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Elizabeth H. Voshel

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work

Betsy Voshel has retired as of 4/30/2017. She is now an Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Professor Voshel was an Associate Clinical Professor of Social Work and the Director of Field Instruction. She has been a licensed master social worker (LMSW) with membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1980 and received a post-master's teaching certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Betsy was employed as the Coordinator of Field Education at Western Michigan University from 2000 to 2004 and her work at WMU focused on violence prevention where she coordinated an interdisciplinary partnership between social work, nursing, and the Kalamazoo public schools entitled "Project Charlie/ Peaceful Partners." Prior to her time at WMU, she was employed for 22 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI. Her last eight years there she was the Clinical Supervisor for a large outpatient mental health program where she won a national award for the development of a case management program for mentally ill and medically fragile veterans. She also coordinated the VA's multi-faceted field instruction program and served as a field instructor at the VA for many years. Betsy has been involved in NASW at the state and national levels since 1978 and was named Region II Social Worker of the Year in 2003. She has served on the Chapter Ethics Committee since 1978, also on the State Board of Directors, and as a delegate to Delegate Assembly. She is currently collaborating with the MI Chapter of NASW developing a peer consultation model designed to assist social workers in identifying professional practice related ethical issues and resolving ethical dilemmas. Betsy also serves on the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Council on Conferences and Faculty Development (CCFD) and the North Central Field Director's Consortium. As the Field Director at the U-M School of Social Work, Betsy created and developed a student peer facilitator teaching model for the school's foundation field seminar, and co-led the development and teaching effort in the school's e-portfolio seminar. She has presented nationally and internationally focusing on developing signature field instruction curriculum, portfolio development, safety training for social workers, and countless workshops focusing on social work ethics.

Research Interests/Focus

Field instruction, field instructor training, social work ethics, safety preparation for social workers, interdiciplinary collaboration, case management.


Year Degree   School
1978 MSW Social Work Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
2003 Certificate Post-Masters Teaching University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1973 BA Sociology/Psychology Alma College, Alma, MI
Year Description
2012 Featured: Thank You: NASW Leadership, Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Workers Newsletters.
2008 Nominated, Student Reader, School of Social Work Graduation Exercises, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2005 Featured; Surface, David, 2005 "The Real World: Surviving Social Work Field Placements", Social Work Today, 5(1), 23-27
2003 Social Worker of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Michigan Chapter, Region II
2003 Recognition, WMU, Kalamazoo
2002-2005 Nominated Winner, Rebecca Binkowski Award, School of Social Work, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI
2001-2003 Award, College of Health and Human Services Annual Faculty
1998 Awarded, National "Scissors" Award, Secretary Goeber, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
1996 Awarded, Medical Center Director's Commendation, President, Sparky's Nest Child Care Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI

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