Tanya Meline

Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Social Workers in Public Education

Tanya Meline is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Virginia.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of social work, Tanya has practiced in various settings including community mental health, therapeutic foster care, child welfare, intensive in-home, juvenile corrections, private practice, and the school setting. Tanya has training and experience in working children, adolescents, families, and adults who present with a variety of issues including: PTSD/trauma, disrupted attachment, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, family difficulties, and mood disorders. In addition, Tanya is an internationally certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Clinically, Tanya has specialized training in treating the effects of disrupted attachment and trauma in individuals and families with a focus on those with histories of foster care or adoption. Tanya is trained in Attachment Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Tanya is very engaged in her community and serves on the local team to support children, adolescents, and families in her community. She provides various trainings focused on building awareness around mental health, trauma, and human trafficking. Tanya has served on community panels to highlight the impact of these topics on our youth and highlight the importance of resiliency and connection to strengthen overall wellness.

In addition to her clinical work, Tanya has served as a clinical supervisor for the last nine years with a passion for growing future social workers through guiding them on their path to licensure. She has over nine years of experience in administration and leadership through her roles as the Director of Community-Based Services with a private agency and her current role.

Currently, Tanya serves as the Coordinator for Social Work Services and Behavior Support Specialists with a local public school district where she oversees program development and administration in addition to providing supervision and evaluation of social work practitioners in the public school setting.

Tanya holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Mary Washington and a MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky in the Doctor of Social Work program with an expected graduation date of May 5, 2023. Her area of interest focuses on advocacy and improving outcomes for social workers practicing in public education through the development and implementation of a discipline-specific supervision and evaluation framework.

Tanya believes in strengthening outcomes for students through improving access to quality professional feedback and development for school-based staff. She values a whole school community approach and is committed to creating an environment in which all members feel safe, encouraged, validated, and supported to achieve their goals.