Carli Allen is a lifelong learner, cultivating continuous development and improvement of her knowledge and skills for her profession and her personal fulfillment. She is currently a Doctor of Social Work Candidate with a concentration of Administration and Leadership at the University of Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pan-African Studies in 2012 and a Master of Science in Social Work, with a specialization of Couples and Family Therapy in 2016, both from the University of Louisville.
Carli is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Carli is currently contracted as a Behavioral Health Professional providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Carli is serving as the Clinical Supervisor for Certified Social Workers pursuing independent social work licensure. Her ultimate mission is to advocate for the most vulnerable populations and communities, and to support individuals seeking growth and development in social work careers. Carli is also a Behavioral Health Utilization Management Professional, in a role that aims to improve the coverage and benefits for mental health and substance use disorder substance by assessing clinical appropriateness and medical necessity.
Carli’s research interests include advancing the interests of the social work profession and advocacy for the social work practitioner. Her Capstone Project concentrates on the social work practitioner’s disproportionate experiences of childhood adversity and proposes the use of clinical supervision to prevent negative implications, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the integrity of the field of social work.
Carli is the recipient of the Helen Cloud Austin Award, Graduate Dean Citation, Change Agent Award, Excellence in Diversity Certificate, and a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society. Carli has published Colorblind Versus Multicultural Ideologies: Implications for Mental Health Counseling and intends to publish her research from her doctoral studies. When Carli is not learning and working, she is enjoying time with her family.