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Amber Residori

School of Professional Studies

Social Work and Criminal Justice

M.S.W, 1999, University of Illinois
B.A., 1993, Olivet Nazarene University

Professor Residori is the chair of the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice.  She received her designation as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2002. Her professional experience includes extensive work in residential treatment settings with youth and adolescents who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders. She particularly enjoys working comprehensively in developing and teaching others in the art of group therapy, milieu management, leadership, building and maintaining a healthy culture, and cutting-edge treatment interventions with difficult populations. As an administrator, she has had extensive experience in strategic planning, budgeting, employee recruitment, training and development.

She enjoys opening new programs from the ground up and has accomplished this in a variety of settings, including: an outpatient practice for sexual offenders, a healthy-touch/anger management curriculum for elementary and high school settings, various new residential treatment programs, a transitional living program, and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital programs. She has also worked in a hospital setting in the neurological rehabilitation of head trauma and coma patients.

Professor Residori has presented on working with specialized populations in residential settings, team building, and psychiatric disorder for many local conferences and seminars, as well as at national level trainings.

She is passionate about life, helping others and sharing God’s love through service. She and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of two daughters, Alysandra and Kennedy.



Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.