Ingrid Weiss Slikkers

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers

Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work and Executive Director of the International Center For Trauma Education & Care

Office Location: NH017
Phone: (269) 471-6677
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BA (1993), Andrews University

MSW (1998), Western Michigan University


Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, LMSW (Clinical & Macro), CCTP, joined the Andrews Social Work Department in 2016 having practiced social work since the early-1990’s.  She comes from an Argentinean/Uruguayan pastoral family having lived in various places including overseas.  Early in her career she worked at a homeless shelter, juvenile detention center, specialized summer camps, and at a psychiatric hospital for children.  After receiving her graduate degree, she worked as a child and family therapist for many years focusing on the treatment of trauma, loss, and family issues. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and part of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.  Slikkers has significant experience doing and advocating for culturally appropriate therapy within multi-cultural groups doing concentrated work within the Latino community.  Prior to coming to Andrews, she served as a program manager for Southwest Michigan Bethany Christian Services shifting from a clinical therapist position to management and development of programs to serve immigrants and refugees. Most recently, Slikkers has been involved with leadership and development of the new International Center for Trauma Education and Care additionally facilitating the School of Social Work to function as a Trauma - Informed organization (as proposed by SAMHSA) and supporting infusing trauma awareness within each course taught by the school. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner (TBRI).

She is married, has two young adult sons, a new daughter-in-law, and enjoys reading and traveling. Having been involved in children and family church ministries and education, she is daily in awe of the intersection of faith and science and the hope and healing this brings.

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Current Research or Professional Activities

Professor Slikkers continues to explore and develop how to educate and promote the healing of trauma in diverse groups including communities overseas.  Professor Slikkers is interviewed and speaks frequently at university, community and church events on varied topics but specifically regarding trauma as well as the plight of refugee children and our call to action.

Selected Presentations:

Alina M. Baltazar, Charity Garcia, and Ingrid W. Slikkers.  "Strategies for ourselves and our students."  How teachers can conquer emotional challenges during COVID-19 and beyond.  NAD Department of Education COVID-19 Webinar Series.  April 28, 2020.

Nicki Britten, Harvey Burnett, Anita Fernander, Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, Twyla Smith, Padma Tadi Uppala, and Lynn Todman.  Panel, COVID 19:  Understanding and breaking the socio-economic and racial disperities.  Andrews University Social Consciousness Summit.  Berrien Springs, MI.  April 23, 2020.

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, David R. Williams, and Nia Johnson.  Panel, Prophetic Adventism and Healthcare Justice.  Lake Union Herald.  Berrien Springs, MI.  April 18, 2020.

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers.  "Becoming partners in restoration:  Trauma informed ministry."  Arizona Conference Pastors and Teachers Annual Meeting.  Scottsdale, Arizona.  January 21, 2020.

Charity Garcia and Ingrid Weiss Slikkers.  "Becoming partners in restoration:  Looking through the trauma lens."  Arizona Conference Pastors and Teachers Annual Meeting.  Scottsdale, Arizona.  January 21, 2020.

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers.  "What's happening to our kids?  Mental health and introduction to trauma."  North American Division Education Leadership Annual Meeting.  Houston, TX.  December 6, 2019.

Ingrid Slikkers and Geraldine Gomez.  "Cross-cultural trauma-focus and faith:  Working with immigrant and refugee kids."  North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention, Indianapolis, IN.  November 7-10, 2019.

Carmelo Mercado, John Nay, Shaly Penrod, Tom Goodwin, Joanie Goodwin, and Ingrid Slikkers.  "Jesus among the migrants and refugees, Part 2."  Jesus & Politics: Christians, Liberty, and Justice Today.  Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.  October 17-19, 2019.

Ingrid Slikkers, Carmelo Mercado, Rudy Monterrosa, Oliver Glanz, and Tony Anobile.  "Jesus among the migrants and refugees, Part 1."  Jesus & Politics: Christians, Liberty, and Justice Today.  Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.  October 17-19, 2019.

Ingrid Slikkers.  "Now what?  Moving trauma awareness into the classroom."  Michigan Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Annual Conference.  Big Rapids, MI.  September 19-20, 2019.

Charity Garcia and Ingrid W. Slikkers.  "Trauma sensitive education."  Great Lakes Adventist Academy.  Cedar Lake, MI.  August 2, 2019.

Katelyn Campbell and Ingrid Slikkers.  "Trauma recovery in ministry:  God's plan for restorarion."  Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice.  Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.  July 18-20, 2019.

Alanis, C., Ramirez, B., Rivera, J., & Slikkers, I.  (February, 2019).  Trauma, Mental Health and Legal Status of Immigrants and Refugees in Southwest Michigan.  Presented at the System of Care Conference, Kalamazoo, MI.

Otto, A. & Slikkers, I.  (October, 2018)  Challenges of Burnout and Employee Engagement in Social Services.  Presented at North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Hartford, CT.

Alanis, C., Ramirez, B., & Slikkers, I., (October, 2018).  Balloons, Cotton and Pizaa, Tolls for Immigrants?  Presented at Latino Social Workers Organization, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

Fernandez-Gibbs, J., & Slikkers, I., (October, 2018).  Do you believe that trauma interventions are able to cross cultures?  Poster presented at the Latino Social Workers Organization, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Slikkers, I.  (September, 2018) Panelist at Urban Ministry and Mission Congress, Berrien Springs, MI.

Slikkers, I.  (June, 2018)  El ser Personal: Relaciones con padres y otros adultos.  Presented at Conectate LUC Bilingual Youth Congress, Berrien Springs, MI.

Slikkers, I.  (June, 2018)  Self: Relationships with parents and other adults.  Presented at Conectate LUC Bilingual Youth Congress, Berrien Springs, MI.

Foster Parent Values: Taking trauma informed care one step further, The Alliance and LIRS/USCCB, Washington, DC, November 9, 2017.

The Impact of Trauma on Refugees, Andrews University Mission Conference, September 15, 2017.

El Impacto del Trauma, Andrews University Mission Conference Spanish Track, September 15, 2017.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Andrews Academy, September 11, 2017
Implication for Practice that go beyond the Spanish language, Andrews University, August 11, 2017.

Social Consciousness Summit, Andrews University, April 7, 2017.

Empowering Coping Skills, Prevention and Counseling Center, Andrews University, March 14, 2017.

Refugees, Immigration and the Travel Ban Forum, Andrews University, February 21, 2017.

Friendship before Dating? Religion Forum, Andrews University, January 31, 2017.

Faith in Teaching and Profession, Video, Pre-College Services, Andrews University, December 15, 2016.

Articles Published:

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers.  Make room for prayer.  Lake Union Herald, January/February 2020, 6.

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers.  Dear fellow mama.  Lake Union Herald.  November/December 2019, 6.

Slikkers, I. A. (2019, April).  Who are you following?  Lake Union Herald, 111(4), 6.

Ingrid Slikkers.  How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime.  Lake Union Herald 111(1), 6, 2019.

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers.  Counting every blessing.  Lake Union Herald 110(10), 6, 2018.

Ingrid Weiss Slikkers and Orelia Daye.  The impact of trauma: How do we present Jesus to those so fractured?  Journal of Adventist Mission Studies 14(1), 37-47, 2018.

Book Chapter Published:

Charity H. Garcia, Katelyn Campbell, Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, and Margaret D. Howell.  When you get that student:  Trauma-informed restorative responses.  Pp. 101-123, in Peter W. Kilgour and Beverly J. Christian (eds.), Revealing Jesus in the Learning Environment: Experiences of Christian Educators.  Avondale Academic Press:  Cooranbong NSW, Australia, 2019.