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Melanie Swain-Knapp is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. She has a private practice in Plainville, MA.

Melanie has worked in the field of helping professionals seen 2004 in a variety of areas including: women's health, at-risk and underserved youth, adolescent residential and substance abuse facilities, and community outreach. As a graduate of Widener University, Chester, PA she has a Masters of Social Work and a Master of Education in Human Sexuality. She has specific training as a therapist to work with individuals and couples surrounding aspects of sexuality including intimacy, sexual health, behaviors, gender, orientation, self-esteem, and relationships.

Melanie is an interactive, strengths-based therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She uses an integrative approach of interventions from cognitive behavioral, narrative, systems, and solution-focused therapies. 

In addition to being a relationship therapist, Melanie has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Helping Professionals, Generalist Social Work Practices, Adolescents, Sexuality, Gender, Relationships, and Women’s Health.          

LICSW # 117764 Massachusetts

Widener University, Chester, PA
Master of Social Work, 2010
Award: 2010 Center for Social Work Education Award of Excellence in Service
Master of Education in Human Sexuality, 2010 
Douglass College Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BA in Women's and Gender Studies, 2004  

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice

Counsel individuals, couples, and families in an outpatient setting using evidence-based psychotherapy practices including cognitive behavioral therapy.
Population includes: Children, adolescents, and adults
Clinical expertise includes: Abuse, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Human Sexuality, Mood Disorders, Post-Partum Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rape Issues, Sexual Dysfunction, and Transgender     

Outreach Staff Therapist, South Bay Mental Health Centers  

Provide continuum of community-based outreach services, including individual, couples, and family therapy sessions, diagnostic psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, and case management, to children, adolescents, adults, and families.     

Clinician in Adolescent Chemical Dependency, High Focus Centers, Cranford, NJ

Counseled individuals, families, and groups on substance abuse and chemical dependency utilizing a 12-step and family-oriented treatment model.

Family Based Clinician, Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Upper Darby, PA

Provided in-home individual and family therapy, case management, and crisis stabilization for at-risk youth in under-served urban communities.

Poulin, J., Swain, M., Ingersoll, T., Witt, H. & Xu, S. (2011). Service-learning in China. In Civic Engagement and Service Learning by Ledoux, M., Wilhite, S., & Silver, P. (Eds). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Deng, R., Witt, H., Poulin, J., Ingersoll, T., Swain, M., & Xu, S. (2010). Comparison of attitude in social services to Chinese older adults and American older adults, Journal of Chongqing University (Social Science Edition), 16(3), 117-124.

Poulin, J., Swain, M., Witt, H., Ingersoll, T., & Deng, R. (in-press). Three sources of informal support and psychological well-being: A comparison of American and Chinese older adults. International Social Work. Also published in Chinese in International Social Work Journal of Guizhou Normal University (in-press).

Ingersoll, T., Poulin, J., Deng, R., Xu, S., Witt, H., & Swain, M. (in-press). Fear of intimacy with helping professionals scale: Reliability and validity of English and Mandarin versions. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work.
Swain, M. (2010, April). Sexuality needs: Assessment, intervention, and implementation for a Chester youth vocational program. Poster presentation at the 2010 Graduate Student Research Symposium of the School of Human Service Professions, Widener University, Chester, PA.

Ingersoll, T.S., Swain, M., & Xu, S. (2010, April). Service learning in China: Undergraduate social work education. Poster presentation at the 2010 Graduate Student Research Symposium of the School of Human Service Professions, Widener University, Chester, PA

Swain, M., & Xu, S. (2010, March). Service learning in China: Undergraduate social work education. Paper presentation at the 2010 Association Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors 27th Annual Conference, Promoting A Culture of Social Justice: Social Work and of Social Change, Atlanta, GA.

Swain, M., Ingersoll, T.S., Xu, S., & Witt, H. (2009, October). Teaching a social work practice class in China. Oral presentation given at the 2009 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Swain, M., Ingersoll, T.S., Sutton, C., & Wyatt, J. (2009, October). The Chester Children’s Art Fair. Poster presentation at the 2009 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Ingersoll, T.S., Witt, H., Swain, M., & Xu, S. (2009, October). Validating sexual anxiety and body image scales in China. Poster presentation at the 2009 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference,   Philadelphia, PA.

Swain, M. (2009, September). Developing a generalist, strengths-based collaborative helping relationship. Presentation for Social Work with Individuals Course, Widener University, Chester, PA.

Ingersoll, T.S. & Swain, M. (2008, April). Men and Violence. Presentation at the Take Back the Night Domestic Violence Awareness Event: Widener University, Chester, PA.

Swain, M. (2008, February). Exploring gender. Co-facilitated a class for Social Work Human Sexuality undergraduate course, Widener University, Chester, PA.

Swain, M. (2007, April). The ideal relationship: What does it take? Presentation at the 2007 Get Real…Exploring the Realities of Teenage Life: A conference for high school students, Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ.

Swain, M. (2006, March). Effects of drugs and alcohol on sexual decision making. Presentation at New Hope Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation for adolescent males, Marlboro, NJ.

Swain, M. (2005, October). Sexually transmitted infections: Being safe. Presentation for Additions Course, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ.

Swain, M. (2005, September). Women and men’s sexual health. Presentation for older adults at Red Bank Senior Center, Red Bank, NJ.

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