Director of Field Education, Clinical Assistant Professor
Kat was born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany and brought her passion for social justice and all things outdoors to the United States more than ten years ago. She is an avid world traveler and adventure seeker who loves exploring Montana’s mountains, rivers, and woods.
Kat graduated from Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen/ Nuremberg in Germany, with a BA in English and Sociology in 2007. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Montana in 2012 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Advanced Practice I (SW 487 - online and in person)
Advanced Practice II (SW 488 - online and in person)
Social Policy and Social Services (SW 310 - online and in person)
Public Policy and the Montana State Legislature 2019 (SW 491)
Women's Policy Leadership Institute (SW 491.03)
Foundation Integrative Seminar I & II (SW 576/ SW 577)
Professional Portfolio - MSW Student Advisor (SW 593)
Franke Global Leadership Initiative - Capstone Mentor (GBLD 499)
Lee, K.W., Chapin, K.P., Werner, K. (2019) Book Review: The Spectrum of Family Caregiving for Adults and Elders with Chronic Ilness.
Kat has worked in the social services field for over 15 years and has extensive experience with women, men and children impacted by primary and secondary trauma, homelessness, domestic and sexual violence, commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. She worked at the YWCA Missoula for eight years and coordinated a program for homeless families, oversaw the women’s shelter, and acted as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Program Manager. During her time at the YWCA, she helped start the Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force and served as the task force Chair for seven years. Over recent years, she has focused on developing and presenting trainings on the issues of commercial sexual exploitation, trauma-informed care, and trauma exposure response to spread awareness and educate community and crime victim advocates, law enforcement, medical personnel, and community members across Montana. Through her direct service and program management experience, Kat was able to built both experience in and a passion for social policy and civiv engagement. Kat is part of the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign (also known as Voting is Social Work) which strives to integrate nonpartisan voter registration and engagement into social work education and practice. In addition to her experience in the United States, Kat who is herself an immigrant to the United States, has also had the opportunity to address social justice issues on a global level working in Germany, India, and parts of SE Asia.
Honors / Awards
2020 University of Montana - Outstanding Performance Award Recipient
2019 University of Montana - Student Wellness Advocate Nomination & Recognition
2012 Recipient of the Counselor, Advocate and Support Staff Scholarship through the Women’s Independent Scholarship Program (WISP)
2011 Recipient of the Pat Williams Scholarship for Internships and Research in the Areas of Public Policy and Leadership
2011 Recipient of the IE3 Global Internship Scholarship Award