After graduating in 1971 from Central Washington State College with a social science, pre-social work major, Cynthia Dickman was hired as an eligibility worker in Juneau, Alaska. Her career developed into providing protective services to adults and then to children in Juneau and the villages of Yakutat and Hoonah. She obtained an MSW with a major in “group work” from the University of Utah and later a master of divinity with a major in marriage and family counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Moving from working in the villages and towns of Southeast Alaska, Ms. Dickman continued her interest in child protective services, working first in South Central Los Angeles and then in a countywide after-hours emergency response program. After working several years as a supervisor with a countywide child abuse hotline and working with abused children in mental health settings, Ms. Dickman moved to Washington state. Her work in child protective services continued for a short time as an investigative social worker. She then became a supervisor working with various units in investigations, permanency planning, Indian Child Welfare, after hours response, placement coordination and intake.
In 2003 Ms. Dickman received an employee recognition award from the state of Washington Children’s Administration for organizational development of a statewide Central Intake. She is a member of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study. She works as a field advisor in the School of Social Work’s CWTAP program.