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Dana Gaines, MSW, LCSW

Dana Gaines Instructor and BSW Advisor

Contact information

Education 123
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Co 80523-1586
(970) 491-7183

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Areas of Interest

Trauma informed care, county child welfare intervention outcomes, and social justice


Dana Gaines, Academic Adviser/Instructor, joined the CSU staff in summer of 2011. She received her MSW from Colorado State University. While earning her graduate degree Mrs. Gaines focused her research on recidivism rates of youth in outpatient drug and alcohol treatment settings who were also involved in the child welfare and juvenile court systems. Since 2000 she has worked in both urban and rural communities as a child protection caseworker including work in abuse/neglect investigations, foster care, juvenile courts, and juvenile sex offender management. She continued her professional expertise in the field of child welfare while living in California (2007 - 2010) by coordinating the Los Angeles County IV-E child welfare stipend program for California State University Northridge while also serving as a field liaison and field instructor. She has been licensed in the state of Colorado since summer of 2011. Her direct practice experience focused on providing trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy to child/youth survivors of trauma and their families.

Degree Information

M.S.W., May 2005, Social Work, Colorado State University
B.S.W., May 2001, Social Work, Colorado State University

Academic Appointments

August 2011 - present: Lecturer/Academic Adviser, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional post–baccalaureate and post–master’s social work experience

JSeptember 2013- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
July 2007 - November 2010: IV-E Child Welfare Coordinator, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
May 2005 - February 2007: Social Caseworker II (Ongoing), Larimer County Human Services, Fort Collins, CO
August 2001 - May 2004: Social Caseworker (Intake), Denver County Human Services, Denver, CO

Community service responsibilities and activities for the last 3 years

Poudre School District: Parent/Teacher Organization
Faith Based/Non-Denominational community event planning
Administrative Profession Council: Colorado State University