Carmen Monico

Assistant Professor of Human Service Studies
Psychology & Human Service Stu 129A
2337 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6485

Brief Biography

Carmen Mónico, B.S., M.S., M.S.W., PhD, ERYT-500, SE Int. III

Ms. Mónico is an Assistant Professor at Elon University teaching the courses Arts & Science of Human Services, and Working with Groups and Communities in Fall 2013, Practicum Away (to Guatemala) in Winter 2014, and International Human Services in Spring 2014. She is teaching these courses in Moodle with the help of instructional staff from the Teaching and Learning Technologies. She was recently named 2014 Sustainability Faculty Scholars to integrate sustainability principles and practices in her courses. Before coming to Elon University, she was an Adjunct Professor and PhD candidate at the School of Social Work at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Using Blackboard, she taught the undergraduate course Social Welfare Legislation & Services (classroom format), and graduate courses Social Work and Social Justice (classroom and online) and Social Policy Concentration on Children and Youth (classroom).

Ms. Mónico completed her dissertation research on child protection and child welfare systems in Guatemala. Specifically, she documented the experience of Guatemalan mothers whose children were stolen for the purposes of intercountry adoption using qualitative, constructivist and feminist approaches. She has written a book chapter on birth parents searching for their forcibly disappeared children during and after El Salvador’s civil war for the book titled Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes by Ashgate. With support from Elon’s University Writing Across the University, she is finalizing a manuscript for publication on her research on child abduction and intercountry adoption. A collaborative manuscript on international development, humanitarian aid and relief is under final peer review by the Encyclopedia of Social Work. Two joint book chapters on intercountry adoption for the book tentatively titled Intercountry Adoption: Dialogues, Debates, and Discussions are also in final review by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. With the support of Elon’s University Undergraduate Research Program, she is engaged in prior ethnography and in undergraduate research mentoring on issues of human trafficking in North Carolina.

Ms. Mónico’s scholarship includes having completed a year of academic exchange with the Women’s Institute at the Universidad of San Carlos de Guatemala. She has earned academic awards from the Child Welfare Education and Support Program (2008-2009), and the Council of Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program (2009-2011). She also served as an Ambassadorial Research Scholar in Guatemala with support from the Rotary Foundation (2011-2012).

Prior to her academic career, as a Senior Consultant for the World Bank’s Social Development Department, Ms. Mónico monitored civil society involvement in World Bank-supported operations and conducted annual reviews of project and policy documents, with results published periodically. She also developed theoretical framework and managed research projects assessing and reporting on civic engagement and social accountability in various African, Latin American and Eastern European countries. She has worked for the largest U.S. coalition of PVOs, the American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction) on development concerns. She has extensive work experience on U.S. refugee and foreign policy issues, and managed national and local organizations and grant-supported programs when working for the National Development Foundation (FUNDE) and the Foundation for Cooperation with Rural Communities (CORDES) in El Salvador, and with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and Central American Refugee Committees (CRECEN) Network in the United States.

Ms. Mónico has earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from VCU, and a Master’s degree in Development Management from American University. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College. In addition, she earned a graduate certificate in International Economic Relations at American University. She also completed two years of clinical training with the Foundation for Human Enrichment on Somatic Experiencing for trauma healing. She received clinical training in Trauma First Aid, and undertook courses on mental health and trauma psychology/ psychiatry from the University of Missouri International Center for Psychosocial Trauma (UMICPT) and the International Medical and Education Trust (IMET). She also earned several certificates in Advanced Yoga and Thai Yoga Therapy from various prestigious American and Canadian health-oriented institutions. 


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