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Dennis Miehls, M.S.W., Ph.D.


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Dennis Miehls is a social work academic and practitioner who has published broadly in areas of interest including relational theory, individual and couple therapy, supervision, neurobiology, social work identity and issues of racism and clinical practice. He is the co-author of two textbooks. With co-author Kathryn Basham, Miehls has published a text entitled Transforming the Legacy: Couple Therapy with Survivors of Childhood Trauma. This text elucidates a phase-oriented couple therapy practice treatment model that is grounded in social, psychological and biological theories. With co-authors Eda Goldstein and Shoshana Ringell, Miehls has also published a text entitled Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice: Relational Principles and Techniques. Miehls has worked in many clinical settings in mental health, health care and currently has a private practice in Northampton, MA, specializing in long term individual and couple therapy.


Ph.D., Smith College School for Social Work

M.S.W., Wilfrid Laurier University

B.A., University of Western Ontario

Professional Interests

Selected Publications

Segal, C., Everett, J.Miehls, D., du Bois, C. (under review). M.S.W. student views of supervision: Factors contributing to satisfactory field experiences. The Clinical Supervisor.

Miehls, D. (2011). Racism and its effects on mental health. In N. Heller & A. Gitterman(Eds.). Mental health and social problems: A social work perspective. New York: Routledge Publishers.

Miehls, D. (2011). Surrender as a developmental achievement in couple systems. Journal of Analytic Social Work.

Miehls, D. (2011). Relational Theory. In F. Turner (Ed.). Social work treatment, 5th edition. New York: Free Press.

Miehls, D. (2011). Neurobiology and clinical social work. In J. Brandell (Ed.) Theory and practice in clinical social work, 2nd edition. New York: Free Press.

Everett, J., Miehls, D., duBois, C. & Garran, A. (2011). The developmental model of supervision as reflected in the experiences of field supervisors and graduate students. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(3), 250-264.

Miehls, D. (2010). Contemporary trends in supervision theory: A shift from parallel process to relational and trauma theory. The Clinical Social Work Journal.

Goldstein, E., Miehls, D. & Ringel, S. (2009). Advanced clinical social work practice: Relational principles and techniques. New York: Columbia University Press.

King Kennan, E. & Miehls, D. (2008). Third space activities and interpersonal change processes: An exploration of ideas from psychological and social theories. Clinical Social Work Journal.

Miehls, D. and Basham, K. (2004). Object relations couple therapy with trauma surviviors, Handbook of stress, trauma, and the family. New York: Taylor Francis Publishers.

Miehls, D. (2005). Illustrative applications: Counseling and psychotherapy in racial-cultural psychology. In R. Carter (Ed.), Handbook of Racial-Cultural Psychology and Counseling. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Basham, K., and Miehls, D. (2004). Transforming the legacy: Couple therapy with survivors of childhood trauma. New York: Columbia University Press.

Basham, K., and Miehls, D. (Eds.) (2004). Special Issue: Pedagogy and Diversity. Smith College School for Social Work, 74(2).

Miehls, D. (2004). Cacophony, polyphony or fugue: Exploring sociocultural concepts with social work students. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 74(2), 427–448.

Miehls, D., and Moffatt, K. (2000). Constructing social work identity based on the reflexive self. British Journal of Social Work, 30(3), 339–348.