Dionne is a lifelong resident of North Dakota having graduated from Minot State University with a Bachelors of Social Work. Dionne spent her first several years of her professional career working in domestic violence and child welfare. She went on to obtain her Masters of Social Work from Florida State University as well as her Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker credential from North Dakota. Dionne has worked in the child welfare system in North Dakota for over 15 years. She brings with her a vast understanding and knowledge of child welfare issues and policies within North Dakota. Dionne has advanced training in treating traumatized youth as well as providing Dialectal Behavior Therapy.
Dionne is currently working on obtaining her doctoral degree in Human Services with a Clinical Social Work specialization. Dionne’s identified research areas include; domestic violence, family-centered care for disabled children and social work burnout. Dionne is a strong supporter of social change and is engaged in a variety of activities to support this endeavor. Dionne believes in emulating the social work principles in all she does both professionally and personally.
Dionne is married to a high school educator and coach. They have 3 children together with the youngest son being diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. Both Dionne and her husband are active in various endeavors to increase Down syndrome awareness both at a local and national level.
Dionne’s teaching philosophy encompasses the same core values as the NASW Code of Conduct; Honesty, Integrity and Dignity and Worth of Every Person. Dionne believes that every student makes a significant contribution to the classroom learning environment. Dionne believes that students must not only learn the values of social work but have ample opportunity to implement those values in all aspects of their learning. Dionne bridges the historical nature of the profession to the present for the students through a variety of teaching methods.