Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C has been a Program Manager at Gilda’s Club Madison since 2009. Her work centers around supporting kids and families who are navigating a cancer journey, shaped largely from her childhood experience of losing her father to lung cancer. Again as a young adult she moved through the loss of a stepfather to liver cancer. In her role at Gilda’s Club she is able to work directly with survivors and co-survivors of all ages, as well as develop psychoeducational programs to support the whole family.
Carissa earned her Master of Social Work from UW Madison in 2007. She is a Family Therapist and Oncology Social Worker whose work also includes therapy with individuals, groups and families in outpatient, day-treatment and in-home settings. Areas of interest and practice have included child and adolescent development, chronic illness, caregiving, gender identity, sexuality, trauma, grief and loss, and family systems. Carissa works from a holistic approach, and empowers those she works with through elements of mindfulness, psychoeducation, skill-building, and self-acceptance. Her favorite part of working at a Cancer Support Community is witnessing the healing nature of connection–the powerful shift that occurs when people feel validation and a sense of belonging.
Carissa lives in Verona, WI with her wife, son and silly mut. She looks forward to time spent with family meandering through the prairies near her home, kayaking, using goofy voices, and laughing really hard.
Topics: Ambiguous Loss & Cancer; Caregiver Support; Compassion Fatigue; Cancer’s Impact on Family; Kids & Cancer; Parents & Cancer; Social Work Practice; and Stress Management.