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Boston College School of Social Work

Office: McGuinn Hall 216
Phone: 617-552-4040
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Susan Tohn

Susan Tohn

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

Susan Tohn, MSW, is Associate Professor of Clinical Practice and has been teaching at Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) since 1999, joining the faculty full-time 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 BCSSW and has a particular interest in integrating LGBTQ issues throughout the BCSSW 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.