Casey Holtschneider
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4775
Youth homelessness; youth development; clinical practice with youth who have experienced trauma; qualitative research methods.
Courses Taught
SWK 207: Social Welfare Policy I
SWK 357: Social Welfare Policy II
SWK 403: Generalist Practice I
SWK 405: Generalist Practice II
SWK 406: Social Welfare Policy
SWK 407: Social Work Research
SWK 434: Child Welfare Policy
SWK 473: Special Topics in Advocacy
SWK 495/496: Advanced Field Practicum
Research Interests
Youth homelessness; recreation, music, and arts-based practice with youth; program evaluation; structural social work practice

PhD, Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

MSW, University of Michigan

BA in Psychology and BA in Sociology, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

Mattaini, M. A., & Holtschneider, C. (2016). Foundations of social work practice: A graduate text (5th ed.). Washington, DC:  NASW Press.

Mattaini, M.A., & Holtschneider, C. (2017). Collective leadership and circle processes: Not invented here. The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37, 126-141

Holtschneider, C. (2016). From independence to interdependence: Redefining outcomes for transitional living programs for youth experiencing homelessness. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 97, 160-170.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). A part of something: The importance of transitional living programs within a Housing First framework for youth experiencing homelessness. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 204-215.

Selected Exhibitions

Holtschneider, C. (2017). Supporting students in their time of need: Addressing hunger and housing insecurity on college campuses. Keynote Presentation, Governor’s State University, Chicago, IL.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). It saved my life: From homelessness to community with youth in transitional living. Invited webinar, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). Rethinking aftercare: Experiences of youth exiting housing programs. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Holtschneider, C. (2015) Youth voices on transitional living: Policy and practice implications.  Workshop presented to the Family and Youth Services Bureau Annual Conference for Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees, New Orleans, LA.

Holtschneider, C. (2015). The impact of transitional living programs: Perspectives of homeless youth. Oral presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program, Denver, CO.

Holtschneider, C. (2015). Qualitative research methods in community practice. Invited talk, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

Holtschneider, C. (2014). Engaging young people in adult housing programs. Workshop presented at Illinois Collaboration on Youth and the Chicago Youth Worker Collective, Chicago, IL.

Holtschneider, C., & Wade, B. (2014). Introduction to positive youth development. Workshop presented at Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Chicago IL


Dr. Casey Holtschneider completed her PhD in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and joined the social work faculty of NEIU in August 2016. Dr. Holtschneider has twenty years of social work practice experience, and is the former director of an emergency shelter, transitional living program, and aftercare program for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago, Illinois. While in this position, she worked with a team to successfully transition the organization to a trauma-informed, youth-centered model of practice and she has received awards for her individual contributions in this process at both the state and national level. She has subsequently trained other social work professionals and organizations across the country on how to initiate and sustain similar change within their own practice context. Before coming to NEIU, Dr. Holtschneider was part of the Child Welfare Research Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a research team examining foster care placement stability as well as services promoting successful transitions after emancipation for older youth in the child welfare system. Dr. Holtschneider’s current research focuses on improving services for young people through the implementation of intervention models that are youth-driven, evidence-guided, and grounded in anti-oppressive practice. She is also the cofounder and executive director of the LYTE Collective, a nonprofit organization supporting young people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Chicago, IL. Dr. Holtschneider teaches in both the BSW and MSW programs with a focus on policy and practice courses. 

Additional Information

Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Illinois

LWH 3001
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4775
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