||Associate Professor of Social Work, Gerentology Program Director
Ph.D., Social Work, University of South Carolina
M.S.W., University of South Carolina
B.S., Erskine College
||123 Bancroft Hall
Gerontology, Interdisciplinary Education in End-of-Life, Ethics in Social Work Practice, Group Work, Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
Dr. Forrest is an associate professor with the Department of Social Work at Winthrop. During her 19 years of direct practice experience, Forrest provided psychosocially-based services to individuals and families facing addictions, mental health, and health care – specifically with those facing life-threatening and terminal illnesses. Through her practice experience, she gained extensive experience in crisis intervention, loss and grief counseling, and program development and management. Dr. Forrest serves as the Gerontology Program Director at Winthrop, which is housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
In 2001, Forrest transitioned into academia, teaching in graduate and undergraduate-level social work education. Within the Department of Social Work at Winthrop, she teaches courses in human behavior, group practice, introductory and advanced skills, and the Social Work department’s signature Capstone course. In addition to teaching in the M.S.W. and B.S.W. programs, Forrest has administered two externally funded projects: The Interdisciplinary Educational Specialization in End-of-Life Care and the Professional Certificate Program in End-of-Life Care.
Forrest earned a Ph.D. from the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina; an M.S.W. from the College of Social Work at USC, and a B.S. in social services from Erskine College.
She frequently conducts local, state, and regional workshops and presentations on ethics in social work practice, working across disciplines, team approaches to providing end-of-life care, and therapeutic approaches to assessing for/managing loss and grief matters. Forrest recently was published in the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care.
If not in her primary office, Dr. Forrest can be found in the Gerontology Studies office (Bancroft G03) in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.