Jennifer Hannett is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Dickinson College. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University. Jennifer is a board approved clinical supervisor in Virginia and Maryland. She has received specialized training in attachment-based therapy.
Jennifer has 18 years of experience engaging in clinical social work with vulnerable populations of at-risk children, adolescents, adults, and families with histories of abuse & neglect, complex trauma, acute mental health and behavioral challenges, adjustment and attachment issues, and loss. She has worked in diverse settings, including: Child Protective Services, where she specialized in conducting sexual abuse investigations; she trained in an outpatient VET center, where she provided trauma focused psychotherapy to veterans diagnosed with PTSD; and she worked in therapeutic foster care. Jennifer gained experience providing CBT and solution-focused individual, group, and family therapy with adults, adolescents, and children hospitalized for acute psychiatric needs in a psychiatric hospital setting, and within a residential treatment center for adolescents with complex trauma, and severe behavioral and mental health needs. Jennifer has worked in the field of adoption for the past 12 years, most recently serving as a Director with an international adoption agency. She has enjoyed supporting and counseling families experiencing issues related to adjustment, attachment, and loss.
Jennifer loves teaching and supervising the next generation of social workers through her work as a Field Instructor and Adjunct Faculty with The Catholic University of America (CUA) and Simmons University schools of Social Work. Jennifer teaches undergraduate Field Education Seminar and Social Work Practice courses with CUA’s BSW program, and she teaches Field Education Seminar courses with CUA and Simmons University’s online MSW programs.
Jennifer has a great passion for helping children, adolescents, and families heal from traumatic experiences in order to live happier lives and reach their full potential. She is thrilled and honored to join the talented team at the Gil Institute.