Melanie Smith-Thuret is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Oregon. She has 20 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents and children in Massachusetts, California and Oregon.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado with a major in Sociology with emphasis in Criminal Justice as well as a dual minor in African-American/African Studies, Pre-Law and Philosophy. From there, she went on to get a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston. Melanie would discover that working in the Criminal Justice system meant bearing witness to human tragedies without the ability to implement concrete solutions. A Master’s in Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work would enable her to try and build a fence at the top of the cliff.
Melanie was clinically trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in their Center for Violence
Prevention and Recovery as well as with the Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST). She currently works for
Legacy Health System and is a Clinical Social Worker at the LMG Raleigh Hills, Internal Medicine Clinic.
Melanie’s clinical expertise includes crisis intervention and psychotherapy with victims of trauma, including those impacted by interpersonal violence, sexual assault, childhood abuse, exposure to war, torture and gang violence. Her background includes treating individuals and families affected by chemical dependency issues. Melanie holds the distinction of being the first clinician appointed to a Medical Ethics Board, in existence for 30 years, at Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety-net hospital.
Melanie also has extensive training through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and served as the mental health clinician for the Metro Fire/Boston Fire Critical Incident Stress Management Team, (CISM). In 2010, she was awarded the “Friend of the Firefighter Award” for her work with providing mental health treatment to Boston Firefighters who had experienced traumatic events while in the line of duty. Melanie is currently serving on the Executive Steering Committee developing a CISM Team for Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Her volunteer work with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services has taken her from local search and rescue/recovery efforts to national disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.
Melanie currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and 5-year-old daughter, Ava. She enjoys hiking, spending time on the Oregon coast, as well as visiting family members in Colorado and France.