Lecturer of Social Work

Cassie Gillespie is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience serving children, youth, families, and helping professionals. She began her social work career as a child welfare worker for the State of Vermont's Department of Children and Families (DCF) Family Services Division, gaining experience in a variety of settings including work in schools, housing, crisis response, and residential sites.

In 2016, Cassie joined UVM's Child Welfare Training Partnership and began providing training, coaching and consultation for Vermont’s child welfare workforce. She began serving as workforce training team lead for CWTP in 2019.

Before accepting a position as a full-time lecturer, Cassie had been teaching classes as a part time faculty member in the Department of Social Work Department. She also produces and hosts CWTP’s podcast: The Social Work Lens (formerly known as Welcome to the Field) designed for child welfare professionals and caregivers.

Cassie is the co-author of "One Firm’s Journey to Address Trauma Exposure and Chronic Stress in the Workplace" published in the May 2023 Wellness Issue of Law Practice Today.  She has also led presentations and training for the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative, the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Law School, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.


Rodgers, A., Gillespie, C. One Firm’s Journey to Address Trauma Exposure and Chronic Stress in the Workplace. Law Practice Today. The Wellness Issue. May 2023

Hemenway, A., Krompf, A., Beaudry, J., Bilodeau, C. Gillespie, C., Burns, D., Gooley. B., Bessette, B., Cota, S. & Strolin-Golztman, J. (2018) Placing Strengths at the Center: Implementing a Trauma-Informed, Collaborative Case Planning Process for Children and Youth in Foster Care Using the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Tool. APSAC Advisor, Vol 30 (3), pp.22-32. 

Deaver AH, Cudney P, Gillespie C, Morton S, Strolin-Goltzman J. (2020) Culture of Safety: Using Policy to Address Traumatic Stress Among the Child Welfare Workforce. Families in Society. July 2020. doi:10.1177/104438942091212

Associations and Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Vermont Chapter

Cassie Gillespie

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Organizational and Workforce Development
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Child Welfare


  • Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Vermont
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Vermont


Courses Taught

  • SWSS 1020 Foundations of Social Work
  • SWSS 4680 Social Work Practice I
  • SWSS 4690 Social Work Practice II