Carol Burrell-Jackson, MSW, Ph.D., LCSW
Carol Burrell-Jackson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the product of Detroit Public Schools. She competed her undergraduate studies and earned her MSW from Wayne State University. She fulfilled her doctoral requirements attaining a PH.D., in Social Work and Anthropology from Michigan State University, and inducted into the Phi Alpha Honors Society for Social Work. Her dissertation research examined church-going Black Christians’ use of ministers as a resource in times of distress.
For nearly 40 years, Carol has provided home-based family centered therapy to juvenile delinquent youth and their families, families at risk of abuse and neglect. She has also provided individual psychotherapy and premarital and martial therapy. With a goal of contributing to the field, Carol has been invested in training graduate and post-graduate mental health professionals to develop compassionate and competent helping skills.
While pursuing her doctoral studies, Carol served as supervising faculty at the University of Michigan Center for the Child and Family, providing clinical supervision for graduate social work and psychology interns. Carol later worked as Counselor then Clinical Director at POWER Inc., her church’s faith based community Development Corporation for 17 years, serving her final 3 years as the Executive Director. Her desire to make a meaningful contribution to the field led her to develop that agency’s internship program, which taught over 200 interns from colleges and universities within and outside of the United States, including the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California and the University of Hong Kong. During that time she also taught on the graduate and undergraduate level in the Counseling program for the University of Phoenix.
Carol recently relocated to Florida with her husband to be closer to her daughter, son in law and 4 of their 6 grandchildren. While in Florida, Carol provided outpatient and inpatient mental health services to incarcerated women to chronically mentally ill women at the Florida Women’s Reception Center. Carol has been a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan since 1986, and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida.
Carol believes that each person carries within them a measure of greatness which can be obscured by the pains and tragedies that can come in life. She sees her job as drawing out that greatness and helping individuals to recognize that they are truly gifts.