The Constance M. Kinnear Counseling Internship Program

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) has named its graduate-level Counseling Internship Program The Constance M. Kinnear Counseling Internship Program to recognize the foundational support of CEW’s longtime friend and advocate, Connie Kinnear.

In 2011, Connie , along with her husband Tom Kinnear, initiated a Community Counseling endowment, securing CEW’s ability to provide counseling services to non-UM affiliated members of the Ann Arbor community. This leadership gift also catalyzed the support of numerous other donors, and Connie has committed to further support through the Victors for Michigan campaign.

Putting the Center’s Community Counseling on firm, sustainable footing significantly increases the value and capacity of CEW’s counseling internship program—thus inspiring CEW to name the program after Connie Kinnear. The community population makes up approximately half of CEW’s counseling clientele.

Connie Kinnear, center, with the 2014-15 Connie Kinnear CEW Interns: from left, Sarah Lewis-Crow, 2014-15 MSW Intern, Management of Human Services; Lorina Karreci, 2014-15 MSW Intern, Counseling; Elizabeth Rohr, 2014-15 MSW Intern, Counseling, and Jennifer Nulty, 2104 MSW Intern, Social Policy and Evaluation. 

The Constance M. Kinnear Counseling Internship Program is offered in conjunction with the U-M School of Social Work’s MSW program, for which CEW has become an important field work site. Under the supervision of the Center’s Licensed Master Social Workers, interns learn to translate their classroom knowledge to CEW’s individual counseling services, which focus on career and educational growth.

After careful training and evaluation, interns are able to offer counseling appointments of their own. This hands-on experience provides MSW students with the resources and support necessary to ensure they are fully prepared to provide excellent counseling services upon completion of their degrees.

“The Center is delighted to honor Connie Kinnear’s leadership and foresight,” said CEW Director Dr. Gloria Thomas. “Having a robust Community Counseling service helps guarantee our Counseling interns have a broad range of counseling opportunities, and are prepared for professional and academic success. We thank Connie for finding a way to provide benefit for students, CEW, the University, and the larger community.”

To honor Connie's committment to CEW and the naming of the Intern Program, CEW held a breakfast. Enjoy the photos from that morning. 

Left: Jerry May, U-M Vice President for Development with Gloria Thomas, Director, CEW. In the background, a poster of Connie and Tom Kinnear.

Left: Doreen Murasky, CEW Intern Program Manager and Lorina Karreci, MSW Intern, Counseling. 





Student intern Elizabeth Rohr talks about her work in counseling at CEW. Center, Mary Lynn Stevens, CEW Director of Development and Sarah Lewis-Crow, MSW Intern, Management of Human Services .