B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1978
M.S.W., University of Washington School of Social Work, 1980
Francie Bennett, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is a therapist with offices at Greenlake and downtown Seattle, Washington. She started the private practice in 1980. She has also worked simultaneously with non-profit organizations such as The MS Association of King County, where she served first as a clinical social worker & later as he Executive Director, and as a mental health therapist at Seattle's Pike Market Medical Clinic. She co-authored the book on Multiple Sclerosis after completing over eight years of work in that field and a 5-state workshop tour with her co-authors. She enjoys writing poetry and lyrics, as well as doing artwork for her own enjoyment, and is now working on a novel. She has written and done artwork since she was a small child and believes creative endeavors, in all forms, can both nourish and reflect elements of a person. She encourages creativity in her work with her clients and initiated a creative women's gathering with some friends.
Latest Publication Title
Multiple Sclerosis Psychosocial and Vocational Interventions, Authors: Robert Fraser, Ph.D., David Clemmons, Ph.D., Francie Bennett, M.S.W., Demos Medical Publishing, LLC, 2002
How did Evergreen help you in your career?
Evergreen gave me the rare and beautiful opportunity to truly tailor an education in the directions and depth that I was ready for as someone already working in my field. The luxury of being able to meet one on one with a professor, to explore, with that level of inquiry and support - is and was very valuable in my life. It is a universe, not just university, away from being one of a sea of students in a class. I felt seen, heard, and respected as an individual who wanted and needed to learn, who had a certain learning style and particular questions that fit for me at that point in my development. The tailoring of learning contracts helped me/us to focus and affirm what we were about in my education. I could receive feedback that was meaningful and important to my development within the emotional openness of a private, perceptive, and compassionate conversation. I think this is a very smart way to educate, especially for individuals who have a sense of focused purpose and clarity in their individuality. It can enhance the growth and development, as well as the access to data, in a way that most educational formats can not. I was very fortunate. Evergreen is elegant and grand because it is built to human scale.