Winthrop University: CAS Faculty Profile - Forrest, Cynthia

Name:  Cynthia Forrest
Title:  Associate Professor of Social Work
Education:  Ph.D., Social Work, University of South Carolina
M.S.W., University of South Carolina
B.S., Erskine College
Office:  123 Bancroft Hall   
Phone:  803/323-3392
Area(s):  Gerontology, Interdisciplinary Education in End-of-Life, Ethics in Social Work Practice, Group Work, Teaching Critical Thinking Skills


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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 previously served as director for the Gerontology Program 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. full time and Weekend Programs, and in the B.S.W. program, 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 (USC); 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 has published in the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care.

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