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Holtschneider, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor, MSW Program
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Studies and Research
(773) 442-4760
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
Research Interests
Housing models for youth experiencing homelessness; building systems of sustainable social support for young people leaving homeless programs; recreation, music and arts-based programming for youth experiencing poverty, homelessness and violence; alternative measurement tools for meaningful program evaluation; and, structural social work practice with youth

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

M.S.W., University of Michigan

B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

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

Holtschneider, C. (in press). From independence to interdependence: Redefining outcomes for transitional living programs for youth experiencing homelessness. Families in Society.

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. (2016, January). Rethinking aftercare: Experiences of homeless youth after exiting a transitional living program. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Holtschneider, C. (2016, January). How to effectively serve young people experiencing homelessness. Invited talk, Creating Change Conference, Chicago, IL.

Holtschneider, C. (2015, November). 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, October). 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, May). Qualitative research methods in community practice. Invited talk, DePaul University Public Health Program, Chicago, IL.

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

Holtschneider, C. (2014, September). Engaging young people in adult housing programs. Workshop presented at Illinois Collaboration on Youth and the Chicago Youth Worker Collective, 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 over fifteen years of social work practice experience, including eight years as the 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 in high-risk situations 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, an organization supporting young people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Chicago, IL. Dr. Holtschneider teaches in both the BASW and MSW programs with a focus on policy and practice courses. 

Additional Information

State of Illinois Licensure, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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