Janine Mariscotti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at La Salle University. Within the Social Work Department, Janine has served as Field Director, BSW Program Director and currently, MSW Program Director. Janine’s research interests include loss and grief, the labyrinth as a psychospiritual intervention, and assessment in social work education. She presents nationally and internationally on the areas of research and practice. Janine has served on the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as a Commissioner on Accreditation and as a member of the Council on Practice Methods and Specializations. A recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Janine is committed to teaching and learning that is both challenging and compassionate. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate social work as well as first-year seminar students, Janine is a clinical social worker who collaborates with individuals, couples, and families facing personal and interpersonal challenges.
Areas of Expertise
Loss & Grief
Spirituality in Social Work Practice
The Labyrinth as Psychospiritual Intervention
Social Work Assessment
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
School of Social Policy & Practice
Ph.D. Student – 1991-1992
Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
School of Social Work
MSW – May 1984
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
School of Arts & Sciences
B.A. in Social Work — May 1981
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, Pennsylvania)
Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation Site Visitor
Leadership Institute in Social Work Education
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator
QPR Gatekeeper Trainer
Assistant Professor – La Salle University, Department of Social Work, Philadelphia, PA – August 1989 – Present
Instructor (Adjunct) – Rutgers University, School of Social Work, New Brunswick, NJ – 2014 – 2019
Mariscotti, J. M. (2009). Faculty-student research collaborations: Extraordinary opportunities for students’ professional growth. BPD Update, 31 (2), 21-23.
Mariscotti, J.M. (2008). Raw grief: Writing as a new widow. [Review of the book Epilogue]. Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14.
Mariscotti, J.M. (2005). Understanding grief – and allowing it. [Review of the book On grief and grieving: Finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss]. Philadelphia Inquirer, August 15.
Mariscotti, J.M. (2003). The Labyrinth: Innovative intervention for clients and professionals. Social Work Today, 3 (15), 8-11.
Texter, L. A., & Mariscotti, J. M. (1994). From chaos to new life: Ritual enactment in the passage from illness to health. Journal of Religion and Health, 33, 325-332.
Mariscotti, J.M. (2020). Using the labyrinth for healing & reconciliation: Strengthening individuals and communities. IFSW International Social Work and Social Development Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Virtual).
Mariscotti, J.M., Pooler, D, Kourgiantakis, T., Warley, R., Ward, K., and Whitney, E. (2019). Professionalism: Opportunities and challenges for social work education. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
Mariscotti, J.M. & Inman, A. (2018). Person-centered care for people with dementia in hospital settings: The grand challenge. Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
Mariscotti, J.M. (2013). Assessment of Student Competency: Exploring EPAS Standard Presented at the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.
Mariscotti, J.M., & Drisko, J.W. (2012). Exploring Standard 4 – Assessment. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC
Mariscotti, J.M., & Drisko, J.W. (2012). Exploring Standard 4 – Assessment. Presented at The Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
Mariscotti, J.M., & Young, Brendan. (2012). Supporting bereaved students: Sustaining social work education’s role during difficult times. Presented at the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Annual Conference, Portland, OR