Disclaimer: Please be advised that this podcast covers sensitive topics, including discussion of child sexual abuse, violence, and sexual assault.
As the next guest to join our “Women Championing Change” podcast series, we have Dr. Maria Nanos, the Executive Director of The Center for Law and Social Work. Passionate about her career, Dr. Nanos believes that her daring personality, desire to help others, and dynamic life experiences all led her to pursue social work.
With these interests in mind, Dr. Nanos worked towards receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, and also obtained her masters in social work from Jane Addams, University of Illinois. She was hired as the youngest member to work with children who had been sexually abused in the Special Services Unit at Juvenile Court in Chicago’s Cook County. Starting her clinical career in 1987, Dr. Nanos’ primary focus was to work with children and families dealing with sexual abuse and neglect. With her involvement, she was able to gain a strong understanding in how to provide investigation, therapy, counseling, and other aiding services for the protection and safety of children, and the stabilization of families.
As the Executive Director for Center for Law and Social work, Dr. Nanos also works with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and specializes in adoption and guardianship for numerous families in Chicago. As a program of CLSW, Dr. Nanos also manages Porchlight Counseling Services, which offers free therapy sessions for students who have been sexually assaulted. In addition to this work, Dr. Nanos is also a professor at Loyola University, in the Masters of Social Work program. Dr. Nanos and CLSW consistently work towards their goal of “Promoting Families | Providing Hope | Protecting Lives”