Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, MSW, LMSW, joined the Andrews Social Work Department in 2016 but has been practicing social work since the mid-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. 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 clinically 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 and often presents on parenting in churches and the community.
Watch Ingrid Slikkers discuss her passion for social work:
Professor Slikkers is working on gathering information on how to best do clinical work with immigrant and refugee children. Currently she is helping to develop a trauma-informed therapeutic focused home for refugee girls.
Professors Slikkers is interviewed and speaks frequently at university, community and church events on varied topics but specifically regarding the plight of refugee children and our call to action.
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.