Lorien Carter joined the faculty of the Brown School as a full-time lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to assistant professor of practice in January 2011. She teaches graduate level Social Work Practice and Administration courses in Foundations and Children, Youth and Family concentration, including Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups, Integrative Foundation Practicum Seminar, Social Work Practice with Youth in Families, Developing Programs for Children and Youth. She is the Lead Teacher for Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups and serves as an at-large faculty member of the Curriculum Committee. During the 2009-2010 and 2010 – 2011 academic years, she is working in collaboration with Monica Matthieu to train more than 200 St. Louis area field instructors in the Brown School’s model of Evidence Based Practice. She was awarded the “Excellence in Teaching” faculty award in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Lorien is passionate about youth development and loves working directly with teenagers as they strive to become healthy and happy young adults. An MSW graduate of the Brown School, she has 10 years of direct social work practice with adolescents in public school and health care settings, spending the first 4 years of her professional life as a High School Social Worker at Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District and 6 years of program coordination and management experience at the Teen Pregnancy Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Lorien is a trainer for the Wyman Teen Outreach Program, an evidence based and nationally recognized Youth Development and Pregnancy Prevention program model. Several times a year, she conducts Facilitator Trainings around the country for organizations who are implementing the Teen Outreach Program and assists with planning, coordination and facilitation of professional development workshops (TOP Connections) for St. Louis area schools and community agencies who are implementing the Teen Outreach Program.
Lorien currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership of Missouri – a nonprofit organization which brings together public and private agencies and individuals committed to reducing teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) by providing education and networking opportunities for health, social service, education and youth serving professionals and legislative advocacy for science based approaches to teen sexual health education.