Dr. Susan Elswick, Ed.D, LCSW, LSSW, RPT-1 is the CEO/ owner of Behavior Services of the Mid-South LLC. Dr. Elswick received her masters degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and her doctorate in Special Education with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Memphis. She is a Licensed School Social Worker in TN, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Play Therapist. Behavior Services of the Mid-South is a thriving private practice and consulting company that provides on-site, school-based behavioral health services as well as animal assisted therapy and in office therapy for clients aging from Pre-K to adults. She is also currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at a highly regarded university. Prior to starting this site-based service model she was a school-based social work clinician for 10 years. She has provided school-based social work services in both rural and urban school settings, and has previous experience in community mental health and residential services. Dr. Elswick is a frequent contributor to multiple educational, behavioral and social work journals and is the author of 3 books that focus on various aspects of social work and behavioral therapy. Dr. Elswick has conducted important research on the topics of assessment and intervention for children with both academic and behavioral difficulties, the use of Response to Intervention in multiple settings, and the use of evidence-based interventions and services to correct maladaptive behaviors in order to improve educational outcomes for children.
Behavior Services of the Mid-South LLC currently provides on-site, school-based therapeutic counseling, comprehensive behavioral assessments, and evidence-based intervention services. Services provided are based in CBT and ABA programming and provided to the local public/charter schools. Many of the schools that we serve are in need of behavioral interventions for students (assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring, and program maintenance), continuous professional development for teachers/ staff, and parenting interventions to ensure an effective multi-systemic educational model. The programming includes ABA/ CBT assessments and interventions, parent training, individual and group based services, observations, assessments, intervention plan writing, intervention/plan training, single-subject data collection and reporting, as well as linkage to additional resources and services as needed. The services include the use of evidence-based interventions and services to correct maladaptive behaviors in order to improve educational outcomes for children.
Certifications and Licensure:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (TN)
Licensed School Social Worker (TN)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
Animal Assisted Intervention Certificate
Certified Mental Health First Aid
Eligible to sit for BCBA exam