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Annemarie Gockel, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Social Work Practice sequence

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How people draw on spirituality to heal physically and mentally is the crux of Gockel's current work. Her ongoing research explores consumer contributions to the provision of all health and mental health services with a special focus on spiritual coping and mindfulness-based interventions.

Gockel's related areas of interest include mental health consumer narratives, social work education and training and mindfulness in clinical training.

At Smith, Gockel teaches Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families in the M.S.W. program, advises first and second year students and clinical supervisors during field internships and advises second year students conducting thesis research. She chairs the Social Work Practice Sequence. She also coordinates the foundational practice course and serves on the Field Placement Committee and International Committee.


Gockel received her bachelor's degree from Concordia University, her M.S.W. from the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of British Columbia.


Selected Publications

Gockel, A., & Burton, D. (in press). An evaluation of pre-practicum helping skills training for graduate social work students. Journal of Social Work Education.

Gockel, A. & Burton, D. (in press). Can God help? Religion among adolescent male sex offenders. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Gockel, A. (2013). Telling the ultimate tale: The merits of narrative research in the psychology of religion. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 10, 189-203. doi:10.1080/14780887.2011.616622

Gockel, A., Cain, T., Malove, S., & James, S. (2013). Mindfulness as clinical training: Student perspectives on the utility of mindfulness training in fostering clinical intervention skills. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 32, 36-59. doi: 10.1080/15426432.2013.749146

Gockel, A. (2011). Client perspectives on spirituality in the therapeutic relationship. Humanistic Psychologist, 39(2), 154-168. doi: 10.1080/08873267.2011.564959