Joy Valentine, LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. She received dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in 1999, and received her Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University in 2001. She is certificatied in school social work and has experience working in the public school system, identifying and supporting at-risk youth. Additionally, she has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and families; in the foster care and private adoption systems; with domestic abuse survivors; and has worked with the geriatric population supporting both patients and their families making end of life care decisions.
Joy focuses on collaboration as a cornerstone in working with individuals and families to build trust, and when forming collaborative bonds with community service providers to facilitate wrap-around care. This belief in respect and partnership as a fundamental, best practice approach for client interaction and service delivery led her to instruct a Master-level course as an adjunct faculty member in the area of collaborative and consultative strategies at Oakland University. Supporting clients to identify and reach their full potential is her passion.
Most recently she has been certified in grief and loss counseling to support those who have lost a loved one, or are transitioning through a difficult season in life. She believes that grief is a shared, human experience, one that we each navigate at our own pace. Her guiding principle of grief work is that we are all resilient, and our lives can and do, grow up and around grief.