About Mette Christiansen

Welcome to my page! My name is Mette Christiansen and here’s a little background information:

I obtained my social pedagogical degree and worked for several years as a social pedagogue in Denmark before coming to the US in 1988.  In the early 1990’s, I went to SUNY Albany for my Master’s in Social Work.  After practicing as a direct support worker and social worker in the US, I came to SUNY New Paltz as a lecturer in 1997.   I am now the Director of the Concentration in Human Services in the Department of Sociology.

In collaboration with my colleague, Donna Chaffee, I teach courses in the Concentration in Human Services and coordinate the human services field education internships.  My teaching is inspired by working with various populations in the field and the cross cultural educational background I have.  Also based on my international experiences, I have a deep commitment to the professionalization of the field of human services.

I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the SUNY Albany and my research interests include professional socialization, education of human services and social workers, and international social welfare.  As a matter of fact, in collaboration with the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs, the Concentration in Human Services offers International Social Welfare courses every summer to Denmark, Italy or South Africa.

I hope you will explore our Concentration in Human Services website, read the testimonies of our wonderful alumni, view the photo gallery, and set up a meeting with either Donna or me to learn about our comprehensive educational program!


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