MSW

Merra Young, MSW

Merra L. Young

Instructor of Social Work

mlyoung1@stthomas.edu
Phone: (612) 253-5133

SCB 201

Office Location: SCB 201 or Rivers' Way Meditation Center: 2637 27th Ave. S. # 201 Mpls, MN 55406

Courses taught in Summer 2014 at UST
GRSW 619-01
30288
Integrative Psychotherapy 1700-2015 T R SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course on integrative psychotherapy uses a bio/ psychosocial/spirtual perspective applied to clinical social work practice. Based on Mindfulness-based Meditation principles and practices, students will explore the mindbody connection informed by neuroscience research, emotional intelligence and midfulness-based approaches, body-oriented, and contemplative approaches from other east/west disciplines of study. Integrative psychotherapy draws from a range of expressive/healing arts through both theoretical and experiential practices students will learn effective and appropriate applications of integrative processes in clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Integrative therapy with diverse mental health issues and client popluations will be taught through case examples, classroom activities, discussion and assignments. A strong ethical foundation for practice and the prevention of compassion fatigue will be established throughout the course.

Courses taught in Fall 2014 at UST
GRSW 619-20
43066
Integrative Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course on integrative psychotherapy uses a bio/ psychosocial/spirtual perspective applied to clinical social work practice. Based on Mindfulness-based Meditation principles and practices, students will explore the mindbody connection informed by neuroscience research, emotional intelligence and midfulness-based approaches, body-oriented, and contemplative approaches from other east/west disciplines of study. Integrative psychotherapy draws from a range of expressive/healing arts through both theoretical and experiential practices students will learn effective and appropriate applications of integrative processes in clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Integrative therapy with diverse mental health issues and client popluations will be taught through case examples, classroom activities, discussion and assignments. A strong ethical foundation for practice and the prevention of compassion fatigue will be established throughout the course.

GRSW 619-20
43066
Integrative Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course on integrative psychotherapy uses a bio/ psychosocial/spirtual perspective applied to clinical social work practice. Based on Mindfulness-based Meditation principles and practices, students will explore the mindbody connection informed by neuroscience research, emotional intelligence and midfulness-based approaches, body-oriented, and contemplative approaches from other east/west disciplines of study. Integrative psychotherapy draws from a range of expressive/healing arts through both theoretical and experiential practices students will learn effective and appropriate applications of integrative processes in clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Integrative therapy with diverse mental health issues and client popluations will be taught through case examples, classroom activities, discussion and assignments. A strong ethical foundation for practice and the prevention of compassion fatigue will be established throughout the course.

GRSW 619-20
43066
Integrative Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course on integrative psychotherapy uses a bio/ psychosocial/spirtual perspective applied to clinical social work practice. Based on Mindfulness-based Meditation principles and practices, students will explore the mindbody connection informed by neuroscience research, emotional intelligence and midfulness-based approaches, body-oriented, and contemplative approaches from other east/west disciplines of study. Integrative psychotherapy draws from a range of expressive/healing arts through both theoretical and experiential practices students will learn effective and appropriate applications of integrative processes in clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Integrative therapy with diverse mental health issues and client popluations will be taught through case examples, classroom activities, discussion and assignments. A strong ethical foundation for practice and the prevention of compassion fatigue will be established throughout the course.

GRSW 619-20
43066
Integrative Psychotherapy 1215-2115 F SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course on integrative psychotherapy uses a bio/ psychosocial/spirtual perspective applied to clinical social work practice. Based on Mindfulness-based Meditation principles and practices, students will explore the mindbody connection informed by neuroscience research, emotional intelligence and midfulness-based approaches, body-oriented, and contemplative approaches from other east/west disciplines of study. Integrative psychotherapy draws from a range of expressive/healing arts through both theoretical and experiential practices students will learn effective and appropriate applications of integrative processes in clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Integrative therapy with diverse mental health issues and client popluations will be taught through case examples, classroom activities, discussion and assignments. A strong ethical foundation for practice and the prevention of compassion fatigue will be established throughout the course.

Office Hours:  vary  M-F  weekdays and evenings

Committees and Positions:

  • Psychotherapist ,private practice,
  • LICSW  supervision & consultation (individual /group)
  • (mindfulness-based ,  integrative & transpersonal approaches)
  • Spirituality Institute faculty /committee member
  • MBSR instructor and meditation teacher

Courses Taught: 

  • Integrative Psychotherapy

Research Interests:

  • Meditation and psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based and integrative therapies
     

Academic Experience:

  • B.A., University of Iowa  1974
  • M.S.W., University of Iowa, 1976
  • Gestalt Institute 1 yr. certificate
  • MBSR professional trainings

Practice Experience: 

  • Merra has over 30 years experience primarily in the mental health field of  clinical social work practice  with adults in a variety of settings and populations including outpatient mental health, womens' mental health, grief and loss, life transitions, eating disorders, chemical dependency ,multiple addictions, sexual abuse, PTSD , spirituality and other issues; working with individuals, couples,  groups, couples from adolescents, mid-life to elders.

Publications:

  • Wellness Works:  Volume 4,  Issue 2.  Spring  2010 University of MN Employee Publication, article on Happiness, A Way of Being.

Consultation Experience:

  • Provides individual and  group consultation to mental health professionals, Hospice, MPA and other organizations and groups offers retreats and workshops on self-care and mindfulness and the psychology of compassion.

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • NASW
  • ACSW
  • Midwest Institute of Meditation & Psychotherapy, Minnesota Women Psychologists (MWP), University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing, community faculty, MBSR instructor
  • Community Dharma Leader Program, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA. Twin Cities Vipassana Cooperative.
  • Common Ground Meditation Center.
  • Tegar International. Pathways Minneapolis health crisis resource center.