Dr. Melissa Reitmeier, Chair, CoFE

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Melissa Reitmeier joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2012. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Reitmeier was the director of quality assurance and training for Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. in Columbia and a dialectical behavioral therapist with the South Carolina Center for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, Reitmeier taught as a part-time instructor at the College of Social Work from 2004 to 2012.

Reitmeier has served as director of field education since 2012. She is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of field education activities, including the development of field internships and integrative field education seminar courses for BSW and MSW programs. Reitmeier also trains and evaluates field instructors, while employing, maintaining, training and evaluating faculty field liaisons. She develops partnerships and evaluates field sites and field education programs to ensure all field activities are compliant with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Educational Policies and Academic Standards.

Reitmeier’s research interests include the intersection between social work and field education and training programs targeting behavioral health needs. She is currently principal investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded research for Health Occupations Providing Excellence in Workforce Wellness and Resiliency (HOPE-WWR) for three separate training series to target and promote resiliency among a.) health occupations students and residents: HOPE-WWR Student Series; b.) community professionals and paraprofessionals: HOPE-WWR Community Practitioner Series, and c.) leaders in the healthcare industry: HOPE-WWR Leadership Academy- a Train-the-Trainer program for employers, physicians, executives, managers, and directors responsible for supervising employees and students/interns that would lead to a culture of wellness and resiliency through a focus on the Quadruple Aim, development of a community of practice, along with policy changes and practices that support employee-centered work design. All series will include development of a toolkit to include self-care interventions such as mindfulness, stress management, emotion regulation, communication skills, and interprofessional effectiveness that can be used by all.

Reitmeier is the appointed Chair of the CSWE’s Council of Field Directors. She is also Chair of the South Carolina Field Education Consortium and vice president of the State of South Carolina Mental Health Planning Council.