About Mary Tinucci, LICSW

Mary TInucci
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Empowering Growth

Creativity and Support in Social Work and Personal Development

I am Mary Tinucci and I wear several professional hats including clinical social worker, clinical social work supervisor, mentor, coach, and social work educator.

At Think in Possibilities, I provide individual and group supervision for LSW-level and LGSW/LMSW-level social workers working toward next-level licensure, career coaching for social workers considering new professional opportunities in and outside of the social work profession, and for those seeking support for their personal well-being.

In addition to supervision and coaching services, you will find social work tools and training opportunities foundational to your professional development and personal well-being.

There is no time like the present to take action, focus and get deliberate about your professional growth, career development, self-care, and personal well-being.

For as long as I can remember, I have seen and approached the world in terms of all that is possible. My career success and healing journey inform my approach to supporting others.

I love supervising, teaching, mentoring, and supporting new social workers to do the work of professional development and self-care in the context of a demanding profession. I also love supporting women and LGBTQ people, especially, to do the work of personal growth.

I believe that everyone has an important story to tell and that creativity, in all forms, is key to effective outcomes in social work practice, education, human services, and leadership. In every context in which I work, I believe that creativity makes all the difference.

Social Work Expertise

Throughout my 34 years of social work practice, I have consulted with social service agencies on LGBTQ youth and school climate issues, educational stability for youth in foster care, and the therapeutic use of poetry and creativity as a tool of mental health for youth and adults. I provided clinical supervision for social work interns and new practitioners in the school setting. 

I was a school social worker in St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota for 24 years. I designed and facilitated support groups for LGBTQ youth, and support-based writing circles for LGBTQ youth, women in sobriety, youth in foster care & other at-risk youth populations.

In 2003, I began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas, inspiring and preparing students to step into their social work career.

I launched Think In Possibilities in 2006 to offer support groups and writing circles for youth, women, and LGBTQ people, (and) to train educators and social service providers how to integrate creativity and poetry in their work with youth and adults.

I completed my Doctorate in Social Work in 2017. In addition to my private practice, I am a full-time social work faculty member in the MSW program at Walden University.

Innovative Solutions

I have always been an innovator, initiating and designing programs to serve our most marginalized populations. I have worked with LGBTQ youth, youth living in foster care, youth struggling with depression, youth in corrections, and youth struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges. 

In private practice, I saw the need for resouces, tools, and support for other social workers engaged in this challenging, yet rewarding work and have continued to create solutions to help people take charge of their careers.

Innovation: Out For Equity

In 1994, I designed and initiated Out For Equity, a school-based program serving LGBTQ youth and adults in St. Paul Public Schools. I am especially proud of my work to break the silence and invisibility of LGBT youth so long ago. There is still so much work to do in this area and I continue to train educators how to create safe and supportive school environments for all youth.

Innovation: Poetry LAB

The Poetry LAB: Enjoy this video from my work in St. Paul Public Schools when I was directing The (Poetry) LAB, and arts & wellness-based program of St. Paul Public Schools for middle school and high school students. If the video embed does not play, you can watch on Vimeo.

In 1998, I fell in love with poetry and began to think about how to bring this new passion into my social work practice. I developed my own interest in group work, writing, poetry, and spoken word performance and initiated innovative ways to work with urban youth. I started an after-school writing program at Ramsey Jr. High in 2000. Later, I founded & facilitated Lexicon, a community poetry group for high school students at Lexington Branch Outreach Library in St. Paul from 2001-2004.

My own love of group work, poetry, journaling, and writing for emotional health led me to create The Poetry Lab (March 2004) for EBD students in St. Paul Public Schools. Under my leadership, the Poetry Lab has developed and transformed into The LAB, an arts and wellness-based program for youth with emotional/behavioral disorders in St. Paul Public Schools. I developed strong teams of VISTAs, Creative Arts Specialists, volunteers, guest artists, & social work interns to deliver exceptional services to youth. Sadly, The LAB no longer exists in St. Paul Schools, but I continue to offer training about how to implement writing circles and products modeled after The Poetry LAB.

Innovation: Virtual Conversation Cards Platform

I created the Virtual Conversation Cards platform, an innovative platform designed to revolutionize the way group facilitators, social workers, and mental health professionals engage with participants in virtual settings. Whether you’re leading supervision, support, or therapy groups online, our tool offers a dynamic and interactive experience to enhance communication and foster meaningful discussions.

Let’s work together!

Think in Possibilities stands for the work of transformation and well-being: yours & for those you encounter in your work, relationships, community.

If you are committed to your social work career, professional development, self-care, and personal growth, then you are in the right place. Think In Possibilities is a space of encouragement and inspiration to think outside of the proverbial box – and think, instead, in possibilities – in all the areas of your life.
Mary TInucci