Dr. Ginneh L. Akbar

Board Member

Dr. Ginneh L. Akbar, MSW, LSW, DSW

Dr. Akbar’s extensive practice experience has reflected her commitment and passion for child welfare and families who have been impacted by trauma. Her work has primarily focused on children and families, providing clinical services in various settings including community mental health and child welfare agencies. She has worked in direct practice, ranging in positions from child welfare investigations, to providing evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions like Child Parent Psychotherapy and TF-CBT. Additionally, she has served in administrative positions providing training and reflective supervision to social workers and therapists.

Dr. Akbar’s research interests include organizational trauma in helping professions, sustainability and environmental racism, social media, and social work ethics in child welfare. She received her B.S. in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, her MSW from Temple University and her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught as an adjunct lecturer. Currently, Dr. Akbar serves as Program Director and Department Chair of Graduate Social Work at West Chester University, where she teaches classes in advanced social work practice methods, mental health/mental illness, as well as electives she recently developed. She recently started Akbar & Associates, a consulting and training firm where she provides workforce support and staff development training on a variety of topics. 

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