Portrait of Jeanne Wagner (white woman), Clinical Professor

Jeanne Wagner, MSW, LCSW, ACSW

  • Clinical Professor, Social Work
  • Director, Social Work Field Program

Jeanne Wagner joined the staff of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare in May 2005 as the director of social work field education programs. She received her MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work in Chicago and her BSW from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

Jeanne is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive clinical, management, and administrative experience. Prior to her current position, she worked in a variety of social service settings, including child welfare, adoption (domestic and international), mental health, intellectual disabilities, geriatrics, and private practice.

Jeanne currently teaches courses in social work and develops and presents continuing education programs covering social work ethics and boundaries, leadership and supervision, case management, documentation, confidentiality, adoption competency, and safety in the field. She is a trainer for the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) curriculum through the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE) and UWM's co-director for TAC. She has served in the role of ombuds for UWM since 2007 and has 10 years of experience in quality assurance. Jeanne was involved with the Youth Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling Program (YOSAT) funded through HERSA from 2014-2017. She was also involved with the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program funded by SAMHSA from 2013-2016.


  • MSW, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991
  • BSW, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Professional Interests:

  • Social work values, ethics, and boundaries
  • Safety issues for social workers and human service professionals
  • Family preservation, child protection, and adoption
  • Working with substance affected families in child welfare
  • Leadership in human service organizations
  • Effective strategies in case management
  • International social work
  • Supervisor/leadership strategies in human services
  • Risk management issues in child welfare
  • Ethics and boundaries for supervisory and administrative staff in the following settings:
    • Human service settings
    • In-home services
    • Hospice & palliative care
    • School social workers
    • Services to older adults
    • Medical and clinical settings
    • Working with mandated clients
    • Effective case management strategies
    • Managing safety in human services
    • Understanding the dynamics of adoption and effectively engaging adoptive families
    • Moving from practitioner to social work educator
    • Documentation strategies in human services

Curriculum Vitae