Joy Valentine 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 earned a certification in school social work and her primary area of experience is working within the school system identifying and supporting at-risk youth. Additionally, she has clinical experience working with children and families in the foster care system, private adoption, 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.