Ingrid Slikkers

Ingrid Slikkers

Ingrid Slikkers

Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Location: NH017
Phone: (269) 471-6677

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BA (1993), Andrews University

MSW (1998), Western Michigan University


Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, LMSW, CCTP, joined the Andrews Social Work Department in 2016 but has been practicing social work since the early-1990’s.  She comes from an Argentinean/Uruguayan pastoral family and has lived in various places.  Early in her career she worked at a homeless shelter, juvenile detention center, as well as at a psychiatric hospital for children.  After receiving her graduate degree, she worked as a child and family therapist for many years specializing in 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 and has done focused work within the Latino community.  Prior to coming to Andrews, she served as a program manager in southwest Michigan shifting from a clinical therapist position to management and development of programs to serve refugees. Professor Slikkers continues to supervise and consult for Southwest Michigan Bethany Christian Services Refugee and Immigrant Services that serves unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children fleeing from violent or war-torn countries all over the world.

She is married, has two sons whom she thoroughly enjoyed homeschooling when they were young, and enjoys traveling. She has been very involved in children and family church ministries.

Watch Ingrid Slikkers discuss her passion for social work:


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:

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:

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.