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Social Work - Faculty

Photo of Crystal AschenbrenerDepartment Chair -                             Crystal S. Aschenbrener, DSW, MSW, APSW
DSW, Aurora University 
MSW, University of Kansas
BSW, University of South Dakota
Corona Hall, #315

Areas of expertise:  Intervention programs for Native American youth; Women's issues; Service-Learning; Undergraduate Research; Domestic Travel; Macro social work practice

Crystal Aschenbrener is the department chair of the new social work at Alverno College, which she helped to develop. The effort involved working with national social work accreditation requirements and state licensure processes, with which she has become quite familiar. She began teaching here in 2017, and teaches courses including social work programs and policies, human behavior and the social environment, social work practice courses, and Native American service and research. Her primary goal is to ensure social work majors are successfully able to meet the social justice needs of the Milwaukee and surrounding area and beyond.

A licensed social worker with 10 years of university teaching experience, Aschenbrener is the program coordinator of the Today & Beyond Program. The program introduces college students to tribal culture, traditions and strengths, as well as the historical trauma and social problems facing Native Americans. Each year she and her students travel to a tribal school to work with junior high students, helping prepare them for high school, college and beyond. Her field experience includes work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Aschenbrener earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and her Doctor of Social Work from Aurora University in Aurora, Ill. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers at both the state and national levels, the Rural Social Work and Human Services Caucus, and the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Association. Aschenbrener is also a member of the Indigenous Tribal Social Work Educators’ Association’s Task Force Committee with Council on Social Work Education, the Diversity Committee for the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, and was invited to join the board of the National Mentoring Resource Center with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Photo of  Luci StaudacherField Coordinator -                   Luci Staudacher, MSW, LCSW
MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
BA in Social Work and Behaviorial Science, Mount Mary College
Corona Hall, #312

Areas of expertise: Child sexual abuse; Trauma informed care; Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy; Self-care for the professional 

Lucinda Staudacher is an assistant professor of Social Work at Alverno College, and she also serves as the social work field coordinator. In her role she completes off-campus field education site visits, develops and maintains off-campus partnerships and assists with accreditation monitoring, and curriculum development.   She also teaches courses including social work programs and policies, social work practice methods for groups and families, social work field education and trauma informed care for the future professional.

Staudacher has over 25 years of experience in social work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and she most recently served as the Director of Clinical Services and a therapist at Pathfinders Milwaukee, Inc. Over the course of her career she has focused her work on trauma victims, mostly survivors of child sexual abuse, and has become extremely knowledgeable in trauma-informed care. Because of this work, she noticed the need for professionals who provide care to trauma survivors to practice self-care, and this has become an area of interest for her as well. Other previous work includes general mental health, youth, LGBTQA+, child and family welfare, and adults with developmental disabilities. Her work experience has been with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. 

Staudacher earned her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Mary College, double majoring in social work and behavioral science.  She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a concentration in child and family welfare.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and was presented with the Unsung Hero Award in 2012 for her clinical work with Latino survivors of sexual violence.  In 2015, she was presented with the Voices of Courage Award from the Wisconsin Coalition on Sexual Assault for her work in child sexual violence prevention.

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