About Margaret Howard, MFA, LCSW
She/Her, They/Them. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Carbondale, Illinois; licensed in Missouri and Illinois.
Selected Publications and Interviews:
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The Breathe Network connects survivors of sexual violence with trauma-informed, sliding-scale, holistic healing practitioners. We provide education and training for health and healing professionals on the impacts of sexual trauma and best practices in providing trauma-informed care to increase survivors' access to healing.
Training, Theory, and Orientation
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), licensed to practice in Missouri.
Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)
Master of Social Work, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2000
Bachelor of Science, University Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1994
Selected Post-Graduate Trainings:
Margaret's practice orientation works within the intersections of earth and ecological psychology, body/somatic psychology, depth and dream work as modernized and influenced by Toko-pa Turner, Sharon Blackie, Daniel Foor, and others, with EMDR resourcing and processing as appropriate, focusing clinically on trauma and anxiety in women. This work is in relationship with the how trauma and anxiety express in the body, the personal unconscious, the collective unconscious, intergenerationally and within the community. Margaret's work and perspective includes the effects of colonization, slavery, capitalism, and other abusive systems as they impacted our ancestors and ourselves in the present time. This work engages deep archetype and family inheritance of traumas and patterns (in adoptees as well as those raised by biological parents), and recognized the importance of all life to our wellbeing, including animals, plants, and the very land we live upon. Theoretical influences include Van der Kolk, Ogden, Porjes, Levine, Estes, and other doing research and work in the triune brain model, the autonomic nervous system, and the mind/body. At the center of this is a mindfulness orientation.
Before embarking upon this work Margaret lived a varied life, including as in electronics in the US Army and afterwards, laying railroad track, getting a pilot's license, working construction, being a stay-at-home mom, musician (piano/flute/voice), writer for newspapers, technical writer for aircraft, college writing instructor, women's health advocate, aspiring midwife, web designer, landscaper, and part time private chef.
Born in Illinois, Margaret has lived in several states in the US as well as some other countries. She has studied with elders of land-spirit recognizing spiritual traditions, always being careful not to co-opt, colonize, or romanticize.
Margaret is a mother, grandmother, writer, musician. sustainable gardener, reader, writer, animist, and proud-ass crone.