Melinda Gronen, MA, LCSW
Melinda Gronen is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who received her Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Melinda has over 22 years of experience working with individuals, children, and families. She specializes in supporting individuals and families who are coping with loss, have experienced a traumatic event, chronic illness, relationship conflict, divorce and co-parenting, job stress and many other life challenges.
Melinda also specializes in working with first responders (police, fire, paramedics, emergency department staff, military personnel, etc.) who may be experiencing job and family stress due to the nature of their work.
Throughout her career, Melinda has worked in school based health, residential treatment, community child welfare agencies, as a medical social worker at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, and in an intensive outpatient pediatric mental health setting (PHP/IOP).
Melinda is a leader in her field and provides extensive training and consultation across the country on the assessment of child maltreatment and response to trauma.
Melinda is a part-time lecturer in the graduate programs at the University of Chicago's Crown Family School of Social Work, Practice, and Policy.
In her free time Melinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, listening to her favorite jazz musicians in concert, and traveling.
Buster, Therapy Dog in Training
Buster is my 2 year old charcoal Labrador Retriever who is working on his training to become a therapy dog.
As part of his training, Buster is often at the office with me to work on his therapy skills and manners.
In his spare time, Buster loves to chase blowing leaves, play with friends at the dog park, snuggle his human family, and get into mischief at home.