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Ellen M. Craine, JD, LMSW-Clinical and Macro, ACSW, INHC

Ellen Craine is in private practice as a licensed clinical and macro social worker in the State of Michigan. She owns Craine Counseling and Consulting Group and has over 25 years of experience working with couples, families, groups, and individuals in a variety of capacities. She has been a divorce and family mediator and parenting coordinator working with high conflict co-parents to improve their ability to co-parent more effectively. Ellen Craine is a relationship and life coach incorporating success principles with her social work experience.

Ellen Craine served on the Michigan-National Association of Social Workers ethics committee for approximately 13 years and was the committee’s chairperson for one year. Utilizing this experience and passion around ethics, Ellen also provides ethics consultations for social workers utilizing the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and a model she developed to help navigate the social work ethics maze.

Ellen Craine is an effective trainer and educator. She teaches a variety of continuing education classes around ethics for social workers including: informed consent and telehealth, subpoenas, loss and grief, custody and co-parenting issues, and success principles for social workers and others. She has presented workshops for Michigan-National Association of Social Workers, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, and others. You can see a full list of her offerings and upcoming events here. Furthermore, Ellen Craine teaches part-time for Eastern Michigan University in the School of Social Work.

In addition to having her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ellen Craine is also trained as an Elementary Education Waldorf Teacher for grades 1 – 8. In addition, she has a certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Health Coaching and has completed Jack Canfield’s Success Principles Train the Trainer On-line program.

Ellen Craine believes that we have to have more authentic conversations around our life journeys and in particular around loss and grief. She believes that we need to acknowledge that most of the struggles people face, have their roots in losses they have experienced. These loses go beyond losing someone to death. With loss come a variety of reactions we call collectively grief. Working through these grief reactions effectively, can help facilitate a successful life journey. Ellen Craine is passionate about empowering others on their life long journey through loss and grief and the use of an integrative wellness approach to healing.

Ellen Craine is a #1 International Bestselling Author in Women Who Empower, the 7th book in the Impact Book Series with Kate Butler. In this book, she writes about being the mom of a pediatric cancer warrior and losing her husband to a brain tumor. This book is available on Amazon under Women Who Empower Ellen Craine. The link to the book can be found here.

Ellen Craine is a Co-Associate Producer of the documentary: Authentic Conversations: Deep Talk with the Masters written, directed, and produced by LA Emmy nominated Dr. Angela Sadler Williamson/ This documentary features interviews with Jack Canfield, Patty Aubrey and Kater Butler. You can learn more about this documentary on IMDb here.

Her education and trainings include:

  • JD, 1987 – Wayne State University
  • Masters in Social Work, 1991 – University of Michigan
  • Divorce Mediation Training, August, 1996
  • Elder care Mediation, April, 2005
  • Advanced Issues in family mediation, February, 2006
  • Advanced mediation training, March, 2006
  • Parenting coordination training, 2006
  • Adult Guardianship / Family Caregiver mediation training, October, 2006
  • Core Supervision Training completed January, 2019

Professional affiliations include:

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • American Psychotherapy Association with Diplomate Status
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Association for Oncology Social Workers

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