Patricia Finn McManamy, M.S.W., LICSW

Adjunct Professor
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B.A., Trinity College
M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work


Patricia Finn McManamy teaches the HBSE course Child Development From an Integrative Perspective: Theory and Practice for Clinical Social Work. She has taught child development since 2008 and currently serves as course coordinator. In May 2023 she taught a Smith CE webinar, Using Sand Tray Therapy to Treat Anxiety, Identity Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief. As a psychotherapist she has worked at community mental health clinics and in residential programs for at-risk youth. She is the clinical supervisor with Hilltown Safety at Home in Huntington and is in private practice in Northampton. McManamy’s focus is in psychodynamic and expressive arts therapies, racial and economic justice, and working with families involved in foster care and adoption. Areas of interest include incorporating arts therapies into treatment of trauma, grief, and loss. McManamy conducts assessments and provides testimony on behalf of vulnerable populations in child custody, delinquency, and criminal cases for the Committee for Public Counsel. She is certified by MASOC/ATSA in the assessment and treatment of youth with problem sexual behaviors. McManamy has written books for children and adolescents about domestic violence and testifying in court, and with her teenage son is attempting to train their dog, Leo, to become a certified therapy dog. McManamy received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Hartford CT, with post-graduate studies at Centro Cesare Barbieri in Rome, Italy. She received her M.S.W. from the Smith School for Social Work.