Susan E. Folwell

  • Psychotherapist, Consultant and Trainer
  • Domestic Violence Program Manager, The Women's Center

Biography: Susan Folwell, LCSW, LICSW, B.C.D.V. is widely known and respected in Metro Washington DC and Northern Virginia for her work in domestic violence, family abuse, stalking, trauma and related issues. As a psychotherapist, consultant and trainer, she offers a unique blend of compassion, humor, expertise and keen insight based upon over 20 years of combined experience and research. Specializing in physical and non-physical violence, abuse and related trauma, dating violence, elder abuse, Upscale Family Violence and Abuse, stalking, cyber-stalking.

She also specializes and speaks in the areas of crisis intervention, separation and divorce, moving beyond divorce, life transitions, healing issues in recovery from trauma and abuse, spiritual health and post-abuse parenting issues. She is certified by Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Courts as an expert witness, and is certified in danger and risk assessment procedures.

In addition to her private practice and consulting work, she is a staff psychotherapist and program manager at a Metro DC non-profit. Here, Susan sees clinical clients and manages a regional domestic violence system advocate program that was named in Washingtonian's July '09


Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

Workshops: Training sessions are offered for professionals who come into contact with victims of domestic and interpersonal violence, or family abuse (physical and non physical). Basic training alone, or combined with more in-depth training, assists professionals by providing:

* an understanding of relational dynamics and power balances

* an understanding of and effective responses to traumatic experience

* issues involved in family abuse, stalking and interpersonal violence that have a bearing on the professional relationship

* safety tools and ongoing potential concerns for risk

* effective responses that take into consideration the unique nature of family violence, trauma and abuse.

Topics for Professionals (customized curriculum available)

* Dynamics of power and control

* Myths, Facts and Stats

* Manifestations of violence and abuse

* Cycle of violence vs.

Following is a list of organizations with whom Susan E. Folwell, LCSW, LICSW, B.C.D.V. has interviewed, consulted or trained:

NBC Channel 4 Viewpoint

Howard University, WHUR radio program

Interviews: Washington Post, Efe Spanish News Agency, WUSA9, NBC4, Washington Woman,

George Mason University Dept. of Psychology
GMU School of Law,
GMU Counseling Services

Fairfax County Domestic Violence Task Force and Speakers Bureau

American University College of Law

US Department of State - International Visitor Leadership Program

Legal Services of Northern Virginia,

Orphan Foundation of American

Consortium for child Welfare

Virginia Hospital Center


The Women’s Center

Arlington Ministerium for Faith Based Professionals

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Bethany House of Northern Virginia
NOVACO, transitional housing
Homestretch, Inc.
Doorways for Women and Families

The Family Court and Domestic Violence Court of the District of Columbia Superior Court Interdisciplinary Conference

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Susan E. Folwell
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