Vaughan Stephanie

Stephanie L. Vaughn

Office: DPL 303 H
Phone: (907)786-6737


My philosophy about training is that well-trained workers are able to work with their clients, whether children, families or individuals, in new and better ways. Training is the jumping off point to more effective workers and more satisfied clientele. My job as a trainer is to provide the impetus to trainees to learn new ideas and skills, to help in critical thinking and analysis, and to support the new worker in their development as a valued and valuable member of the child welfare service.


MSSW - University of Texas at Arlington, 1980

BA - Trinity University, 1977

Career History

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Alaska License No: 585

2001 – present
Trainer, Family and Youth Services Training Academy, University of Alaska, Anchorage.

1995 - 2001
College Associate Professor, School of Social Work, New Mexico State University

1989 - 1995
Assistant College Professor, School of Social Work, New Mexico State University.

1987 - 1989
Adoptions Consultant, New Mexico Human Services Department, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1985 - 1987
Social Work Consultant, New Mexico Human Services Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1980 - 1985
Social Worker, Children's Protective Services, New Mexico Human Services Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Included work on special legislative projects, Project Reunite, designed to reunite families in the child welfare system from 1980-1982.

Teaching Responsibilities

Field Instructor Training, New Mexico State University, Training for agency- based instructors in family preservation principles and skills, to assist them in supervision of family preservation students 1992-2001.

Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
Field Practicum Instructor (Baccalaureate and Graduate)
Field Practicum Seminar Instructor (Baccalaureate and Graduate)
Generalist Social Work Practice (Baccalaureate and Graduate)
Permanency Planning for Families & Children
Graduate Research Seminar
Family & Child Welfare
Child Abuse and Neglect

Professional and Departmental Service

Member: Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Member and Co-Chair: Dona Ana County Child Abuse Prevention Committee.

Co-Editor, Newsletter: National Association of Social Workers New Mexico.

Board Member: Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, New Mexico

Board Member: Safehouse, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

President and board member: Denali Family Services, Anchorage

President, Social Workers of Southern New Mexico, 1995
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Board of Directors, New Mexico Chapter, NASW
1991 - 1993 Secretary
1984 - 1986 Member at Large
1995 – 1997 Southern Representative

Presenter, Third Annual Citizens Review Board Conference on "Adoption Services," 1989.

Keynote Address, Public Housing Authorities Statewide Convention, Las Cruces, New Mexico, on "Communication as a Key,” May, 1990.

Presenter, Seventh Annual Association for Professional Supervisors Conference, Las Cruces, N.M. on "Family Support & Family Preservation,” September, 1992.

Presenter, Annual Conference on Family Preservation, San Antonio, TX, September, 2000

Presenter, Annual Conference on Family Preservation, Austin, TX, September, 1999.

Presenter, Annual Conference on Adult and Distance Learning. ” Rural Education in Roswell, New Mexico: It’s Not As Alien As You Think.” Atlanta, GA. Summer, 2000.


Service Award, NASW-NM-1994

Research Interests

Co-authored training manual for statewide adoption casemanagement training.

Co-authored and received grant for curriculum development and interactive puppets for Child Abuse Prevention through Emergency Medical Services, UNM, 1991.

Traineeship Grants, Family and Child Training Sequence IX, X, XI. Funded through DHHS, CYFD.