Whitney Wessels, MSW, LGSW

Whitney Wessels, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Languages I Speak

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center

Care Philosophy

Clinical social workers in pediatric oncology support patients and families with the adjustment from diagnosis until their transition to long term survivorship. While serving as an advocate for each family, we are clinically trained to promote healthy coping and adjustment during a time of transition. We are independently licensed to provide mental health counseling and assessment. In addition to therapeutic interventions we also address practical barriers, such as financial, school, and employment concerns, transport and lodging, and connection with community resources.

Care and Clinical Interests

  • Adjustment to illness
  • Attachment theory
  • Child abuse
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Couples
  • Grief and loss
  • Hematology consults
  • Refugee migration issues

Education, Training and Certifications

Other Education

  • University of St. Thomas/ St. Catherine's University School of Social Work, Minneapolis, MN

Skill Certifications

  • Minnesota Board of Social Work, Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Recognition and Leadership


  • Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers