Susie Ryder, M.S.W., LCSW, LAC

Practicum Faculty Adviser
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B.A., Oberlin College
M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work


Susie Ryder, LCSW, LAC is the director of undergraduate and graduate field education at MSU Denver. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She received her master of social work degree at Smith College School for Social Work and is a licensed addiction counselor. She worked for 7 years at Cleo Wallace Centers in various positions including inpatient social worker, residential clinician, inpatient manager and clinical director. Ryder then continued her work with children, adolescents and families at Mental Health Partners for 16 years. At Mental Health Partners, she was the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy trainer for the center for several years. She co-led a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy training program in the community in Boulder, Colorado. At Mental Health Partners she was the Senior Program Manager for the prevention/intervention and school-based programs in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain School Districts with oversight of 40 therapists in 53 schools.

Ryder has been working in the Boulder office of Michele Weiner-Davis at the Divorce Busting Center providing individual and couple’s therapy. She has been a practicum faculty adviser, admissions reader, integrative seminar co-leader and lecturer in the Advanced Clinical Supervision program at Smith College School for Social Work. She currently serves on the board of a Peer Educator Suicide Prevention program for adolescents and offers presentations in Boulder County on this topic.