Hi, I'm Michele Lansing
Michele Lansing, MA, MS Ed., LCSW
Therapist, Consultant, and Director of Clinical Operations
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over a dozen years' experience in education and mental health. Prior to moving to Chicago, I taught middle and high school in Brooklyn, NY, focusing on mathematics, science, and sex education. I was a grade leader and served on the school’s Quality Improvement Team. Through my work as a public school teacher, I witnessed how many children are tied down by life’s stressors, unable to devote themselves to their educations. From these experiences, I decided to transition into social work.
After completing my graduate studies in social work at The University of Chicago, I continued my training and work as a child and family therapist at JPA. Five years ago, I became director of JPA’s internship program, and have created and led JPA’s professional development and training department, and have also been instrumental in developing and implementing multiple JPA programs supporting students, families, and teachers in cultivating stronger and healthier relationships. I currently serve as JPA’s Director of Clinical Operations, supporting the clinical team's clinical services.
Merging the fields of education and mental health, I aim to bridge the gap between school and home by working with teachers and parents to provide children with a loving and safe environment where they can flourish.
I earned my BA in Psychology and Child Mental Health Studies at New York University, my MS in Education at City University of New York’s Brooklyn College, and my MA in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.
My specialty areas are: Trauma; child and adolescent development; parenting and family concerns; Clinical social work/counseling training and supervision; non-directive and play therapy; psychodynamic theory and practice; education and mental health intersections; school culture and discipline policies; and equity in education;
I'm a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).