Carlton Munson

Carlton MunsonCarlton E. Munson, Professor

Dr. Munson is Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Director of the Washington Area Supervision Institute at Woodstock Forest. Dr. Munson is a graduate of the UMB SSW MSW program and the first graduate of the UMB SSW Doctoral Program. After holding professorships at Shepherd University, Catholic University of America, University of Houston, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City, he returned to UMB SSW to direct the doctoral program from 1992-1999. Since 1999, his teaching areas have been clinical child welfare and psychopathology. Dr. Munson's practice and research focuses on trauma and loss in children including international child abduction. Dr. Munson has a special research interest in the effects of trauma on child development including a focus on receptive and language impairments. Dr. Munson has performed research and has publications in several areas of clinical social work practice and supervision. His extensive clinical supervision research began with his doctoral dissertation on styles and models of clinical supervision, which was the focus of his first book on social work supervision. Dr. Munson has published 7 books and 79 journal articles and book chapters. His books, Handbook of Clinical Social Work Supervision, The Mental Health Diagnostic Desk Reference, and Social Work Supervision have been widely adopted as texts in the United States and abroad. He is the founding editor of The Clinical Supervisor journal. Dr. Munson was the clinician in a precedent setting Maryland Court of Appeals case that affirmed the right of licensed clinical social workers to perform DSM-IV-TR diagnosis, to testify as experts, and to testify to ultimate issues. This case has had national implications for the practice of clinical social work. Dr. Munson was also the clinician in two other Maryland Court of Appeals child welfare cases.

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.3602
Fax: (410) 706.6046
Room: 5E15

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


BA, Shepherd University
MSW; PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Honors and Awards

Kappa Delta Pi, An Honor Society in Education
Inducted member of the National Academy of Practice
Social Work Educator of the Year, Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work
Education Achievement Award, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence 
The Dr. Henry P. & Page Laughlin Award as Distinguished Teacher, American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians 
University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work Student Government Association Exemplary Faculty Award Nominee
Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement in Health and Mental Health Policy Award NASW Foundation
Social Work Pioneer By National Association of Social Workers Foundation
Recipient of Maryland State Senate Resolution recognizing career achievements

Professional Activities

Chairperson, Professional Standards Committee Maryland Chapter, NASW
Member, Kappa Delta Pi, an Honor Society in Education
Member, Society for Research in Child Development
Extensive expert witness testimony for child and family trauma cases and international child abduction cases including cases from Canada, Cypress, Finland, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States


Social Work Supervision: Classic Statements and Critical Issues, New York: Free Press, 1979

Social Work with Families, New York: Free Press, 1980

An Introduction to Clinical Social Work Supervision, New York: Taylor & Francis Press, 1983

Family of Origin Applications in Clinical Supervision, Taylor & Francis Press, 1984

Clinical Social Work Supervision, Second Edition, Taylor & Francis Haworth Press, 1993

Clinical Supervision Curriculum Guide, The American Association of Social Work Boards 1996

Mental Health Diagnostic Desk Reference: Learning to Use DSM-IV, Taylor & Francis Press, 2000

Mental Health Diagnostic Desk Reference: Learning to Use DSM-IV-TR, Taylor & Francis Press 2001

Handbook of Clinical Social Work Supervision, Third Edition, Taylor & Francis Press, 2002.

Chapters in Books (partal list)
Overcoming Client and Family Resistance in Childhood and Adolescent Trauma, Current Research on Educational and Clinical Treatment Approaches with Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed  Children, John Wiley Publishers, 1998.

“Supervision Standards of Practice in an Era of Societal Restructuring,” In Handbook of Direct Practice in Social Work: Future Directions and Guidelines, Sage Inc., 2000.

“The Techniques and Process of Supervisory Practice,” In Social Workers' Desk Reference, Oxford University Press, 2002.

“Guidelines for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR) Multi-axial System Diagnosis,” Social Workers' Desk Reference, Oxford University Press 2002.

“Forensic Social Work and Expert Testimony in Child Welfare,” Social Workers' Desk Reference, Oxford University Press, 2002.

"Evolution of Protocol-Based Supervisory Practice (PBSP)," in Karen Hopkins and Michael Austin, Human Service Supervision in the Learning Organization, Sage Publications, 2004.

"Evidence-Based Treatment for Traumatized and Abused Children," Evidence-Based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services, Oxford University Press, 2004.

"International Child Abduction and Clinical Social Work Intervention," Changes in law and theory: Impact on best practice: Proceedings of the forty-fourth annual meeting and conference of ICAPP, 2005.

"Mental Health Aspects of Best Interest Attorney Work," A Manual for Best Interest Attorneys, 2005.

"Evidence-Based Treatment for Traumatized and Abused Children," Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice, Oxford University Press, 2006.

"Forensic Social Work and Expert Witness Testimony in Child Welfare," Social Work in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings: An Evidence-Based Handbook, Oxford University Press, 2007.

"Contemporary Issues and Trends in Social Work Supervision." Trends in Social Work Health Care Practice and Supervision, 2007.

“Forensic Social Work and Expert/Fact Testimony in Child Welfare,” Social Workers' Desk Reference, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Guidelines for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR) Multi-axial system diagnosis,” Social Workers' Desk Reference, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Articles (partial list)
"Supervising the Family Therapist," Social Casework, 1980.

"A Comprehensive Family Perspective in Planning Social Work Curriculum Content," Journal of Education for Social Work, 1980.

"Female Social Workers' Attitudes Toward Administration," Sociological Research Symposium Proceedings, 1980.

"Use of Symbolic Interaction Theory to Conceptualize Small Group Treatment," Social Casework, March 1981.

"Style & Structure in Supervision," Journal of Education for Social Work, 1981.

"Perceptions of Female Social Workers Toward Administrative Positions," Social Casework, 1982.

"Stress Among Graduate Social Work Students," Journal of Education for Social Work, 1984.

"Ergonomics and Psychotherapy: High Tech and/or High Touch?," Family Therapy, 1986.

"Field Instruction in Social Work Education," Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 1987.

"Characteristics of Excellence in Social Work Education," Journal of Social Work Education, 1994.

"A Survey of Deans of Schools of Social Work," Journal of Social Work Education, 1994.

"Overview of Diagnosis & Treatment of Psychological Trauma in Children," Early Child Development and Care, 1994.

"The Partnership Model: A Feminist Supervision/Consultation Perspective," Clinical Supervisor, 1995.

“The Future of Clinical Social Work,” Psychiatric Services, A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association, 1997.

"Social Work Students Knowledge of Feminism," Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 1998.

“Expert Witness Testimony in Family & Child Welfare Practice,” Brief Treatment & Crisis Intervention, 2001.

"Child and Adolescent Needs in a Time of National Disaster," Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 2002.

Dr. Munson has delivered 381 invited lectures and presentations. A sample of recent invited lectures include:

“Clinical Supervision in Social Work: The Historic Evolution and the Evidence Era: Continuum or Clash?"  Maryland NASW Chapter, 7th Annual Clinical Social Work Conference, 2008.

“Ethics of Mental Health Practice in the Institutional Setting,” Springfield Hospital Center, Sykesville, Maryland, 2009.

“Ethical Dilemmas in Counseling and Supervision,” Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland, Spring Conference, 2009.

"Ethics for Mental Health Practitioners," Montgomery County Commission for Women, 2009.

“Child Trauma: Impact on Developmental Neurobiology and Attachment,” University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2009.

“Assessment and Diagnosis of Child and Adolescent Trauma,” UMB SSW, Continuing Professional Education Program, 2009.

"Touching Tomorrow: Evidence, Ethics And Relationship Trends In Social Work Supervision," National Association of Social Workers Iowa Chapter, 2009.

“Ethics for Mental Health and Human Resource Practitioners,” Garrett County Maryland Core Service Agency & Garrett County Health Department, 2009.

“Ethical and Legal Aspects of Confidentiality,” Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, 2009.

“Clinical Supervision in Social Work: Supervision of Clinical Practice: Fundamentals and Advanced Strategies, Maryland NASW Chapter, 7th Annual Clinical Social Work Conference, 2009.

“Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment,” University of Maryland School of Social Work, Continuing Professional Education Program, 2010.