Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Christie Mason, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, NMT Level II

Title/s:  Clinical Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Dean for MSW Programs

Office #:  Maguire Hall 540

Phone: 312.915.7094

Email: cmason3@luc.edu

CV Link: Mason CV 2022

Mission in Action

As a clinical faculty member, my role in the School of Social Work is primarily as an educator. I teach courses across the curriculum, including Practice Skills with Individuals and Families; Lifespan Development, Human Behavior, Trauma and Theory; Assessment of Client Concerns in Context; Practice with Adolescents; Clinical Social Work Practice with Children; Neurodevelopment and Trauma; and Arts Based and Experiential Approaches to Social Work. All the teaching I do is informed by nearly 20 years of clinical practice with children, adolescents, families, adults and older adults. Areas of focus in my practice have included child sexual abuse, trauma, adoption, and domestic violence, along with commonly presenting concerns such as anxiety and depression. Class material is enlivened by examples from clinical practice, allowing students to apply theories about which they are learning to actual case scenarios. I believe it is especially important for students to hear social work educators and practitioners talk about both difficulties and successes in our work, in order to prepare them for the realities of day-to-day social work practice. Theses in-class experiences are a building block of transformative education.



PhD, Loyola University Chicago, 2007
MSW, Aurora University, 1999
BS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1995

Program Areas

Dr. Mason teaches practice and human behavior courses. Her areas of interest include child and adolescent therapy; adoption and attachment; sexual abuse/trauma; professional ethics.

SOWK 500 - Lifespan Development, Human Behavior, Trauma and Theory
SOWK 501 - Assessment of Client Concerns in Context
SOWK 503 - Practice Skills with Individuals and Families
SOWK 615 - Practice with Adolescents
SOWK 620 - Clinical Social Work Practice with Children
SOWK 637 - Neurodevelopment and Trauma

Research Interests

Neuroscience education in social work

Practice with children

Late-placed adoption


Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Association for Play Therapy
Member, Board of Directors, The Theraplay Institute

Selected Publications

Mason, C., Kelly, B.L. & McConchie, V. (2020). Applying principles of neuroscience to trauma treatment: Introducing graduate students to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 40(4), 352-371. 

Mason. C. (2019). Helping clients move beyond trauma: The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. The New Social Worker, 26(1), 20-21.

Mason, C. (2018, Summer). The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. NASW Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Section Connection. 2-4.

Hong, R. and Mason, C. (2016). Becoming a neurobiologically-informed play therapist. International Journal of Play Therapy, 25(1), 35-44.

Mason, C. (2008) Review of Teens who hurt: Clinical interventions to break the cycle of violence. Child and
Adolescent Social Work Journal, 25(5), 447-450.

Mason, C. (2006) Two truths (editorial). Praxis, 6, 3-4.

Mason, C. (2005) Building on our foundations (editorial). Praxis, 5, 3-4.