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Susan Tohn

Assistant Professor, Children, Youth & Families and Health & Mental Health

Susan Tohn, MSW, has been teaching at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) since 1999 and joined the faculty as a full-time Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice in 2005.  In 2012, she was appointed to Clinical Chair of the MSW program. Professor Tohn earned her BA from Tufts University and her MSW from Boston University.

Professor Tohn’s teaching focuses on clinical practice with a specialty in Solution Focused Brief Treatment. She developed the LGBTQ course at GSSW and has a particular interest in integrating LGBTQ issues throughout the GSSW curriculum. In addition, Professor Tohn is the coordinator for and teaches sections of the required child and family clinical course and the advanced children and families’ course.

Professor Tohn received a Teaching and Mentoring grant from Boston College in 2010. In 2009, she was co-principal investigator on a Boston College Research Incentive Grant entitled, “Social Workers Collaborating with Teachers through Solution-Focused Brief Therapy". This grant brought Solution Focused techniques into a classroom environment using the Working on What Works model. 

Professor Tohn has published and co-authored (with J. Oshlag) Crossing the Bridge: Integrating Solution Focused Treatment into Clinical Practice. She has also co-authored (with J. Oshlag) Solution-Focused Therapy with Mandated Clients: Cooperating with the Uncooperative, in S. Miller, M. Hubble, & B. Duncan (Eds.), Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.