I am interested in contributing to the formation of caring, competent, healthy social workers. My practice and research interests relate to best practices to serve refugees and immigrants, providing cross cultural care, and working with trauma. I am also interested in the intersection of spirituality with social work — how we can help clients access their own spiritual resources to improve their functioning and how the spirituality of the social work practitioner can be used and impacted by one’s professional practice.
Masters in Social Work
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2000
Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health
St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
Bachelor of Arts, English Linguistics, French minor
University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, 1987
Clinical Faculty/Field Liaison, School of Social Work, St. Catherine University & University of St Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2013–Present
Independent Consulting and Training, 2013–Present
Lead Social Worker/Healing Team Leader, Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000–Present
Psychiatric Social Worker, Regions Hospital Behavioral Health, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2004
Northwood, A., Choe, J., Mehta, E., Solomonson, E., & Weiss, A. (2008). "Interdisciplinary care at the Center for Victims of Torture." Unpublished whitepaper.
Solomonson, E., Telaku, M., Kober, G., Semboze, G., & Muzira, F. (2007). "Recovering social health: Incorporating social rehabilitation into the treatment plan." Newsletter of the Center for Victims of Torture International Capacity Building Project.
Solomonson, E. (2015). "Collaborating with language interpreters: Building more effective bridges to clients who do not speak English." Presented at National Association of Social Workers Minnesota Annual Conference, St Paul, Minnesota.
Solomonson, E. (2015). "Interpreting mental health." Presented at Children’s Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Solomonson, E. (2008). "Reflection on connections: A closer look at social rehabilitation and ways to promote wellness in torture survivors." National Capacity Building Institute: Social Services with Trauma Survivors, Snowbird, Utah.